|Monday, October 25, 1999||
Volume 65, Issue 45
|Cougars collapse in Louisville 39-33
Chris Redman proves to be too much for UH 'D' in second half
By Josh Gajewski
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The good news is there isn't a Heisman Trophy candidate left on the 1999 schedule for the UH defense to contend with.
The bad news is it's already seen enough.
After giving up 167 rushing yards to Alabama's Shaun Alexander in game two, Louisville quarterback Chris Redman threw for nearly 400 yards Saturday, leading the Cardinals to a 39-33 come-from-behind win over UH at a chilly Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
UH running back Ketric Sanford (7) is tackled by the Cardinals' Justin Thomas (47) during the Cougars' 39-33 loss at Louisville on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Cougars to 1-2 in Conference USA (4-3 overall) and put an end to UH's short two-game win streak.
"It was an exciting college football game," coach Kim Helton said. "(UL) played a very good football game, and you have to give credit to their kids."
Things looked good for UH early in the game when Ketric Sanford broke free for a 72-yard touchdown run on only the third play from scrimmage.
Safety Mike James then answered a UL field goal when he scampered into the endzone from 29 yards out on an interception return that gave the Cougars an early 14-3 advantage.
UL wide receiver Lavell Boyd followed with an 18-yard touchdown reception to cut the lead to 17-9 at the 13:50 mark in the second quarter.
After a career-long 48-yard field goal attempt sailed through the uprights at 10:49, UH widened its lead when Mike Green barreled in for a touchdown at the 4:41 mark that capped a nine-play, 65-yard scoring drive that chewed up more than three minutes off the clock.
But the inability to stop the big play haunted UH once again when Boyd caught a 75-yard pass from Redman that brought the Cardinals back in the game.
Following an interception, UL added a field goal from 33 yards out to
send the game into halftime with UH leading 24-18.
UH's Micah Malone (19) and Nikia Adderson (91) chase after a loose ball during the Cougars' 39-33 loss to Louisville on Saturday. The loss dropped UH's record 1-2 in Conference USA and 4-3 overall.
"They made some big plays at big times," UH cornerback Jason Parker said.
Redman struggled at times during the first half as he became accommodated with the UH defense, which came into the game ranked ninth in the nation. Unfortunately for the Cougars, he caught his stride in the second half.
Boyd caught his third touchdown pass of the game at the 9:20 mark of the third quarter that capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive that gave UL the lead.
Minutes later, Arnold Jackson's four-yard touchdown reception from Redman gave UL 23-straight unanswered points since the first half.
"With their high-powered offense we knew they could strike in seconds," Parker said. "(Redman) really takes control of his team."
Sanford brought UH back to within two points when his five-yard run with 2:55 left in the third capped a seven-play, 64-yard drive.
But Redman and Boyd weren't done.
The two hooked up on a 25-yard touchdown pass on UL's ensuing series as the Cardinals jumped back to a nine-point lead. On the day, Boyd caught 11 passes for 173 yards and his four touchdown receptions were a C-USA record.
"All of Redman's receivers are so good," Helton said. "You knew they were going to keep throwing the ball and we gave them a lot of second chances."
Parker added, "Everything is so fast-paced. Their receivers feed off of Redman."
A late field goal by Clark cut the lead to six, but it was too late for the Cougars, who lost with a 39-33 final score.
"I can't say enough about their quarterback," Helton said. "Obviously, he's as good as everybody thought he was. You try to zone him, you try to blitz him, and you try to knock him down. But he was very accurate. I think he's as good as Jim Kelly (whom Helton coached while at Miami)," Helton said.
UH will try to even its conference record next week when it will be host to nationally ranked East Carolina at O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.
But for now, it's content with leaving Heisman hopefuls Alexander and
Redman in its rear-view mirror.
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