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ElViento: So I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with this site, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

I’m planning to have one weekly update, with links to applicable UH-related posts from SB Nation, as well as links and commentary on any other Cougar news items of the week. Then, a top-five list that’s completely unrelated, just for giggles.  So it’ll look something like this:

This Week On SB Nation Houston (7/1)

“Just Trust Me” – Feature on Mack Rhoades’ first year at UH

Karma delivered by former Cougar Rob Johnson

Sporting News gives Keeum back-handed compliment

Around The Web

Houston Cougar volleyball announces its 2010 schedule… First-year coach Molly Alvey isn’t ducking anybody. The Coogs will play TCU, UT-Austin, Florida State, Oklahoma and Tennessee among others.

Recent Astro draftee, and former Cougar Chris Wallace is tearing the cover off the ball with Greeneville. He homered three times in his first seven games as a professional.

And at last check, Blake Kelso was hitting .333 for the Vermont Lake Monsters (yes, that’s the real team name) in the Washington Nationals system.

Unrelated Top Five – Songs About Heaven Or Hell

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven

AC/DC – Hell’s Bells

OPM – Heaven is a Halfpipe

The Clash – Straight to Hell

Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven

P.S.

I’m now actively looking for more writers to have a better variety of opinions ’round here. If you want to sound off, use the ‘Contact Us’ tab to shoot me off an e-mail. Thanks.

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ElViento: Okay, after Sunday’s action, let’s take a look at the standings:

Rice and Southern Miss are in. That leaves seven teams battling for four spots. After that, it goes like this:

Memphis: 11-10 (Surprise team of the conference this year ends the season against Southern Miss.)

Marshall: 12-12 (The Thundering Herd have finished their conference slate.)

ECU: 10-11 (The disappointing Pirates will host Houston this weekend.)

UAB: 10-11 (The Blazers will finish the year at Rice.)

Houston: 9-12 (The Coogs will travel to ECU.)

Tulane: 9-12 (The Green Wave host UCF next weekend.)

UCF: 8-13 (The Knights will be at Tulane.)

So, if…

…Houston sweeps ECU, we are a lock, by my estimation. We’d be ahead of ECU and UCF, and we could conceivably end up tied with Marshall and/or Tulane with everybody else ahead of us, but we’d have the tiebreaker over Marshall. So we’re in.

…Houston wins two of three, they are probably in.  We’d have to find three teams to be ahead of. We would be ahead of UCF and ECU by tiebreaker and/or outright, so here are the other candidates. We would need at least one of the following to happen:

  • Tulane to lose at least two to UCF.
  • UAB to lose at least two to Rice.
  • Memphis to get swept by Southern Miss.

…Houston wins one of three, they are out, unless all of the following happen:

  • UAB gets swept by Rice
  • UCF wins exactly two of three against Tulane.
  • Given a four-way tie for sixth place, Conference offices shrug their shoulders and award the final tournament spot to the Cougars, since they’re hosting the darn thing anyway.

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Are ya depressed yet at the thought of the Coogs failiing to qualify for the tournament they host? Have no fear! I have fantastic videos which will psych you up for football season!

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case keenum motivational“they will run and not grow weary” –Isaiah 40:31

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SarCoog: Want the good news of CUSA football this weekend? Tulane had a bye week. I wish I had more positive, happy things to say… but kind of sucked for this conference once again. Here’s how the picture looks after week 3.

1.) Houston (Open Week) 2-0 overall, 0-0 CUSA; The Cougars did not play this past weekend and by virtue of a few timely upsets have moved up to #17 in this week’s AP poll and #23 in the oh so meaningful “coaches poll”. The biggest remaining test of the season comes this weekend though against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, in arguably the biggest game played at Robertson Stadium. Although the Raiders looked solid against the highly favored Texas Longhorns, the Cougars are actually the slight favorites in this one. For the boys in red and white to win, Case Keenum and company have to start out strong on offense like they’ve done against Northwestern State and Oklahoma State. If the Coogs win, they’ll definitely be entrenched at the top of this ranking.

Up Next: vs. Texas Tech, 8:15 PM; Saturday 9/26/09

2.) Southern Miss (W 37-34 vs. Virginia) 3-0 overall, 1-0 CUSA; Last weekend the Eagles needed a major comeback to defeat a Virginia team that had looked anything but stellar coming into the game. Yet they are far and away the 2nd best team in CUSA right now and that should be kind of scary. The good news though is that the Eagles look to have a potent running attack and both Damion Fletcher and Tory Harrison had 100+ yards rushing on Saturday against the Cavaliers. The Eagles came through in timely fashion and scored the last 3 touchdowns in the game to seal the deal. It’ll be interesting to see whether they can get DeAndre Brown back on track, since he only has 9 receptions for 82 yards and no TDs so far this season. It’ll be interesting to see if the Eagles can play spoiler on the road against Kansas.

Up Next: @ #24 Kansas, 11 AM; Saturday 9/26/09

3.) Tulsa (L 45-0 @ #12 Oklahoma) 2-1, 1-0 CUSA; When I saw this game on the schedule, I thought there was a decent if not great chance that the Golden Hurricane could sneak up on on the Sooners. I mean OU was starting an untested redshirt freshman at QB and may still have been suffering from BYU-inducted shellshock. Yeah… not so much. OU signal caller Landry Jones tied the NCAA freshman record with 6 TD and no INT, while the Sooners rolled and didn’t even score any 4th quarter points. In the parts of the game I watched, the vaunted Tulsa offense looked lost and out of control. Now I do believe this TU team is better than the final score… they have work to do on offense. Also will supposed defensive wizard Todd Graham ever bring a respectable ‘D’ to Tulsa?

Up Next: vs. Sam Houston State, 6 PM; Saturday 9/26/09

4.) East Carolina (L 31-17 @ #24 North Carolina) 1-2 overall, 0-0 CUSA; As much as they’ve struggled early on this year, the level of opponents is considered in this ranking. While they struggled in 2 losses, the Pirates have had to face 2 good teams in West Virginia and #24 UNC. Having watched most of Saturday’s game I can say for 3 quarters that Patrick Pinkney looked like one of the worst QBs in football… yet looked good in the 4th quarter. It’ll be up to the ECU staff to figure out how to use Pinkney most effectively (i.e. shorter passes, more designed runs et cetera). If nothing else the Pirates will be battle tested come time to play the CUSA competition.

Up Next: vs. UCF, 2:30 PM; Saturday 9/26/09

5.) UCF (W 23-17 vs. Buffalo) 2-1 overall, 0-1 CUSA; Really I’m quite surprised I have the Knights this high, but I really don’t think I have a choice here. Since they’ve discovered a half decent QB in Brett Hodges they have looked like… well a half decent team. Going 15-20 for 141 yards and rushing for 71 yards isn’t going to win you the Heisman, but it’ll allow your team to win like Knights did last Saturday. As a team the Knights also rushed for 170 yards and that’ll be their bread and butter all season. Now if they can keep this formula working, in addition to strong defense, the Knights will be a force in a very balanced CUSA East division.

Up Next: @ East Carolina, 2:30 PM; Saturday 9/26/09

6.) SMU (L 30-27 OT @ Washington State) 2-1 overall, 1-0 CUSA; It is incredibly frustrating for all of the SMU faithful to lose this kind of game, but the Ponys thoroughly outplayed a PAC 10 team on the road. Regardless of how bad WSU is, when is the last time SMU can say they did that? It’s clear that the June Jones impact is being felt much stronger in year 2 of this coaching regime. Bo Levi Mitchell was 40-57 for 424 yards and threw 2 TD, but also threw 4 costly INTs and that likely cost the Ponys the ball game. When a team outgains an opponent by a 504-276 margin and still loses… the turnovers need to go down. It’s clear this team has the talent to go bowling, but Mitchell is going to have to do a better job. The Ponys will face a big test in area rival TCU in two weeks.

Up Next: Open

7.) Marshall (W 17-10 vs. Bowling Green) 2-1 overall, 0-0 CUSA; I’m still somewhat wary about any team coached by Mark Snyder, but the Thundering Herd are moving up my power ranking. The first win against Southern Illinois wasn’t impressive and neither was the blowout loss on the road to Virginia Tech. But the return of stud RB Darius Marshall has made a difference and he rushed for 186 yards on 21 carries Saturday, along with a TD. In CUSA play it’ll be interesting to see whether Marshall (the player) can give this ‘Herd offense an identity. If they’ve made any progress under Snyder they’ll take care of business this weekend against Memphis.

Up Next: @ Memphis, 12 PM; Saturday 9/26/09

8.) UAB (L 27-14 @ Troy) 1-2 overall, 1-0 CUSA; If the loss at home to SMU was a ‘gut check’ for the Blazers, then what was last Saturday’s loss to the in-state rival Trojans? Although Joe Webb remains a superb all-around weapon, it’s abundantly clear that the offense lacks playmakers around him. Also the defense seemed incapable of stopping the Trojans, surrendering 551 total yards and 413 passing yards from QB Levi Brown. If it wasn’t for an abundance of stupid turnovers and penalties this game could have been even more lopsided. It’s put up or shut up time in Birmingham with 3 tough games in a row coming up.

Up Next: @ Texas A&M, 6 PM; Saturday 9/26/09

9.) UTEP (W 38-12 @ New Mexico State) 1-2 overall, 0-0 CUSA; One win against a truly awful New Mexico State team doesn’t make a good team. However the Miner/Aggie rivalry is an intense one, so I can’t downgrade the significance in El Paso of winning this game. After a 2+ hour rain delay the Miners went out and dominated the opposition with a rushing attack that accounted for all the teams touchdowns. Donald Buckram led the team with 113 yards and 2 TD, while Vernon Frazier also added 2 TD. It’s worth noting that Trevor Vittatoe still struggled, but that could’ve had to do with the inclement weather.

Up Next: @ #2 Texas-Austin, 2:30 PM; Saturday 9/26/09

10.) Memphis (W 41-14 vs. Tennessee-Martin) 1-2 overall, 0-0 CUSA; How much can you read into a win against a middling Division 1-FCS team? If you’re a Tiger fan you’ll take any win you can get at this point in the year. The coaching staff finally went with the QB of the future Tyler Bass, and he accounted for 373 total yards (293 passing, 80 rushing) and 5 total TD (4 pass, 1 rush) in Saturday’s game. The defense did surrender 135 rushing yards, which should be a cause for concern when tougher competition comes up on the schedule. I’ll say this, with the economy the way it is and if Bass really shows some promise… Tommy West could keep his job. But I’ll still be surprised if West keeps his job.

11.) Rice (L 41-24 @ #16 Oklahoma State) 0-3 overall, 0-1 CUSA; Well, the good news is the absolutely murderous part of the Owls schedule is now over. Also, the Owls showed well against one of the better teams in the country and look like they may have solved their QB dilemma. Nick Fanuzzi did an excellent job on Saturday, passing for 182 yards and rushing for 42 as well. The only question is whether Fanuzzi will be healthy for this Saturday’s game against Vandy. Toren Dixon also had 9 receptions for 120 yards and he could be the breakout receiver that this team has been looking for early in the season. Now with a home crowd and a more manageable opponent, can the Owls get a ‘W’? If they do, look for them to make a nice jump in this ranking.

Up Next: vs. Vanderbilt, 7 PM; Saturday 9/26/09

12.) Tulane (Open Week) 0-2 overall, 0-1 CUSA; The Green Wave were off this week and thus didn’t get humiliated… is that a positive? Joking aside, these next few games are of huge importance to the ’09 season for this team. Apparently unsatisfied with his teams effort, coach Bob Toledo kicked his entire team out of practice last Wednesday. Is this a move of desperation by Toledo? Yes and frankly you can’t blame the man for being a little uneasy with his team’s performance. Nobody expected a quick fix in New Orleans, but the team needs to compete much better and show some real progress.

Up Next: vs. McNeeese State, 2:30 PM; Saturday 9/26/09


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SarCoog: I typically try to avoid talking about the Houston Texans franchise because while I like them, their performance on the field makes me want to punch things. I’m sure at some point I’ll unleash an angry Texan diatribe onto the world… but this is HAPPY Cougar related news as well!

Former UH running back Anthony ‘Quick Six’ Alridge was signed by the Houston Texans this week and will be a member of the team practice squad. Alridge started his career with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent, but spent almost all of last year on the injured reserve. With the arrival of a new regime in Denver, Alridge moved to the Washington Redskins and was among their final cuts out of the fall camp. From 2003-07 Alridge played for the Cougars and in his senior season earned 1st team All-Conference USA honors while rushing for 1,597 yards and 14 TD.

anthonyalridge‘Quick Six’ in action

On a personal level he was a fan favorite for me, ElViento and Bobb-O, plus you can bet he’s in a good place for his career here in Houston. The Texans may have looked bad in week one against the New York Jets, but the ‘zone blocking’ system they run on offense is well-suited for an undersized back like Alridge. He could also help the Texans return game and push the talented, but very inconsistent Jacoby Jones.

Good luck Mr. Alridge, good luck.

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SarCoog: In an effort to bring you our readers interesting (and opinionated) commentary, I’ve decided that every Wednesday during college football season we’ll have an official S&H power ranking of all CUSA teams.

1.) Tulsa (@ Tulane; W 37-13) 1-0 overall, 1-0 CUSA; It wasn’t the same unbelievable offense of a year ago, but the Golden Hurricane and new QB G.J. Kinne had their moments last Friday night. I anticipate that although Kinne will improve as the signal caller, TU will end up running the ball more this season when it’s all said and done. The ‘Cane offense wasn’t nearly as sharp as it was when former OC Gus Malzahn ran the show, but as new OC Herb Hand and Kinne become more experienced things will click. The defense was also looked improve and that’ll be interesting to follow this season. I put these guys at the top because they played a tougher opponent in week one than Houston and Southern Miss.

Up Next: @ New Mexico, 7 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

2.) Houston (vs. Northwestern State; W 55-7) 1-0 overall, 0-0 CUSA; Okay so the Cougars took care of business as expected on Saturday, but other CUSA teams (SMU, ECU, UCF et al) proved that beating a D1-FCS team is no given. The offensive fireworks started early on Saturday night as the Coogs scored on their first 5 possessions and Case Keenum racked up 5 total TDs (4 passing) with 359 yards passing. Nobody is surprised that the Coogs racked up a ton of offense (538 offensive yards) but the defense will get stiff tests coming up against #5 Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Those games will tell a lot about this team.

Up Next: @ #5 Oklahoma State, 2:30 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

3.) Southern Miss (vs. Alcorn State; W 52-0) 1-0 overall, 0-0 CUSA; What can you get out of a win against a bad D1-FCS team? Not much, but the Eagles got a win and they’re undeniably a top tier CUSA team. I really don’t have too much more to say about the Alcorn game because… well, what else can you say. The real interesting tests will come in non-conference against Kansas, Virginia and Louisville, which are all winnable games. In addition, I want to see if super receiver DeAndre Brown can repeat his super freshman campaign.

Up Next: vs. UCF, 6 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

4.) UAB (vs. Rice; W 44-24) 1-0 overall, 1-0 CUSA; The biggest surprise of week one was the thrashing that the Blazers gave the Rice Owls in Birmingham. Joe Webb looks like he’s finally put everything together and had 221 passing yards and 194 rushing yards total on Saturday. Is UAB that great or are the Owls that bad? The answer probably lies somewhere in between, but it looks like the Blazers will be at least somewhat improved in ’09. The big test will be whether the Blazer ‘D’ improves. Also Webb needs to prove he’s a consistent passer… but I’m sure UAB fans will take this victory as a positive sign, as they should.

Up Next: vs. SMU, 3 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

5.) East Carolina (vs. Appalachian State; W 29-24) 1-0 overall, 0-0 CUSA; Think the Pirates want their 4th quarter back from Saturday? They were leading App State 29-7 coming into the final quarter, but the Mountaineers fought back and even had a shot at getting the winning score with less than 2 minutes left. In his 9th year of eligibility, Pirate QB Pat Pinkney struggled mightily going 12-27 for 132 yards and throwing 2 INTs. For what it’s worth though the Pirate defense held the opposition to 246 total yards and will probably move up the rankings in the coming weeks.

Up Next: @ West Virginia, 2:30 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

6.) Marshall (vs. Southern Illinois; W 31-28) 1-0 overall, 0-0 CUSA; If you’re going to go wire-to-wire with a D1-FCS team (as teams in CUSA were wont to do in week one) then at least make it exciting… as the Thundering Herd did against Southern Illinois. I know that many ‘Herd fans are unhappy with coach Mark Snyder, but for the first time in a while the team got production from the QB position. Mark Anderson was 27-36 for 311 yards and threw 3 TDs… which bodes well for the season. At least the ‘Herd offense will be better when star RB Darius Marshall returns from his suspension. If the ‘Herd can escape Virginia Tech without too many injuries next week, then maybe just maybe it’ll be a good season.

Up Next: @ Virginia Tech, 12:30 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

7.) UCF (vs. Samford; W 28-24) 1-0 overall, 0-0 CUSA; Another year and yet another uninspired start for the Knights. They began last season with an unimpressive 17-0 win over South Carolina State and were similarly unimpressive this year. Although Samford has a solid team and their RB Chris Evans is one of the better players in D1-FCS… there’s no reason they should’ve even hung with UCF for the entire game. Although RB Brynn Harvey did get the Knights 111 yards rushing and 2 TDs, they only managed 282 total offensive yards… against Samford. I don’t see much offensive improvement for a team that finished dead last in the country in total offense last year.

Up Next: @ Southern Miss, 6 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

8.) SMU (vs. Stephen F. Austin; W 31-23) 1-0 overall, 0-0 CUSA; Really June Jones? You’re going to prove that you’re worth your $2 million annual salary barely beating a lousy D1-FCS team in SFA? Well, the Ponys gave up 460 offensive yards and needed 5 SFA turnovers simply to win by 8 points on Saturday. Interestingly enough, the typically pass-happy Jones chose to run the ball and Miami-transfer RB Shawnbrey McNeal rushed for 158 yards and a TD. If QB Bo Levi Mitchell and the SMU defense don’t improve, then expect yet another long season in Dallas. Frankly this blogger won’t be too sad if that happens.

Up Next: @ UAB, 3 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

9.) UTEP (vs. Buffalo; L 23-17) 0-1 overall, 0-0 CUSA; So after all the preseason hype about UTEP winning the CUSA West division, this was how the Miners started the season: a sloppy, home loss to a Buffalo team missing its all-time leading passer and rusher. At the end of the game QB Trevor Vittatoe threw a TD pass that would have won the game was called back on a simultaneous holding call and a personal foul call on the Miners. It seems as though the discipline is still lacking in El Paso and Mike Price may be on a hot seat. ESPN has since backed off their preseason prediction of the Miners winning the CUSA West.

Up Next: vs. #25 Kansas , 6:30 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

10.) Memphis (vs. Ole Miss; L 45-14) 0-1 overall, 0-0 CUSA; First off, I know that Ole Miss is a good team and would beat most (if not all) teams in Conference USA. However the Tiger offense looked absolutely horrid yesterday and it appears as though coach Tommy West was playing scared throughout the game. Mostly the Tiger offense looked lost and QB Arkelon Hall found ways to overthrow massive receivers like Carlos Singleton and Duke Calhoun. I will say the defense looked solid for 3 quarters and I think the Tigers will end up once again being a middle of the pack CUSA team… but that may not allow West to keep his job.

Up Next: @ Middle Tennessee State, 6 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

11.) Rice (@ UAB, L 44-24) 0-1 overall, 0-1 CUSA; This blog may be devoted largely to the Houston Cougars, but we have a small soft spot in our cold, dark hearts for the Owls. That’s why it pains me to put the Owls this low. Without the awesome offensive tandem of Clement-Dillard-Casey the Owls looked quite mortal in Birmingham on Saturday as they took on the UAB Blazers. Neither of the Owls’ QBs looked great, although Nick Fanuzzi played much better than John Thomas Shepherd. But it was the defense that gave the worst performance, surrendering 516 yards to the Blazers and outside of S Andrew Sendejo, couldn’t do anything right. The schedule doesn’t get any easier with Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Vandy, Tulsa, Navy and East Carolina coming up.

Up Next: @ Texas Tech, 6 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

12.) Tulane (vs. Tulsa, L 37-13) 0-1 overall, 0-1 CUSA; You couldn’t have started much worse than the Green Wave, who looked absolutely punchless in their home opener against Tulsa this past friday night. On the offensive side of the ball QB Joe Kemp showed some promise and a live arm, but was running for his life more often than not. While the final score wasn’t pretty I actually thought the ‘Wave showed well against a high-powered Tulsa offense. All in all the lopsided final and the brutal football put this team in the cellar of this S&H power ranking. Plus things won’t get much easier as the ‘Wave take on the BCS-busting BYU Cougars next weekend.

Up Next: vs. BYU, 2:30 pm, Saturday 9/12/09

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The Scott & Holman writers weigh in on the Cougars’ season-opening 55-7 win over Northwestern State:

ElViento:

  • Yes, it’s a win over a 1-AA school, but don’t take that entirely for granted. Ask Virginia, Duke or Temple (all of whom lost) how much you can simply bank on wins over opponents from lower divisions. Heck, ask Marshall, East Carolina or Iowa, all of whom barely snuck by.

charles simsCharles Sims

  • He’s a true freshman, and as such, he probably bound to make a few rookie mistakes this year, but good heavens is Charles Sims ever talented. When people started whispering that Sims was even pushing incumbent Bryce Beall for playing time at running back, they weren’t joking.
  • Chase Turner looked like an NFL-ready player. He had four punts on the day. Three ended up inside the 20-yard line, the other was a sparkling 52-yard boomer with no return.
  • The defensive line played well enough to beat Northwestern State, but all of the questions about that group were less than emphatically answered. The Houston D-line recorded just one sack, allowed 3.9 yards per carry, and generally looked it was playing on the same level of the Demon O-line.
  • The rest of the defense looked very good, however. The linebacking corps showed that depth might not be an issue after all, with big games off the bench by Phillip Steward and Kris Johnston. The secondary was the most impressive unit, completely smothering any attempt by NW State to throw down field. The Demons completed 22 passes for just 106 yards, and had just two completions go for more than 10 yards.
  • The Houston offense, well, it had 28 points on the board in the first quarter before Northwestern State recorded it’s first first down. After that, the Cougars mixed things up, ran deep enough to see fourteen different players catch a pass, took Case Keenum out early in the third quarter, and probably could have scored 100 if they had the mind to.
  • For as much sloppy football as we’ve seen around the country this year, Houston’s execution – while not perfect – was admirable. The Cougars fumbled the ball just once, did not throw any interceptions, and committed just one penalty. The defense had a few missed arm tackles, but the hitting was solid for the most part.
  • It was good to see highly-touted freshman wide receiver A.J. Dugat get out on the field, after the last-second okay from the NCAA clearinghouse. Dugat had some first-game jitters and dropped a couple of passes, but also broke off an electric 34-yard catch-and-run, showing everybody why his future is so bright.
  • Finally, it was good to see Patrick Edwards back on the field. If he’s anything less than 100%, it wasn’t obvious.

Bobb-O:

  • I was fairly impressed with the Cougar secondary. They may not have had any INTs but it seemed the coverage was there all night. The secondary only gave up 106 yards. I understand its a D-1AA team but no matter the opponent it is solid.
  • As ElViento said AJ Dugat had a few drops but his first college reception was a work of art.
  • Simply put Charles Sims= AMAZING
  • It seemed all night that all the Cougars were doing all night was playing catch. The way the Cougars played was fantastic. Everything they did seemed so simple. Quick Scores, 3 and outs,and Solid special teams all lead to an easy Cougar win.
  • O Fortuna….. need I say more.
  • My final observation is attendance. The Students brought numbers. It was amazing to look behind my front row seat and see the sea of red. Also the “alumni” side of the stadium was packed as well. Way to go Cougar fans. Spread the Red!

SarCoog

  • I’m pretty sure it’s been said before, but super frosh RB Charles Sims looked damn near impossible when the Coogs used him for passes out of the backfield. Sims ended up with 6 receptions for 128 yards and one those went for a TD. On a similar note, fellow freshman WR A.J. Dugat got plenty of reps and had an impressive first catch… but dropped at least 3 catchable balls.
  • Case Keenum was essentially just practicing out there last night and still made the Northwestern State defense look absolutely silly. Keenum ran well when the situation called for it, but really showed improved accuracy and pocket presence last night. Now the real test will be whether he can do this against Oklahoma State and Texas Tech… Methinks Case has it in him.

patrick edwardsPatrick Edwards

  • If the performances in practice and scrimmages didn’t convince you, receiver Patrick Edwards is 100% better from the horrific injury last year. He didn’t look tenative and afraid out there under the bright lights of Robertson Stadium… which is worth more to me than a meaningless victory over a directional Louisiana school.
  • I can’t make too many statements on the defense, considering they were facing a 1-AA offense in its first year with a new coordinator. But I will say the Cougar defensive backs generally impressed me last night. New starting CB Jamal Robinson went step for step with an NWSU receiver, broke up the pass and didn’t interfere as well. Nick Saenz also looked superb in run support from his strong safety position.
  • The offensive line needs some work and more time to jel out there. I didn’t expect things to be perfect with guys like redshirt frosh Jacolby Ashworth and JC transfer Jarve Dean getting their first ever collegiate snaps at the tackle positions and they didn’t embarrass themselves. These guys better grow up quick before the trip to Stillwater next weekend though.
  • I like the linebacking corps of Matt Nicholson, C.J. Cavness and Marcus McGraw and they could anchor a (hopefully) improved defense… but the front seven and defense generally had way too hard of a time defending the screen passes that NW State kept throwing at them. Things will be 1000 times harder next week in Stillwater… as I’ve said earlier.
  • Oh and Larry Gatlin absolutely sucked at both the National Anthem and in the halftime show. I’ve never seen a student crowd more disinterested in a halftime show. If UH wants Gatlin to come back I’ll start a collection to pay him not to perform.
  • Finally, this has nothing to do with a game but I’ll reiterate what Bobb-O said about the student crowd: it was a great crowd… especially for a game against a no-name I-AA opponent. The Texas Tech game should be unreal, although I hope the true fans aren’t overwhelmed by the “attend one game a year” students.

Okay those were our thoughts, what’d you see yeseterday Cougar fans?

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