Coach Herman and staff have the Cougars resurgence ahead of schedule, writes beatwriter Anthony Oppermann. Check out the story here!
Coach Herman and staff have worked hard to promote teamwork and build a brotherhood among the Houston Cougars football team, writes Anthony Opppermann. Check out the full story here.
Coach Herman’s trials and tribulations while at Ohio State helped him become a much better coach. Now Coach Herman looks to apply those lessons to the Houston Cougars. Full article from CBS Sports here.
Over at Sports Illustrated, Chris Johnson writes about the successes Coach Herman and staff are having on the recruiting trail and are wondering if the Coogs can become a powerhouse in the state of Texas. Check out the story here.
The Houston Cougars destroyed the Texas State Bobcats last night 59-14 at TDECU Stadium. The 35,257 in attendance at the Cougar den were celebrating early and often during the match-up as the Coogs dominated the game gaining revenge for the 2012 loss.
The American has a highlight video of the domination below:
The Cougars are off to a scorching hot 3-0 start this season and are putting up some very impressive numbers, many which are putting the 2015 Coogs on par with several historic Houston teams. Take a look at the numbers from last night and for the whole season so far below:
Notes on the Cougars team performance:
• The Cougars racked up a season high 689 yards, 428 in the first half.
• The Cougars are now averaging 591 yards per game, good enough for #7 nationally in total offense.
• The Coogs are tied for #6 nationally in scoring offense at 48.3 points per game. [hat tip to Joseph Duarte]
• The Third Ward Defense held the Bobcats to only 99 yards rushing. The Cougars are currently ranked #5 nationally in rushing defense.
• The Third Ward Defense is currently #3 in the nation in turnover margin.
• The Cougars have scored 145 points in their first 3 games, the best 3 game scoring start since the 1989 Cougars team led by eventual Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware who scored 170 through three games. [h/t David Bassity]
• This year marks the first time Houston has not allowed 100 yards of rushing by any opponent in its first 3 games since 1998.[h/t David Bassity]
• Greg Ward, Jr. was 17-21 passing for 274 yards and 4 touchdowns with an 81% completion percentage and a 253.4 rating.
• Ward, Jr. also had 10 carries for 91 yards with two rushing touchdowns, bringing his total to six on the game.
• Ward, Jr. is now ranked #6 nationally in passer rating at 186.83 for the season, #3 overall nationally in completion percentage at 75.3%, and #13 in yards per attempt at 9.7.
• Ward, Jr. is now 9-2 as the Cougars starting quarterback.
• WR Demarcus Ayers added eight receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Ayers is tied for #14 nationally in total receptions on the season with 26 and is tied for 5th nationally in receptions per game at 8.7.
• Coog Running backs Kenneth Farrow, Javin Webb, and Ryan Jackson combined for 366 yards on 54 carries.[h/t CoogFans]
Up Next: The Cougars travel up to Tulsa (2-1) to play against former Coogs offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery who is now the head coach of the Golden Hurricane.
Game recaps from around the web:
• From the Chronicle
• Via CoogFans.com
• ESPN Sportscenter gave Greg Ward, Jr. their ultimate performance award.
The Texas State Bobcats travel to Houston Saturday to take on the Cougars. Texas State embarrassed the Coogs in the last meeting in 2012, winning 30-13. The Coogs look to get revenge against the ‘Cats and to add another strong victory on Coach Herman’s resume.
Coach Herman looks to become only the second coach in the history of the Houston Cougars to begin his career with the Coogs at 3-0. The other was UH legend Bill Yeoman. Herman is also one of two new head coaches nationally to start the year undefeated. The other is Jim McElwain at Florida.
And don’t forget: Cougar is far larger and more vicious than a bobcat. We can’t go easy on em!
CFN has their preview and prediction of the game here.
CoogFans also has their game preview here.
When people who’ve never been to Houston think of our city, frequently they think it’s a desert. They think the Bayou City adheres to the stereotype of Texas… which is mostly just applies to West Texas. Many people only see our city from the airports or on the freeways but never venture off the beaten path of the city. The truth is Houston is a very green city, known for it’s amazing green spaces like Memorial Park, Hermann Park, and Discovery Green. Houston actually has more parkland per person than San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago combined. There’s a great article here from Texas Monthly about the city of Houston became the model for greenspace for other cities. If you live here, get out and enjoy it!
Over on her blog, University of Houston President and Chancellor Renu Khator describes how Coach Herman invited her inside the Cougar’s locker room after the Tennessee Tech win week 1. She had never been inside a locker room before. Read the full story here.
Journalist Niki Noto Palmer wrote an interesting nugget over on her blog: When the Houston Cougars football traveled to away games in previous years their first class seats would be reserved for boosters. Not anymore. Palmer writes that Coach Herman has reserved those seats for the Coogs’ offensive and defensive linemen:
The offensive and defensive linemen are first in line before others no matter what they’re doing [eating] or where they’re going [away games]. In fact up until Coach Herman took the reigns, Houston boosters occupied first class seats when the Cougars traveled to away games. Not anymore.
Iowa Western offensive tackle Na’ty Rodgers will be joining the Cougars next season. The three star lineman originally from Maryland will rejoin former teammate James Works who joined the Coogs this season. Rodgers was originally at South Carolina for 2014 before transferring to Iowa Western early in 2015.