UH win headlines Houston area college football victories

Nov 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Tulane Green Wave running back Josh Rounds (25) is tackled by Houston Cougars linebacker Tyus Bowser (81) in the second half at TDECU Stadium. Houston won 30 to 18. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Tulane Green Wave running back Josh Rounds (25) is tackled by Houston Cougars linebacker Tyus Bowser (81) in the second half at TDECU Stadium. Houston won 30 to 18. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports /

Paced by the University of Houston’s 30-18 win over Tulane, Houston area college football teams enjoyed an undefeated weekend.

While college football’s Top 25 were in upheaval on Saturday, Houston area college football teams were rolled by their opponents, led by the University of Houston’s 30-18 win over Tulane. All four of the Houston’s major college football teams earned wins in Week 11. Below is a recap of the weekend’s heroics.

Tom Herman’s University of Houston Cougars are playing, perhaps, their best football in the last four weeks. They rolled to a 30-18 win over the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. threw for two scores and ran for another as UH improved to 8-2 over all and 5-2 in ACC Conference play.

Ward led the Cougars to a 28 point lead before a shoulder injury knocked him from the game late in the first half. He was forced to return when back-up signal caller Kyle Potsma went down with a left arm injury on the final play of the third quarter.

With the offense managing just 56 yards in the second half, it was up to the defense to secure the win and they delivered. Linebacker Tyrus Bowser with three sacks led a defense that forced nine Tulane punts and came through with three fourth down stops in the final quarter.

The Cougars extended their home winning streak to 14 games with the win but saw their streak of 35 consecutive games with at least 300 yards of offense snapped as they posted 285 yards.

UH’s season continues with the prime-time Thursday night game against Heisman candidate Lamar Jackson and the sixth ranked Louisville Cardinals.

Rice University claimed its second win of the season rallying on the road from a 21 point deficit to defeat Charlotte in Conference USA play. The Owls scored 22 unanswered points and won, 22-21, in North Carolina on Saturday. Rice made the most of their opportunities after spotting Charlotte a  21-0 lead with 8:47 left in the opening half.

With the defense tightening up in the closing minutes f the first half, the Owls scored 10 points to cut the lead to 21-10 at the break.

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Brandon Douglas and Blain Padgett combined to force a turnover deep in Charlotte territory late in the third quarter. Running back Tyler Stehling took it form there scoring a on a 17 yard dash to pull the Owls within four. Stehling finished off Charlotte on a one yard plunge with less than three minutes to play.

The win was the first of the season for Rice in Conference USA play  after starting 0-6. The Owls return home for their home finale against the UTEP MIners on Saturday morning November 19th. Kick-off is set for 11AM.

Behind quarterback Tony Dawson’s career record 218 rushing yards, the Houston Baptist University Huskies rolled to a 31-24 win over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night. F. Austin. Dawson threw for two scores and ran for two more as the Huskies in leading HBU to its fourth victory of the season, the most in school history.

Touchdown passes to Terrance Peters and Ricardo Barnett gave HBU a 14-7 halftime lead. Facing third and 12 at their own 19 under 10 minutes to play in the third quarter, Dawson raced 83 yards with the go ahead score. The senior signal caller followed that with a 41 yard scamper to give HBU a two score lead early in the fourth quarter.

SFA scored late but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies held on their record setting win.

HBU closes out the season on the road Thursday night in San Antonio against Incarnate Word. Set for a 7:00p.m. kick-off, the game will air live on Fox College Sports.

Texas Southern 27  UAPB 10

A 20 point first half outburst by the Texas Southern led the Tigers to a well deserved 27-10 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. Tigers quarterback Jonathan Bowen got things started with a six yard touchdown run just seven seconds into the second quarter. A subsequent 59 yard scoring strike by Bowen was sandwiched around two Eric Medina field goals handing the Tigers a 20-0 halftime lead.

A fake field goal led to Texas Southern’s final score with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter. Medina found Eli Nabushosi with a 34 scoring pass and a 27-7 Tigers’ lead.

Texas Southern’s ground attack was paced by Brad Woodard and Tylor Cook. Both gained a 100  plus yards and combined with Bowen’s 71 yards,controlled the clock and the scoreboard.

The Tigers improved to 4-6 and will close out the season at home on Saturday November 19th against Grambling State. Kick-off is set for 2:00p.m. CDT.