“Cardiac Coogs” shock Louisville, Herman era off to a blazing hot start

via Matt Stone/The Courier-Journal

In case anyone wondered why this blog is called “Cardiac Coogs”, yesterday’s football game at Louisville should answer the question. After a tough back-and-forth battle with the Cardinals, the Coogs were able to prevail 34-31 and start off the Tom Herman era off to a blazing hot start. So much for being 12 1/2 point underdogs!

via Houston Athletics

Return of the Offense

One notable stat from the game: The Cougars gained 462 yards of total offense against Louisville a week after gaining 621 against Tennessee Tech. The Cougars have been historically known for having a prolific offense and are now ranked #15 in the nation after two games.

Greg Ward, Jr. looked amazing as the Cougars starting quarterback, completing 23 of 33 passes for 236 yards with three touchdowns while also rushing for 98 yards on 21 carries. Ward now has a 73.3% completion percentage after two games with a 163.54 passer rating, both huge improvements on his numbers from last season. Ward’s ability to extend plays with his legs, in addition to making big plays with his arm, is a huge reason the Coogs are 2-0.

Kenneth Farrow brushed off a pedestrian Week 1 effort against Tennessee Tech and added 27 carries for 109 yards on the ground.  Houston outgained Louisville 226 rushing yards to 70.

It’s All About Signature Wins and Avoiding Embarrassing Losses

In only his second game as the head coach of the Houston Cougars, Tom Herman already has a signature win. The Tony Levine regime from 2012-14 was above .500 but never had a signature win that set the tone for the program. [Unless you want to count the 2012 Ticket City Bowl when he was interim coach].  In spite of recruiting well, the Levine era was more known for it’s embarrassing losses than what it did on the field.

Yes, Coach Herman won yesterday with Levine’s players, but many of these same players looked utterly hopeless against UTSA and Tulane (and a few other games) last season. This shows it’s not just quality of recruiting that matters, but you have to have a quality staff in place to be able to develop the players and get them to play at their fullest potential.

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That’s a championship caliber coach, y’all!

Video Highlights:

Full highlights here from The American conference digital network:

And in case you missed the epic locker room celebration that quickly went viral:

From Around The Web:

• The Chronicle’s Coverage is here.

• Chronicle beatwriter Joseph Duarte notes that the Coogs ramped up defensive pressure on Louisville’s true freshman QB, who would be pulled late in the game.

• Beatwriter Anthony Oppermann also recaps the game here.

• The Coogs also nabbed 16 votes in today’s AP poll, effectively ranking the team #33 in the country.

GO COOGS! via Houston Athletics

Don’t forget, tickets are still available right over here!

Edit: I almost forgot! CardiacCoogs was down at Calhoun’s Rooftop for the official UH student watch party. Check out this video of the bar erupting in celebration after Louisville’s kicker missed the final field goal with 54 seconds left. The video is a little shaky because I was probably jumping up and down:

Edit #2: The school released this video showing more footage from the win. I love the Paul Wall and Mike Jones song “They Don’t Know” in the background!