Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Houston 20, Temple 13

The Cougars flew up to Philadelphia and flew home with a win.

The Good: Kyle Postma took over as starting quarterback and completed 25 of 36 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown. He was also the team's leading rusher with 81 yards. The Cougar defense only allowed Temple to complete 4 of 16 third down conversion attempts and intercepted the Owls three times.

The Bad: At times, the offensive playcalling was what could only be described as "bizarre." This was especially true in the second half, when the Cougars only scored seven points (I'm just not understanding the coaching staff's zeal for sideways screen passes that fail more often than they gain yardage!). Ed Oliver left the game with a knee injury late in the first half, and the defense was markedly worse without him.

The Ugly: The receivers dropped way too many catchable passes. Houston was penalized 12 times for 108 yards.

What It Means: It wasn't a pretty win, but it was an in-conference win on the road and that's all that matters. But as the season progresses, it's becoming clear that there are significant problems with the Coogs' offense.

Next up for the Coogs is a critical game at home against a strong (4-1) SMU team.

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