Sunday, September 25, 2016

Texas Southern Tigers overcome Alabama State, 31-27

Averion Hurts passed for 222 yards and two
touchdowns against Alabama State.
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From Texas Southern University Sports Information Department Press Release

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA (September 24, 2016) Averion Hurts threw a 41-yard touchdown to Austin Watts late in the fourth quarter for the win as Texas Southern rallied to beat Alabama State 31-27 on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

Hurts had 222 yards passing and two touchdowns for the Tigers (2-2, 2-). Watts finished with 103 receiving yards and two scores and Eric Medina connected on three field goals as the Tigers snapped a five game losing streak to the Hornets.
The Hornets (0-4, 0-3) dominated the first half, amassing 280 offensive yards while holding Texas Southern to just 104 yards as they led 17-6 at intermission
But the Tigers rallied in the second half as Watts returned the second half kickoff for a score to cut ASU's lead to 17-13.
Then, following a field goal by the Hornets that made it 20-13, Medina kicked a 49-yard field goal to tighten the score again, 20-16 with 5:42 left in the third quarter.
"We fought through a lot of adversity tonight," said TSU head coach Michael Haywood. "We made some mistakes during the game but we're extremely pleased with how we responded when we had to make the plays."
Texas Southern will return home this upcoming weekend as they get set to host Alabama A&M at BBVA Compass Stadium.

HBU head football coach Vic Shealy after HBU vs. Sam Houston on 9-24-2016

Houston downs Texas State 64-3 on the road

Houston head coach Tom Herman have the Cougars 4-0 in 2016.
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By Robert H Kelly
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SAN MARCOS, TEXAS (September 25, 2016) The No. 6 Houston Cougars used a solid effort on both offense and defense to beat the Texas State Bobcats by the score 64-3 at Bobcat Stadium in front of 33,133 fans on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Houston went up 29-0 before the Bobcats could get on the scoreboard. The Cougars score 16 points in the first quarter, 27 in the second, 14 in the third and seven in the fourth. Quarterback Greg Ward, Jr, completed 20 passes on 26 attempts for 289 yards and two touchdowns. Steven Dunbar caught five passes for 79 yards and one touchdown while Duke catalon carried the ball 10 times for 70 yards and one touchdown.

Houston improved to 4-0 on the year and marks the second consecutive season the Cougars have started 4-0. Freshman quarterback and wide receiver scored three different types of touchdowns in the contest, including one passing, on receiving, and one kick return. Sophomore cornerback Howard intercepted a pass in the third quarter, giving him three interceptions in the last two games.

Next up for Houston is a Thursday, September 29, 2016 matchup against Connecticut with a scheduled 7 p.m. CDT kickoff.

HBU comes up short against Sam Houston; falls to 2-2 on the season

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 24, 2016) The Houston Baptist University Huskies dropped to 2-2 for the season with a 45-16 loss to the No. 2 Sam Houston State University Bearkats at Dunham Field on the campus of HBU in Saturday, September 24, 2016. The loss was the Huskies' third straight to the Bearkats dating back to 2014.

The Bearkats drew blood first at the 13:04 mark in the first quarter when running back Javin Webb (Shreveport, Louisiana) carried the ball the final yard to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive that lasted 1:56. They added two additional touchdowns in the first quarter on a 48-yard pass from Jeremiah Briscoe (Houston, Texas) to Louis Yedidah (New Orleans, Louisiana) with 5:23 left in the quarter, and a 13-yard run by Webb at the 2:42 mark. The Huskies began the second half with possession of ball and after one-play, they punted to the Bearkats, who drove 51 yards in 41 seconds to add another six points to the scoreboard. Briscoe found wide receiver Nathan Stewart (Dallas, Texas) open and lobbed him a eighty yard pass for the game’s, and Bearkats, fourth touchdown. The Huskies finally got on the scoreboard with a 21-yard Alec Chadwick (Valencia, California) field goal with 10:07 remaining in the first half. Sam Houston countered the Huskies’ field goal with one of their own; a 29 yarder by Luc Swimburghe (Natchitoches, Louisiana). Chadwick added another three-pointer with 2:13 left in the half; a 46-yard effort that closed out the score at 31-6 at halftime.

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In the second half, Chadwick again added three points to the Huskies total, with a 24-yard field goal with 2:34 gone in the third quarter. HBU got their first six-point play with 5:46 left in the quarter when quarterback Tony Dawson (Palmdale, California) saw halfback Mev Adjin (Allen, Texas)  open on the right side of the end zone, and connected with him on a 12-yard wide out pass for the touchdown. Chadwick added the extra point to cut the Bearkats lead to 15 points. Sam Houston responded with a 22-second, two-play drive that ended with a 17-yard pass from Briscoe to wide receiver Davion Davis (Hutto, Texas) for the Bearkats' fifth touchdown of the game.

Thirty-eight seconds into the fourth quarter, Sam Houston added to their scoring assault with another Briscoe to Yedidah pass for six points. After review, Yedidah was called down on the one-yard line. On the very next play, running back Remus Bulmer (MIssouri City, Texas) carried the ball the final yard for the score. SHSU added an insurance touchdown 4:56 later when Bulmer rushing from 13 yards out for another six points. In addition to his field goal, Swimburghe kicked all seven of the Bobkats extra points.

HBU running back Terrance Peters (Houston, Texas) carried the ball 18 times for 104 yards, while wide receiver Ricardo Barnett (Houston, Texas) caught five passes for 60 yards. Dawson completed 15-of-34 passes for 153 yards. For Sam Houston, Bulmer rushed for 126 yards on 19 carried and two touchdowns. Louis caught six passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. Briscoe completed 26-of-47 passes for 369 yards

The Huskies dropped a 76-0 decision in their first-ever official meeting against Sam Houston on November 11, 2014 in 2015, they loss to the No. 12 Bearkats 63-14. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Devils' Gonzalez Leads Pac-12 in All-Time Points, Scores Big In Win Over Roadrunners

Zane Gonzales has 424 career points, Leads Pac-12 All Time.

By Mike Stockman

Phoenix Area Sports
Special for TexSport Publications
San Antonio, Texas (September 16, 2016) Arizona State University Sun Devils overcame University of Texas at San Antonio's Roadrunners behind the leg of senior kicker Zane Gonzalez (Deer Park, TX) who scored 14 points of the 32-28 victory at the Alamodome, San Antonio, TX on Friday, September 16, 2016.

Zane Gonzalez, the Pac-12 All Time Leader in points, was two for two from 54 yards in the first half for the Devils. He finished the game with four field goals (distances of 54, 54, 45, and 26) and two extra points. This is the sixth time in his college career to make four field goals in a game.

For the Roadrunners, junior quarterback Dalton Sturm, from Goliad, Texas, led the offense with one rushing touchdown and three passing touchdowns. Sturm had 82 yards rushing, his longest was a 34 yard scamper for a touchdown in the beginning of the third quarter. He threw for 229 yards, completed 19 of 37, with three touchdown passes. His first touchdown pass was a 10 yard pass to JaBryce Taylor in the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, he connected with Jalen Rhodes for 11 yard touchdown. His last touchdown pass came mid-way through the third quarter, after Devils' dropped a punt, which gave the Roadrunners perfect field position at the 24 yard line. On the next play, Sturm hits Shaq Williams for the 24 yard TD that put them ahead 28-12, but it wasn't enough to outscore the Devils. 

The Devils would put up 20 unanswered points: a field goal at the end of the third quarter, a 45 yard touchdown pass from Manny Wilkins to Frederick Gammage III, and a late fourth quarter, two yard bone crushing run up the middle by Kalen Ballage, giving the Devils the go-ahead score of 32-28.

When asked how the mood was in the locker room after such a close loss, Roadrunners' Coach Frank Wilson stated "
Heartbreaking, disappointed. Pointed out to the guys that we're not quite there yet. We're making leaps and bounds by the day. Great teams know how to finish. We're a work in progress. We're not a great team yet, but certainly we're heading in the right direction."

The Devils' Coach Todd Graham, from Mesquite, TX, now has a 37-19 record as head coach in his fifth season. He is 86-48 overall in his 11 seasons as a head coach. After the victory, Graham stated "“Just really proud of our guys. Proud of the leadership. Again, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you win and we figured out a way to do it. I was gratified as I’ve been to win that game because that game was really, really difficult. It showed a lot a heart to come back.”

The Roadrunners travel to Norfolk, VA to play Old Dominion on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 2:30 p.m ET. The game will be available on TV: KMYS-CW 35 & RADIO: TICKET 760.

The Devils host the California Golden Bears (2-1) on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Sun Devil Stadium.  Game time is TBD.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Houston Texans use four field goals to down Kansas City Chiefs

Nick Novak (8) kicked four field goals to lead the Houston Texans
to a 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 18, 2016) The Houston Texans used four field goals by Nick Novak and a single touchdown to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 19-12 at NRG Stadium on Sunday, September 18, 2016. With the win, the Texans move to 2-0 for the season and the Chiefs fell to 1-1. The victory gave the Texans their fifth straight regular season win dating back to Week 15 during the 2015 season. In addition, it was the first win over the Chiefs since October 17, 2010, where they downed Kansas City by the score of 35-31.

After one possession of give-and-take football between the Texans and the Chiefs in the first quarter, Houston received the ball on the 27-yard line after quarterback Alex Smith fumbles at their own 38-yard line. J.J. Watt quickly recovered for the Texans and gives Houston the ball at the Chiefs’ 27-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage in that set of downs, Brock Osweiler connected with Deandre Hopkins for a 27-yard touchdown pass. Nick Novak converted the kicking extra point to give Houston an early 7-0 lead. Kansas City came back five seconds into the second quarter to kick a 53-yard field goal to cut the Houston lead to 7-3. Ten minutes later, Houston added a field goal to the score, along with a 24-yard effort with 1:21 remaining in the half. Novak booted the first field goal from 32-yards out, and added three additional point to the Texans’ tally off a 24-yarder with 1:21 remaining in the first half.

With half of the game completed, the Texans took a 13-3 lead into the locker room. The score remaining 13-3 through the third quarter, however Kansas City started the fourth quarter with a 43-yard field goal by Cario Santos to cut the Texans’ lead to 13-6. Houston took back their 10-point lead at the 9:34 mark in the fourth quarter when Novak booted a 31-yard field goal to take the score to 16-6. Kansas City added another field goal to their scoring record with a 35-yard attempt with 7:34 remaining in the game to make the score 16-9. Novak added an additional field goal in the 2:56 mark in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs countered with 30-yarder with 49 seconds left in the game.

Osweiler completed 19-of-29 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins caught seven of those passes for 113 yards and the single Texans’ touchdown. Will Fuller caught four passes for 104 yards, while Lamar Miller carried the ball 25 yards for 83 yards. Smith completed 20 passes for 186 yards with Spencer Ware carried the ball 10 times for 57 yards.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Texas Southern downs Mississippi Valley State 31-0 for first win of season

By Kristina Gager
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 18, 2016) On Saturday September 17, 2016, Texas Southern University took on Mississippi Valley State at BBVA Compass Stadium, their third game and first home game of the season. The Tigers moved to 1-2 on the season by downing the Delta Devils by the score of 31-0 in front of 1,524 fans.

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Quarterback Averion Hurts had 273 yards passing with a career-high three touchdowns, as compared to MVSU’s quarterback Austin Bray, who completed 16 out of 34 passes for 170 yards. The Tigers scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, one in the second and fourth quarter, and a field goal in the third quarter. The touchdowns came from Tylor Cook on a one-yard run at the 10:09 mark in the first quarter and a 50-yard pass from Hurts to Cook two and one-half minutes later.

Tracy Johnson got in on the scoring assault in the second quarter on a 12-yard pass from Hurts and Tony Upchurch tacked on the final touchdown with 6:11 left in the game, on a 21 yard pass from Hurts. Kicker Eric Medina added a 39-yard field goal at the 5:59 mark in the third quarter, in addition to four extra points after each TSU touchdown.

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The Tigers tallied 347 total yards as opposed to MVSU’s 160; 16 first downs to Delta Devils 11, and a single turnover. Mississippi Valley turned the ball over twice. Next up for the Tigers is a September 24 match-up against Alabama State with a 6 p.m. kickoff in Montgomery, Alabama. They will return home on October 1 to face Alabama A&M at BBVA Compass Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with the game televised on the Root Sports Network.

Overtime touchdown gives HBU Huskies 27-24 win over Abilene Christian

Wesley Lewis (81) scored the game winning touchdown in overtime as the
HBU Huskies beat the Abilene Christian Wildcats by the score of 27-24.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXANS (September 17, 2016) With the game tied at 21 after 60-minutes of play, Houston Baptist University and Abilene Christian University went to overtime, with the Huskies pulling out a 27-24 win for their second straight win of 2016 and a first ever win over the Wildcats. Saturday’s game was the fourth all-time meeting between the two schools dating back to 2013. In the three previous matchups, the Wildcats downed the Huskies 69-12 in 2013, 59-14 in 2014, and 49-21 in 2015.

After some heated play early in the game, the Huskies make their first assault on the end zone at the 5:21 mark of the first quarter. HBU quarterback Tony Dawson connected with wide receiver Wesley Lewis on a 69-yard first-and-ten play; giving the Huskies a first down on the ACU 14-yard line. HBU completed the drive three plays later with a Terrance Peters seven-yard rush for the touchdown. Alec Chadwick converted the kicking extra point to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead with 3:22 left in the first quarter. The Wildcats came right back after the kickoff and marched 75 yards in seven plays; ending in a 23-yard pass from quarterback Dallas Sealey to wide receiver D.J. Fuller for the score. Parker McKenzie lobbed a pass to Dylan Douglass over the right side for the two-point conversion; to give ACU an 807 lead after 15 minutes of play. With 61 seconds remaining in the first half, Sealey carrying the ball on a quarterback keeper, rushed to the right and found himself bottled up. He quickly reversed direction and went to the left. He picked up some blockers and carried the ball 39 yards to the ACU four-yard line. Five seconds later, on first-and-ten, he carried the ball up the middle for the second Husky TD of the game. Chadwick added his usual kicking extra point to put HBU up 14-8 with 55 second to go in the half. After an ACU set of downs, where they advanced the ball deep into HBU territory, Nik Grau kicked a 42-yard field goal to send both teams to the locker room at halftime with HBU leading by the score of 14-11.

HBU Cheerleaders
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The Huskies began the second half with the ball and after a short series of downs, took back the lead at the 1:08 mark in the third quarter on a two-yard run by Peters. The run was set up after a 43-yard pass play from Dawson to halfback Mev Adjin, for a first and goal from the ACU two-yard line. With 7:08 to go in the ball game, Sealey ran the final 12 yards of their 83-yard drive for another ACU touchdown. Grau added the kicking extra point to tie the score at 21. After some heated back-and-forth play, the game ended in regulation in a 21-all tie; forcing the game to go to overtime.

HBU won the overtime coin flip and head coach Vic Shealy elected to defend. ACU took possession of the ball on the 25-yard line. In three down, they advanced the ball four yards. On fourth down, Grau kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Wildcats aa 24-21 lead. HBU then took possession on the ACU 25-yard line, and on the first play from scrimmage, Dawson hit Lewis on a wide-out pattern to the right side end zone. The 6-6 wide receiver out leaped is defender, brought the ball down in-bound sin the end zone for six points and the win.

Junior linebacker Garrett Dolan accounted for 17 tackles against the Wildcats, with 12 coming in the first half. Prior to the game, Dolan, who played his prep ball at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, led the Southland Conference, with 12.5 tackles a game. The post game interview with Dolan can be viewed by clicking here. In additon, the post game interview with Wesly Lewis can be viewed by clicking here, along with head coach Vic Shealy's interview here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

USA Gymnastics names Valeri Liukin as women’s national team coordinator

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Used with permission via USA Gymnastics
Communications Department
From USA Gymnastics Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (September 16, 2016) Two-time Olympic champion Valeri Liukin of Parker, Texas, has been named the U.S. Women’s National Team coordinator, USA Gymnastics announced today.  Liukin, who has served as the elite developmental coordinator since 2013, is perhaps best-known as the personal coach for Nastia Liukin, who won the 2008 Olympic all-around title and has five Olympic and nine World career medals. Liukin, who will remain based in Texas, will report to Rhonda Faehn, senior vice president of women’s program for USA Gymnastics.

“Valeri has excelled as a personal coach, and he has demonstrated his ability to lead and guide other coaches through his efforts as the elite developmental coordinator,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics.  “He will provide a smooth transition from the program that has been created, and Valeri is recognized as a capable and talented coach.”

Faehn said, “Valeri already has been working with future national team members for 2020 and 2024 as the elite developmental coordinator.  He is known for his coaching techniques and his willingness to share that knowledge with upcoming coaches.  As a personal coach and developmental coordinator, Valeri has been involved in the semi-centralized system that has achieved the USA’s greatest international results and already has a strong working relationship with the country’s top coaches on the senior, junior and developmental levels. Valeri and I share a vision for the continued success of USA Gymnastics.”

“I am very honored to accept the position of national team coordinator,” said Liukin. “I'm ready to put all of my knowledge and passion into leading the women's national team to continued success.”

As the U.S. Women’s National Team coordinator, Liukin will develop the strategic plan and training program for all members of the U.S. Women’s National Team, including conducting national team training camps; attending national and international competitions as needed; overseeing international competition assignments for athletes, coaches and judges; coordinating scheduling and activities for the developmental program and the Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs); and working with the national coaching staff. He is just the third person to serve as the U.S. women’s national team coordinator, following Martha Karolyi (2001-16) and Bela Karolyi (1999-2000). 

Most recently, Liukin directed the women's athlete developmental program as the elite developmental coordinator.

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Liukin is a co-founder and owner of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA), which has produced more than 30 national team members and 35 World and Olympic medals, including Olympic all-around champions Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008 and 2016 Olympic team gold and uneven bars silver medalist Madison Kocian. He was the personal coach for Nastia Liukin, who won the 2008 Olympic all-around title and has five Olympic and nine World medals to her credit; Rebecca Bross, who has six World medals; Ivana Hong, 2009 World balance beam bronze medalist; and Katelyn Ohashi, 2013 AT&T American Cup champion and 2011 U.S. junior all-around gold medalist. His coaching accomplishments and accolades include: U.S. National Team coach, 1998-2011; International Coach of the Year, 2002, 2004; International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, 2005; USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year, 2006; U.S. Team head coach, 2007 Pan American Games; 2008 U.S. Olympic Team coach; 2009 International Gymnastics Coach of the Year; and USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame (2016).

As an athlete, Liukin was a member of the Soviet National Team from 1985-92. During his career, he won two gold and two silver medals at the 1988 Olympic Games; five gold medals at the 1990 Goodwill Games; two gold medals and one silver at the 1987-91 World Championships; and four gold, one silver and one bronze at the European Championships. He was the first gymnast to perform a triple back flip on floor and has a horizontal bar skill named after him.

Liukin earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

HBU's Caleb Crayton signs pro contract with Mgzavrebi-Armia in the Georgian Superleague

Caleb Crayton (11) will be heading to the country of Georgia to
continue his basketball career as a professional.
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From HBU Media Relations Press Release

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 15, 2016) Caleb Crayton, who finished his HBU career in March, has signed to play professional basketball with Mgzavrebi-Armia in the Georgian Superleague.

A strong, 6-3 wing from Oklahoma City’s Northeast High School, Crayton posted career averages of 5.8 and 2.5 rebounds per game over his four seasons with the Huskies.

"We are thrilled at this opportunity that Caleb has earned,” HBU head men’s basketball coach Ron Cottrell said. “He helped us transition from the Great West Conference into the Southland Conference and his hard work and effort rubbed off on everyone around him. Our program would not be where it is today without Caleb's contributions over the past four years.  Everyone involved with HBU Basketball is happy for Caleb and we look forward to following his professional career."

He averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.1 rebounds as a freshman to help lead HBU to the finals of the Great West tournament and was an honorable mention all-conference selection. Crayton then averaged 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore during HBU’s first season in the Southland.

As a senior, Crayton posted 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds per game while leading the Huskies to its best season since returning to Division I. The Huskies advanced to the SLC Tournament for the first time, earning the four seed with a 10-8 league record. HBU finished finished 17-17 overall and made its first Division I postseason appearance since 1984 with a berth in the College Basketball Invitational.”

“I’d like to thank the coaching staff for four great years of Division I basketball,” Crayton said. “I’m grateful for the chance to have met people that I now consider family and it has been a blessing to have had an impact on a program with such a strong history. I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to play professionally. This has been a dream of mine since I was young. It really hasn't settled in just yet that my dream has come true. I am very thankful to my family and friends that have been with me throughout this journey. Once a Husky…always a Husky.”

Crayton starts training camp with Mgzavrebi-Armia on Sept. 15 and league play begins in October.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Four fourth quarter TDs leads No. 6 Houston Cougars to 40-16 win over Cincinnati Bearcats

Greg Ward, Jr. rushed for 109 yards and two touchdown to
lead the Houston Cougars to their third win of the 2016 season.
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By Robert H Kelly
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CINCINNATI, OHIO (September 15, 2016) The No. 6 Houston Cougars scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and down the Cincinnati Bearcats by the score of 40-16 in front of 40,015 fans at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, September 15, 2016. The win was the third for the Cougars in 2013 and began their conference record at 1-0. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. rushed for two of the fourth quarter touchdowns while Steven Taylor and Howard Wilson both intercepted passes late in the game for touchdowns.

The Cougars and Bearcats traded TDs in the first quarter to tie the game at seven after 15 minutes of play. Ty Cummings booted a 32-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 10-7 lead with 2:58 remaining in the first half. Bearcat kicker Andrew Gantz countered with a 37-yard boot of his own to tie the score at 10 at the half. Houston came back and scored a safety after 3:30 of play in the third quarter to give the Cougars slight 12-10 lead. The safety was the second time in two years that the Cougar defense picked up two points on the Bearcats. Cincinnati responded three seconds into the fourth quarter on a pass from Hayden Moore to Nate Cole to cap a 78-yard, five play drive to a go-ahead touchdown. At that point the Cougars score four touchdowns in 8:05 to secure the win.

Houston head coach Tom Herman have the Cougars 3-0 in 2016.
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With the victory, Houston improved to 15-10 in the all-time series against the Bearcats, and was the second straight win against their AAC rival. In their most recent meeting, the Cougars claimed a 33-30 win at TDECU Stadium on November 7, 2015. That victory broke a five-game losing streak against Cincinnati dating back to October 9, 1999. Prior to Thursday’s win, Houston had not recorded consecutive wins against Cincinnati since 1972-1974. The Cougars moved to 5-6 on the road at Cincinnati, snapping a four-game losing streak. With 506 yards of total offense, Houston now has back-to-back games of over 500 yards of offense after collecting 511 yards against Lamar in their previous game.

Houston’s defense held the Bearcats to 30 yards rushing in the contest, marking the fifth straight opponent that the Cougars have held under 100 yards on the ground. Houston held Lamar to 15 yards last week and Oklahoma to 70 yards in their opener. To close out the 2015-16 season the Cougars held Temple to 98 yards in the American Championship Game while keeping No. 9/8 Florida State at 16 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Houston returns to action at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2016 when they travel to San Marcos, Texas, to face Texas State.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Novak kicks three field goals to lead Houston to 23-14 win over Chicago

Houston's Will Fuller (15) goes up for an Brock Osweiler pass while
Chicago's Jacoby Glenn (39) and Adrian Amos (39) defend.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 11, 2016) The Houston Texans scored three field goals and added two touchdowns to down the Chicago Bears by the score of 23-14 in front of 71,933 fans at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The win gave the Texans their 100th victory as a franchise and improved their all-time record at NRG Stadium to 57-56 in regular season play. They also improved their season record on season openers t0 9-6 and gave them an overall record to 4-0.

The Texans started out moving the ball well, until quarterback Brock Osweiler was aiming for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins on a second and eight play. The short pass was low and was picked off by cornerback Tracy Porter. The Bears took over at their own 25-yard line. At that point, Chicago plowed through the Houston defense on their first possession; covering 75 yards in eight plays before quarterback Jay Cutler handed off to running back Jeremy Lankford. The two-year veteran out of Michigan State plunged the final one-yard over the goal line to score his and the Bears’ first touchdown for the season. Conner Bath booted the ball through the uprights for the kicking conversion to give Chicago a 7-0 lead with 11:29 left in the first quarter.

Nick Novak got the Texans on the scoreboard with a 28-yard field early in the second quarter. Osweiler followed the field goal up eight minutes later with a 23-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins for their first touchdown in 2016. Novak added the extra point to give the Texans a 10-7 lead with 3:14 remaining in the half. The Bears were not to be denied taking a lead into the locker room at halftime. With seven seconds left in the half, Cutler threaded a 19-yard needle pass to wide receiver Eddie Royal for the score. Barth again split the uprights for the extra point to give Chicago a 14-10 lead at the half.  

Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) carried the ball
four times for 14 yards, while throwing for 231 yards and
two touchdowns against the Bears.
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The Texans scored once in the third quarter and twice in the fourth to regain the lead and win the game. Novak kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 38-yarder in the fourth. In between his kicking scores, Osweiler found Will Fuller open in the red zone and connected on an 18-yard pass for the Texans’ second touchdown of the game. Novak added the obligatory kicking extra point to secure the win.

Osweiler completed 22-of-35 passes for 107 yards, including a game -high 35-yarder. He was sacked twice for a total loss of 16 yards. Fuller caught five passes for 107 yards, while Hopkins caught five passes for 54 yards. Defensively, John Simon tallied six tackles and one sack, with Whitney Marcilus accounted for two sacks of Cutler.

For Chicago, Cutler completed 16 passes for 216 yards and was sacked five times for 31 lost yards. Alston Jeffery caught four passes for 105 yards, while Lankford carried the ball 17 times for 57 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Jerrell Freeman accounted for nine tackles while Danny Trevathan added 11.

Next up for the Texans is a Sunday, September 18 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs with a 12 noon scheduled kickoff. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

Ballage's Eight Touchdowns Ties NCAA Record and Leads Arizona State to 68-55 Victory Over Texas Tech

Happy 70th birthday to ASU's Sparky.
Photo by Tony Espinoza, Copyright 2016, Used with permission.

By Mike Stockman

Copyright 2016 Phoenix Area Sports
Special Report for TexSport Publications

TEMPE, ARIZONA (September 10, 2016)  The Arizona State University Sun Devils' Kalen Ballage made history Saturday night, September 10, 2016 in the 68-55 win over Texas Tech Red Raiders at a newly renovated Sun Devil Stadium.

Pac-12 record books will reflect that on this date, the previous record of six of touchdowns in a single game, held by Dick Dunn of Cal in 1922 and Anthony Davis of USC in 1972, was broken by the Devils' 6-2, 227 lb. junior running back Kalen Ballage  from Peyton, Colorado. Ballage had 13 rushes that totaled 137 yards and seven touchdowns,two receptions, one being a 39 yard touchdown pass, for a total of eight touchdowns, tying the NCAA's All-Time Record.

Both teams' coaching staffs were prepared for an evening of high-scoring, hard-hitting, down-to-the-last minute football. The Devils, coming off a victory where they started slow but finished strong, came out of the locker room where they left off last week. The Red Raiders, who won last week 69-17, throwing 633 yards and five touchdown passes behind the arm of Patrick Mahomes II, also came with last week's momentum.  

The 44,511 fans, bearing 101 degree evening temperatures, cheered and shook the stadium while both schools produced a total of 165 plays for a total of 1,267 yards. Twenty of the plays were scoring plays - eight of which were Ballage's.

For the Red Raiders, Mahomes II threw for 540 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. Cameron Batson led the receiving with 148 yards receiving, and one touchdown. Justin Stockton rushed for 20 yards and one touchdown, and had 95 yards in receptions with one touchdown. Jonathan Giles, Derrick Willies, Demarcus Felton, and Dylan Cantrell each had touchdowns. Clayton Hatfield was 7 for 8 on extra points, wrapping up the total of 55 points. 

Jordyn Brooks led the Red Raiders defense with 10 solo tackles. Malik Jenkins, Thierry Nguema, and Luke Stice each recorded seven tackles. 

The Devils' red-shirt sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins threw for 351 yards, two touchdowns, and rushed 55 yards on 10 carries. N. Keal Harry had 72 yards in receptions and scored one receiving touchdown. Zane Gonzalez was 8-8 on extra point attempts and connected on a 43 yard field goal, giving the Devils a final score of 68.

The Devils' defense had two sacks - DJ Calhoun and Koron Crump each had one, a safety, and two interceptions by De'Chavon "Gump" Hayes, clinching the victory. The Devils' punter Matt Haack had three 50+ yard punts inside the five yard line. One of the punts led to the safety, assisted by noise from the student section just a few yards away. 

After the game, ASU's Coach Todd Graham stated “We told our guys that we were going to somehow, someway win this game and we did. I think we surprised some people but we definitely did not surprise ourselves. We made a lot of mental errors that made the score closer than it should have been but we dominated offensively. We had a bad roughing penalty that hurt us but we made some key defensive stops when we had to. I am really proud of our guys because that was a heck of a football team. They were the number one offense in the country last year and the top passing offense this year and I thought our guys did a great job figuring out a way to get the win.”.

The Red Raiders (1-1) hope to bounce back when they host Louisiana Tech on Saturday night, September 17, at 6pm. This game will be covered on TV:FSN.

The Devils (2-0) travel to UTSA for a Friday night game on September 16, 2016 at 6:30pm. 

North Shore wins over Westfield 36-16

Story and photos by Richard Fletcher
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 9, 2016) The North Shore Mustangs controlled the game on both offense and defense and got the win over Spring Westfield on Friday, September 10, 2016 at Galena Park ISD stadium.  This win moves North Shore to a record of 2-1 and Westfield drops  to 0-3.

North Shore defense dominated over Westfield causing two fumbles and one interception, which was returned by North Shore K’Lavon Chaisson for 30-yard run touchdown. One of the main highlights for Westfield was when Westfield Jaylon Garrett ran an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with no time left in the half.

North Shore will play Spring at George Stadium next and Westfield has next week off.

Below are photos from the game. All photos were shot by Richard Fletcher of Big Shot Snapshots, Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

HBU downs Texas Southern Tigers for first win of season

HBU's Terrence Peters rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 10, 2016) Houston Baptist University came from behind late in the game to overcome a stubborn Texas Southern University squad; downing the Tigers by the score of 28-24 at Husky Stadium on the campus of HBU on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The Huskies came into the game with a 0-1 record after losing to Central Arkansas on the road by the score of 56-13 on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Estes Stadium in Conway, Arkansas. TSU also posted a 0-1 record before the game after dropping a 29-25 decision to Prairie View A&M in the Labor Day Classic at Panther Stadium in Prairie View, Texas on Sunday, September 4, 2016. HBU head coach Vic Shealy stated after the game, 

"Sometimes when we don't have a habit of winning, you look for opportunities to grow up as a program and how you handle adversity, and that's one of the things we've challenged our guys with is whether you're winning or a team that's struggling in our league, everyone is going to have adversity and everyone is going to have those good snaps, as a team you just persevere and keep chopping away."

On their first drive of the game, HBU quarterback Tony Dawson engineered an 85-yard drive in seven plays that resulted in the first score of the game. The senior from Palmdale, California, handed off the ball to running back Terrance Peters, who scampered the final 29 yards of the drive for first touchdown of the season. Alec Chadwick booted the ball through the uprights for the extra point, to give the Huskies a 7-0 at the 12:19 mark in the first quarter.

After a nice 40-yard drive; which stalled after seven plays, HBU sent in Chadwick to attempt a 43-yard field goal. The sophomore transfer from Valencia, California was wide right; turning over the ball with 9:24 remaining in the first half. Chadwick was two-for-three in field goals against Central Arkansas in HBU’s first game of the season. After a late-quarter drive that lasted three plays for minus-four yards, the Huskies punted and gave TSU the ball on their own 38-yard drive. On the first play of the series, Averion Hurts threw an incomplete pass to Austin Watts; which was ruled as pass interference against Dere Broussard. TSU took the ball on the HBU 47-yard line and drove the 47 yards in three pass to conclude with a 16-yard rush by Cook for a touchdown. Eric Medina kicked the extra point tying the score with 3:46 to go in the half.

In the third quarter on their possession, HBU moved 62 yards down the field, capping the drive with a 22-yard Chadwick field goal to give the Huskies a three-point lead at the 8:27 mark. TSU started their next drive on their 30-yard line. On a third-and-ten play, Hurts was sacked by Garrett Dolan for a 15-yard loss, causing the quarterback to fumble. The ball was picked up by an alert Terrance Manderville and he headed for the end zone for a defensive touchdown. Chadwick was successful on the conversion to give the Huskies a 17-7 lead with 6:35 to go in the quarter.

Texas Southern finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when Hurt completed an eight-yard pass to Austin Watts for a touchdown. The extra point kick by Eric Medina was blocked by Manderville making the score 17-13 with 7:47 remaining in regulation. After a series in downs, HBU punter Christian Guzman booting the ball 47 yards to the TSU seven-yard line. Watts caught the punt and promptly return the ball 93 yards for a TSU touchdown. Medina’s extra point kick was good to give the Tigers a 20-17 lead with 5:53 left in the game. HBU did not allow TSU to lead the game for long. After the TSU kickoff, the Huskies drove 75 yards in five plays; finishing the drive with a Peters 51-yard touchdown run. Chadwick again booted the extra point for again give HBU a 24-20 lead with 4:08 left in the game. Peters finished the games with 14 carries and a school-record 155 yards rushing; and two touchdowns

The win was the first of the season for the Huskies and the fifth in program history. In their inaugural season (2014), they beat Texas College 72-6 and Nicholls State 31-21. In 2015, they downed Bethany College 51-7 and College of Faith 65-0. Next up for HBU is a September 17 home matchup against Abilene Christian while TSU also has a home game against Mississippi Valley State. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. CDT kickoff.

No. 6 Houston Cougars shut out Lamar Cardinals 42-0

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 10, 2016) After a three-hour, 36-minute first quarter lightning delay, the No. 6 Houston Cougars extended their season record to 2-0 with a 42-0 win over the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at TDECU Stadium in Houston.. After the delay, the game format remained standard, with halftime shortened to five minutes.

Houston struck pay dirt twice in the first quarter; first on a 39-yard quarterback keeper rush by Kyle Postma at the 12:00 mark and a one-yard run by Kevin Justice with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The first scoring drive lasted a mere 1:31 and covered 70 yards in four plays. The second drive last 53 seconds in four plays over 36 yards. After both touchdowns, Ty Cummings added the kicking extra points. Postma was named the starting quarterback prior to game time due to injury complications of Greg Ward, Jr.  which occurred when Houston played Oklahoma on September 3 at NRG Stadium.

Freshman running back Mulbah Car added to the Cougars’ scoring assault with a two-yard run over the right guard for the third touchdown of the game. The score was the Austin, Texas native’s first college-level touchdown. Cumming added the kicking conversion to give the Cougars a 21-0 lead at the 7:33 mark in the second quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the officials ruled that Houston recovered an onside kick, giving them the ball on the Lamar 18-yard line. Postma engineered a quick drive, scoring in 2:31 on a one-yard run by running back Kevrin Justice. Cumming again score the extra point; giving Houston a 28-point lead with 4:55 left in the first half.

Postma kicked off the second half with his second rushing touchdown of the game; a five-yard keeper to cap a seven-play, 40-yard drive that lasted 3:26. Along with the Cummings extra point, the Cougars took a 35-0 lead with 11:34 remaining in the third quarter. Houston added an additional insurance touchdown and extra point in the fourth quarter to close out scoring in the game.

After the game, Houston head coach Tom Herman spoke with the press and discussed his thoughts of the game.

“Short and sweet, I’m really proud of the entire team for handling that kind of adversity. We do train for that kind of chaos, but for them to sit through what amounted to a three-hour rain delay and then come out with more energy and better play, to be honest with you, after a break was great. Again, hats off to the defense holding them to 73 total yards and 15 yards rushing. That’s tremendous. It got a little sloppy there at the end with our twos and threes and some guys even fours in there, but I’m proud of our guys for handling that.”

Postma also talked to the press after the game; talking about getting the start and the success he had in the run game.

“None of that was really planned. Coming into the game I was going to do everything I could that was going to help the team out. I pulled a few balls from the running back and then just used my feet. Things happened and people were blocking extremely hard and being really physical. and they let me run the ball. It worked out really well.”
The game’s attendance of 39,402 was the fourth highest crowd in stadium history. The win makes the four consecutive win over the Cardinals. The last time the Cougars played Lamar was September 6, 1975 inside the Houston Astrodome, in which Houston won by the score of 20-3. In the all-time series, the Cougars have outscored Lamar 152-41. In addition, the game was the first time Herman has faced the Cardinals. The Cougars finished the game with 511 total offensive yards. The last time Houston reached 500-plus yards (555 yards) was on November 27, 2015 against Navy. The Houston defense set a school record for fewest yards allowed (73 yards) in a game. The old record was 74 against Mississippi State in 1969.

Houston will have a short four days to prepare for their next opponent; a Thursday, September 15 matchup against conference foe Cincinnati on the road. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. CDT with ESPN broadcasting the game.