Owens' hard work rewarded
Senior defensive end Pat Owens totaled six tackles, three of them for a loss in the Cal win. He also sacked California quarter back Justin Vedder in the second quarter. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn had worked Owens extremely tough in the preseason, and it paid off in the season opener. This is Owens first year as a starter.
Defense answers questions
Houston's defense recorded five sacks on Saturday, one each by Owens, Mike DeRouselle, Adriano Belli, Jeremy Maxon and Louis Hampton. The UH record for sacks in a game is 16, set against Wyoming in 1988.
Special teams show up
Mike Waddell's 52 yard field goal in the third quarter was the second longest in Houston history. Roman Anderson booted a 53 yarder against Texas A&M in 1991. Anderson owns four of the longest eight field goals in school history. The kick was Waddell's first in his Cougar career.
Arthur Gissendanner's blocked punt late in the second quarter was the first for the Coogs since 1994. Gissendanner was named C-USA special teams player of the week for his effort.
Henderson makes return
Secondary coach Donnie Henderson made his return to Memorial Stadium, where he coached linebackers as a member of the Cal staff from 1990-91. In his return, the Cougar defensive backs gave up only two scores to a Bear team which scored 35 in the Dome last year.
Mr. Sticky Fingers
Cal's Sekou Sanyika pulled down the first two interceptions of his career, both coming off of Houston QB Jason McKinley. Both picks came in the second quarter.
"I can't even think about eating after giving up a game like that. It just hurts too much."
- Defensive end Pat Owens before the team dinner on Saturday evening
- compiled by Cougar Sports staff