NCAAF Game Recap - Houston at Connecticut
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Houston (3-4)

3

7

7

7

24

Connecticut (1-6)

0

7

3

7

17

Coach's son leads Houston to 24-17 win over UConn
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:07 PM

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Houston coach Dana Holgorsen says he had never given out a game ball before handing one to defensive back Grant Stuard in the locker room on Saturday.

Stuard had 15 tackles, including a touchdown-saving effort to stop a 58-yard run by UConn's Kevin Mensah in the Cougars' 24-17 win over the Huskies.

Stuard caught Mensah on Houston's 4-yard line, leading to goal-line stand that preserved a 17-10 lead. Houston (3-4, 1-2 American) had just taken that lead on a 58-yard-touchdown pass from Holgorsen's son Logan to Jeremy Singleton.

"You've gotta make them snap it again," said Stuard. "If it's one yard, a half a yard, they've still got to get that yard. They've still got to get that touchdown. And our defense prides itself on playing every single play, regardless of the situation."

The younger Holgorsen threw for 123 yards and had just 37 yards passing before finding Singleton wide open down the left sideline.

"I thought he did fine," Dana Holgorsen said of his son, a walk-on freshman making his first start. "He's not fazed on the sidelines. It's not too big for him. He's not wide eyed. He's been there for 19 years now. He's used to me yelling at him."

Houston (3-4, 1-2) stretched its lead with a late 13-play touchdown drive that ended with a 2-yard run from Bryson Smith.

UConn freshman Jack Zergiotis, who threw for 270 yards, hit Art Tompkins for a 7-yard touchdown with 1:40 left, but the Huskies failed to recover the onside kick.

Mensah rushed for 93 yards for UConn (1-6, 0-4), which suffered its sixth straight loss, 22nd straight to a Bowl Subdivision team and 15th straight in the American Athletic Conference.

The Huskies held the ball for 36 minutes and outgained Houston 438-284, but managed just one other touchdown. That came in the second quarter when Zergiotis hit Matt Drayton over the middle for a 17-yard score that put the Huskies up 7-3, giving them their first lead since September.

"The moral of the story is, when you get opportunities you've gotta take advantage of those opportunities and we just didn't do that today," said UConn coach Randy Edsall.

The Cougars had a 10-7 lead at halftime after an interception by linebacker Donavan Mutin, which set up a 12-yard touchdown run from Kyle Porter. Porter finished with 60 yards on 15 carries.

Logan Holgorsen got the start over Clayton Tune, who suffered a hamstring injury that limited his practice during the week. D'Eriq King, who was touted as a Heisman candidate before the season, was asked to redshirt after a 1-3 start to the season.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Dana Holgorsen was caught by a television microphone on the sidelines in the second quarter giving a profane-laced comment about his players' ability to be coached.

"I say things all the time I don't mean," Holgorsen said. "In the heat of the battle, things on the sidelines, hot mics or cameras getting caught. My guys know good and well what I think of them, how hard I'd coach them and how much I think of them and how much I appreciate everything that they do."

WILDCAT

Houston was effective with Smith running the Wildcat. He had nine rushes for 29 yards and completed two his three throws for 55 yards. Most of that came when he tossed a pass to Singleton that went for 45 yards and set up Houston's first score, a 42-yard field goal.

THE TAKEAWAY

Houston needs to win three more games in its final five games to become bowl eligible for the seventh straight season.

UConn's last win against a Bowl Subdivision team came against Tulsa on Oct. 21, 2017, that also was their last win in the American Conference.

UP NEXT

Houston: The Cougars have a short week. They return home to face No. 19 SMU on Thursday night.

UConn: The Huskies travel to Massachusetts for what has become known as the U-Game against UMass.

Passing

Hou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
L. Holgorsen 15 7 46.7 1 123 58 0 97.4
B. Smith 3 2 66.7 0 55 45 0 109.7
UConn Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Zergiotis 44 27 61.4 2 270 27 1 84.5

Rushing

Hou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Porter 18 68 3.8 18 1
B. Smith 9 29 3.2 7 1
UConn Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Mensah 12 93 7.8 58 0
A. Thompkins 16 46 2.9 21 0

Receiving

Hou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Singleton 2 103 51.5 58 1
K. Porter 3 36 12.0 25 0
UConn Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Ross 9 75 8.3 16 0
A. Thompkins 7 54 7.7 21 1

Fumbles

Hou F FL
M. Stevenson 1 0

Returning

Hou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Smith 0 - 0 0 2 0.5 0 1
UConn KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
Q. Skanes 0 - 0 0 1 -3.0 0 0
T. Ganyi 1 5.0 0 5 0 - 0 0

Punting

Hou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Roy 6 285 47.5 56
UConn Punt Yds Avg LgPu
L. Magliozzi 3 122 40.7 52

Takeaways

Hou Int Yds InTD
D. Mutin 1 38 0

Team Stats Comparison

Hou UConn
Points For 24 17
Total Yards 284 438
Rushing Yards 106 168
Passing Yards 178 270
Passing Completions / Attempts 9/18 27/44
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/0
First Downs 16 23
Penalties - Yards 2/11 6/52
Time Of Possession 0:00 0:00
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/11 6/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/48 4/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Hou UConn
Hou 5:16 FG Dalton Witherspoon 42 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter Hou UConn
UConn 1:19 TD Matt Drayton 17 yd pass from Jack Zergiotis (Clayton Harris kick) 3 7
Hou 10:37 TD Kyle Porter 12 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 10 7
3rd Quarter Hou UConn
UConn 10:12 FG Clayton Harris 43 yd FG 10 10
Hou 11:29 TD Jeremy Singleton 58 yd pass from Logan Holgorsen (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 17 10
4th Quarter Hou UConn
Hou 11:41 TD Bryson Smith 2 yd run (Dalton Witherspoon kick) 24 10
UConn 13:20 TD Art Thompkins 7 yd pass from Jack Zergiotis (Clayton Harris kick) 24 17

Game Information

Stadium: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut
Attendance: 19,760
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