The Houston Cougars made a 180 degree turn at halftime Saturday, trailing visiting UCF 21-3 and facing the team's third loss in a month, by scoring 28 unanswered points for a thrilling 31-24 win to potentially rediscover their swagger heading into a much needed bye week.
As is the case each week, Cougars Digest hands out it's Game Balls to the top players in the Cougars game that week.
Greg Ward Jr. - The first two interceptions were not on him and his play throughout the game kept Houston alive. If you take out the two picks his stat line finishes well. 26 of 37 for 240 yards and a score. On the ground he gained 52 yards and and had two more scores.
Brandon Wilson - He may not have had many tackles in the game but he was a part of arguably the two biggest plays. His second half interception was part of the start of the turnaround and his strip of UCF's quarterback that was recovered by Garrett Davis was key as well.
Duke Catalon - He only played a half and Cougar fans will wonder for two weeks now if he will be back on the field after the bye week, but he had a great stat line in his time in.He had 19 carries for 91 yards and a score and also caught seven passes for 40 yards. He led the team in all-purpose yards, rushing yards and receptions in just a half of football.
Steven Taylor - The senior had the second most tackles in the game with eight. He also was credited with a quarterback hurry and 2.5 tackles-for-loss, including a half sack. He also had a fumble recovery in the win.
Ed Oliver - I honestly was not going to give Big Ed one this week as I thought the two penalties were pretty costly, even though one was a pretty close call. After I saw his stat totals though, to os hard to keep him out of here for yet another week. He finished with five tackles, including a team leading 3.5 for-loss. He also had two quarterback hurries in the game.