Cougars Devour Tigers To Stay Undefeated
They played a football game at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday morning. But for most of the UH-Memphis game, there was confusion as to whether it was American football being played, or soccer. Houston was up 18-15 after the third quarter, and all 15 of Memphis' points had come off of field goals. The UH offense, which was dormant for most of the game, showed some signs of life late, but the final score of 25-15 disguises just how close the score was for most of the game.
Photo by Stephen Pinchback/Houston Athletics Communications Kenneth Farrow looks to escape Memphis defenders
It was an incredibly sloppy game, full of penalties, turnovers, and misfiring offenses. The sloppiness fit the condition of the BBVA Compass turf, a turf that was essentially unplayable before the game even started, and looked as if it was battling the Reliant Stadium turf for the mythical title of worst stadium turf in Houston.
Yet the Cougars are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference. They found a way to win a game on a day when they could find absolutely no offensive rhythm. They suffered no serious injuries playing on a field that even Reliant Stadium would be disgusted by. There are still some problems to fix with the team, but the team is in a lot better shape than it was at this time last season.
THE BIG PICTURE
The team is undefeated as it heads into the more difficult part of its schedule. This is the same number of wins as the Cougars had for all of last season. Just one more win and the team's going bowling. All of this and the team is yet to get a complete game of excellence from the offense.
"Certainly excited to be sitting here before you with a win today," head coach Tony Levine said after the game. "Our goal each and every week is focusing on being 1-0 at the end of the week. We got that accomplished; it wasn't pretty, it wasn't perfect, it may never be perfect."
But it could be argued that this inability to play perfect football has made the team better. The defense can't rely on the offense to pile up tons of points each week, so the defense has to make stops. And making stops the defense has been doing. Like on Saturday when it held Memphis to a total of 149 yards in the second half. The defense was able to hold Memphis to 15 points on the strength of five field goals, keeping the Tigers out of the end zone. The defense also continued winning the turnover battle, forcing four Memphis turnovers.