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Houston takes another step chasing American dream

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The Houston Cougars (7-1, 4-0 AAC) defeated South Florida (2-6, 2-2 AAC) 35-23 and now prepares for back-to-back games with a shot at a BCS bowl berth within sight.

Houston struggled to put South Florida away, with the Bulls being penalized almost every time you glanced at the game. Houston only managed to pick up 20 more yards on offense than South Florida, with the Bulls playing with their fourth starting quarterback of the season. Houston’s offense was sloppy at times, turning the football over twice, but quarterback  John O’Korn continues to be dependable. O’Korn completed 22 of 27 pass attempts for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Deontay Greenberry had 106 receiving yards and caught one of O’Korn’s touchdown passes.

Sitting on top of the standings in the American, Houston will travel to Central Florida to take on one of their former Conference USA foes for a game in which the winner will have the inside track to the finish line in the conference. Although the two schools joined the American after years in Conference USA, the two have only played four times prior to this season, and Central Florida owns a 3-1 advantage in the series.

If Houston can win in Orlando next week and maintain their spot on top of the American standings, they will go to Louisville the following week with a chance to wrap up the conference’s BCS berth if everything falls in to place. Louisville started the year as the conference’s preseason favorite and Central Florida has become the biggest threat out of the conference, so all of this is easier said than done. Either way, we will learn a lot about Houston over the coming weeks as the conference races start to wind down.

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5 Responses to “Houston takes another step chasing American dream”
  1. tuckfexas says: Oct 31, 2013 11:02 PM

    They beat a 2-6 team by 12 points. BCS my ass.

  2. ancientcougar says: Nov 1, 2013 10:59 AM

    A very ugly win over an overmatched team, but since it came only 5 days after a emotionally charged win over Rutgers, it says a lot for the coaching and the overall strength of the team, not to mention the refs, to win last night.

  3. v2the4 says: Nov 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    UH was an 18 point favorite going into this nationally televised game. their last two national telecast, UH scored 49 at Rutgers in a go away 49-14 win, and they lost two weeks ago to BYU 48-47 for their only loss of the season

    UH was up 21-10, going in for a game breaking td…the rb ryan jackson fumbled on the one, ball was recoverd by USF for a touchback…that would have made it 28-10 and blew the doors open….

    but, as we all know, the big thing in football is momentum… USF’s credit, they battled all night, and had a chance to take a late lead, but their go ahead td was called back for offensive pass interference where the receiver pushed off inside the five to catch the fade pattern td.

    What USF has finally found was a competent QB, and it looks like this true frosh will go the rest of the way.

    I liked how UH mixed up QB John O’Korn and Greg Ward, both also true freshmen, but they will have to play a lot more crisp on both sides of the ball if they want to beat UCF next week.

  4. whoisedgy says: Nov 1, 2013 1:33 PM

    If you play a game in an empty stadium that nobody watches on tv, is it really “nationally televised”?

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 1, 2013 4:41 PM

    I doubt that even the stoutest Coogs fan thinks they are one of the top ten teams in the country but if they can win the next two they’ll probably have a really great shot at the BCS berth for the AAC.

    Is it a crock of shyt that the AAC gets a BCS berth… yes, but it is what it is. I honestly hope they do it. But the next two they have to win are against UCF and Louisville… so, we’ll see.

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