Saturday, April 15, 2017

Offense outlasts defense 51-33 in Houston Cougars Spring Game

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2017 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 15, 2017) The Red Team downed the White Team by the score of 51-33 in the 2017 Houston Cougars 2017 Red-White Football Game on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at TDECU Stadium in Houston. The Red Team, which was made up of the offensive players, played four 12-minute quarters in the annual spring game, which marks the end of spring football, against the White Team, which was made up of the defensive squad. The first score of the game came as a result of a pass from junior quarterback Kyle Allen to sophomore receiver Keith Corbin in the back corner of the end zone. Kicker Dalton Witherspoon tacked on the extra point to give the Red Team an early lead.

Other scoring occurred on a six-yard run by sophomore running back Patrick Carr, who sat out last season after transferring from Colorado with sophomore running back Kevrin Justice adding a one-yard run in the third quarter. Sophomore running back Josh Burrell closed out the day with a one-yard score. Carr led the Red Team with 122 yards on 15 carries. Burrell was second in rushing on the day with 38 yards on seven carries.

On the receiving end, senior Derek McLemore led the way with nine receptions for 44 yards while sophomore Keith Corbin had three receptions for 21 yards. Passing wise, Allen had 62 yards on 12-of-18 passing while junior Mason McClendon had 27 yards on 6-of-14 passing.

The White got off to a strong start when Jeremy Winchester picked off an Allen pass on the first play of the game. It was one of three interceptions for the defense as Isaiah Johnson and Javian Smith picked up interceptions on the day as well. Senior linebacker Cameron Doubenmier paced the defense with seven tackles while senior linebacker Austin Robinson and redshirt-freshman cornerback Patrick Rosette had six stops each. Doubenmier and Robinson also had the day’s lone sacks.
Houston kicks off the fall season when it travels to San Antonio to open the 2017 against UTSA on Saturday, Sept. 2. Following a September 9 trip to Tucson, Ariz., to face Arizona, the Cougars open their home slate against Rice on Saturday, September 16 at TDECU Stadium.

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