Head coach Tom Herman and the Houston Cougars took the first step in what could shape up to a special season, much like a season ago, by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 33-23 inside a sold out NRG Stadium in Houston.
As is the case each week, Cougar Digest hands out it's game balls to the Cougar players who made the biggest impact in the game. This week there is no shortage of available players after an impressive season opening victory.
Greg Ward Jr. - Although not his highest stat output by far, it was a solid game against what could turn out to see the best defense he could see all season. He finished with 321 yards passing and 2 scoring passes but was so much more than even that. The magnitude of the game Saturday never seemed to be to big for him. This could be the start of a special season for Ward as well.
Brandon Wilson - Well for a player that was voted most one of the most versatile in college football over the offseason, he did a good job finding a new way to score that he had not accomplished yet. Not only did his 109.9 yard return of the missed field goal swing the game over to Houston's favor, he also led the defense with 10 tackles and had one for loss and a fumble recovery as well.
Steven Dunbar - He didn't find the end zone in the game but Greg Ward and he continued their strong bond on the field. He was Ward's favorite target Saturday, snagging seven passes for 125 yards. He also had a solo tackle on special teams.
Ed Oliver - Has there been a better debut by a more heralded freshman? Ed Oliver lived up to the billing in his first collegiate game racking up an impressive 7 tackles (3rd on the team) and two sacks. Meet Ed Oliver rest of the college football world, he is going to fun to watch for a few years.
Ty Cummings - In a humorous twist of fate, someone asked my about Cummings in the press box as he lined up for his first field goal. I told them he was well though of coming out of Southlake High School but I wasn't sure exactly what they had in him. Well, I now know that they have a solid scoring option in him as he helped keep the Cougars in theme early on and need the game with four field goals. He hit from 35, 26, 33 and a very big 47 yards. He also handled all 7 of the kickoffs with 4 touchbacks.