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Friday, November 5, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 54

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So long, farewell, auf wiederzehn, goodbye

UH football seniors play their last game at home this weekend

By Jason Caesar Consolacion
Eye on the Cougars

Jeremy Maxon, T.J. Light, Mike Knepper, Kenny Hill, Tyson Helton, Mike Green, Brian Freeman, Mike DeRouselle, Ahmad Charles, Justin Stille, Scott Regimbald, Jeff Medford, Micah Malone, Mike James, William Fields, Gregory Brown, Adriano Belli, Ketric Sanford and any other senior football players I left out: Thanks for playing your hearts out during your tenure at UH.

Saturday will be the day of your final home game as a Cougar, and I, for one, will be yelling at the top of my throat for you to kick Tulane's butt and move on to finish the season on the road.


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Senior running back Ketric Sanford will play his final home game as a Cougar on Saturday. Sanford is on pace to break five school rushing records. He already leads Houston in career rushes.

It has been yet another up-and-down season for UH head football coach Kim Helton and his team. But Saturday is about something else.

Sure, it's about winning and improving the Cougars' chances at finishing near the top of the conference, but there's something else that each and every Cougar fan should have in mind -- the seniors.

For some, it could be their last home football game ever. For others, it could be their last home collegiate football game before turning pro.

Remember when tailback Green played his first game as a Cougar in 1998 against UCLA? The Cougars lost, but Green carried the ball 13 times for 61 yards against a tough Bruin defense.

This year, Green has already scored five touchdowns. He had a monster game against Louisiana Lafayette when he carried the ball only eight times, but managed to rack up 129 yards.

Remember when Hill racked up 28 tackles in eight games during the 1998 season? All but three of those tackles were unassisted.

So far, the senior defensive back has recorded 91 total tackles (57 unassisted). He went crazy against Rice and at Alabama, totaling 30 tackles in the two games.

And Mr. Sanford, you have simply been the best.

The first-ever C-USA Freshman of the Year carried the ball 146 times for 747 yards in 1996. Since then, believe it or not, he has gotten better.

Undoubtedly a future NFL player, Sanford has already rushed for 806 yards on 143 carries in 1999. He averages 5.4 yards per carry and has scored eight touchdowns.

Against North Carolina on Oct. 16, he carried the ball 21 times for a season-high 157 yards. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in four games this season.

If you have never seen Sanford play, this is your last chance to see him in a home Cougar uniform. I suggest you not pass up this opportunity.

The next time Cougar fans may see guys like Sanford, Green and Hill might not be until they visit Houston's new professional football team as members of their own NFL squad.

So when you're at the game Saturday, taunting the Tulane players or yelling at the officials for making stupid calls, send a shout out to those Cougar seniors. They have given their all as part of this football program. Their hard work will surely be missed.

More Waves to catch

The Tulane football team will not be the only Green Wave squad in town this weekend. The UH volleyball team hosts the Green Wave at 7:30 p.m. today at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars swept the Green Wave at Tulane on Sept. 26. Last season, Houston won both matches against the Green Wave, giving up only one game. In 11 matches, UH has never lost to Tulane.

On Sunday, the Cougars will host Southern Miss at 2 p.m. Houston defeated the Golden Eagles on Sept. 24 3-1 in Hattiesburg, Miss. Houston swept Southern Miss in both matches last year.

The Cougars have already clinched the National Division title this year. They bring a four-game winning streak into this weekend's matches.

Houston's last outing was a cakewalk over intracity rival Rice at Autry Court. The Cougars won 15-5, 15-12, 15-8.

Consolacion's preditions

Football -- In its last two games, the Green Wave has scored 14 points while allowing 101. The Cougar defense is ranked 10th in the nation (first in C-USA).

Cougars by 16 (26-10).

Volleyball -- Judging by recent history, the Cougars should have a field day with their two opponents this weekend.

Cougars 3, Tulane 0.

Cougars 3, Southern Miss 0.
 

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