The Houston Cougars took care of business on Saturday, easily handling in-state opponent Texas State in San Marcos. The Cougars' 64-3 victory allowed them to play a number of back-ups in the game but not before the usual suspects got in an but an early lead.
As is the case each week, Cougar Digest will hand out it's Game Balls to those five Cougars whose performance on Saturday stood out the most.
D'Eriq King - Entering the season, most assumed King would redshirt before joining the quarterback battle in the spring to replace senior Greg Ward Jr. Unexpected injuries to the receiver group in camp forced King into action in the slot for his true freshman season and he has shown an early glimpse into the skill set that he will bring to the competition under center following this season. Saturday, he set a school record scoring on a 99 yard kick-off return, a 48 yard scoring reception and a 15 yard scoring pass to Steven Dunbar.
Greg Ward Jr. - Saturday was everything Cougar fans could have hoped for for Ward. He played extremely well for a short period of time and then rested. Ward finished his day going 20 for 26 through the air for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He also was effective on the ground, rushing 7 times for 39 yards and another score.
Garrett Davis - Davis and fellow safety Khalil Williams have progressed throughout the early part of the season for the Cougars and have formed a solid young back-end tandem. Davis led the Cougars Saturday with seven stops, including one for a two yard loss.
Howard Wilson - The young cornerback continued his early season development as well, finishing his limited time in the game with only two tackles but had an interception and two pass break-ups as he helped blanket the Texas State offense.
Steven Dunbar - Dunbar continued his tremendous start to the season on Saturday, also making the most out of limited reps in the one sided win. Dunbar finished with five catches for 79 yards including a 24 yard scoring strike.