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Game Balls: Tulane

The Houston Cougars survived more key injuries on Saturday to move to 8-2 on the season with a 30-18 win over visiting Tulane. Cougar Digest hands it's Game Balls out from the win.

The Houston Cougars used their bye week to get a number of key players healthy after an extended run of nine games to open the season before their bye week.

The Cougars were nearly full strength coming into Saturday's match-up with Tulane but suffered key injuries again in the 30-18 win. It is a tough break for a team with a short week before Louisville comes to town.

As always, we hand out Game Balls to those Cougar players who stood out in the game.

Tyus Bowser - What a first game back for Bowser who may have been trying to make up for lost time in one game. The senior finished with 11 total tackles to lead all players. He also had three sacks and an additional half tackle-for-loss. He also had two quarterback hurries.

Jeremy Winchester - Winchester had a tremendous start to the game with the Cougars initial score on the evening after he recovered a mishandled punt for a touchdown. He also had two key pass break-ups early and finished the game second behind Bowser with eight tackles.

Greg Ward Jr. - It was a rough afternoon for Ward who re-aggrevated his right shoulder, an injury that has hampered his entire year since first suffering it in the Oklahoma win. He finished his abbreviated day completing 18 of 30 passes for 189 yards and a pair of scores. He also had a rushing touchdown. His health may be the most important question at the moment for the Louisville game.

Linell Bonner - Bonner led all receivers with nine receptions in the game Saturday. He finished with 97 receiving yards and was close on a couple of other balls as well.


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