The Houston Cougars kicked off the 2015 season with a bang Saturday night with a 52-24 victory over Tennessee Tech. The Tom Herman Era got off to a sluggish start in the first half with the score 14-10 in the second quarter before the Coogs took flight. Glad we ended up with a strong W instead of a Texas State or UTSA situation. Coog fans can enjoy being 1-0!
If you haven’t seen it yet, Coog fan Russell Evans pointed us towards this awesome video of highlights from the first game:
Of course, CardiacCoogs was able to snap a few photos of the game (click on a photo to launch the gallery):
Also, guest poster Kelvin Yamaguchi has a few thoughts about what went well for the Coogs in Week 1 and where the team needs to improve:
• Elandon Roberts: The team captain had a game high nine tackles with two tackles for losses. Played a very solid game and delivered some big hits.
• Steven Taylor: If you needed to find Steven Taylor last night, you’d find him behind the line of scrimmage: 3 tackles for losses and one sack.
• Greg Ward Jr.: Picking up where left off last season he ended the night with 382 total yards. Passing for 21-28 with 275 yards passing with a score through the air while rushing for 107 yards 2 scores.
• Demarcus Ayers: The Junior wide receiver looks to have a big role in the offense this season. Led all receivers last night with 10 receptions for 121 yards. Almost scored a 75 yard punt return for a score if it wasn’t for a blocking penalty that called it back.
• Kyle Postma: The third string quarterback moved wide receiver this week and the move paid off, 4 catches for 82 yards and a 29 yard score. He showed a lot of toughness fighting for yards after the catch.
• Students: Students showed up in force on Saturday and were very rowdy and vocal during the game.
• Penalties: 9 penalties: 59 yards. Very sloppy play to begin the season which I expected due all new systems being installed on both sides of the ball. Will need to get cleaned up this week before the Louisville game.
• Deep Ball: There were multiple instances where Greg Ward missed receivers on the deep ball. This is most likely due to a lack of chemistry with the new wide receivers this season. While I am going to keep my eye on this I suspect it will work itself out as the season goes on.
• Pass Coverage: While the run defense was solid last night major breakdowns in pass coverage led to Tennessee Tech’s 24 points last night. Adrian McDonald did have an interception that would later lead to an offensive score.
Be sure to check out other recaps from across Coog nation: