Saturday, November 22, 2014

Houston Cougars become bowl eligible with 38-28 win over Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Greg Ward Jr. (1) caiired the ball eight times for
37 yards and was 17-of-22 for 225 yards in the
air for the Houston Cougars.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 22, 2014) The Houston Cougars survived a late comeback by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and held on for their fourth conference win of the season with a 38-28 win at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, November 22, 2014. With the win, the Cougars become bowl-eligible heading into their final two games against SMU and Cincinnati.

Houston jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of one-yard runs by running back Kenneth Farrow. Kicker Kyle Bullard, as always, added the extra points for the Cougars to close out the first 15 minutes.

Tulsa cut the Cougar lead to seven when quarterback Dane Evans rushed the final three yards of a 41-yard drive for their first touchdown of the game. Carl Salazar added the kicking conversion to close out the first half.

In the third quarter, the scoring blitz began with both teams scoring 14 points to take the score to 28-21 with 15 minutes to play. Tulsa scored on a two-yard Zack Langer run at the 6:53 mark. They added an addition touchdown when Evans connected with wide receiver Keyarris Garrett on a 17-yard pass. Salazar again added the conversion kicks.

The Cougars scored on a 45-yard Farrow run with 5:28 left in the quarter. They added an additional six points when quarterback Greg Ward Jr. hit Markeith Ambles with a 25-yard pass for the score. Bullard split the uprights on both scores for the conversion points.

Former Houston Cougar swimmer and H-Association member
Kristine Kelly and her  daughter, enjoy their game and throw
their support behind the Cougars.
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Houston went into the fourth quarter with a 28-21 lead; however the Golden Hurricane quickly cut that lead with an Evans one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Zach Epps. The score capped a 10 play, 77 yard drive that lasted 4:19. With the touchdown and Salazar’s extra point, a new game emerged with 7:10 remaining in the game.
Houston took the ball at their 11 yard line and began a drive to break the tie and eat up the clock. The 89 yard drive resulted in Farrow carrying the ball the final two yards for the touchdown. Bullard added the extra point to give the Cougars a seven point lead with 3:06 left in the game.

Tulsa began a final drive in an attempt to tie the score, but with 1:42 left in the game, the Cougars picked off an Evans pass on a fourth-and-one play. Houston ran three plays before opting for a 35-yard field goal by Bullard. With the three points, the Cougars secured the win and sixth victory of the season.

Offensive, Farrow rushed for 116 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns. His four rushing touchdowns ranks his second on the all-time list for a single game. Ryan Jackson rushed for 95 yards on 15 carries with one romp of 56 yards.

Ward, who threw for one touchdown and was sacked twice, connected on 17-of-22 passes for 225 yards. He also rushed for 37 yards.

On defense, middle linebacker Efrem Oliphant continued his stellar senior year, accounted for 16 tackles for the Cougars; four of the unassisted. Cornerback Howard Wilson tallied 15 tackles, seven solo, while linebacker Steven Taylor added 13.

For Tulsa, Evans was 28-of-40 for 258 yards passing, with three interceptions with Lucas catching 14 passes for 97 yards.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Houston drops a heartbreaker to Tulane, 31-24

Photo by Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography  

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 8, 2014) The Houston Cougars scored 10 points in the final 1:53 of the first half;  taking a three-point lead into the locker room at halftime. They could not retain the lead in the second half. as the Green Wave came back from behind in the second half to down the Cougars by the score of 31-24 at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Saturday, November 8, 2014. 

With the loss, Houston dropped to 3-2 in the American Athletic Conference, and 5-4 for the season. The Green Wave raised their record to 3-6 and 2-3 in The American.

Tulane found the end zone first at 11:19 in the first quarter when Teddy Lee caught a Tanner Lee pass from 12 yards out for the score. Andrew DiRocco added the extra point to give the Green wave an early 7-0 lead.

The Cougars followed up with a 13 play, 63 yard drive that lasted 6:03 to even the score at seven-all. Greg Ward, Jr. connected with Markeith Ambles who rambled 19 yards for the touchdown.  Kyle Bullard split the uprights for his 23rd extra point of the season tie the score with 1:36 remaining in the quarter.

The Green Wave added a touchdown and extra point early in the second quarter to make the score 14-7. The score remained that way until 1:53 was left in the half.

At that point, Tulane had the ball on the Houston 10 yard line on a second down and eight yards to go. Lee hit Teddy Veal with a pass for an eight-yard gain, to the Houston two yard line. However, Houston free safety connected with Veal; forcing a fumble. An alert Adrian McDonald recovered the ball as it rolled into the end zone for the touchdown. Bullard added the conversion to again tie the score.

After the kickoff, Tulane drove 40-yard on eight played before giving the ball back to Houston with 1:33 left on the clock. Houston began their drive on their own 47-yard line and advanced to the Tulane 22 yard line before being forced to attempt a field goal.

Bullard scored his 14th field goal of the season to give the Cougars their 17-14 lead at the half.

Tulane scored a single touchdown and extra point in the third quarter to take a 21-17 lead going into the final 15 minutes of the game.  Lee found Leondre James open and tossed the ball nine yards for the score. DiRocco added the extra point for the four point lead.

Bullard, who had hit 14 of 16 field goals, with his last previously in the game, went wide right at the 11:29 mark. He then went wide left with 10 second left in the quarter, for his second miss of the game. The sure-footed kicker had only missed two goals previously in 2014.

In the fourth quarter, Tulane furthered their lead to 31-17 on a Dontrell Hillard one yard run and an extra point and a field goal by DiRocco.

The Cougars cut the Tulane lead to seven with 1:04 left in the game when Greg Ward, Jr. capped a 12 play, 82 yard drive with a nine yard pass to Deontay Greenberry for a touchdown. Bullard added the extra point and Houston prepared to kick off to the Green Wave.

Ty Cummings kicked off and booted the ball 12 yards with an onside kick. Houston’s Tyler McCloskey recovered the ball on the Houston 47 yard line to give the Cougars one final chance to win the game.

Ward, Jr. drove the ball 48 yards in eight plays, running 1:02 of the clock before he was picked off by Perry Nickerson on the goal line. He returned the ball to the 12-yard line as the clock ran out.

Houston head coach Tony Levine expressed his thoughts on the game to the press after the game.

“There were a few plays that we got out of position. To win these games, we can’t put ourselves in these types of positions. We had too many turnovers on offense and didn’t force enough on defense. We didn’t stop them when we needed to.”
Offensively, Ward, Jr. completed 31-of-45 passes for 342 yards. He also rushed for 59 yards and was intercepted three times.

Greenberry caught 12 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. Wayne Beadle and Steven Dunbar each caught six passes for 65 and 64-yards respectively.

On defense, Efrem Oliphant continued his stellar season, accounting for 13 tackles and one sack. He now has 96 tackles for the season, along with 20 sacks.

The 6-1, senior linebacker stated in the post-game press conference about the defense’s play in the game.

“There were a few plays that we got out of position. To win these games, we can’t put ourselves in these types of positions. We had too many turnovers on offense and didn’t force enough on defense. We didn’t stop them when we needed to.”
Houston will now have a bye-week before their final home game of the season, facing the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on November 22. They close out the season with two games on the road. They will play former Southwest Conference and Conference USA rival SMU on November 28 in Dallas. They will close out the season versus Cincinnati on December 6 in Cincinnati.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Texas Flying Legends Museum: Living History through Pilots and Planes at Wings Over Houston 2014

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 16, 2014)  For the fifth year, the Texas Flying Legends Museum (TFLM) announces that it will participate in the 30th Annual Commemorative AirForce (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow on November 1 - 2, 2014. Ellington Field gates will open at 8:00 am with the flying scheduled to begin around 10:00 am. Tickets are required and can be purchased at or at the gate, closing at 6:00pm.

 TFLM maintains a collection of pristine warbirds including an A6-M2 Japanese Zero, B-25J Mitchell Bomber, two P-51D Mustangs, P-40 Warhawk, and F4U Corsair. The “Flying Legends” will participate in aerial performances and are on display on the Warbird Ramp (open for up-close views from 8:00am - 11:30am during the show). Warbird pilots of yesterday and today will offer commentary on their relationship with these planes.

 In the late 1930s America’s first black military pilots stepped up to serve their country and the “Tuskegee Experiment” trained them and their support crews; they became heroes. Strength, courage, and ability to triumph over adversity during WWII can serve to inspire others about how to succeed today. The CAF Red Tail Squadron will travel to this year’s airshow with their P-51C Red-Tail Mustang and the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, a movie dedicated to sharing the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

RISE ABOVE admission is always free and the movie will be playing continuously throughout the airshow. This program is geared to youth but will be of interest to all ages. Students, youth organizations and special interests groups are invited to contact TFLM for requests to preview RISE ABOVE, their P-51C, and TFLM Warbirds October 28 - 30, 2014. Visitors may also meet Col Charles McGee and Lt Col George Hardy, original Tuskegee Airmen who are scheduled to make appearances.

 The TFLM mission is simple: honor the past generations and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. Considered a traveling museum, partnering with the Dakota Territory Air Museum, the focus is on bringing “Flying Legends” to small airports around the country, that form the hubs of many Veteran-based communities.

Aviation enthusiasts and experts from around the world visit the Texas Flying Legends Museum during each year’s airshow. As we witness the passing of the “Greatest Generation,” and honor all servicemen, Texas Flying Legends Museum sees beyond the entertainment that airshows provide. By facilitating discussion and open learning, airshows can become a kind of classroom where families and especially younger generations can learn about history and experience the glory of aviation.

San Diego Shores goes undefeated at 2014 Rock-tober Classic

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By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

MESA, ARIZONA (October 26, 2014) The championship game of the 2014 Rock-tober PCA 12 and Under USA Water Polo Classic left no doubt as to who was “Number 1” at Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa, AZ on Sunday October 26, 2014.

The San Diego Shores team, led by coaches Charlie Equels and Nicole Maichrowicz, won 8-4 against Long Beach Shore Aquatics Red, coached by Chase Mccoll, to finish the tournament undefeated. San Diego Shores finished the tournament with an impressive 52 goals while only allowing their competition to score 18 goals.

The second place team, Long Beach Shore Aquatics Red, only lost two games over the weekend, both against SD Shores. In the first loss of 7-7 (4-3), the game ended in a sudden death shoot-out after four hard fought periods with the lead changing often.

Third place was awarded to Mid Valley Water Polo, coached by Davit Gharagyozyan after winning 9-6 against Vanguard Blue, coached by Nemanja Jokanovic.

Other teams that participated in the first annual “Rock-tober” tournament hosted by Mesa Water Polo Club included LA Premier, Greenwich, SOCAL Boys, Commerce, Pacific Polo, Chelsea Piers, Colorado, SOCAL Girls, Viper Pigeons, Mesa Water Polo “A”, Mesa Water Polo “B”, and Albuquerque.

As a special treat, the trophy ceremony included water polo Olympian and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame member Craig Wilson, who passed out the medals and shook the hand of each young player and their coaches.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

HBU Women’s Soccer Clinches Berth to SLC Tournament With 2-1 Win

The HBU women's soccer team celebrate their victory
over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and their qualifying
for the Southland Conference Tournament
Photo by Eric Williams
Rebekah Tovar scores game winner in 71st minute
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (October 26, 2014) Junior midfielder Rebekah Tovar broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 71st  minute, as HBU earned a trip to the Southland Conference Tournament with a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday afternoon.
HBU punches its first trip to the conference tournament, as the Huskies won their fifth-straight match. The last time HBU won five straight was in 2011, when the Huskies went 11-9-1 and 4-1-1 in their final season in the Great West Conference.
“I am very proud of the team,” said head coach Misty Jones. “We played hard all weekend and came up with two big wins on the road to secure us a spot in the conference tournament. That is a great feeling going into next week.”
Tovar and Natalie Hager scored for HBU (7-6-3 overall, 6-1-2 SLC), while Blake Martin and Ellee Hall registered assists. Tovar and Hager each took three shots, while Tovar had two shots on goal.
Walrath stopped three shots and allowed the one goal as she improved to 6-5-2 on the season with a 0.98 goals-against average.
Yvette Franco scored for TAMUCC (4-7-3 overall, 3-5-1 SLC), as she and Aulona Velaj each led the Islanders with three shots.
Megan Delaney made two saves and allowed two goals in net for the Islanders.
HBU took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, as Martin fed Hager and she beat Delaney one-on-one.
The Islanders tied the match with just 40 seconds remaining in the first half, as Bri Lugo passed the ball to Franco, who beat Walrath at an odd angle. The goal snapped the Huskies’ shutout streak at 355:56, dating back to a second-half goal by McNeese State Oct. 5.
TAMUCC outshot HBU, 6-2, in the first half. Neither team took a corner kick.
HBU weathered five Islander corner kicks before the Huskies took a 2-1 lead in the 71st minute, as Tovar beat Delaney on a one-timer off a pass from Hall.
The Islanders put pressure in the waning minutes, as Becca Chance’s shot went right and the Huskies’ defense blocked Franco’s shot at the 87:35-mark, but HBU held on for the win.
HBU outshot the Islanders, 10-4, in the second half and 12-10 for the match. Corner kicks were 5-2 in favor of TAMUCC.
HBU plays at Sam Houston State Friday, Oct. 31 at 6:30 pm before hosting Southeastern Louisiana on “Senior Day” Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 pm.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

HBU comes from behind to down Nicholls 31-21

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 25, 2014) The Houston Baptist Huskies scored two touchdowns and two extra points in the fourth quarter, coming back from a four point deficit, to down the Nicholls Colonels by the score of 31-21 at Dunham Field in Houston on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The vicrory marks the Huskies' first ever win against a Southland Conference opponent and raised their season record to 2-6.

Nicholls wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, driving 75 yards in 11 plays, resulting in a five yard run by running back Michael Henry. The three minute, 25 second drive was capped off with a Conner Fryouz extra point to give the Colonels a 7-0 lead.

HBU responded a bit over eight minutes later when running back Larry Day carried the ball the final yard of a 60 yard drive for the touchdown. Travis Shinn booted the ball through the uprights for the conversion to even the score at seven.

After short stints of possession by both teams, the Huskies began a drive with 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter which lasted 7:46. They drove ball 83 yards in 17 plays for their second touchdown of the game; a five yard pass from quarterback Jonathan Fleming to wide receiver D’Angelo Wallace.

Shinn added another point to his season total for the extra point; making the score 14-0. The right-footed kicker from Rockwell, Texas added another field goal to his season total with no time remaining on the clock to give HBU a 17-7 lead going into the locker room at halftime.

After what must have been an inspirational talk in both locker rooms, the Colonels came out of the locker room like a vengeance. Nicholls scored two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter to take the score to 21-17 in favor of the Colonels.

Quarterback Beaux Hebert connected on a monstrous 60-yard pass to Demon Bolt for one touchdown at the 8:49 mark. Michael Henry rushed for the second touchdown with 38 second remaining in the quarter.

Trailing by four points with 15 minutes remaining in the games, the Huskies buckled down scored twice in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

With 12:41 remaining in the game. B.J. Kelly carried the ball the final 29 yards on an 85 yard drive to score his first touchdown of the game. Kenneth Bibbins added his own touchdown at 7:07 woth a 24 yard pass from Fleming to cap odd a 62 yard, eight play drive.

Kelly carried he ball 29 yards for 153 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Bibbins caught two passes for 57 yards and one score. Fleming threw for two touchdowns; completing 10 of 20 passes for 127 yards.

The Huskies will next face the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday, November 1, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff downs Texas Southern on late game score

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 25, 2014)  With the score seesawing back and forth all afternoon, the Texas Southern Tigers could not contain Arkansas-Pine Bluff final drive and fell to the Golden Eagles by the score of 38-37 in front of 8,210 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

In the first quarter, Texas Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff each scored a touchdown and a field goal to end the quarter in a 10-all tie.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 5-3 for the season and 3-3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Pine Bluff raised their conference record to 1-4 and 2-5 for the season.

The Golden Lions scored at the 6:31 mark with a 26-yard field goal by Tyler Strickland. He also scored the extra point after Benjamin Anderson connected with C.J. Branch on 34-yard pass with 4:41 remaining in the quarter.

The Tigers tallied their points on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Homer Causey to Daveonn Porter and Eric Medina’s extra point. Medina added a 42-yard field goal with 42 second left in the quarter.

Pine Bluff put the pedal to the medal in the second quarter, scoring 16 points to make the score 26-17 at halftime.

Walk on running back Brian Hanley scored two touchdowns, on runs of 17 and 23 to give the Golden Lions 12 points. Strickland connected on one of the extra points, missing one and added a field goal to close out second quarter scoring.

TSU added seven points with 17-yard pass from Causey to Malik Cross and a Medina extra point at the 8:12 mark in the third quarter and an additional seven points with 4:25 left in the quarter. That closed out the scoring, giving TSU a 31-26 lead with 15 minutes to go.

Pine Bluff regained the lead with a Willie Young 60 yard pass reception, making the score 32-31. Texas Southern responded with their own aerial touchdown when Causey hit Larry Clark from 16 yard out for the score and the lead with 2:31 left in the game.

After the ensuing kickoff, Anderson unleased a monstrous pass on the second play from scrimmage, again connecting with Young. He grabbed the ball on the 69-yard pass play and the final score of the game.

Porter carried the ball 18 times for 187 yards and one touchdown while Causey completed 27 of 35 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns.

Anderson completed 12 of 23 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Porter caught seven passes for 83 yards and one TD, while Clark added 78 yards on the ground with five carries.

Next on tab for TSU will be Grambling State on November 1, 2014 with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Tigers are 5-3 for the season and 4-0 in SWAC action with their most recent win a 63-39 victory over the Golden Eagles on October 18, 2014.

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.
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) 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.