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.
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University of Houston
Athletics Communications
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
 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.

Houston Cougars dominate Grambling State in 47-0 win

John O'Korn (5) threw for 200 yards and
one touchdown against Grambling State.
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 7,  2014) The Houston Cougars came into TDECU Stadium on Saturday evening looking for their first win in their new on-campus stadium. Little did anyone comprehend on that September 6, 2014 evening that it would be such a complete and total victory.

Capitalizing on a totally ineffective Grambling offense and tallying 477 yards of total offense, the Cougars run away from the Tigers with a 47-0 win in front of 30,081 fans.

As a team, Houston rushed for 295 yards on 40 carries and scored three touchdowns, while passing for 202 yards and one touchdown.

It was a complete team effort of the Cougars, with seven players carrying the ball and seven players catching the ball to contribute to the offensive effort.

Kyle Bullard connected on four field goals of 42, 38, 35, and 21 yards to lead the scoring for the Cougars. He also added five extra points to his scoring total.

Running back Kenneth Farrow carried the back 13 times for 133 yards for one touchdown while Javin Webb accounted for 72 yards on eight carries.

John O'Korn completed 14-of-25 passes for 200 yards and one touchdowns.

Houston head coach
Tony Levine discussed O'Korn's play with the media in the post-game press conference:

“He played well. I thought he was more confident in his throws tonight. He will come in tomorrow and sat that I missed that throw, I missed that throw, I had a poor read. He is his own biggest critic but again that is what we are looking for in our program is improvement from game to game.”

Greg Ward Jr. and Billy Cosh also saw game time as the quarterback.

The Cougars started off the game by scoring their first touchdown a mire 38 seconds into the contest, when Ward, Jr. scored on a 12-yard run, followed by a Bullard kick, to give Houston a quick 7-0 lead.

Bullard followed that with first two of his four of his field goals, while scoring runs by Farrow and Ryan Jackson added to the Houston score.

Ward Jr. added a touchdown pass from O'Korn right before the half to give the Cougars a 34-0 as both teams headed to the locker room.

Bullard's last two field goals and a Vincent Hall fumble recovery, which he carried into the end zone for a touchdown rounded out Houston’s scoring in the game.

Houston win next face BYU on Thursday, September 11, 2014 in Utah.

Houston Baptist falls to McMurry in inaugural game in Southland Conference

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 7, 2014) The Houston Baptist Huskies recorded 324 yards of total offense, but it was not enough to overcome McMurry University as they fell to the War Hawks by the score of 26-17 in their inaugural game at Dunham Field on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The Huskies got on the scoreboard first with a 38-yard field goal by Travis Shinn at the 11:47 mark in the first quarter.

McMurry responded three minutes later with a six-yard run by Chris Simpson and the extra point by Joey Silva to make the score 7-3 in favor of the War Hawks.

Aggressive defensive play by HBU enabled linebacker Josh Jones to score a safety with 5:48 left in the first quarter to give HBU two more points.

The Huskies closed out the first quarter with a Shinn 28-yard field goal to make the score 8-7 in favor of HBU.

McMurry scored their second touchdown in the second quarter when Jeret Smith scampered five yards for the six points. Silva's extra point was blocked; allowing War Hawks to take a 13-8 lead into the locker room at halftime.

HBU added an addition touchdown and a field goal in the second half to round out their scoring. McMurry added two aerial touchdowns and a single extra point to secure the win.

In the air, HBU quarterback Jonathan Fleming completed 20 passes on 39 attempts for 179 yards and one touchdown. Additionally, he threw one interceptions and was sacked three times.

Running back B.J. Kelly carried the ball 13 times for 64 yards while Craig Bell rushed for 51 yards on nine carries.

Wide receiver D'Angelo Wallace caught six passes for 61 yards and the Huskies only touchdown.

Defensively for HBU, linebacker GarrettDolan accounted for 14 tackles, 12 of them unassisted, while Terrell Brown tallied 9.

The Huskies will face Northern Colorado on Saturday, September 13, 2014 Greeley, Colorado. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 CDT.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Texas A&M battles to 2-all tie against Arizona at Sun Devil Soccer Classic

The Texas Aggies tied the score late in the game to secure
a 2-all tie against Arizona in the Sun Devil Classic.
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By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

TEMPE, ARIZONA (September 5, 2014) The Texas A and M Aggies met the Arizona Wildcats for the first time in Women’s Soccer at the Sun Devil Classic Women’s Soccer Tournament on Friday, September 5. The Aggies entered the night with a 4-0 record and ranked sixth in the NCAA. That would change after two overtimes and a 2-all tie.

Texas Aggies head coach G Guerrieri stated in the post game press conference:
 “I was pleased with our fight. Arizona did what Arizona does very well. It’s hard to play against. They have some players who can kick the ball a really long way. They’re big and physical and they’re tough to play against. To come from behind twice, I was pleased with. It was unfortunate that we didn’t finish off the three break-away opportunities and we hit the woodwork numerous times. All-in-all, the players are disappointed we didn’t get the win in overtime, but the fight to come back and put ourselves in a position to win is something we can build on.”

The scoring started when Arizona’s Gabriela Stoian made an unassisted goal from the top of the box inside the far post in the 38th minute. The Aggies’ Bianca Brinson was able to sneak a goal when Annie Kunz made a quick pass in front of Arizona’s GK Gabby Kaufman during the 43rd minute.

In the 84th minute, Arizona was able to take a 2-1 lead when Hannah Stevens headed a goal off a kick from Stoian. As the final seconds began to wind down, Aggies’ Brinson scored her second goal, tying the game in the 90th minute.

Guerrieri commented:
“I was pleased with the way BB (Bianca Brinson) got herself into good positions. She had a couple good looks in front of goal. Annie (Kunz) and Shea (Groom) each had a couple good looks in front of goal. Allie (Bailey) had some solid opportunities late. We’ll finish these opportunities as we go along and I’m confident this game will help us improve going forward.”

Two overtime periods later and the game ended with a score of 2 – 2. The Aggies are now 4-0-1 for the season.
The Texas A&M Aggies next match is Sunday on PAC-12 Network against the Arizona State University Sun Devils. Game time is 4 p.m. EST.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Texas Southern runs over Texas College, 52-14

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 4, 2014) The Texas Southern Tigers raised their season record to 2-0 with a 52-14 drumming of the Texas College Steers at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

The Tigers amassed a total of 529 yards of total offense and scored six touchdowns in route to the victory.

Quarterbacks Jay Christope and Jamal Small shared field general duties,

 combining for 284 yards in the air and four touchdowns.

Christope was 12-for-16 and 138 yards with one touchdown while Small completed six passes on nine attempts for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

The Tigers were also effective on the ground with six players rushing for double figure yardage.

Daveonn Porter carried the ball nine times for 81 yards and two touchdowns while Christope rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown.

Larry Clark caught four passes for 75 yards and one touchdown with Malik Cross catching fours passes for 51 yards and a single score.

With the win, the Tigers raise their season record to 2-0. as they prepare to head to Nassau, Bahamas to face Central State-Ohio on September 13, 2014.

Monday, September 01, 2014

St. Louis Rams claim Case Keenum

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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 1, 2014) ESPN's Adam Schefter, via his Twitter account, is reporting that former Houston Texans and University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum has been claimed on waivers by the St. Louis Rams on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Keenum (shown at right) was released by the Texans early Sunday morning after the Texans traded the New England Patriots for quarterback Ryan Mallett.

The native of Abilene, Texas, who played his high school ball at Wiley High School, Keenum, started eight games for the Texans in 2013, throwing for nine touchdowns while completing 54 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards.

Keenum will likely fill the backup role for the Rams, behind Shaun Hill, due to the season ending injury sustained by Sam Bradford.

Southern Mississippi product Austin Davis will join Hill and Keenum as the signal callers.
Keenum and the Rams will kickoff their 2014 regular on Sunday, September 7, 2014 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Houston Texans release quarterback Case Keenum

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 1, 2014) It was reported by the Houston Chronicle and various news outlets around the Houston area on Saturday, August 30, 2014 that the Houston Texans has traded the New England Patriots for back-up quarterback Ryan Mallett.
As a result, the Texans have released quarterback Case Keenum.

Keenum, who started eight games for the Texans in 2013, completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards, in addition to nine touchdowns and was a college standout for the University of Houston, from 2006 to 2011.

Mallett, who played for the Patriots from 2011 to 2013, saw limited action as Tom Brady's backup.

In his three season with New England, Mallett played a total of four games, competing 1-of-4 passes for 25 yards and one interceptions, while rushing eight times for a loss of nine yards.

During two pre-season games in 2014 for New England, Mallett completed 9-of-14 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown; against Philadelphia.

For the Texans, Mallett will be vying for the backup job, along with rookie Tom Savage, behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Texans kickoff their 2014 regular season on Sunday, September 7, 2014 against the Washington Redskins.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

LSU downs Wisconsin, 28-24 in Advocare Texas Kickoff

La'El Collins (70) raised the trophy after LSU
wins the Advocare Texas Kickoff.
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 30, 2014) Beginning the second half of the game trailing by the score of 24-7, the No. 13 LSU Tigers mounted a second half comeback that will send a message to many of the other SEC teams by scoring 21 unanswered points to down the No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers by the score of 28-24 in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at Houston's NRG Stadium on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

The first half however belonged to Wisconsin, and the Badgers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard to start the game.

In their first possession of the game, after an LSU punt, the Badgers drove 76 yards in six plays, capped by a 45 yard run by Reggie Love to make the score 7-0 at the 9:05 mark in the first quarter.
Four minutes later, Wisconsin added a 51-yard field goal by Rafael Gaglianone.

After a three and out by the Badgers, LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings unleashed a 80-yard pass to Travin Dural on the first play from scrimmage for the Tigers first touchdown of the season.

Running back Melvin Gordon got into the scoring mode in the second quarter when quarterback Travis McEvoy handed off to the swift-footed native of Kenosha, Wisconsin for a 14 yard run at the 7:36 mark for the Badgers second touchdown of the game.

Gaglianone again split the uprights for the PAT, to take the score to 17-7 at the half.

In the third quarter, running back Corey Clement capped a six play, 75 yard drive that lasted 2:36 with a two-yard run for the Badgers third touchdown of the night.

Gaglianone added the extra point to give Wisconsin a 24-7 lead with 12:24 left in the third quarter.

Later on the in quarter, LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye connected for two field goals of 30 yards and 47 yards to cut the Wisconsin lead to 24-13.

LSU begin the fourth quarter in the middle of a 59-yard drive which concluded in a 36-yard pass from
Jennings to wide receiver John Diarse for the Tigers' second touchdown of the game.

The Tigers opted to go for the two point conversion; with Jennings connecting with wide receiver Trey Quinn to cut the Badgers' lead to three points, 24-21.

LSU scored again two and a half minutes later on a Kenny Hillard 28-yard run to take the score to 28-24 in favor of the Tigers.

That drive lasted three plays and covered 53 yards in 1:45.

With the win, LSU takes their series with Wisconsin to 3-0, having beat the Badgers on two previous occasions; September 25, 1971 by the score of 38-28 and September 30, 1972 by the score of 27-7.

Offensively for LSU, Jennings completed nine of 21 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns, while Hillard carried the ball 18 times for 110 yards and one touchdown. Sixteen of his carries and 88 of his yards came in the fourth quarter.

For Wisconsin, McEvoy completed 8-of-24 passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns while Gordon carried the ball 16 times for 140 yards and one touchdown.

Wisconsin will next host Western Illinois on September 6, 2014 with an 11 a.m. tart, while LSU hosts Sam Houston State on the same date with a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Houston Cougars play inaugural game at TDECU Stadium against UT-San Antonio

The Houston Cougars will host
UT-San Antonio in the first ever game at TDECU Stadium.
Photo by Robert H Kelly
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 29, 2014) Houston Cougars kick off the college football season with a new stadium, a new attitude and hopes of a bowl game to cap off their 2014 season.

The Cougars, who return 17 starters from 2013, will be looking to improve on a 8-5 record and a 41-24 loss to Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Their 5-3 record in the American Athletic Conference in 2014 placed them fourth in the conference behind No. 10 UCF (8-0, 12-1 overall), No. 15 Louisville (7-1, 12-1 overall) and Cincinnati (6-2, 9-4 overall).

Houston is picked to finish third place in the conference in the preseason poll released at the American Athletic Conference Media Day in Newport, Rhode Island on July 29, 2014.

Cincinnati was picked first with 311 points (17 first place votes) , followed by UCF with 296 points (seven first place vote) and Houston with 268 points (six first place votes).

With the Cougars scheduled to open the 2014 season in their new TDECU Stadium, head coach Tony Levine has more than a few reasons to be optimistic.

Houston's defense lead the nation with 43 turnover gains in 2013 and welcome back two players who will continue to have an impact on the field in 2014.

Junior safety Trevon Stewart, who was named to the AAC second team in 2013 tallied four interception and forced 43 turnovers during his sophomore season.

The Patterson, Louisiana native has been named to the 2014 Jim Thorpe Watch List, CFPA Defensive Back Trophy Watch List in addition to the first team by Dave Campbell's Preseason All Texas List, Phil Steele's Preseason ACC List, and Athlon Sports Preseason List.

Sophomore quarterback John O'Korn, who threw for 3,117 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2013, will be back to lead the offense in 2014.

O'Korn, who hails from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was the 2013 AAC Rookie of the Year, has been tabs to the Davey O'Brien Watch List for 2014, in addition to the Maxwell Award and CFPA Quarterback Trophy Watch Lists.

Houston kicks off its 2014 schedule on August 28 with an 8 p.m. CDT kickoff against the University of Texas-San Antonio at TDECU Stadium.

The game will be televised on ESPNU and on the radio at KPRC 950 AM.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

USA’s 17 year old Katie Ledecky sets two world records in Pan Pacific Swimming Championship

Former Texas A&M swimmer Cammile Adams
took home the gold medal in the 200-meter
Butterfly at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Photo by Donald Miralle/USA Swimming
Texas natives Cammile Adams, Simone Manuel contribute to medal haul

By Mike Stockman
Staff Correspondent
Copyright 2014 TexSport Publications

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA (August 26, 2014) Led by Houston native Cammile Adams, Simone Manuel, and Katie Ledecky, the United States came away with two world records, 14 gold medals, 12 silver, and 14 bronze medals at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Queensland, Australia’s Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from August 21-25, 2014

Katie Ledecky blew away the pool in the 400-meter freestyle and lapped the field in the 1500-meter freestyle on her way to set world records in both. Ledecky, only 17 years old, finished the meet with five Gold medals - four personal events (200, 400, 800, and 1500-meter freestyles) and the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

Former Texas A&M University swimmer, Cammile Adams, from Houston, Texas, won gold in the 200-meter butterfly in an excitingly close race with a time of 2:06.61. The silver medal went to Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi who finished a hair behind with a time of 2:06.68. Third place Katie McLaughlin, from United States was an arm length behind at 2:07.08.

Simone Manuel, from Sugar Land, Texas, received three medals. Simone won a bronze in the 100-meter freestyle and won silver medals on the 4x100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley relay teams. Her lead-off time of 53.25 in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay makes her the second fastest American female swimmer.

Team USA finished the summer schedule winning the Pan Pacific Swimming Championship with a total of 40 medals. The host team Australia finished second with 26 medals. Third went to Japan who won 19 medals.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HBU Women’s Soccer Falls at Baylor, 2-0

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HBU Athletic Media Relations Department
Patty Walrath makes three saves; Ellee Hall records shot on goal
WACO, TEXAS (August 24, 2014) Baylor scored goals early in the second half and late in the game, as the Bears defeated visiting HBU, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field.
Freshman Ellee Hall recorded HBU’s (0-2-0) lone shot attempt, which was on target. Senior Ally Murphy and junior Blake Martin played all 90 minutes in the field. Senior Patty Walrath made three saves and allowed two goals between the pipes.
Justine Hovden led Baylor (2-0-0) with five shots, as she and Alexa Wilde had two shots on goal apiece. Michelle Kloss started in goal.  Sara Martinson earned the win as she played the second half and made one save.
There was no scoring as the teams entered halftime. Walrath made two saves in the opening frame.
Hovden got the Bears on the board in the 53rd minute, as she ran down the right side and scored. Natalie Huggins gave Baylor some insurance with an unassisted tally in the 84th minute, as the ball was deflected in the box and Huggins scooped it up and kicked it into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
HBU heads west next weekend to play New Mexico State Friday, Aug. 29 at 5 pm central. The Huskies end their road trip at UTEP Sunday, Aug. 31 at 2 pm central.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

HBU Football Scrimmages Under Lights

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Several of Huskies' freshman shine before strong crowd.
HOUSTON, TEXAS (August 23, 2014)  Even though they couldn't yet sit in the bleachers at Husky Stadium, about 200 fans lined the sidelines Saturday night as the HBU football team scrimmaged in its final practice before classes start Monday.

"I think any time you can raise the importance of a workout, with much more of a game feel to it in terms of how we competed, you begin to understand more about the growth and maturity that's occurred in your returning players and the key thing for us as coaches is seeing how our younger players are going to respond," head coach Vic Shealy said. "I'm continually impressed with the way the freshman class shows maturity and the ability to compete, and I'm impressed by the overall football IQ of the program that we're trending towards and our ability to handle the volume of our schemes."

When class begins next week, HBU will practice Monday through Thursday from 6:30-8:30 a.m.

"Tonight, we tackled much better than we did in the first scrimmage and that was good to see," Shealy said. "I thought our quarterbacks did more to create offense, even though sometimes it was after the designated play broke down, they showed the ability to save a play."

Redshirt freshman quarterback Ka'Darius Baker and sophomore quarterback Jonathan Fleming split most of the snaps, while true freshman Isaiah Hall saw action in a third-down series.

"We spent a good bit of time in the red zone because from an offensive standpoint, you've got to get the ball in the endzone, and conversely on defense you got to force them to try a field goal instead of the offense scoring," Shealy said. "We worked on coming off the goal line and I think it's important to get a mass of third down work in, both in the goal line and open field area."

The Huskies scrimmaged for about 90 minutes, working on red zone, third down and goal line situations, as well as the kicking game.
HBU's running backs dominated early with redshirt freshman B.J. Kelly taking the first four snaps, carrying four times for 25 yards and capping it with an 8-yard touchdown. Redshirt freshman Craig Bell Jr. scored on a 33-yard draw play by bouncing it out to the left sideline, and true freshman Terrance Peters Jr. scored on a seven-yard gain and added a tough 15-yard run for a first down.

"Just to continue seeing us run the ball, I think we're doing a good job up front in terms of giving some holes to run through, but our backs are running with authority and toughness," Shealy said. "(Assistant coach) Shannon Kelley has done a tremendous job growing them, and I think tonight one of the things that really showed was Terrance Peters and his ability to play fast, be able to cut open field and make people miss. That's just an area now where it will be interesting to see who starts for us, because we've got about four guys where it doesn't matter who's in the ball game right now. It's a great challenge to have.

True freshman wide receiver D'Angelo Wallace made several receptions, including a 54-yard touchdown from Baker and a 30-yard gain on a third-down conversion on which Fleming scrambled to his right and hit Wallace on the sideline. On the defensive side, freshman Dominique Barnett and junior John Wesby each grabbed interceptions, while Kameron Lecoq had a sack.

"D'Angelo Wallace is just a guy when we recruited him, what we were looking for was a guy that was dynamic in his movement and great with the ball in his hands after a catch and a guy that really showed evidence of being a high-production player," Shealy said. "I wouldn't say D'Angelo's been a pleasant surprise, because we had high expectations for him, but it's been tremendous just to see him play fast and – frankly – I think it's going to be hard for our older guys to keep him off the field."


"Then on the other side of the ball, there's Dominique Barnett with the interception he made and the consistency with which he's been playing," Shealy said. "That play is indicative of the way he's been playing the last couple of weeks and he's so explosive and the learning curve is continuing to go up. He's thinking less and playing faster."

The Huskies are preparing for the season opener at home against McMurry on Sept. 6 at Husky Stadium to kickoff the program's first official season as a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and the Southland Conference.

Friday, August 22, 2014

UTSA Scores in Double OT to Subdue HBU Women’s Soccer, 1-0

Allison Abendschein and Rebekah Tovar record two shots on goal
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (August 22, 2014) UTSA’s Kaytee O’Brien scored on a breakaway with HBU goalkeeper, Patty Walrath, early in the second overtime, as the Roadrunners defeated the Huskies, 1-0, Friday evening. It was the first match of the regular season for both teams.
Allison Abendschein and Rebekah Tovar each had two shots on goal, while Natalie Hager had a shot on goal. Walrath took the tough loss in goal as she made two saves between the pipes.
O’Brien, who scored both goals in a 2-0 exhibition win at Incarnate Word last weekend, led the Roadrunners with three shots and scored on her only shot on goal attempt.  Happy Orere-Amadu and Jenny Trommer had a shot on goal apiece. Katherine Tesno earned the shutout while making five saves.
UTSA outshot HBU, 6-1, in the opening half, but the Huskies had the lone shot on goal in the frame. Each goalkeeper made a save early in the second half, but neither team mustered a threat the remainder of regulation. Tesno saved a Tovar attempt with under a minute remaining, sending the match into overtime.
In the first overtime period, both Walrath and Tesno made a save and the Roadrunner defense blocked two shots to keep the Huskies off the scoreboard.
Just two minutes into the second OT period, Kauwela Neal headed the ball up the field to O’Brien, who was one-on-one with Walrath, who scored at the 102:20 mark.
UTSA outshot the Huskies, 14-11, in the match, but HBU held a small 7-6 advantage in corner kicks. The Huskies had five shots on goal to UTSA’s three.
HBU concludes the opening weekend with a 1 pm kick-off at Baylor Sunday.