Sunday, November 27, 2016

Osweiler's three interceptions dooms the Houston Texans to a 21-13 loss to San Diego

Brock Osweiler (17) scored the Houston Texans' only touchdown
on a one-yard run in the second quarter.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 27, 2016) Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw three interceptions and the San Diego defense limited Houston to one touchdown and two field goals as Texans fell to the Chargers 21-13 in front of 71,897 fans at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, November 27, 2016. The loss drops the Texans to 6-5 while the Chargers raised their record to 5-6.

After a uneventful first quarter, it took the Texans a little under 20 minutes to finally get on the scoreboard with the first touchdown of the game. Osweiler scored on a one-yard quarterback keeper to cap the 72-yard, 10 play drive that lasted 5:16. Nick Novak added the obligatory extra point to give Houston a 7-0 lead at the 11:11 mark in the second quarter. San Diego responded four and one-half minutes later with their own touchdown; a 52-yard pass from Philip Rivers to Dontrelle Inman. Their scoring drive covered 74 yards in 4:27 and took six plays. Josh Lambo evened the score at seven with the kicking extra point.

Dontrelle Inman (15) caught six passes for 119 yards
and one touchdown against the Texans.
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The Chargers took the lead with 1:54 remaining in the first half on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Tyrell Williams. The San Diego drive began when Osweiler was picked off by Casey Howard at the 4:47 mark in the quarter. The pass was intended for DeAndre Hopkins gave the Chargers the ball on their own 37-yard line. They covered the 63 yards for the score in five plays and 2:53. Osweiler has thrown eight interception at home this season; all of them intended for DeAndre Hopkins. Houston cut the Chargers’ lead to four points with 55 seconds gone in the fourth quarter. Novak booted a 19-yard field goal to cap a 36-yard, nine play drive. San Diego responded with a 12-yard pass from Rivers to Hunter Henry to take the score to 21-10 in favor of the Chargers. Houston added a 45-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

Osweiler completed 22-of-37 passes for 246 yards, while Lamar Miller led the ground game with 57 yards in 19 carries. Hopkins caught five passes for 70 yards. For the Chargers, Rivers was 22-of-30 for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Inman caught the ball six times for 119 yards and one touchdown, while Melvin Gordon carried the ball 17 times for 70 yards and one touchdown.

Houston falls to 2-5 overall against the Chargers and 1-3 against them at home. The loss to San Diego was the Texans first home loss of the season and drops head coach Bill O’Brien career regular season record to 25-19. Next up for the Texans are two road games; a December 4 matchup against the Green Bay Packers and a December 11 game against the Indianapolis Colts. They will return to NRG Stadium on December 18 for a 12 noon CST matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, followed by a Christmas Eve game against the Cincinnati Bengals. They will close of the 2016 regular season on the road against the Tennessee Titans on New Year’s Day.







Friday, November 25, 2016

Houston Cougars fall to Memphis Tigers 48-44 in hard-fought contest

Houston WR Linner Bonner (15) tries to pull away
from Memphis DB Jonathan Cook (14) after catching
one of his 17 passes against Memphis.
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By Robert H Kelly
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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE (November 25, 2016) Bringing a number 18 national ranking and the winningest senior class in program history into Libertly Bowl Memorial Stadium was not enough for the Houston Cougars, as they dropped a 48-44 decision to the underdog Memphis Tigers on Friday, November 25, 2016. The Cougars finish the regular season with a 9-3 record; along with a 5-3 record in American Athletic Conference action. The Cougars will now wait for two crucial bits of information in the days to follow. First, what post-season bowl game they will be invited to play and second, whether head coach Tom Herman will be back at the helm of the Cougars for that anticipated bowl and the 2017 season.

Rumors circulated in the preceding days and hours leading up to Friday's matchup against these two conference rivals. Unconfirmed reports surfaced on the internet and social media that Herman and LSU had come to terms on a contract for the second-year head coach to lead the Tigers in 2017. Herman vigorously denounced the rumors, yet the spectre of his departure was a possibly a factor in the Cougars' loss. The Cougars' play of the field seemed uninspired in the first half and was a drastic departure from their play when they upset No. 3 Louisville on November 17. 


RB Duke Catalon (2) rushed for 60 yards and
one touchdown in addition to catching seven
passes for 41 yards against Memphis.

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The game started with a bang for the Tigers; when they scored 42 seconds into the game on a 67-yard pass from Riley Ferguson to Phil Mayhue. Houston answered three minutes later with a 41-yard Ty Cummings field goal. Memphis added two more TDs in the first quarter; a one-yard run by Doroland Dorceus and a two-yard pass from Ferguson to Mayhue. In between the two Memphis touchdown, Houston added a touchdown on a 10-yard run by Duke Catalon to close out the first 15 minutes of play with Memphis leading 21-10. The Cougars cut the Memphis lead to four points, six seconds into the second quarter with a Greg Ward, Jr. 29-yard pass to Tyler McCloskey. The Tigers responded with 13 unanswered points to give Memphis a 34-17 lead at halftime. Houston cut their deficit to seven in the third quarter with a Chance Allen 35-yard touchdown pass reception and a 25-yard Ty Cummings field goal. After a long drive that carried over from the third to fourth quarter, Houston added a 25-yard field goal by Cummings to cut the Tigers' lead to 34-30 with 13:07 remaining in the game. They finally took their first lead of the game at the 7:02 mark in the fourth quarter when Ward, Jr. hit Linell Donner with a 55-yard bomb for the score. Cummings added the extra point to give Houston a 37-34 lead. Then both teams went on a offensive frenzy; putting 21 points on the scoreboard in three minutes, 30 seconds.

Memphis responded to the Donner touchdown with their own touchdown to regain the lead a tad over three minutes later. Ferguson connected with Anthony Miller on a 35-yard pass play to regain a four-point lead (41-37). Houston received the the kickoff with 3:49 left in the game; driving 75 yards in seven plays; concluding with a three-yard touchdown pass from Ward, Jr. to Allen to regain the lead with the score of 44-41. The Tigers received the final kickoff of the game on their own 28 yard line with 1:29 remaining. Ferguson then went to work and moved the ball 72 yards in 1:05; scoring the game winning touchdown with 19 seconds left in the match. After that, all Houston could was run three play before time ran out.


Houston fans were very spirited at
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
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Offensively, Houston tallied 624 yards of total offense, with Ward, Jr. accounting for 487 yards of those yards in the air. With four passing touchdowns, he has 52 career passing touchdowns which stands fifth in program history. Ward also recorded his seventh multi-TD passing game of 2016 and 16th of his career. 

Linell Bonner recorded his third touchdown reception this season and eighth of his career, on a 55-yard pass from Ward Jr. with 7:02 left to play giving Houston its first lead, 37-34. With 235 yards, Bonner finished his sixth game with at least 80-plus yards and became the 20th player in program history with a 200-yard receiving game. The mark also put him over the 1,000 yard threshold for the season, becoming the 19th player in Houston history to reach that mark.



Sunday, November 20, 2016

HBU falls to Rice Owls 3-point shooing 79-53 in women's basketball action

Taylor Kollmorgan (24) scored seven points and pulled
down 10 rebounds against the Rice Owls.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 19, 2016) The Houston Baptist University Huskies could not contain the three-point shooting of Rice University and as a result, dropped at 79-53 decision to the Owls at Sharp Gymnasium on the HBU campus on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Owls connected on 11 of their 26 attempts from beyond the arc to raise their season record to 2-1 for the season. The Huskies, who shot 29% from the field, dropped to 0-3.

Starting forward Lauren Calver scored 13 point in the Huskies' loss. The 6-1 freshman from Helensburgh, Australia had her best game of the season; bettering her 11-point performance against the Texas Longhorns on November 16, 2016. Sophomore center Veronika Kirienko (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) came off the bench to score nine points and pull down 12 rebounds, while starting guard Bria Johnson and forward Taylor Kollmorgan each chipped in seven. Kollmorgan also pulled down 10 rebounds. The Owls has four players scoring in double-digits with starting guard Wendy Knight leading the Owls’ effort with 13 points.

Huskies continue their home stand against Southwestern Assemblies of God Wednesday at 7 p.m., before closing it out with Oral Roberts Saturday at 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Texas Southern upends Arkansas-Pine Bluff 27-10

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 13, 2016) The Texas Southern Tigers rolled to a 27-10 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Southwestern Athletic Conference football action at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston on Saturday, November 12, 2016. With the win, the Tigers moved to 5-6 in 2016 while the Golden Lions fall to 1-10.  The Tigers rolled up a 20-7 lead in the first half, with both teams scoring seven points in the third quarter. Arkansas-Pine Bluff added a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to close out scoring.


TSU’s Brad Woodard rushed for 117 yards on 28 carries while Tylor Cook added 101 yards on eight carries. Johnathan Bowen scored on rushing TD off 14 carries for 66 yards. Tracy Johnson and Elie Nabushoi each caught one pass for a touchdown. Next up for the Tigers is a 2 p.m. CST matchup against Grambling State at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

HBU upsets SFA 31-24 in Southland Conference football action

Tony Dawson (11) rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns.
Photo courtesy HBU Media Relations Department
By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 12, 2016) The Houston Baptist University Huskies jumped out to a 14-7 lead at halftime and when on to down the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks by the score of 31-24 at Husky Stadium on the campus of HBU on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The win was the first ever for the Huskies over the Lumberjacks and gave HBU their biggest win in program history.

The Lumberjacks got on the scoreboard on their first possession; driving 75 yards in 10 plays to put six points on the scoreboard when Zach Conque connected with Tamrick Pace on a 32-yard pass. Storm Ruiz booted the conversion to give SFA a 7-0 lead. The Huskies responded on their first possession with a 75-yard, 10 play drive. Tony Dawson hit Terrance Peters with a 26-yard pass for the score. Alec Chadwick added the conversion to tie the score at seven at the 6:57 mark of the first quarter.

HBU scored seven points in both the second and third quarters and 10 points in the fourth. SFA matches the Huskies’ scoring output in the second half. The Huskies achieved 437 yards of total offense while Dawson completed 9-of-22 passes for 139 yards and one interception. SFA’s Conque was 26-of-43 with one interception. Husky head coach Vic Shealy commented about the win after the game.

“We wished we could’ve played out the last six minutes of the game much more clean, that is part of the growing and maturation of your program. It was the first time we had been in that situation with the onside kicks, but you learn and we’ve got good coaches and players who want to better themselves and I’m confident we’ll learn and grow. I’m even more excited, as a football program, we can create memories with that 17-point fourth quarter. The turnover we created led to a score and that was a pretty clutch field goal, it wound up making a difference in the game, and that shows the maturity in our program. This is a really significant moment in our program.”

Dawson saw great success on the ground, breaking his Dawson broke his own school record with 218 rushing yards and two touchdowns. His 83-yard third-quarter touchdown is the longest play from scrimmage, then added a 41-yard early in the fourth. He had previously rushed for 191 yards against Nicholls on Oct. 15. He stated after the game:

“We just tried to come out and execute our offense – we didn’t try to do anything fancy, just took what they gave us. (Beating SFA) is a big accomplishment, to get a home win in my senior year for all of the other seniors and everyone else in this program, I’m just really proud of the guys. They had my back and I had their backs, so we just went out there and fought. (The onside kick recovery) was the biggest play of the night, by far, I misjudged the first one, but the second one was the play of the game to seal the deal.”

The Huskies has set new program records for wins (four) and conference wins (three) and finished the season with a winning record at home with a 3-2 mark.

Houston Cougars get win No. 8 with 30-18 victory over Tulane Green Wave

Greg Ward, Jr. lunges for the end zone for
Houston's second TD of the game.
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 12, 2016) Jumping out to a 28-10 lead at halftime, the Houston Cougars went on to down the Tulane Green Wave by the score of 30-18 on John O’Quinn Field inside TDECU Stadium in Houston on Saturday, November 12, 2016. With the win, the Cougars move to 8-2 on the season and 5-2 in American Athletic Conference action. The loss moved the Green Wave to 3-7 in 2016 and 0-6 in conference play.

Houston first scored in the first quarter when JeremyWinchester recovered a fumble on a botched punt for six points. They added their second TD at the 6:27 mark of the first quarter on a five-yard Greg Ward, Jr. quarterback keeper. Tulane answered with 41 second remaining in the first period on a 21-yard pass from Glen Cuiellette to Darnell Mooney. With three kicking conversions after the TDs, Houston led 14-7 after 15 minutes of play. The Green wave cut the Houston lead to four when Andrew DiRocco booted a 41-yard field goal 1:21 into the second quarter. Houston responded six minutes later with a 16-yard pass reception from Ward, Jr. to Steven Dunbar for the Cougars’ third touchdown of the game. A little less than three minutes later, they increased their lead when Chance Allen was the
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recipient of another Ward, Jr. pass; this time a six-yarder for the score. That score closed out the first half with Houston leading 28-10. Tulane added to their point total with 4:27 remaining in the game on a 28-yard pass from Cuiellette to D.J. Owens. Houston tallied a team safety 42 seconds later to close out the scoring.

Ward Jr. completed 18-of-30 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Linell Bonner led all receivers with 97 yards in the air while Tulane’s Josh Rounds topped all rusher with 72 yards. Houston will have a short week as they next face No. 5 Louisville on Thursday, November 17 at home.


Houston Cougars Head Coach Tom Herman: Post Game Presser on Nov 12, 2016

No. 6 North Shore downs Pasadena Memorial 54-0

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 11, 2016) The No. 6 North Shore Mustangs scored 21 points in the first quarter and went on to defeat the Pasadena Memorial Mavericks by the score of of 54-0 at Galena Park ISD Stadium in Houston, Texas on Friday, November 21, 2016.  Bryant Badie, Isaac Cerda and Kerrion Hadnot each score two rushing touchdowns for the Mustangs in the win. North Shore tallied 592 yards of total offense along with 27 first downs. The balanced attack generated 294 yards rushing and 298 yard in the air. The defending UIL 6A Division 1 state champion are now 10-1, with their only loss so far in 2016 was a 26-13 decision against Manvel on September 1, 2016.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Houston kicks off season with 93-52 win over Morgan State

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 11, 2016) The Houston Cougars outscored the Morgan State Bears 45 to 19 in the first half, and went on to down the Morgan State Bears by the score of 93-52 in front of 3,005 basketball fans at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas on Friday, November 11, 2016. The Cougars had four players scoring in double digits, including starting forward Devin Davis. The junior transfer from Indianapolis, Indiana tallied 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Cougars’ first double-double of the season. Starting guard Rob Gray led all scorers with 22 points, with Danrad Knowles and Damyean Dotson adding 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Twelve Houston players saw action against the Bears with nine contributing points. Morgan State had two players scoring in double digits; Tiwian Kendley scored 18 points while Phillip Carr added 16. In the two teams only previous meeting; Houston beat the Bears 72-57 on November 22, 2014. Next up for the Cougars will be their second and final exhibition game of the season when they take on Angelo State on Wednesday, November 16, 2014 with a 7 p.m. tipoff at Hofheinz Pavilion. 

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Houston Cougars down UNC Pembroke 94-67 in exhibition basketball action

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 5, 2016) With four players scoring in double digits, the Houston Cougars downed the University of North Carolina Pembroke by the score of 94-67 at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The game was first of two exhibition games for the Cougars prior to the start of the 2016-2017 season.

Starting guards Damyean Dotson and Rob Gray, Jr. scored 23 and 22 points respectively, starting forward Devin Davis tallied 16 while junior Wes VanBeck came off the bench to add 10. Eleven Houston players saw action against Pembroke with nine contributing to the Cougars’ point tally.  Houston shot 50% from the field (32-64) while completing 22-of-26 shots from the free throw line. They were also 8-of-24 (33.3% from three-point range. Davis led all players with nine rebounds, with Danrad Knowles and Dotson each pulling down eight. Andrew Evans and Akia Pruitt came off the bench to score 16 and 14 points, respectively for Pembroke.

Next up for Houston is a November 11 matchup against Morgan State at Hofheinz Pavilion. They will follow that game up with a November 16, 2016 home game against San Angelo State.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Houston Texans outlast Detroit Lions 20-13

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 30, 2016) The Houston Texans started out slow but built momentum as the game went on to take a 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston. The win gives Houston a 5-3 record and places them at the top of the AFC South. The Lions drop to 4-4 and sit in third place in the NFC North.


It took the Texans until the second quarter to draw Lion blood and get on the scoreboard.  They marched 61 yards in 12 plays, resulting in a six-yard pass from quarterback BrockOsweiler to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for the touchdown. Nick Novak’s extra point kick was good to give Houston a 70-0 lead with 12:36 remaining in the first half. Seven minutes later Houston added seven more points on a one-yard run by running back Lamar Miller and another extra point by Novak. The Lions cut the Texans’ lead to 11 when Matt Prater booted a 47-yard field goal with two seconds left in the first half. Houston extended their lead at the 5:51 mark of the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal by Novak. Novak added a 36 yarder in the fourth quarter to close the Texans’ scoring. Detroit score 10 points in the final period on a one-yard pass play, kicking extra point and a field goal.

Sunday’s game was the fourth matchup between the two squads. They first played on September 19, 2004 at Ford Field in Detroit where the Texans dropped a 28-16 decision. Their second game, on October 19, 2008 saw Houston come out on top 28-21 at NRG (then Reliant) Stadium. The most recent meeting, prior to Sunday’s game, was on November 22, 2012. The Texans downed the Lions 34-31 in overtime in Detroit.

Next up for the Texans is a November 13 meeting against the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road. They follow that game up with a November 21 game against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City, Mexico. The return to the friendly confines of NRG Stadium on Sunday, November 27 where they will face the San Diego Chargers with a 12 noon CT kickoff.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Incarnate Word Cardinals fall to SFA Lumberjacks 42-19

Trent Brittain (4) completed 15 passes for 170 for the Cardinals
against the SFA Lumberjacks,
Photo by Steve Slate, Used with permission.
By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (October 29, 2016) The University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to recover from an early game deficit and dropped a 42-19 decision to the SFA Lumberjacks on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 1-8 for the season and 1-6 in Southland Conference play.


The Cardinals got on the scoreboard early in the game with a 24-yard field goal by Cody Seidel in the first quarter. The Lumberjacks responded in the second quarter with two touchdowns runs of four and six yards by Zach Conque. Incarnate Word added three point in the third quarter when Seidel booted a 19-yard field goal. SFA came right back, scoring two additional touchdowns late in the third quarter. The Cardinals scored a fourth quarter touchdown when Junior Sessions capped a nine play, 85-yard drive with a one yard scoring run. SFA added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter before the Cardinals scored the final touchdown of the game on an 11-yard pass from Taylor Laird to Jordan Hicks.

UIW tallied 18 first downs, and 321 yards of total offense while Trent Brittain completed 15-of-31 passes for 170 yards and one interception. Cody Edwards caught six passes for 75 yards and Sessions tallied 16 carries for 36 yards.

Next up for the Cardinals is a Saturday, November 5 meeting with Southeastern Louisiana at home. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CST. The game will be homecoming for the Cardinals as they host Military Appreciation Day.

HBU Huskies rally to upset Lamar Cardinals 24-17

B.J. Kelly (5) and Tony Dawson (11) were the engines powering
the HBU offense in the Huskies' 24-17 win over the Lamar Cardinals.
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By Robert H Kelly
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BEAUMONT, TEXAS (October 29, 2016) The Houston Baptist University Huskies used a balanced offensive and defensive effort to down the Lamar Cardinals by the score of 24-17 at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The win was the third of the season for the Huskies and established a new record for wins in a season for the Huskies. They are 3-5 for the season and 2-4 in Southland Conference action. Lamar falls to 3-5 for the season and 3-3 in conference action. The win was also the first road victory for the Huskies in program history.


HBU got on the scoreboard on their first possession of the game when quarterback B.J. Kelly rushed the final three yards of a 14-yard drive. Lamar fumbled the ball on their second play of the game. The mishandle gave the Huskies the ball Lamar 14-yard line. The took HBU four plays to cover the 14 yards. AlecChadwick booted the ball through the uprights for the extra point to give HBU an early 7-0 lead. Lamar responded with a touchdown and extra point seven minutes later when quarterback Chase Robinson completed a six-yard pass to Zae Giles and the kicking conversion by Juan Carranco. The drive covered 60 yards in four plays and lasted 2:24. Lamar took a 10-7 lead late in the second quarter when Carranco kicked a 26-yard field goal to cap a seven-play, 57-yard drive. HBU received the ball after the kickoff with 2:02 on the clock, getting three first downs but no points to close out the first 30 minutes of play.

Kelly got the fans in the stadium on their feet early in the third quarter with a 39-yard romp, taking HBU inside the Lamar red zone. Chadwick capped the drive with a 33-yard field goal to tie the score at 10. They added seven points at the 5:21 mark in the third quarter when Tony Dawson hit Mev Ajdin with a 31-yard pass for the score. Chadwick again split the uprights for the extra point to again take the lead 17-10. They added seven more points when Dawson connected with Isaish Hall with a 44-yard pass for the TD and the Chadwick extra point. Lamar responded four minutes later when Adam Morse completed an eight-yard pass to DeWan Thompson. The drive started when HBU fumbled the ball at their 46-yard line. The Huskies took the kickoff at their 33-yard line with 7:57 left in the game at the score in the score favoring HBU 24-17.

Next up for the Huskies is a Saturday, November 5, 2016 non-conference matchup against the University of Texas at El Paso Miners at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. MST.

Second half rally leads Houston to 31-24 win over UCF

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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 29, 2016) Trailing 21-3 at halftime, the No. 24 Houston Cougars scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to down the UCF Knights by the score of 31-24 in from of a crowd of 35,846 people at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The win pushed the Cougars to 7-2 for the season.

After a three-and-out by UCF to begin the game, Houston took possession on their own 31-yard line. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. received a bad snap, pushing the ball back to their 23-yard line.  Three plays later, Ward, Jr. was intercepted on a pass intended for Chance Allen. The Knights took over on their own 46-yard line. Quarterback McKenzie Milton then engineered a 54-yard, seven-play drive the generated the first score of the game when running back Adrian Killins carried the ball the final six yards for the drive for the score. Matthew Wright booted the extra point to give UCF a 7-0 lead after 5:44 of play.

After beginning their third drive of the game, Houston advanced the ball into Knight territory when Ward, Jr. was intercepted for the second time in the first half on a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage. The knights took over and were not able to generate much offense, eventually giving the ball back to the Cougars. Houston ended their long drive of the season, in minutes, with a 31-yard field goal by Ty Cummings. The Cougars’ scoring drive lasted 7:37, covering 66 yards in 19 plays. UCF increased their lead to 14-3 with 3:06 remaining in the first half on a one-yard touchdown run by Dontravious Wilson and the kicking conversion by Wright. The drive covered 82 yards in 11 plays and lasted 3:36. Houston received the ball on their 27-yard and quickly began to move down the field. Five plays later, Ward, Jr. was again intercepted, giving the Knights possession on the Houston 47-yard line. It took UCF four plays and 26 seconds to put another seven points on the board to give them a 21-3 at halftime.

The Knights kicked off the third quarter will a 41-yard field goal by Wright. The Cougars promptly scored two touchdowns to cut the Knights’ lead to 24-17 on a one-yard run by Ward, Jr. and a six-yard pass from Ward, Jr. to Romello Brooker. UCF started the third quarter with possession of the ball. After three plays, Milton was sacked for a 12-yard loss, causing him to fumble. The ball was recovered by safety Garrett Davis, giving the Cougars possession on the UCF 24-yard line. Houston used three plays to cover the 24 yards and tie the game with a Duke Catalon 11-yard TD rush and another Cummings kick with 12:55 remaining. Five minutes later they sealed the win with a 14-yard run by Ward, Jr.

Houston has three games remaining in their 2016 season, with the next two games at home. On Saturday, November 12, they will face Tulane on Homecoming weekend. They will follow that up with a Thursday, November 17 matchup against No. 5 Louisville and will close out the regular season when they travel to Memphis for a Friday, November 25 contest.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

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

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


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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Dynamo Face Colorado Rapids Tonight for Noche Naranja

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 07, 2016

Tigers UANL shuts out Santos Laguna 3-0

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Texans down Titans 27-20

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

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

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


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