After a tough loss against the BYU Cougars last week, the Houston Cougars traveled to New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Cougars entered the game at 5-1 (2-0) and the Knights at 4-2 (1-1). Both teams needed the win, but it was the Cougars that came out victorious.
The Cougars started slow on offense in the first quarter. It took more than 14 minutes of play to get on the board with a John O’Korn 10-yard TD throw to Deontay Greenberry to tie the game at seven a piece. From then on it was pretty much all Cougars all the way. O’Korn threw another two touchdowns in the second quarter including an 83-yard TD to Greenberry for his second TD of the day. It was 28-14 at the half and the Cougars would not allow another point on defense. Greenberry would catch one more TD in the game early in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the Scarlet Knights and that would be the game’s final score.
John O’Korn continues to impress during his freshman campaign. O’Korn’s 364 passing yards and five touchdowns were his personal bests. Deontay Greenberry’s day was also his best of his career finishing with eight receptions for 168 yards and three touchdowns. QB Greg Ward Jr. lead the Cougars in rushing with 91 yards and a score. RB Kenneth Farrow rushed for 74 yards including a 40-yard TD in the second quarter.
The Cougars defense came into the game today leading the nation in takeaways with 21 through five games. The Cougars added to their total by picking off Rutger’s QB’s five different times. Adrian McDonald and Turon Walker each picked off two passes and Trevon Stewart had an interception of his own. Stewart also forced and recovered a fumble in a game which the Cougars defense added six takeaways taking their season total to 27 forced turnovers. The Cougars turnover-margin is now at +20 since the Cougars offense did not commit one turnover on the day. The Cougars continue to lead the nation in both takeaways and turnover-margin.
The Cougars head back home this week for a Thursday night game against the South Florida Bulls. The game will be on ESPN at 6:00 PM CT.