|Never give up, never surrender|
Updated 5 p.m. 1/5/2015: UH announced this morning that David Gibbs has stepped down from his post as interim head coach and defensive coordinator.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my two seasons at Houston and appreciate the efforts of our student-athletes, especially that of the Third Ward Defense," Gibbs said in a statement provided by the university. "While we've had positive discussions with Tom Herman and a great opportunity at UH, my family and I feel as it is time for a new challenge and are looking forward to the next steps in our journey. I'd like to thank Mack Rhoades for his trust in naming me interim head coach during my time at Houston."
Houston sports fans are used to stunning second half comebacks and miracle last second wins. What they're not used to is a Houston team being on the winning end of that comeback. But on Friday, on a cold, wet, miserable day fit for no one, the Houston Cougars (8-5) scored 22 points in the final 3:41 of the Armed Forces Bowl to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers (6-7) 35-34.
The Cougars trailed 31-6 heading into the fourth quarter, and had accumulated just 37 passing yards for the entire game. But the team's anemic offense suddenly sprang to life, gaining 292 yards in the quarter as Greg Ward, Jr. threw three TD passes. The Cougars also recovered two onside kicks, and converted a two-point conversion with 59 seconds on the clock to gain the team's first and only lead of the game.
It was unlike any game the Cougars have played in years. There were multiple games this season that saw the Cougars overcome deficits only to lose on the last possession -- three of the team's five losses came down to the very last play of the game. So no person who watched the Cougars play this season expected a last minute score, and definitely no one expected the Cougars to overcome a 25-point deficit to win a game. More »