|My mixed loyalties: a Mean Green hat and a Cougar shirt.|
It was also the best game that the Cougars have put together so far this season, as they won handily. Running back Charles Sims had the best day of his career, rushing for 210 yards and scoring a touchdown on 21 carries. He also caught five passes for 55 yards and another touchdown. Quarterback David Piland, meanwhile, continued to show improvement, completing 31 of 41 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns; he also rushed for another. Piland was, to be sure, helped by the fact that receivers are no longer dropping passes the way they were the first couple of weeks of the season, which speaks to the improvements being made by the team overall. Other good news: the Cougar offense gave up no turnovers, kicker Matt Hogan connected on all three field goal attempts, UNT kick returner Brelan Chancellor was held in check, and the team as a whole was only flagged four times for 30 yards.
|David Piland directs the UH offense in the first half. He had a good outing, but RB Charles Sims was the player of the game.|
|The Green Brigade performs at halftime. They were larger, louder and had a more interesting show than the the UH band.|
|The Spirit of Houston has new uniforms this season and a lot of people I know don't like them. I haven't formed an opinion.|
|The stadium was only about two-thirds full for this game. A lot of people have given up on the Coogs after their 0-3 start.|
|UNT quarterback Derek Thompson rolls out. He ended the day with 252 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns.|