Houston Forward Times

03 September 2013 Written by  Nicholas A. Norman

University of Houston Cougars Too Strong for Southern

 

The University of Houston Cougars were clicking on all cylinders as they won 62-13 over Southern before a crowd of 26,205 at Reliant Stadium.
 

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UH finished with 627 yards total offense. That staggering number was led by the backfield duo of Ryan Jackson and Kenneth Farrow. Together, they combined for 217 of the Cougars’ 372 rushing yards.
John O’Korn led five scoring drives – including a pair of touchdown passes to Daniel Spencer in a 62-13 win over Southern before a crowd of 26,205 at Reliant Stadium.

David Piland, who was named the starter out of preseason camp, was 15 of 23 for 148 yards and one touchdown. He led the Cougars to scores on five of his six series, including a quick 39-second drive to begin the second half that ended with a 45-yard touchdown run by Spencer. John O’Korn, the highly touted quarterback from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, was 11 of 15 for 107 yards and three touchdowns while playing almost all of the second half.

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While struggling against the pass in the first half, the UH defense, under first-year coordinator David Gibbs, showed it’s ready to atone for a miserable 2012 season.
  

The Cougars forced four turnovers that led to 17 points in the game.

My game ball would go to sophomore running back Ryan Jackson. Jackson had 10 carries for 120 yards with two touchdowns in the win. He also had a third score called back for a penalty. His quickness and speed were too much for Southern and he seemed to have his way with their defense.  

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The Cougars travel to Philadelphia to play Temple Saturday. They look to improve their record to 2-0. The Temple Owls are coming off a 26-8 defeat agaisnt Notre Dame and looking to rebound against the Cougars. Kickoff is 11:00 am.