As a result of the offensive juggernaut of quarterback Greg Ward, Jr., the Houston Cougars raised their season record to 3-0 with a 59-14 win over the Texas State Bobcats at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The Cougars racked up 689 yards of total offense against the Bobcats with Ward, Jr. accounting for 365 of those yards.
The Cougars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, when Ward, Jr. connected with Chance Allen for the first of his aerial touchdowns. The score came 1:49 into the game when the junior quarterback found Allen open, throwing for the 32-yard score. Texas State answered with their own touchdown with 1:47 remaining in the first quarter to tie the score at seven. Houston came back 29 seconds on another of Ward, Jr.’s passes; a throw of 65 yards to sophomore Steven Dunbar to give the Cougars a 14-7 lead after 15 minutes of play.
From that point, all the scoring belonged to Houston, as they rattled off 38 unanswered points to increase their lead to 52-7 with 6:03 left in the third quarter. The Bobcats would score their second, and final touchdown and extra point of the game with 12:37 remaining in the game on a one-yard run by Chris Nutall. Houston would add an insurance touchdown late in the game to secure the win.
Offensively, wide receiver Demarcus Ayers caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns while Allen caught four passes for 49 yards and a single TD. Sophomore wide receiver Steven Dunbar also got into the scoring act; catching three passes for 80 yards and one touchdown. Running back Ryan Jackson came off the bench to carry the ball nine times for 66 yards and one touchdown.
Texas State managed 401 yards of total offense in the loss with 302 of those yards coming in the air. They were flagged five time for 38 yards while the Cougars were called 10 times for penalties totaling 69 yards. Defensively, strong safety Adrian McDonald accrued 10 tackles, with eight of them being unassisted. Inside linebacker Elandon Roberts tallied five solo and five assisted tackles.
Houston will now have seven days to prepare for their next test of the 2015 season, before hitting the road to face Tulsa on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The Golden Hurricane are 2-1 in 2015; defeating Florida Atlantic by the score of 47-44 on September 5. They also downed New Mexico 40-21 on September 12. Their only loss came on September 19; a 52-38 decision to the Oklahoma Sooners. The Houston-Tulsa matchup is schedule for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff.