The Houston Cougars survived an upset minded Tulsa team Saturday night in TDECU Stadium. The Cougar were tied with the visiting Golden Hurricane at the half and and briefly pulled away in the second half, but turnovers again plagued the Cougars allowing the Golden Hurricane to hang around until the end.
The Cougars defense held as time expired and the Golden Hurricane were inches away from the tying score, giving the Cougars a 38-31 conference win.
Cougars Digest hands out it's Game Balls from the Tulsa game.
Greg Ward Jr. - The senior captain was once again key in the Cougars win. Although he was very efficient through the air, finishing 26 of 34 for 254 yards, the Cougars did the most damage on the ground and Ward was a big part of it. Ward rushed 25 times for 142 yards. Ward did not find the end zone Saturday night.
Ed Oliver - The fabulous freshman seems to gain more notoriety with each broadcast and with each standout performance. Saturday Oliver led the Cougars team with 12 tackles, including two for-loss. He also had two pass break-ups on tipped balls in the game.
Linell Bonner - Not only did Bonner have a gutty performance, clearly working through an injury in the second half, but he led all receivers with 13 catches for 97 yards.
Garrett Davis - This Cougar secondary is young but each player has had times when they have stood out and shown some flashes of what is to come. On Saturday, Davis trailed only Oliver, totaling 10 tackles on the night. He also had a sack and the huge strip of Tulsa's Dane Evans that teammate Emeke Egbule stopped up and scored the go ahead points late in the game.
Dillon Birden - Herman has been "looking for a tailback" all season unfortunately as injuries and inconsistencies have plagued the position many thought would be solid. On Saturday the unheralded Dillon Birden continued his case with an effective 82 rushing yards and three touchdowns.