Sunday, October 16, 2016

HBU Huskies fall to Nicholls Colonels in 2OT 33-30

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

Alec Chadwick (38) scored 12 points on
three field goals and three extra points for HBU in the
Huskies 33-30 loss to the Nicholls Colonels.
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 16, 2016) With the score tied at 27 after 60 minutes of play, the HBU Huskies and Nicholls Colonels continued to battle in double overtime before Nicholls gained a three-point advantage to down the Huskies by the score of 33-30 at Husky Stadium in Houston on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The 3,217 fans in attendance at Houston Baptist University witnessed Nicholls take a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes of play. The Huskies scored early in the second quarter to take a 10-7 lead at the 14:22 mark. That followed with two Nicholls’ TDs, allowing the Colonels to take a 21-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Huskies came roaring back in the third quarter, scoring 10 points on a six-yard pass from Tony Dawson to Ricardo Barnett and a 35-yard Alec Chadwick field goal and an extra point conversion after the touchdown.  Nicholls countered with two field goals of 44 and 35 yards by David McKey. HBU’s 24-yard run by Dawson and a Chadwick extra point tied the game at 27 at the end of regulation. In overtime, Chadwick booted a 35-yard field goal to pot the Huskies up 30-17. Nicholls capped the game with a 12-yard run by C.J. Okpalobi.

With the loss, the Huskies fall to 2-4 for the season and 1-3 in Southland Conference play. Nicholls raised their season record to 3-3 and 3-1 in conference play. Next up for the Huskies is a 4 p.m. CT matchup against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Hammond, Louisiana. They will return to Husky Field to face the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Saturday, November 12, 2016, with a 2 p.m. CT kickoff.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Houston Cougars stop Tulsa on last-second play to down the Golden Hurricane 38-31

Dillon Birden (25) scored three touchdowns in
Houston's 38-31 win over Tulsa.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 15, 2016) With the Houston Cougars leading 38-31 and only seven seconds remaining in the game, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane had the ball on the Houston two-yard line on a second-and-goal play. All they needed to was punch the ball into the end zone and kick an extra point to send the game into overtime. However, as it is in so many sporting events, Houston had another idea and stopped Tulsa on the one-yard line to secure their sixth win of the season and move them to 3-1 in American Athletic Conference play. The 38,221 fans in attendance at Houston’s TDECU Stadium on Saturday, October 15, 2016 saw a classic struggle of two very good football teams that both desired a win, with only one walking away victorious.

Houston did not take long to begin their new winning streak, scoring after 2:23 of play when Dillon Birden carried the ball the final 17 yards of a 76-yard drive for the first touchdown of the game. Ty Cummings added the extra point to put the Cougars up 7-0. Tulsa responded five minutes later with a Redford Jones 32-yard field goal to cut Houston’s lead to 7-3. Cumming added a 33-yard field goal with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter to give Houston a 10-3 lead after 15 minutes of play.

In the second quarter, the Cougars added seven more points on a six-yard carry by Mulbar Car and another Cummings extra point. The Golden Hurricane scored two touchdowns in the final 2:55 of the first half to tie the score at 17. Corey Taylor scored on a two-yard run while Dane Evans rushed for a one-yard touchdown. Jones added both extra points to cap the scoring after 30 minutes of play.

Mulbar Car (34) scored the Cougars'
scored third TD in Houston's
38-31 win over Tulsa.
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In the third quarter, both teams battled back-and-forth with neither team able to get an advantage until Houston marched down the field and took back the lead 24-17. Birden scored his second TD of the game on a six-yard run with 13 seconds to go in the quarter. Cummings added the extra point to close out the quarter. The Cougars extended their lead to 14 when Birden scored his third touchdown of the game; an eight-yard rush, and another kick by Cummings at the 8:29 mark in the fourth quarter. It took only 1:26 for the Golden Hurricane to again cut the Houston lead to seven on a 38-yard pass from Evans to Justin Hobbs and Jones’ extra point. With 3:31 left in the game, Tulsa tied the score at 31 on a three-yard run by James Flanders and another Jones conversion. Houston came right back and sealed the win with a 24-yard fumble recovery Emeke Egbule returning it for the score. Evans was sacked for a eight-yard loss on a first and ten play from their own 33-yard line. Houston now leads the series 23-18. Last year, Houston downed Tulsa by the score of 28-24 on October 3 in Tulsa.

Houston head coach Tom Herman discussed the defense's performance with the press after the game. 

On the confidence of the defensive after the last two games “They ran for under 100 yards and we’re built to stop the run. We’ve got to get better against the pass. Last week, from a defensive standpoint, we flushed that. Your defense is so different defending the triple option that we’ll worry about that the next time we play a triple-option team. It has no bearing on the way our defense played tonight because the alignment, assignments and techniques are all different. I didn’t sense any doubt from our defense. It’s apparent we’ve got to get better in our pass defense and coverage. Again, as statistics go, we dodged a statistic tonight. Which is, win or lose against Navy the last three or four years, teams’ winning percentages are awful the week after Navy. In 2014, teams were 1-11 the weeks after they played Navy, win or lose. I don’t know what the stat is this year, but I’m proud of our defense after getting so banged up in that game against Navy, then having to re-adjust the entire defensive scheme in such a short week. (Tulsa) is a really good offense and really tough to defend because of their scheme and the way they spread the field. We know we have to improve, there’s no doubt about that. To do it the week after playing Navy was very good.” 

The Cougars will hit the road next weekend to face instate rival SMU. The game is scheduled for a 6   p.m. kickoff at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Houston is 20-10-1 lifetime against the Mustangs. In 2015, the Cougars downed SMU 49-28 in front of 25,204 fans at Houston’s TDECU Stadium. After the win, Houston broke into the national rankings, debuting at No. 24 in the AP poll. 

Readers can view a slide show of photos from the game by Darla S Tamulitis of La Vita Loca Photography by clicking here.

Houston HC Tom Herman Press Conference: Houston Cougars 38, Tulsa Golden Hurricane 31

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Dynamo Face Colorado Rapids Tonight for Noche Naranja

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Perfect weather as Dynamo host Tim Howard, second-place Rapids in Hispanic Heritage Night matchup

HOUSTON (Saturday, October 8, 2016) – The Dynamo host the Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. CDT tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium on Noche Naranja presented by XFINITY.  Tonight’s weather forecast calls for clear skies and temperatures in the upper-70s at kickoff. The game will be broadcast over-the-air in Houston on KUBE 57 (channel guide), with pregame coverage starting at 7 p.m. The game can be heard in English on CBS Sports Radio 650 AM (KIKK) and the app and in Spanish on Univision Radio 1010 AM (KLAT).

The Dynamo celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month tonight with Noche Naranja. The festivities include a pregame concert in the Bud Light Beer Garden with Bachata artist Antony Torres as well as Grupo KACHE, which combines traditional Latin flavor with modern rhythms. At halftime,Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Houston will perform on the field.

Fans may ride METROrail to the stadium free of charge tonight by showing their game ticket. The Green Line and Purple Line both serve the EaDo/Stadium station on Texas Ave. in front of BBVA Compass Stadium. The free METROrail offer is available for every Dynamo game this season.

Dynamo F Will Bruin and D Sheanon Williams both can make their 175th career regular-season appearance tonight. MF Boniek García can make his 117th career MLS regular-season appearance to pass Geoff Cameron for 10th on the club list. García also can set an MLS career-high with his 28th appearance of the season. Finally, García and MF Collen Warner have each set an MLS career-high with 18 consecutive MLS starts and can extend the streaks tonight.

The Rapids have engineered a drastic turnaround from 2015 to 2016 and are tied for the second-most points in MLS (51) after finishing in last place in the Western Conference with 37 points a year ago. Led by third-year head coach Pablo Mastroeni, the Rapids have the best defensive record in MLS by a wide margin, with just 27 goals against in 30 games.

The defense has been anchored by goalkeepers Tim Howard and Zac MacMath (six shutouts in 17 starts). Howard has started 13 of the last 14 games and recorded seven clean sheets after joining the Rapids in July following 10 seasons with Everton in the Premier League. Howard has 110 caps for the United States National Team and was the starter at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. The defense also includes Axel Sjöberg, Jared Watts, Marc Burch and Eric Miller.

Veteran midfielder Sam Cronin leads the club in starts (30) and minutes (2,676). Designated Player Shkëlzen Gashi has seven goals and four assists this season and played for the Albania national team at UEFA Euro 2016 this summer. Marlon Hairston has three goals and five assists, Dominique Badji has two goals and an assist in his last four starts and Texas native Dillon Powers has made 26 appearances this season.   

Tonight is the penultimate home game of the season for the Dynamo. Following the game, the Dynamo visit the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. CDT kickoff; ROOT SPORTS). Houston will host the LA Galaxy on Sunday, October 16 in the final home game of the season

Friday, October 07, 2016

Tigers UANL shuts out Santos Laguna 3-0

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 7, 2016) Tigres UANL came onto the pitch at the start of the game and scored two goals in the first 33 minutes of play to take a 3-0 win over Santos Laguna in Mexican League soccer action at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on Friday, October 7, 2016.

In the 14th minute, Tigres got on the scoreboard with a nice shot by forward Damian Alvarez. Santos continued their attack, putting pressure on the Tigres' defense. Defenseman Alberto Acosta went down in the 20th minutes and after a short time; got up and walked down the field to shake off the mishap. He stayed in the game and did not appear to be hindered in his play.
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Tigres doubled their lead to two in the 33rd minute when midfielder Lucas Zelarayan found himself in the "right place at the right time" and booted the ball past Santos goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin. They added an insurance goal in the 66th minute when forward Luis Quinones came off the bench and received the ball at the right post. After some give-and-take with his defender, he chipped the ball into the goal with his right foot for the score. 

Next up at BBVA Stadium on this Houston soccer weekend will be a Saturday, October 8 matchup between the Houston Dynamo and the Colorado Rapids with a 7:230 p.m. CDT start. Sunday, October 9 will be the NWSL championship game with the Washington Spirit facing the Western New York Flash.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Texans down Titans 27-20

Will Fuller V (15) scored two touchdowns, one of them on a punt
return, to lead the Texans scoring against the Titans.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 2, 2016)  The HoustonTexans finally got their offense on the right track in the first quarter and as a result, downed the Tennessee Titans 27-20 at NRG Stadium in Houston on October 2, 2016. The Texans scored 14 points before the Titans could get on the scoreboard. Quarterback Brock Osweiler came right out, from the beginning of the game, and engineered the two first quarter touchdowns in their first two possessions of the game.

The first TD came at the 10:31 mark in the first quarter, when the Arizona State alumni connected with C.J. Fiedorowicz on a 14-yard pass; to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive. Five minutes later, he hit Will Fuller V with a short five-yard pass for the second Houston TD of the game. Nick Novak split the uprights for both extra points, to give the Texans a 14-0 lead at the 4:34 mark in the first quarter. The Titans cut the Texans’ lead to 14-3 with a 48-yard Ryan Succop field goal with 3:36 left in the first quarter.

C.J. Fiedorowicz (87) caught four passes for 48 yards and
one touchdown before leaving the game with an injury.
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The Texans continued their third drive of the game into the second quarter; adding a 53-yard field goal by Novak to increase their lead to 17-3. The Titans were not to be outdone, scoring two touchdowns by Demarco Murray on runs of two-yards and one-yard to tie the score with 2:28 left in the half. The Texans regained their lead at the seven-second mark of the first half when Novak booted a 45-yard field goal to close out the score at 20-17 after 30 minutes of play.

Succop evened the score with a 26-yard field goal to cap the Titans’ first possession of the second half, to conclude a 59-yard drive that took 13 plays. The Texans wasted no time in their attempt retake the lead. The Titans, on a 4th and 10 play with 1:12 remaining in the third quarter, sent in Brett Kern to punt. The punter, who played his college ball at Toledo, kicked the ball 45 yards to the Houston 33 yard line. There id was caught by Fuller, who promptly rambled 67 yards down the right side of the field for his second touchdown of the game. Novak booted the extra point to put the Texans up 27-20 going into the fourth quarter. The punt return by Fuller was the first by a Texans player since 2013.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

HBU Football Falls at Western Kentucky, 50-3

Tony Dawson was 10-of-20 for
107 yards against WKU.
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Junior wide receiver Ethan Fry catches 5 passes for 70 yards.

From HBU Media Relations Department

BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY (October 1, 2016)  Western Kentucky rolled up 535 yards of total offense to down HBU, 50-3, in the Huskies’ first-ever matchup against an FBS opponent Saturday night at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

Senior quarterback Tony Dawson completed 10-of-20 passes for 107 yards and added 24 rushing yards, while senior running back Craig Bell led the Huskies (2-3) with 43 yards on 15 carries. Junior wide receiver Ethan Fry caught a season-high five passes for 70 yards.

Junior linebacker Garrett Dolan made eight tackles, while freshman safety Nicholas Smith made seven. Junior linebacker Cody Moncure, freshman defensive end Andre Walker and junior safety La’Travien Gee each had a sack, with Gee’s forcing a fumble. Sophomore kick Alec Chadwick provided HBU’s only score with a field goal, while junior punter Chrisitian Guzman averaged 42.1 yards on seven attempts.

Mike White completed 11-of-13 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns for WKU (3-2), while Anthony Wales rushed seven times for 87 yards and a score. Nicholas Norris’s only carry netted an 85-yard touchdown and he made two catches for 53 yards  and Quinton Baker rushed 10 times for 71 yards. Taywan Taylor caught seven passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Keith Brown led the Hilltoppers with 10 tackles, and Masai Whyte chipped in with eight. Drew Davis added an interception, the first thrown by HBU this season.

WKU had 283 passing yards and 252 rushing yards, while HBU gained 138 passing yards and 86 on the ground. The Huskies’ interception was the only turnover of the game and the two teams combined for only eight penalties for 63 yards.

Wales scored on a 45-yard touchdown run on WKU’s opening possession. The Huskies moved the ball well on their first possession, but the Huskies’ turned the ball over on downs at the WKU 40. Norris scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass from White to make the score 14-0.

Chadwick got the Huskies on the board with a 25-yard field goal with 34 seconds left in the first quarter. The make was his seventh of the season, breaking the HBU single-season record of six by Travis Shinn each of the past two seasons.

Norris caught a 19-yard touchdown from White, then Skyler Simcox nailed a 50-yard field goal. The Huskies pinned the Hilltoppers deep inside their own territory after Gee’s strip sack of White, but WKU overcame the near-turnover as Taylor scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass from White just before halftime to make the score 30-3.

Norris opened the third-quarter scoring with his 85-yard touchdown run, then Nacarius Fant had a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown. Marquez Trigg capped the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run.

The Huskies will have a week off before returning to Southland Conference play against Nicholls for Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Husky Stadium.

No. 9 North Shore pounds C.E. King 56-3

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 1, 2016) The No. 9 North Shore Mustangs racked up 35 points in the first quarter to lead the to a 56-3 win over C.E. King High School in UIL District 21-6A action at Galena Park ISD Stadium in Houston on September 30, 2016. The Mustangs racked up 474 yards of total offense in route their their fourth win of the season; including a 2-0 record in district play. Their dominating rushing game, which C.E. King could not contain, tallied 369 yards as opposed to 40 yards for Panthers.
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Badie Bryant accounted for three of North Shore's touchdown; a one-yard run and 24-yard pass reception in the first quarter and a two-yard run in the second quarter. Thomas Davis tallied two score; a 102-yard kickoff return 14 seconds into the game. He also added an 82-yard airfat (an interception returned for a touchdown)
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with 1:19 left in the first quarter. The lone Panther score came in the second quarter on a 35-yard field goal bu Jonathan Morales. Next up for the Mustangs is a Friday, October 7 road match up against Humble Atascocita. C.E. King will play Humble Summer Creek on the same date.

Sam Houston dominates SFA 63-28 in Battle of the Piney Woods

Nathan Stewart (81) caught five passes for 183 yards
and two TDs in the first half for the Bearkats.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 1, 2016) Scoring 28 points in the first quarter, the No. 2 Sam Houston State Bearkats used an effective passing game to down Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks by the score of 63-28 in the Battle of the Piney Woods at Houston's NRG Stadium on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The Bearkats have won the past six matchups and 13 of the past 17 games. This year's game, the 91st edition, makes the match up the third longest continuous college football rivalry in Texas.

After five minutes of back-and-forth football, the Bearkats found their way into the end zone on a 37-yard pass from quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe to wide receiver Yedidiah Louis for the first touchdown of the game. The score capped a four-play drive at the 9:20 mark in the first quarter. They added another another touchdown two minutes, 32 seconds later when Briscoe found wide receiver Davion Davis open down the left side of the field; flinging him a 57-yard pass for the score. On the ensuing kickoff, SFA's Trevon Smith caught the ball and advanced it to their own 13-yard line, With a hard hit on Smith, Bearkat safety P.J. Giddens forced Smith to fumble; which was recovered by linebacker Santiago Montoya. As a result, Sam Houston took over on the SFA 18-yard line. Three plays later, Briscoe handed-off the ball to running back Corey Avery, who rambled the final seven yards of the possession for the Beatkats' third touchdown in less than four minutes. They added their fourth touchdown of the first quarter when Briscoe hit Nathan Stewart with a 73-yard bomb at the 2:39 mark. Four minutes later, in the second quarter, Briscoe again connected with Stewart on a 39-yard pass to take the score to 35-0 with 12:13 left in the first half.

Jabalon Allen (in the blue) got SFA's first touchdown of the game on
an 18-yard pass from Zach Conque.
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The Lumberjacks finally found the endzone two minutes after Bearkats' fifth touchdown when quarterback Zach Conque hit fullback Jabralon Allen with an 18-yard pass for the TD. Kicker Storm Ruiz added the extra point to cut the Bearkat lead to 35-7. However, Sam Houston would not allow their lead to be cut, and added another Briscoe to Louis pass of 17 yards to post a 42-7 lead with 7:29 remaining in the half. Sam Houston score three additional times in the third quarter. Briscoe continued his air assault with touchdown passes to Collin Rison and Deon Hutchinson, while Corey Avery added a 21-yard rushing touchdown. The Lumberjacks added 14 points to their total in the third quarter with two touchdown passes and extra points. They also added a fourth quarter TD to their close out the scoring in the game.

Offensively, Briscoe completed 25-of-33 passes for 438 yards and seven touchdowns. Stewart caught five apsses for 183 yards, while Louis added seven catches for 119 yards. Both Stewart and Louis accounted for two touchdowns each of the Bearkats total.

Sam Houston head coach K.C. Keeler stated after the game:

I thought going in that this was possibly the best opponent that we had on our schedule. We have tremendous respect for Stephen F. Austin. But we really have had two good weeks of focused practice and it was good to see us continue to push through after not playing, what we feel, was our best football earlier in the year. I think we have gotten that mentality that we are going to have tremendous preparation as we move forward and I think we played a pretty good game tonight.

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He also commented about how good the Bearkats offense is: 

It’s tough to find a weak spot on our offense. We have really talented skill kids, like Nathan Stewart who is a true freshman. To have a third running back like Remus (Bulmer), are you kidding me? He starts for everybody in this league. And Jeremiah has really blossomed as a quarterback and his leadership skills are special. It’s been powerful to see him take this team over. With the tempo and the confidence we play at, I think the sky is the limit for this offense. 

The two schools have played each other eight times in Houston. The Kats and the Jacks battled to a 14-14 draw in the Astrodome in 1976. Sam Houston now holds a 54-35 all-time lead, with two ties. Today's win ties the longest winning streak of a school at six.. The Bearkats also won six straight games between 1937-1946.

Houston Cougars vs Connecticut Huskies on September 29, 2016

By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 1, 2016) Click here to view a slideshow of photos, by Darla S Tamulitis of La Vita Loca Photography, of  Houston Cougars vs. Connecticut Huskies on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Houston Dynamo drop heartbreaker to New York City FC, 2-0

David Villa (7) scored both of New York's goals
against the Houston Dynamo.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 30, 2016) In a must-win game, with the MLS regular season winding down, the Houston Dynamo could not find the offensive punch to get the ball into the net, and dropped a 2-0 decision to New York City FC at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Friday, September 30, 2016.  The match was the first meeting between the two teams. The loss drops Houston to 7-12-11 (32 points) for the season with four games remaining on their schedule. New York, on the other hand, goes to 14-9-9 (51 points) and jumped into first place in the Eastern Conference. Houston remains in the cellar Western Conference; nine points back from a possible playoff berth. Mathematically, the Dynamo remain in the hunt for the playoffs, but with the loss to New York, their chanced diminished significantly. 

After a uneventful first half, which saw multiple turnovers from both team, Houston and New York headed to the locker rooms without a score to their credit. New York got on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute when captain David Villa received a corner kick on the ground and turned to the endline. He connected with the ball, and from a tough angle, drilled it past Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis. In the final 38 minutes, Houston continued to play give-and-take ball, but still found the back of the net elusive. New York added an insurance goal in added time of the second half when Tony Taylor found Villa at the box of the box for the final score.

Houston interim head coach Wade Barrett discussed the loss with the press after the game.

“It was a tough one for us. I think we, everybody in our group, could have done better tonight. They’re a good opponent, they do a few things different, things that weren’t a surprise to us but we still didn’t deal with them as well as I had hoped that we would. I hoped we’d have been a little more on the front foot as well, I thought we were still just a little bit off with our passing. Field doesn’t help but both teams are out there. We didn’t take care of the ball very well. You know, we were just off tonight. It’s hard to explain, we had a good week of training. It felt like, coming into the game, the guys were pretty confident. For whatever reason, we were kind of flat tonight, in a lot of different ways. I feel like we all kind of got knocked down tonight, myself included, and now we have the weekend. We have the weekend to think about it, to think about how we’re going to come back, what our response is going to be, when we come back in on Monday. We’ll come back in with a little bit of renewed attitude, a little bit of renewed vigor, and we’ll be back to fighting on Monday.”

On October 8, Houston will host the Chicago Fire before hitting the road to play Seattle on October 12. They return to the confines of  BBVA Compass Stadium on October 16 to face Los Angeles. The Dynamo will close out the regular season against Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver.

Prairie View Volleyball splits home openers

PRAIRIE VIEW, TEXAS (September 30, 2016) The Prairie View A&M University volleyball team split its home openers this week in the William J. Nicks Building.

PVAMU defeated St. Thomas 3-0 Tuesday in the Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game. Wednesday, the Lady Panthers lost a hard-fought 3-1 game to Incarnate Word.

The Lady Panthers swept St. Thomas 25-19, 25-13, 25-20. Taylor Goudeau had 14 kills to lead the attack. Erica Jimenez had 16 assists, and Mykaeli Franklin added 13 assists and seven digs. Christen Augustine added 11 digs in the match.

PVAMU fell in Wednesday’s match 17-25, 24-26, 25-22, 21-25 in four highly competitive games. Goudeau had a career-high 19 kills and added seven assists, Jimenez added a career-high 19 assists, and Augustine had 17 digs.

After losing set one, the Lady Panthers (4-10) were serving on match point but could not close the deal in set two. However, Prairie View rebounded in set three to earn a win. Consecutive kills by Larissa Martinez, Goudeau, Mokeysha Shanklin, and Goudeau gave the Lady Panthers an early 7-1 lead they would not relinquish.

In set four, Prairie View A&M rallied back from a six-point deficit to tie the match four times. A kill by Martinez off an Jimenez assist tied the set for the final time at 19-19.

Prairie View A&M returns to SWAC play at Texas Southern Friday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

No. 6/7 Houston Cougars go to 5-0 in 2016 by downing UConn 42-14

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 29, 2016) The No. 6/7 Houston Cougars avenged their 2015 loss to the Connecticut Huskies with a 42-14 win over their American Athletic Conference rival at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Thursday, September 29, 2016. With the win, the Cougars move to 5-0 on the season, and 2-0 in conference play as the Huskies drop to 2-3, with a 0-2 conference mark.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Cougars exploded for 28 points in the second quarter to take 28-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Houston quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. threw for two of the first half touchdowns and rushing of a third. Forty seconds into the second half, the senior for Tyler, Texas, kept the ball and beat a 30-yard path for the end zone to put Houston on the board. He followed that up nine minutes later with a three-yard pass to Tyler McCloskey for the Cougars' third touchdown. He added the fourth Houston TD with a short 15-yard pass to Steven Dunbar with 1:37 remaining in the half. Dillon Birden go in on the scoring assault with a one-yard run at the 9:11 mark. The Huskies lone score came in the first half  on 62-yard pass from Bryant Shirreffs to Noel Thomas. The Huskies added a second touchdown late in the game to close out scoring/

Ward added to Houston's score three minutes, thirteen minutes into the third quarter with a 10-yard run to cap a nine-play, 74-yard drive. He added TD number six seven minutes later on a four-yard pass to Linell Bonner, and left the game early in the fourth quarter with a career-high 389 yards passing; completing 32-of-38 passes for three touchdowns.
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Last season, the Cougars fell to the Huskies by the score of 20-17 in Hartford. The loss was the only blemish on the Cougars, and head coach Tom Herman's, record in 2015. Houston had won 19 of their last 20 games and are riding an eight-game winning streak dating back to November 27, 2015 where they downed No. 16 Navy by the score of 52-31. After the game, Herman discussed the game with the press. 

"I’m proud of our team for responding. I really thought the first couple drives on offense we tried to get our feet wet. There were a couple first downs, nothing really to speak of. We got it rolling in the second quarter. The defense showed up very stout against the run. Obviously in situations where our offense scores 25 to 38 points and a team has to live throwing the football, we have to do a better job. I was disappointed in that. Part of that is on the secondary, but as always part of that is on the pass rush as well. We could’ve done a better job there. The offense though, no turnovers, 5-for-5 in the red zone and 8-for-16 on third down was a good night. We have to do a better job as we get our twos and threes in, especially against really good people like Connecticut, and especially on defense we have to do a better job of not looking so sloppy and silly out there. But overall, I’m very proud of the way our guys responded. It’s the fourth game in 19 days and to come out with that kind of energy and juice was good to see.” 

The Cougars own the longest winning streak by a non-power 5 team against power 5 opponents with five consecutive wins over the last the seasons. Houston now owns wins over OKlahoma, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Pittsburgh in its last five power 5 matchups. The Cougars will look to extend their streak to to six when they host Louisville on November 17. Nest up for Houston is a Saturday, October 8 matchup against Navy at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.

Monday, September 26, 2016

HBU Men’s Golf Opens in 3rd at Mark Simpson CU Invite

Junior Val Almendarez tied for 2nd, one stroke off lead.

ERIE, COLORADO (September 26, 2016)   HBU junior Val Almendarez posted back-to-back rounds under par and is only one stroke behind the leader, as the Huskies are in third after two rounds Monday at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invite at the 7,745-yard, par-72 Colorado National Golf Club.

Almendarez opened with a 70, then followed with a scorching 5-under par 67 to total 7-under par 137. He carded six birdies in the second round, five in the first, had a bogey in each round and a double-bogey in the first. Freshman Nicko Martinez held the lead after the first round with a 6-under par 66, but followed with a 73 and is tied for eighth at 139. He holed seven birdies in the first round, then three in the second. Sophomore Daniel Dimaculangon carded 73 in the first, but bounced back with a 69 to move up to a tie for 23rd at 2-under par 142. Freshman Patricio Guerra is tied for 60th at 3-over par 147, while freshman Colin Mulligan is tied for 75th at 5-over par 149 with rounds of 74 and 75.

Host Colorado shot 12-under par 558 to lead Utah by six and HBU by seven. The Huskies are only one stroke ahead of Wyoming and Campbell, which are tied for fourth.

CU’s Morten Toft Hansen shot 71 in the first round, but tied with one other for the best round of the day with a 7-under 65 in the second to lead at 8-under par 136. Almendarez is tied with Air Force’s Sunwoo Choi, who had rounds of 69 and 68. Four other players are tied for fourth at 6-under par 138.

The tournament concludes with the third round Tuesday morning.

HBU Women’s Golf Stands 4th at ORU Bob Hurley Shootout

Sophomore Lexi Brooks tied for 7th to lead Huskies

TULSA, OKLAHOMA (September 26, 2016) The HBU women’s golf team opened with rounds of 307 and 308 and are fourth after 36 holes at the ORU Bob Hurley Shootout Monday at the 6,013-yard, par-71 Meadowbrook Country Club.

Sophomore Lexi Brooks shot 78 in the first round, but answered by firing a 72, one of only three players to shoot that score or better in the round, to move up to a tie for seventh at 8-over par 150. Junior Giorgia Carletti was among the top-seven after her first-round 74, but followed with a 77 and is tied for 11th at 151. Sophomore Kaity Cummings is tied for 28th at 156, carding 77 and 79, senior Charlotte Hartshorn is tied for 48th at 160 with rounds of 78 and 82 and freshman Caylee Senn is tied for 66th at 164 with 84 and 80.

Lamar was the only team to break 600 for the day, taking the lead at 31-over par 599, six strokes ahead of host Oral Roberts, 14 ahead of Stephen F. Austin and 16 ahead of the Huskies. HBU is six strokes ahead of fifth-place Wichita State.

Lamar’s Olvereen Le Roux leads by one stroke at 5-over par 147, with Oral Roberts’ Kennedy Ishee, Lamar’s Elodie Chapelet and SFA’s Erica Lautensack each tied for second at 148.

The tournament concludes with the third round Tuesday morning.


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (September 26, 2016)The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly football honors for the fourth week of the 2016 college football season.

Riley Ferguson • Jr. • QB • Memphis • Matthews, N.C.
Ferguson tied the American Athletic Conference single-game record for touchdown responsibility in the first half of the Tigers’ 77-3 win against Bowling Green. He staked the Tigers to a 35-3 first-quarter lead and a 56-3 halftime lead by completing 20 of 27 passes for 359 yards and six touchdowns and added a 1-yard rushing TD before exiting the game. Ferguson leads The American with 11 touchdown passes through three games.

Jeremy Brady • Sr. • S • Tulsa • North Little Rock, Ark.
Brady came up with two key turnovers in the second half, helping Tulsa overcome a 31-0 deficit and take a 48-41 double-overtime win at Fresno State. He had an interception in the end zone as Fresno State threatened to build a two-touchdown lead, and he had a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the first overtime period to prevent the Bulldogs from scoring first.

Andrew DiRocco • Jr. • K • Tulane • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
DiRocco made a career-high four field goals and scored 15 points to help Tulane to a 41-39 win against Louisiana in four overtimes. He forced a fourth OT period with a do-or-die 48-yard field goal in the third overtime and also had field goals of 22, 35 and 20 yards.

Shaquem Griffin • Jr. • LB • UCF • St. Petersburg, Fla.
Had five tackles, 2.0 sacks, 3.0 tackles for loss and a pass breakup in a 53-14 win at Florida International.

D’Eriq King • Fr. • WR • Houston • Marvel, Texas
Had 234 all-purpose yards and figured in three touchdowns (one receiving, one passing, one kickoff return) in a 64-3 win at Texas State.

Jahad Thomas • Sr. • RB • Temple • Elizabeth, N.J.
Had 143 all-purpose yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in a 48-20 win against Charlotte.

Terren Encalade • So. • WR • Tulane • East Point à la Hache, La.
Had seven receptions for 103 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-39 four-overtime win against Louisiana.

D’Angelo Brewer • Jr. • RB • Tulsa • Tulsa, Okla.
Rushed for 252 yards on a conference-record 46 carries in a 48-41 double-OT win at Fresno State.

Southland Conference Announces Football Players of the Week

UCA takes two weekly honors after win over Arkansas State

FRISCO, TEXAS (September 26, 2017) Stephen F. Austin senior quarterback Hunter Taylor, Central Arkansas junior rover George Odum and UCA junior cornerback Tremon Smith earned Southland Conference Football Player of the Week honors presented by, the league office announced Monday. Taylor took offensive honors while Odum was named defensive player of the week and Smith was tabbed the top special teams player.

Offensive Player of the Week:  Hunter Taylor, Stephen F. Austin
Taylor set careers highs with 376 passing yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in Stephen F. Austin’s 41-30 win over Abilene Christian. The senior from Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse H.S.), completed 31 of 46 passes and had touchdowns of 37, 18, seven and three yards. Taylor also rushed for 16 yards to give him 392 yards of total offense on the night. This marks the third consecutive game in which Taylor entered the contest and led the Lumberjacks to a win.

Honorable Mention: Hayden Hildebrand, Central Arkansas; Justin Alo, Southeastern Louisiana; Dontrell Taylor, Nicholls.

Defensive Player of the Week:  George Odum, Central Arkansas
Odum was an integral part of the Central Arkansas defense that limited Arkansas State to just 45 rushing yards on 34 attempts in the Bears’ 28-23 win over the Red Wolves. The junior from Millington, Tenn. (Millington Central H.S.), did it all with 11 total tackles, including three for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbled. Odum forced a fumble on Arkansas State’s next-to-last possession that allowed the Bears to hold on for the win.

Honorable Mention:  B.T. Sanders, Nicholls; P.J. Hall, Sam Houston State; Price Sanders, Stephen F. Austin.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Tremon Smith, Central Arkansas
Smith, a junior from Anniston, Ala. (Saks H.S.), returned a punt 47 yards for a first-quarter touchdown in UCA’s 28-23 win over FBS-foe Arkansas State. The punt return gave the Bears an early 7-3 lead in the contest. Smith also had an interception and 121 total return years in the victory.

Honorable Mention: Khalil Harris, McNeese; Stefano Guarisco, Nicholls; Jaylen Harris, Sam Houston State.

Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.