Friday, October 27, 2000
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Coming off an emotional triple-overtime 33-30 win over Memphis, the Cougars will try to keep their excitement in check and not let it keep them from focusing on Southern Miss on Saturday.

The Cougars' Homecoming will see UH try and move the ball against the No. 14 Golden Eagles -- not an easy task.

"The biggest thing this week is we're trying not to peak too early (emotionally), because it is such a big game for us, such an emotional game," head coach Dana Dimel said.

Should the Cougars upset the Conference USA rival and national powerhouse Golden Eagles, UH would at least be tied for first in conference with a 3-1 record. The Cougars are 3-4 overall.

"We kind of overlook (their ranking) because they're No. 1 in conference, and we can still control who's going to win the (conference) championship," Dimel said.

Defensive lineman Nikia Adderson along with the rest of the Cougars will play Southern Miss on Saturday. Houston still has a chance at taking at least a share of first place in Conference USA.

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Dimel has stressed the importance of playing a near-flawless game against a team that can shut down any opponent, regardless of the offense.

"Their general strength is they have a great defense and have been great at turning the football and forcing turnovers," Dimel said. "So we need to stop those two main things and protect our passer."

Aside from not turning the ball over, the Cougars hope to keep the vaunted Southern Miss running game in check and give UH quarterback Jason McKinley enough time to throw.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will not be televised in Houston, but can be heard on the radio at KBME-AM 790 and on the Internet at

It will be the Cougars' second-to-last home game of the season. They will return to Robertson Stadium on Nov. 18 to face the Louisville Cardinals.

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