By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2010 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 3, 2010) After a week off posting a 3-1 record for the 2010 season, the Houston Cougars will face Mississippi State on Oct. 9 at Robertson Stadium.
The Cougars will take on a Bulldog team that 3-2 for the season that has outscored its opponents 143-81 while averaging 28 points per game.
They are averaging 172 yards rushing and 220 yard passing per game while holding their opponents to a 313 total yardage per game.
The game against Houston will be the second road trip for the Bulldogs, having previously lost on the road to LSU 29-7 in Baton Rouge.
Houston will be shooting for their fourth win of the season, having previously beating Texas State 68-28, UTEP 54-24 and Tulane 42-23. Their only loss this season was a 31-13 defeat to UCLA at the Rose Bowl.
The Cougars have outscored their opponents 177-106 and are averaging 44 points per game.
They are averaging 465 yards of total yardage per game while employing a balanced running and passing attack.
Their 742 yards of total rushing and 1120 yards of total passing equates to an average of 185 yards and 280 yards per game, respectively.
Their balanced rushing and passing attack has combined for 22 touchdowns (14 rushing, 8 passing) with two of them coming from interception returns.
Houston’s Bryce Beall is currently leading Conference USA in rushing, averaging 104.5 yards a game and in scoring, averaging 13.5 points a game.
Patrick Edwards is leading C-USA in punt returns, with 11 returns in four games for 162 yards, averaging 14.7 yards a game.
Houston is lead C-USA in scoring offense (177 points, 44.2 points averaged per game), pass efficiency (91-133-6 for 1120 yards), kickoff coverage (net average 46.6 yards per game), and 3rd down conversions (27 of 44 for 54%)
Game time against Mississippi State is set for 7:00pm Houston time.