Sunday, October 19, 2014

HBU falls to SFA in power outage delayed game; 59-27

The HBU Huskies relaxed in their weight room during the
long delay due to the power outage.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 18, 2014) Falling behind 31-13 at halftime, the Houston Baptist UniversityHuskies could not overcome the deficit and fell to the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks by the score of 59-27 at Dunham Field in Houston on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The Lumberjacks quickly got on the scoreboard in 20 seconds at the beginning of the game. Braxton Beardon returned the HBU kickoff 65 yards to the Huskies two-yard line.

Running back Gus Johnson carried the ball the final two yards for the score. With the Jordan Wiggs kick splitting the uprights, SFA took a 7-0 lead.

After the kickoff by the Lumberjacks, Huskie quarterback Jonathan Fleming completed a 13 yard pass to wide receiver Ethan Fry for a first down.

Then the players, coaches, fans, and media had to wait one hour, 55 minutes for the next play.

As the play was under review, suddenly, the lights when out at Dunham Field and darkness covered field and stands. The only lights illuminating in the stadium complex were under the stands, in the press box and the concession stands at both ends of the bleachers.

Center Point Energy was notified and after nearly one and a half hour of darkness, lights were restored and both teams were given approximately 20 minutes of warmup.

After the restart, SFA rattles off 78 yards in three plays concluding with a 36-yard pass from quarterback Zack Conque to wide receiver Aaron Thomas for another six points. Wiggs again concerted the extra point to give the Lumberjacks a 14-0 lead at the 11:33 mark in the 1st quarter.

The Huskies responded less than two minutes later with a Craig Bell 34-yard run to get the Huskies on the board. Kicker Travis Shinn missed the extra point to cut the SFA lead to 14-6.

The Lumberjacks added Conque quarterback keeper eight-yard touchdown run, another Wiggs extra point for seven more points. Wiggs added three points with a 33-yard field goal to close out the first quarter scoring.

SFA and HBU traded touchdowns in the second quarter with the Lumberjacks scoring on a 15-yard Gus Johnson run and another Wiggs extra point.

The Huskies closed out the half with a one-yard run by Bell for his second touchdown of the night. Shinn added the extra point to close the half out with SFA leading 31-13.

They again traded touchdowns in the third quarter with HBU scoring on a seven-yard pass from Jonathan Fleming to D’Angelo Wallace and a Shinn kick.

The ‘Jacks added seven more points on a 17-yard run by Gus Johnson and a Wiggs extra point to make the score 38-20 with 15 minutes to play.

With 13:57 remaining in the game, SFA padded to their lead with a seven-yard reception by Justice Liggins for the touchdown and another extra point by Wiggs.

Fleming then competed a 58-yard pass to Bibbins for their final touchdown of the game. Again, Shinn added the extra point to make the score 45-27
The ‘Jacks added three insurance touchdowns and extra points in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring at 59-27.

With the win, the 'Jacks raise their season record to 5-2 and their Southland Conference record to 2-1. The Huskies fall to 1-6 and 0-4 in conference play.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Houston Cougars dominate Temple Owls with 31-10 win

Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. has his helmet knocked off as the
result of  a vicious hit during the Cougar's 31-10 win over Temple.
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 18, 2014) The Houston Cougars upped their season record to 4-3 for the season and 2-1 in conference play with a 31-10 win over the Temple Owls at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Friday evening, October 18, 2014.

The much needed win put them over .500 for the first time this season and extended their hopes for a high finish in the conference and a possible bowl bid.

The Cougars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, when they scored their first 10 points within eight seconds of each other.

After driving 61 yards in 15 plays, Houston had to settle for a field goal by Kyle Bullard. The sure-footed kicker from Boerne, Texas split the uprights from 34 yard to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead at the 7:12 mark in the first quarter.

After the ensuing kickoff, Temple quarterback P.J. Walker threw on first and ten, with the pass being immediately picked off by free safety Trevon Stewart.

He returned the ball 29 yards for the pick-six touchdown. Bullard followed up with the extra point to give Houston a 10-0 lead; with the field goal, touchdown and extra point scored in a mere eight seconds.

Temple answer with no time remaining in the quarter with a 22-yard field goal by Austin Jones.

The Cougars took possession of the ball after the Owl field goal at the beginning of the second quarter.

Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. started a nine play, 63 yard drive that resulted in running back Kenneth Farrow rushing the final four yards for the touchdown. Bullard again split the uprights to give Houston a 17-3 lead with 11:30 left to play in the first half.

Farrow’s touchdown run gave him back-to-back games with a rushing touchdown for the third time in his college playing career. The back-to-back touchdown game in 2013 for his first for the current season.

The Owls got the ball with 3:04 left in the half; driving 76 yards in plays with Walker connecting with wide receiver Keith Kirkwood for a 39-yard pass reception and the six points. Jones added the extra point to cut the Cougars’ lead over the Owls to seven points.

In the third quarter, Walker hit Jahad Thomas with a screen pass, which promptly allow Thomas to scramble 74 yards down to the Houston one-yard line. Walker then attempted to carry the ball into the end zone on a first-and ten play. He has hit at the goal line and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by linebacker Steve Taylor inside the end zone.

The play was ruled a touchback and Houston took over on their own 20-yard line.

Ward Jr. began another one of his patented drive which stalled, forcing the Cougars to punt.

After a seven play, 34 yard drive by Temple, Houston got the ball back and began a 34 yard drive that concluded with another Ward Jr. to Greenberry pass for a seven yard reception and another touchdown. Bullard again did his job and kicked the extra point for the Cougars; allowing them to increase their lead to 24-10.

Temple got the ball back with 1:42 left in the third quarter when Walker again could not connect with his receiver, allowing Houston to pickoff another pass.

The Cougars drove the final 26 yards when Ward Jr. passed to running back Ryan Jackson for another Houston score. With Bullard booting his fourth extra point of the game, Houston led going into the fourth quarter by the score of 31-10.

The fourth quarter saw little action, with no scoring and with Houston having control pf the ball in the final minutes of the game, they just road out th clock for their fourth win of the season.

Ward, Jr. was virtually unstoppable: completing 29-of-33 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 13 times for 44 net yards.

Greenberry caught 10 passes for 63 yards and one touchdown while Markeith Ambles caught six passes for 96 yards.

Farrow carried the ball 28 times for 56 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, Steven Taylor had seven tackles and with Efrem Oliphant accounting for six.

With the win, Houston raises its series record with the Owls to 4-0.

The Cougars now have next weekend off as they prepare to face USF on the road on November 1. They will return to TDECU Stadium on November 8 to play Tulane in the Cougars’ annual homecoming game.

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

HBU women’s soccer shuts out Incarnate Word 5-0

 
Senior Natalie Hager scored two goals for Huskies.
Photo by Erik Williams
HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 13, 2014) – The HBU women’s soccer team ended their four-match home stand with a bang, as the Huskies shut out visiting Incarnate Word, 5-0, in a Southland Conference match Sunday afternoon at Sorrels Field.
The match was delayed 1:40 early in the second half due to rain and lightning.

Natalie Hager scored two goals to lead HBU (4-6-3 overall, 3-1-2 SLC). It was her first multi-goal match since she scored twice in a 3-1 win at Northwestern State on Sept. 7, 2012.

Connor Ryder and Morgan Dean also scored goals Sunday. Ryder took a match-high five shots and three shots on goal.
 
The five goals were the most scored in a game since the Huskies defeated Prairie View A&M, 5-1, on Oct. 1, 2012.

Patty Walrath made three saves in the first 45 minutes as she earned the win, while Katie Turner also made three saves in the second half.

Jazma Latu led UIW (1-11-1 overall, 1-4-1 SLC) with three shots, while six different Cardinals had a shot on goal.
 

Heather Kowalik took the loss in goal, as she made four saves and allowed four goals in 45 minutes. Karly Brightwell made three saves and allowed a goal in the second half.

HBU scored the first two goals of the match three minutes apart. Ryder scored the eventual game winner in the 17th minute, as Blake Martin passed to Taylor Gibson, who sent a cross pass into the box to Ryder.

In the 20th minute, Kristi O’Brien took a throw-in, which went to Rebekah Tovar. Tovar passed the ball to Hager, who scored the first of two goals for the senior.

Hager scored her second goal in the 26th minute, assisted by Ellee Hall. With the Huskies putting pressure on the Cardinals deep in their zone, HBU forced a turnover. Hall passed the ball to Hager in the middle of the box, who scored top-shelf.

The Huskies’ fourth goal of the first half came with just three seconds left before halftime, as Kelsey Missimer was on the left side and sent a cross pass. Dean made a beautiful header and scored past Kowalik.

HBU outshot UIW in the first half, 15-8, while shots on goal were 8-3. HBU took all three corner kick attempts.

The two teams played seven minutes of the second half before torrential rain and lightning caused a delay. The delay lasted an hour and 40 minutes before the two teams resumed play on very wet and soggy conditions. Rain continued to fall off and on throughout the remainder of the match.

The Huskies’ final goal of the match came in the 87th minute on an own goal. Tovar sent in a cross pass, but a UIW defender attempted to clear, but instead knocked the ball into her own net.

Shots were even at 8-apiece in the second half, while HBU held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks in the half and 7-1 in the match.

HBU begins a four-match road trip beginning next Sunday, October 19 at Central Arkansas at 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Houston falls to D.C. United 3-1; eliminated from post-season contention


The Houston Dynamo honored breast cancer survivors
during their Sunday match against D.C. United.
Photo by Darla S Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography,
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 12, 2014) After a one hour, 12 minute weather delay, the Houston Dynamo and D. C.  United came back on the field and continued their game which saw United score three goals to drop the Dynamo by the score of 3-1 on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The Dynamo came into the game sitting four points out of the fifth place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

With the loss, the Dynamo were eliminated from the post-season; the first time since 2010 and the second time in club history.

After a good start, game was sent into the weather delay in the 22nd minute when officials made the decision to clear the field and the stands due to hazardous weather moving through downtown Houston.

After the 72 minute delay, which saw heavy rain, thunder, and lightning, both teams returned to the field, for a 15-minute warmup before the restart.

D.C.  United got on the scoreboard on the 41st minute when defender Taylor Kemp knocked the ball past Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric.

They added their second goal of the day when forward Fabian Espindola raised half the field, eluding Dynamo defenders to sail the ball into the net for an uncontested goal.

Houston got their goal in the 83rd minute on a penalty kick by Giles Barnes. D.C United came right back four minutes later with a goal by Eddie Johnson.

The Dynamo have two games remaining, against New England on Thursday, October 16 and against Chicago on Friday, October 24.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

UIW Cardinals tame HBU Huskies in 31-8 win


By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (October 5, 2014) The Houston BaptistHuskies were unable to overcome the controlled attack of the Incarnate Word Cardinals in a 31-8 loss on Saturday, (October 4, 2014) evening at Benson Stadium in San Antonio, Texas 
 
Redshirt freshman running back B.J. Kelly's 64 yards rushing and a touchdown, along with redshirt freshman quarterback Ka’Darius Baker's 63 yards passing contributed to most of the Huskies’ 217 totals yards.
 
The Huskies defense was unable to stop the Cardinals who picked up 27 first downs and a total of 357 yards.
 
The highlight of the Huskies offense was a 52 yard pass from Baker to sophomore tight end Maxwell Brown in the first possession of the game. The drive would later die when a fumble gave the Cardinals the ball at their 24 yard line.
 
The Huskies will be traveling to Conway, Arkansas on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 6 p.m. to take on Central Arkansas.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Texas Southern comes from behind to beat Mississippi Valley State, 20-16

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 4, 2014) The Texas Southern Tigers raised their 2014 season record to 5-1 with a 20-16, come-from-behind win over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

With the win, the Tigers raised their conference record to 3-1 with five games remaining in the season.

Texas Southern got on the scoreboard at the 9:27 mark in the first quarter as the result of an 11 plays, 71 yard drive when kicker Eric Medina split the uprights from 28  yards out to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

The Delta Devils responded with 1:59 remaining in the first quarter when running back DeShawn Davis scampered 16 yards for six points. Cherchen Galon did his job and booted the extra point, to put Mississippi Valley State up by four, 7-3.

The Tigers came back four minutes into the second quarter when free safety Le’Tevi Wilcox alertly picked up a Delta Devil fumble and rambled 40-yard for the touchdown. Medina added one point to his scoring total, and the extra point for the Tigers, to give them back the lead, by the score of 10-7 at the half.

TSU added another Medina field goal in the third quarter to raise the score to 13-7, however the Delta Devils were not to be denied keeping the game close. The raddled off a touchdown, an extra point, and a safety to take the lead 16-13 to begin the fourth quarter.

Texas Southern got the ball with 12:15 remaining in the game, with quarterback Jay Christope engineering a 13 play, 75 yard drive that results in the final touchdown of the game. The fleet-footed sophomore from Addis, Louisiana carried the final seven yards for the score to ensure the Tigers fifth victory of the season.

Medina again did his job and added the extra point to secure the final core of 20-16.

Christope completed 7-of-14 passes for 62 yards and one touchdown while Daveonn Porter carried the ball 22 times for 116 yards.

TSU will have a week off before they travel to Lorman, Mississippi to face Alcorn State on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Houston falls to UCF 17-12; UH's Bullard connects on four field goals

Greg Ward Jr. fights for another yard against UCF at
TDECU Stadium.
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 2, 2014) Kicking four field goals by Kyle Bullard was not enough for the University of Houston to overcome the UCF Knights, as the Cougars fall in their first conference game of 2014 by the score of 17-12 at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

All four field goals came at the end of sustained drives by the Cougars, but their inability to get the ball in the end zone for six points virtually locked the game up in favor of the Knights.

Multi-position player Greg Ward, Jr., who saw action as quarterback, punt returner and wide receiver, came into the game in the second half and directed a comeback that nearly saw the Cougars pull out the win.

Driving down the field with under two minutes left in the game, Ward made a last ditch attempt for a score. Rushing the last 19 yards towards the end zone, Ward was denied the touchdown as a result of a viscous hit by free safety Brandon Alexander, forcing a fumble into the end zone at the one-yard line.

The Knights took possession of the ball with 24 seconds left in the game and killed the ball by taking a knee.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard after recovering a UCF fumble, with an eight play, 27 yard drive with a 39-yard field goal by KyleBullard to take the score to 3-0 at the 9:50 mark in the first quarter.

With the fumble recovery, Houston has taken the ball away from an opponent in 28 straight games. That is second nationally in the FBS.

The Knights, capitalizing on a five-play, 25 yard drive, took the lead on a six-yard pass by quarterback Justin Holman to wide receiver Jackie Williams to put six point on the board. Shawn Moffitt split the uprights for the extra point to give UCF a 7-3 lead with 9:27 remaining in the half.

A young Houston Cougars fan enjoys the game at TDECU Stadium.
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Houston cut the Knights’ lead to one, when Bullard connected from 42-yard out for his second field goal of the game. The Cougars’ scoring drive was 12 plays covering 56 yards and lasted 3:54.

At the halftime break, the score remained 7-6 in favor of the Knights.

UCF extended their lead by eight points when Holman found wide receiver Breshad Perriman open on the left side flat, sending the ball sailing for a 52 yard touchdown. Moffitt again secured the extra point to give the Knights a 14-6 lead.

Houston began their possession and on a second and ten play, quarterback John O’Korn had a pass picked off by free safety Brandon Alexander, resulting in a four play drive that added three points to Knights’ total. Moffitt added the three points with a 42-yard field goal to increase UCF’s lead to 17-6.

After the kickoff and resulting touchback, Greg Ward, Jr. was given the quarterback duties; quickly mounting a drive 40 yard drive that was hampered by penalties. Houston was forced to punt on a fourth-and-32 yard play, giving the ball back to UCF on their 30-yard line.

Their drive stalled; forcing a punt which was caught by Ward, Jr. He stayed in the game as quarterback and promptly began another drive. Houston capped the 49 yard dive with a 51 yard field goal by Bullard to take the score to 17-9 in favor of UCF.

Bullard’s third field goal of the game was the longest of his career. His previous best was 46-yards in 2013 against Louisville. He added a fourth field goal of 49-yards, with 4:46 remaining in the game to make the score 17-12.

Both teams were plagued with penalties with Houston being flagged 11 times for 99 yards and UCF feeling the heat on 10 plays for 90 yards.

Ward, who completed 10-of-17 passes for 116 yards, also rushed nine times for 40 yards.

Running back Ryan Jackson carried the ball six times for 53 yards while Demarcus Ayers caught seven passes for 90 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Efrem Oliphant accounted for 10 tackles, followed by Joey Mbu with eight and Gavin Stansbury and Adrian McDonald with seven each.

With the loss, the Cougars have dropped their last four games against UCF.

Houston will hit the road for an October 11 meeting against Memphis. Houston leads the series against the Tigers with a 13-9 record, downing them by the score of 25-15 last year in Houston.

The Cougars are now 2-3 for the season and 0-1 in The American Conference.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Houston Dynamo keep playoff hopes alive with 2-0 win over Chicago

Omar Cummings (7) gets the Houston Dynamo on the  scoreboard
in the 15th minute with his second goal of the season.
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By  Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 28, 2014) The Houston Dynamo kept their playoff hopes alive on Sunday, September 28, 2014 with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire in front of 20,262 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The Dynamo is currently in eighth place in Eastern Division of Major league Soccer with five games remaining in the 2014 season.

With the win, they erased their season record to 10-13-6 for 36 points. Philadelphia is currently in seventh place with 38 points and sixth place is held by Toronto with 42 points. D.C. United leads the Eastern Division with a 15-9-6 record and 51 points.

In the 15th minute, midfielder Ricardo Clark deftly gets by his defender and comes across the pitch, feeding it to forward Omar Cummings. The fleet-footed Cummings, who hails from Old Harbor, Jamaica, quickly split his two defenders and sent the ball into the goal past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

It was the Cummings’ second goal of the season and 40th of his MLS career.

The Dynamo doubled their lead in the 67th minute when midfielder Brad Davis and defender Kofi Sarkodie teamed up to feed Boniek Garcia the ball for the score. Davis crossed the ball to Sarkodie, who quickly headed it to Garcia for the score.

The goal was the Honduran’s second of the season and the 62nd of his career. The assists were Davis’ tenth and Sarkodie’s third of the season.

The Chicago Fire fell to 5-8-16 (31 points) with the shutout loss and remain in ninth place in the division

Next on tap for Houston is a 6 p.m. road game against the New York Red Bull on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

They will play Toronto on the road on Wednesday, October 8 before returning home on Sunday, October 12 to face New England. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Houston Women’s Golf Tied for Fourth at Mary Fossum Invitational

Yuka Kajiki scored birdies on hole 5
and 17 on day two action.
Photo courtesy of the
University of Houston
Athletics Communications
Department
Freshmen Yuka Kajiki, Megan Thothong among top-10 leaders after two rounds
 
EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN (September 13, 2014) University of Houston freshmen Yuka Kajiki and Megan Thothong stood among the top-10 individual leaders following the first 36 holes of the Mary Fossum Invitational to lead the Cougars into a tie for fourth place in the team standings.
 
The Cougars posted a score of 614 to tie for fourth with Michigan after the first two rounds on the 6,236-yard, par-72 layout at Forest Akers West Golf Course. Houston posted a team score of 314 in Saturday’s morning round and then bettered that total by 14 strokes with a 300 in the afternoon session.
 
Both Kajiki and Thothong are competing in only the second collegiate events of their careers. Kajiki, who finished in a tie for 30th at The “Mo”Morial earlier this week in Bryan, Texas, led the way with a score of 4-over-par 148 to stand in fourth place.
 
The Hiroshima, Japan, native started her day with a birdie on the par-4 third hole and battled through six bogeys for a 76 in the morning round. Kajiki enjoyed an even-par 72 in the second round of the day, draining birdies on Nos. 5 and 17 with only two bogeys on her scorecard.
 
Megan Thothong scored a
two-day total of 150.
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University of Houston
Athletics Communications
Department
 Thothong was equally impressive and was tied for seventh with a
 score of 150. The Dallas native opened the tournament with a 76 
 and followed with a 72 in the afternoon round, which included three  birdies in a five-hole stretch .
 
Junior Raegan Bremer was tied for 25th with a score of 156, while sophomore Emily Gilbreth was tied for 40th at 160. Freshman Maddy Rayner stood in 71st at 165.
 
Host Michigan State held the first-day lead with a score of 23-over-par 599, six strokes ahead of Notre Dame. Toledo stood in third at 609 with FIU (619), East Tennessee State (624), Western Michigan (632), Grand Valley (633) and Oakland (633) rounding out the top-10 team leaders.
 
Individually, Michigan State’s Sarah Burnham held the first-day lead at 1-over-par 145, with Grand Valley’s Gabrielle Shipley in second at 146. FIU’s Meghan MacLaren stood in third at 147.
 
The Final Round begins with a 7:30 a.m. (CDT) shotgun start Sunday. The Cougars will compete in threesomes with student-athletes from Michigan and FIU.

HBU Football falls to Northern Colorado, 28-20 in late game comeback

HBU will return home on September 27 to face
Abilene Christian on Family Weekend.
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Bears overcome Huskies with two 4th quarter scores.
 
GREELEY, COLORADO (September 13, 2014) The HBU Huskies took a 20-15 lead into the fourth quarter, but Northern Colorado scored a pair of unanswered touchdowns over the final 10 minutes to pull out a 28-20 victory over the Huskies Saturday afternoon at Nottingham Field.
 
Sophomore quarterback Jonathan Fleming completed 21-of-35 passes for 159 yards and was intercepted three times for HBU (0-2). Freshman running back B.J. Kelly carried 11 times for 46 yards, while freshman Larry Day had seven carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. Freshman wide receiver Wesley Lewis made eight catches for 65 yards, and senior tight end Kenneth Bibbins had six catches for 42 yards.
 
The Huskies’ defense was solid, led by freshman linebacker Garrett Dolan’s 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Freshman linebacker Terrell Brown III added nine tackles, while junior defensive end Josh Jones recorded a sack and a forced fumble, which was returned by sophomore cornerback Eric Amoako for a touchdown.
 
Northern Colorado quarterback Sean Rubalcaba was 11-for-17 for 178 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed 13 times for 58 yards and a score for the Bears (1-1). Robert Holland rushed 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, while Darius Graham rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown. Stephen Miller made four catches for 58 yards, and Dimitri Stimphil had three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.
 
HBU’s defense forced a three-and-out on Northern Colorado’s opening possession of the game, and a bad snap on the ensuing punt gave the Huskies great field position. Junior kicker gave HBU an early 3-0 lead with a 35-yard field goal with 11:10 to go in the first quarter.
 
After freshman punter Christian Guzman pinned Northern Colorado back at the 4-yard line with a 56-yard punt, the Bears drove 96 yards on seven plays, capped by Rubalcaba’s 50-yard touchdown for a 7-3 lead with 2:16 remaining.
 
The Huskies answered with a 14-play, 78-play drive, which ended with Day’s four-yard scamper into the endzone to put HBU back up, 10-7. HBU’s defense held and gave the ball back to the offense with a chance to put points on the board before halftime, but Kyle Griffin’s interception and return down to the HBU 11 set up a 2-yard TD run by Holland. Thomas Singleton ran in the two-point conversion out of the wildcat to put Northern Colorado ahead 15-10 heading into halftime.
 
In the third quarter, Jones’ blindsided Rubalcaba for a sack, jarring the ball loose. Amoako scooped it up and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown that put HBU ahead, 17-15. Shinn then added a 24-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in the quarter to give HBU a 20-15 lead.
 
In the Bears’ drive at the start of the fourth quarter, Rubalcaba hit Stephen Miller for a 23-yard completion, Brandon Cartage added a 12-yard first-down run, and Holland had a 19-yard carry down to the HBU 4 to set up Rubalcaba’s 2-yard TD on a quarterback sneak. Northern Colorado once again went for two, but were stopped as they clung to a one-point lead.
 
Northern Colorado got the ball back at midfield with 8:46 left and took four minutes off the clock on a drive that ended with Graham’s seven-yard TD. The extra point gave the Bears a 28-20 lead.
 
On the Huskies’ final drive, Fleming completed 6-of-8 passes to get them to a third-and-goal at the 7. Fleming found a wide open Bibbins in the endzone for an apparent touchdown with 44 seconds left, but HBU was called for offensive pass interference, moving the ball back to the 22-yard line. Fleming was intercepted by Jaqueal Walker, and the Bears ran out the remaining 33 ticks.
 
HBU returns to action when it travels to face Texas College Saturday, Sept. 20 at noon at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler, Texas.
 
 

Houston Baptist Volleyball Drops 3-0 decision to UT-Arlington

Senior outside hitter Megan McStravick takes All-Tournament for the Huskies.
 
ARLINGTON, TEXAS (September 13, 2014)  HBU senior outside hitter Megan McStravick recorded eight kills and eight digs for HBU in their 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 26-24) drop to UTA in the final match of the UT-Arlington Tournament Saturday afternoon.
 
Junior middle blocker Allison Doerpinghaus recorded a match-high of eight block assists for the Huskies. Sophomore setter Kayla Armer had 25 assists for HBU (4-6). Senior libero Haley Hoffman recorded 14 digs, while sophomore defensive specialist Beth Shecterle had 11 digs.
 
Qiana Canete led UTA with a double-double of 13 kills and 10 digs. Taylor Gross recorded 11 kills, along with seven block assists for the Mavericks. Amanda Welsh had 29 assists for UTA, while Cassidy Wheeler had 12. Caitlyn Cooney recorded a match-high of 19 digs, while Ashlynn Ford had 10 digs for the Mavericks.
 
The Mavericks outblocked the Huskies 12.5-9. UTA outhit HBU 49-33. The Huskies fell short by eight digs against the Mavericks.
 
The following are the All-Tournament selections from this weekend: Kali Fluke, TSU; Megan McStravick, HBU; Olivia Mesner, FGCU; Whitney Masters, FGCU; Qiana Canete, UTA; Taylor Gross, UTA; Briana Sharratt, UTA.
  
The Huskies return to action at home on Tuesday, Sept. 16 against Prairie View A&M in Sharp Gym.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

HBU Volleyball Splits at UT-Arlington Tournament

Huskies sweep TSU, fall to FGCU.
 
ARLINGTON, TEXAS (September 12, 2014) HBU senior outside hitter Bailey Keith leads the Huskies with 15 kills against Texas Southern University at the UT-Arlington Tournament Friday evening at College Park Center.
 
The Huskies defeated TSU 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-21) Friday evening. Keith led HBU (4-5) with a match-high of 15 kills and seven digs. Senior outside hitter Megan McStravick recorded nine kills and nine digs for the Huskies. Sophomore setter Kayla Armer had a match-high of 42 assists. Senior libero Haley Hoffman had 13 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Jessica Wooten had 10 digs for the Huskies.
 
Audriana Carson recorded 10 kills and 12 digs for the Tigers. Robyn Shannon had 10 kills for TSU. Sarah Wooten recorded 21 assists for the Tigers. Samone Boyd recorded a match-high of 14 digs for TSU, while Wooten recorded seven digs.
 
The Huskies outblocked the Tigers 7-4. HBU outhit TSU 47-35. The Tigers fell short of just 10 total digs to the Huskies.
 
The Huskies dropped 0-3 (25-17, 25-22, 25-20) to Florida Gulf Coast. Wooten led the Huskies with 13 kills, while junior Allison Doerpinghaus had six kills. Hoffman recorded a match-high of 15 digs for HBU, while McStravick recorded 11 digs. Armer had 27 assists for the Huskies, along with three block assists. Freshman middle blocker Blair Gillard had five kills for HBU.  
 
Jessica Barnes led the Eagles with a match-high of 15 kills. Vanessa Benke recorded 14 kills and 14 digs, while Elenora Kazarian had 10 kills for Florida Gulf Coast. Gigi Meyer had 47 assists for the Eagles. Courtney Stephens recorded 10 digs for FGCU.
 
The Eagles outblocked the Huskies 6-5. FGCU also outhit HBU 52-31. The Huskies fell short by just seven digs to the Eagles.
 
The Huskies return to action to conclude the UT-Arlington Tournament Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against UT-Arlington.  

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Texas Aggies fall to Arizona State Sun Devils, 2-1 in heated match


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By Mike Stockman
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

TEMPE, ARIZONA (September 7, 2014) The Texas Aggies fell in a heated match against the Arizona State Sun Devils by the score of 2-1 at the Sun Devil Soccer Classic on Sunday, September 7, 2014
 
 
The Aggies were 2-0 against the Sun Devils prior to the game. In 1998, the Aggies won their first game against the Sun Devils with a score of 3-1. Last year, the Aggies won a commanding victory over the Sun Devils 3-1 at Ellis Field in College Station.


On this afternoon, with the temperatures reached 102 degrees in Sun Devil Soccer Stadium, the Aggies were unable to keep up with the sun and the Sun Devils.

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In the stands packed with fans from both teams, cold water was as valuable as shade. Where there was an umbrella or shade structure, fans huddled for protection. Where there was a water source, fans would get inline and pay up to $7 a bottle.


On the field, the Aggies took an early lead when mid-fielder Mikaela Harvey passed to forward Kelley Monogue who scored in the 4th minute.

In the 41st minute, the Sun Devils tied the game with a corner kick from mid-fielder
Tommi Goodman; which was headed into the goal by Rachel Ometer.

The Sun Devils would score again in the 88th minute with a chip shot over the goalkeeper by Mackenzie Semerad. She was assisted by forward Jessica Raybe.


The Aggies next game will be Thursday night at 7 p.m. at home against FGCU. It will be viewable on the SEC Network and radio at 1150 AM.