Game Primer: South Florida – University of Houston Athletics

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Saturday’s Homecoming matchup set for 11 a.m. at TDECU Stadium

Houston vs. South Florida

Oct. 29 | 11 a.m. CT 

TDECU Stadium | Houston, Texas

Broadcast: ESPN2

Radio: KPRC 950 AM

Ticket Office Opens | 8 a.m.

Cash Parking Lots Open | 8 a.m.

Tailgating | 8 a.m.

Kids Zone | 8 a.m.

Cougar Walk | 8:45 a.m.

Stadium Opens | 9:30 a.m.


  • During the game against South Florida, the Cougars will celebrate Homecoming. The Homecoming Court will be presented to the crowd and the Homecoming King and Queen will be unveiled at halftime. 

  • As a part of Homecoming, Houston has officially launched the True UH Vintage Collection. The Collection features new merchandise outfitted with vintage logos and designs on apparel as well as other accessories and paraphernalia. The Collection is a part of the ongoing University of Houston licensed merchandise program and will be available exclusively at the UH Campus Store and the UH Team Shop as well as online via the UHCampus Store website

  • Come early and enjoy the expanded Kids’ Zone near Schroeder Gate 1. 

  • Student Tailgate Sponsored by H‑E‑B, Dean of Students Office and SGA: All students are invited to stop by the student tailgate tent outside of Gate 2. Hang out with your friends and enjoy tailgate games, TVs, video games, food and giveaways!

  • Come early, and join the team for Cougar Walk at 8:45 a.m.

  • Special presentation of the Homecoming Court.

  • Halftime announcement of the Homecoming King and Queen.

  • Debuting the True UH Vintage Collection in the UH Team Shop.

  • Stop by and see hand-painted life-sized Cougars courtesy of the Spirit Cup teams. The cougars are located behind Section 123.

  • Special recognition of the Houston Women’s Basketball team.

  • Performances by the Spirit of Houston Marching Band, cheerleaders and Cougar Dolls.
  • DJ Yobi Yobz mixin’ it up in the student section!

  • Three was the magic number at Navy. Houston senior quarterback (#3) Clayton Tune set a career high and matched a Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium record with five passing touchdowns. Tune became the sixth FBS quarterback to throw for 5+ touchdowns without an interception in a road game this season. Linebacker (#3) Donavan Mutin recorded a career high 13 tackles, the most for a Cougar since Grant Stuard logged 15 stops at UConn on Oct. 19, 2019.

  • After struggling with penalties for much of the season, Houston looks to turn the corner. The Cougars’ 25 penalty yards last time out at Navy matched their fewest over the last three seasons (2020-present). Houston’s 25 penalty yards were its ninth fewest in a conference road game over the last 20 years

  • Houston took a lead into halftime for the first time this season last week at Navy (21-7). The Cougars have now won 11 consecutive games when leading at halftime. The Cougars have won 13 straight when limiting opponents under 24 points (Navy – 20). With Stacy Sneed’s 100 rushing yards, the Cougars have won six consecutive when having a 100-yard rusher.

  • Houston’s special teams have been just that. The Cougars rank 18th nationally with two blocked kicks and are 18th nationally in kick return average (23.81) highlighted by a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown by Jayce Rogers at Memphis. The Cougars have also recovered an onside kick (Christian Trahan at Memphis) while punter Laine Wilkins ranks seventh nationally in punting average (45.6).

  •  Houston has scored 10+ points in 105 consecutive games (Sept. 2014-present), which ranks second nationally among active streaks (Alabama, 153). The Cougars have scored 10+ points in 49 straight home contests (Sept. 2014-present).

  • Five of Houston’s seven games have come down to the final drive including a school-record three overtime games. In its season opener, Houston’s defense forced an incomplete pass on UTSA’s 2-point opportunity in the third overtime to seal the win. On Sept. 24, Houston locked up a 34-27 win on a Rice incomplete pass on 1st and Goal from the 9-yard line as time expired. The Cougars took a onepoint lead with 18 seconds left at Memphis and closed the game on an Atlias Bell sack at the Memphis 38-yard line.

  • Houston’s first seven opponents are a combined 32-21 with six of the 21 losses coming against AP Top 25 opponents. Three of Houston’s first seven opponents (Texas Tech, Kansas and Tulane) have been ranked inside the Top 25 at some point this season with the Green Wave currently at No. 23 in the AP Top 25.

  • Houston has had its share of tough luck with injuries this season. The Cougars were without four starters (WR Joseph Manjack IV, FS Gervarrius Owens, CB Art Green and DE Derek Parish) in an American-opening loss to Tulane. Parish, who set an American Conference record for sacks (4.5) and tackles for loss (6.5) at Texas Tech, is out for the season (torn bicep). Cornerback Alex Hogan will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a left knee injury at Memphis.

  • Houston kick returner Jayce Rogers is tied for the national lead in kickoff return touchdowns (1); wide receiver Nathaniel Dell is fourth in receiving touchdowns (8) and seventh in receptions per game (7.3); punter Laine Wilkins is seventh in punting average (45.6); quarterback Clayton Tune is 19th in completions per game (23.14), passing touchdowns (17) and points responsible for per game (17.4); defensive lineman D’Anthony Jones is 21st in forced fumbles (0.29).

  • The Cougars rank ninth nationally with 7.9 tackles for loss per game and are 29th in team sacks with 2.71 per game. Houston’s D’Anthony Jones is graded as the nation’s fourth-best edge rusher (89.8) by Pro Football Focus (PFF) and ranks seventh in pass rush (91.0). Nelson Ceaser is graded as the nation’s 20th-best edge defender (86.4) while Latrell Bankston checks in at No. 17 nationally by pass rush grade (83.7) among interior defenders.

  • Houston and USF are meeting for the ninth time. Houston leads the all-time series 6-2 highlighted by six consecutive victories (2013-present). The six-game win streak is tied for Houston’s third-longest active streak against an opponent, trailing only Detroit Mercy (7) and Rice (7). USF (0-6) and ECU (0-4) are the only active American programs to have not defeated Houston in league play

  • With a program-record four straight games away from Tampa, the Bulls will complete a swing of six of seven games away from Tampa with back-to-back road trips to Houston and Temple.

  • Sophomore quarterback Katravis Marsh will make his third career start, with all three coming in road games. He previously started at Cincinnati (2020, L, 28-7) and at ECU (2021, L, 29-14 ). In his last start at ECU he went 15-of-30 for 192 yards and a TD and ran for 20 yards. In 2 1/2 quarters of relief for QB Gerry Bohanon vs. Tulane he went 7-of-15 for 150 yards and two TD, leading scoring drives of 45, 18 and 88 yards, including a 73-yard TD pass to Dequan Stanley.


  • The Cougars made some history during their 2021 matchup at South Florida. For the first time in program history, Houston had multiple 100-yard receivers (Nathaniel Dell – 164 yards; KeSean Carter – 123 yards) and multiple 100-yard rushers in a game (Ta’Zhawn Henry – 130 rushing, Alton McCaskill IV – 125 rushing).

  • Henry’s 97-yard rushing touchdown with 10:04 to play in the third quarter was the longest rush in American Athletic Conference history and longest rush in Houston program history.

  • Quarterback Clayton Tune’s 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jake Herslow in the first quarter was the 500th completion of his career.

  • Be Houston’s seventh consecutive against USF (2013-present), matching Detroit Mercy (7) and Rice (7) for the longest active win streak against any opponent. 

  • Move Houston to 39-33-5 all-time in Homecoming games (1946-present) and be Houston’s sixth in the last eight (2015-present).


Houston Athletics is excited to introduce our new “Family Four-Pack” seats that offer a fun and affordable entertainment option for families to come enjoy Houston Cougar Football starting as low as $80 per ticket (based on minimum of 4 tickets on select seating locations). For a full list of prices and TDECU Stadium seating map, click here.



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