Houston 35, South Florida 23

Date - Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:00 PM
Location - Reliant Stadium
Attendance - 22707

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
South Florida 3 7 6 7 23
Houston 14 7 7 7 35

Recap


Houston 35, South Florida 23: Freshman John O’Korn went 22-of-27 for 263 yards and three touchdowns as the host Cougars held off the upset-minded Bulls in an American Athletic Conference contest.

South Florida drove to the Houston 27 late, but was called for offensive interference and fumbled on consecutive plays before Kenneth Farrow’s 5-yard touchdown run sealed it with 1:40 remaining. Deontay Greenberry caught four passes for 106 yards and a score as Houston (7-1, 4-0 AAC) set up a first-place showdown at No. 22 Central Florida on Nov. 9.

Freshman Mike White, making his first collegiate start, completed 26-of-41 passes for 311 yards and two scores to rejuvenate a struggling South Florida offense. Tight end Mike McFarland caught a pair of touchdown passes and Andre Davis recorded nine receptions for 134 yards - both season highs - to lead the Bulls (2-6, 2-2).

O’Korn connected with Xavier Maxwell for a 6-yard touchdown on Houston’s third play from scrimmage and his 3-yard shovel pass to Farrow gave the Cougars a 14-3 lead late in the first quarter. White answered with an 8-yard touchdown pass to McFarland 3:35 into the second, snapping a 13-quarter touchdown drought for the Bulls' offense.

Ryan Jackson’s 6-yard run gave Houston a 21-10 halftime lead and O’Korn connected with Greenberry for a 48-yard scoring strike and a 28-13 advantage with 9 minutes left in the third. The Bulls would not go away as White lofted a 2-yard touchdown pass to McFarland on fourth down to pull within 28-23 with 11:50 remaining.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Houston has scored in all 32 quarters this season and 39 straight, dating back to last season. … South Florida K Marvin Kloss connected on field goals of 50, 49 and 39 yards, and has made a school-record 13 straight field goals. … Greenberry boasts five 100-yard receiving games for the Cougars and is 52 yards shy of 1,000 on the season.
 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 12:49
Houston   TD  Houston 7 - South Florida 0
1st Quarter - 5:51
South Florida   FG  Houston 7 - South Florida 3
1st Quarter - 0:59
Houston   TD  Houston 14 - South Florida 3
2nd Quarter - 11:25
South Florida   TD  Houston 14 - South Florida 10
2nd Quarter - 9:59
Houston   TD  Houston 21 - South Florida 10
3rd Quarter - 9:33
South Florida   FG  Houston 21 - South Florida 13
3rd Quarter - 9:00
Houston   TD  Houston 28 - South Florida 13
3rd Quarter - 5:02
South Florida   FG  Houston 28 - South Florida 16
4th Quarter - 11:50
South Florida   TD  Houston 28 - South Florida 23
4th Quarter - 1:40
Houston   TD  Houston 35 - South Florida 23
TEAMS

Team Records

  South Florida Houston
W/L 2 - 6 - 0 7 - 1 - 0
Conference 2 - 2 - 0 4 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  South Florida Houston
Score 23 35
First Downs 18 21
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-16
25%
5-for-10
50%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 364 388
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-53 26-95
Average/Rush 1.6 3.7
Passing
Comp-Att 26-41 23-30
Passing Yards 311 293
Average/Pass Play 7.1 9.2
Penalties-Yards 19-170 4-33
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 38:37 21:23

PLAYER STATS

South Florida (2 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. White 26/41 311 2 1
Houston (7 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. O'Korn 22/27 263 3 0
G. Ward Jr. 1/3 30 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Shaw 18 34 1.9 0
W. Davis 6 22 3.7 0
D. Tice 5 13 2.6 0
C. Dunkley 2 8 4.0 0
M. White 3 -24 -8.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Jackson 10 54 5.4 1
K. Farrow 6 51 8.5 1
G. Ward Jr. 3 4 1.3 0
J. O'Korn 5 -11 -2.2 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Davis 9 134 14.9 0
D. Welch 3 46 15.3 0
M. McFarland 4 40 10.0 2
S. Price 2 26 13.0 0
J. Duval 1 16 16.0 0
W. Davis 2 15 7.5 0
L. Martin 1 11 11.0 0
C. Dunkley 2 11 5.5 0
M. Shaw 1 6 6.0 0
S. Bravo-Brown 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Greenberry 4 106 26.5 1
A. Johnson 3 40 13.3 0
R. Jackson 2 34 17.0 0
D. Ayers 1 30 30.0 0
K. Farrow 5 24 4.8 1
D. Spencer 3 19 6.3 0
M. Ambles 1 16 16.0 0
X. Maxwell 2 13 6.5 1
K. Brooks 1 6 6.0 0
W. Beadle 1 5 5.0 0