On a day that had its up and downs, Houston rallied late behind Loyce Means' two interceptions for 55 yards and one TD to go to 2-0 in Conference USA play and 3-1 on the season. The Cougars came out quick in establishing a 21-0 lead although they struggled at times after that. They managed to hold on for a 42-23 win at Robertson Stadium extending their home winning streak to 18 games.
The first game of the post- Case Keenum era was led offensively by Bryce Beall's 123 yards on 24 carries and his four rushing TDs. Beall now has 418 yards through four games averaging 104.5 yards per game.
Freshman QB Terrence Broadway had 174 yards on 19 of 28 completions; he also had two fumbles and one interception.
James Cleveland finished with four catches for 69 yards to lead all Houston receivers. Cleveland now has 324 yards on the season averaging 81 yards per game, a team best.
An announced crowd of 32,007 were on hand anxious to see how the Cougars would perform without Case Keenum leading the charge. In the first half things seemed to be in hand although not quite as smooth as they might have hoped though the Cougars were up 28-14 at the break. The second half was another story as the offense could only muster 79 yards something Cougar fans are not accustomed to dealing with in recent years.
Tulane's offense seemed to awaken as they cut the lead to 28-23 before Mean's late game heroics. The defense came up came up big at the right time.
In summary, Houston Head Coach Kevin Sumlin said, "I thought it was a really, really good team victory."
While not the runaway victory of recent Houston-Tulane tilts, it was what the Cougars needed to keep their goal of a CUSA Championship alive.
Next, the Cougars have a bye week before playing Mississippi State, a 24-12 winner over now 0-3 Georgia, at Robertson Stadium at 7:00pm on Saturday, October 9th.