· DATE: Saturday, September 30 TIME: 6:00 p.m. TV: ESPN 2
· Miami has not lost to a team from Texas since 1981, they are 12-0 in that span.
· Miami holds the all-time series lead at 10-7 including a 38-13 victory in 2004 in which Tyrone Moss rushed for 148 yards and UM scored two defensive touchdowns.
· Last game, Miami lost to 31-7 to Louisville and Houston defeated Oklahoma State 35-24.
QB #3 Kyle Wright LT #64 Jason Fox RB #5 Javarris James LG #72 Andrew Bain FB #45 James Bryant C #78 Anthony Wollschlager WR #83 Sam Shields RG #71 Derrick Morse WR #9 Lance Leggett RT #76 Chris Rutledge TE #82 Greg OlsenOther Key Players: QB Kirby Freeman, RB Charlie Jones, RB Tyrone Moss, WR Ryan Hill, WR Terrell Walden, WR Khalil Jones, TE DajLeon Farr, TE Dedrick Epps, OL Reggie Youngblood, OL Tyrone Byrd, OL Alex Pou, OL A.J. Trump
Keep your eye on: James, who is expected to make the first start of his career.
LE #94 Eric Moncur CB #4 Glenn Sharpe LT #95 Bryan Pata CB #6 Randy Phillips RT #54 Teraz McCray FS #19 Brandon Meriweather RE #81 Calais Campbell SS #1 Kenny Phillips WLB #2 Jon Beason MLB #51 Romeo Davis SLB #52 Tavares GoodenOther Key Players: DE Baraka Atkins, DT Kareem Brown, LB Glenn Cook, LB Darryl Sharpton, CB Bruce Johnson, S Lovon Ponder
Keep your eye on: McCray, who is expected to make his second straight start.
HURRICANES (22.7 ppg, 18.0 pag) QB Kyle Wright 576 yards 65% 1 TD 1 INT RB Charlie Jones 124 yards 3.9 avg 3 TD WR Lance Leggett 11 receptions 123 yards 0 TD TE Greg Olsen 8 receptions 79 yards 0 TD LB Jon Beason 18 tackles, 3.5 for loss FS Brandon Meriweather 13 tackles, 1 interception KR Bruce Johnson 19.5 KR, 9.0 PR, 0 TD K Jon Peattie 1-3 FG, long 20, 7-7 XP COUGARS (38.0 ppg, 21.0 pag) QB Kevin Kolb 1,193 yards 70% 12 TD 1 INT RB Jackie Battle 222 yards 4.9 avg 4 TD WR Donnie Avery 20 receptions 272 yards 2 TD WR Vincent Marshall 19 receptions 284 yards 3 TD WR Jeron Harvey 14 receptions 196 yards 1 TD LB Trent Allen 28 tackles, 1 for loss DT Marquay Love 22 tackles, 5 for loss K Ben Bell 3-4 FG, long 38, 16-16 XP
When Miami has the ball…
QB #3 Kyle Wright vs. CB #10 Willie Gaston
Wright needs to lead his team to a victory and everything is on his shoulders to do so. Gaston is UH's best player in the secondary with 30 career starts. The 5-11 corner has 7 pass breakups, 5 tackles for a loss, and 1 sack--all are team-leading stats.
When Houston has the ball…
QB #4 Kevin Kolb vs. FS #19 Brandon Meriweather
For the second straight game it will be up to Meriweather, the leader of the secondary, to have a strong game keeping Kolb under control. Kolb is the nation's active leader in passing yards (10,348) and is tied for the national lead with 12 touchdown passes. Against UM in 2004, Kolb was 11-of-28 with 153 yards.
· OL Reggie Youngblood - Probable, ankle
· OL Tyrone Byrd - Probable, knee
· S Anthony Reddick - Questionable, ankle
· WR Darnell Jenkins - Out, knee
· WR Ryan Moore - Out, suspension
· WR Rashaun Jones - Out, suspension
NEXT GAME - October 7 vs. North Carolina
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