Texas State Bobcats fans spent time before Saturday’s matchup against Houston talking trash, which is always in good fun. But one of the odd insults Bobcats fans had against UH was our strength of schedule, which already includes wins over perennial top-25 contenders Oklahoma and Cincinnati. Maybe the Bobcats were insulting themselves by implying that Houston’s schedule is weak because we’e playing Texas State and they’re not a good team? Either way the Coogs slapped down the Cats 64-3, including 429 yards of total offense and 43 points at the half.
Houston true freshman quarterback D’Eriq King saw time in non-QB roles and became the first player in UH history to catch a touchdown, pass for a td, and return a kickoff for td all in the same game. It’ll be interesting to watch the quarterback battle next fall against King and A&M transfer Kyle Allen. Be careful to assume King will be a wide receiver: Greg Ward Jr. was a wide receiver for his first year and a half at UH before transforming to the next legendary UH qb and becoming an early candidate for the 2016 Heisman.
Also interesting was this became the most lopsided win in Houston’s history since beating Louisiana Tech 73-3 back in 1991. Ward helped his Heisman credentials by adding 20 for 26 yards passing for 289 yards and three touchdowns (passing and rushing).
Most impressive is the fact the Coogs didn’t commit a penalty in the game and also the play of the Third Ward Defense. Gone are the days of tons of passing, zero defense, and 64-54 wins. It’s nice having a balanced attack.
The Coogs have won 18 of their last 19 games going back to the Armed Forces Bowl win against Pitt in the 2014 season. The only loss was to UConn last November when Greg Ward Jr. was out with an injury. Look for the Coogs to be extra amped up for revenge this Thursday night at TDECU Stadium. Be sure to be extra loud for the Coogs so the team knows we support them and to give the added home field advantage!