Monday, September 24, 2001  Volume 67, Issue 23


Cougar offense strikes deep and often

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

The Cougar offense has finally come off life support. With Saturday's performance, head coach Dana Dimel finally delivered the
quick-strike offense fans have been waiting to enjoy.

The offense racked up 432 yards, 364 of them through the air, to give the Cougars their most impressive offensive performance in
recent years.

UH scored four touchdowns against the vaunted Texas defense, the most the Longhorns have given up all year. Houston's
touchdown with 1:19 left in the first half gave the Cougars a 14-10 lead, the first time mighty Texas trailed in a game this year.

The strongest performance of the night came from UH's offensive line. The unsung warriors played as a unit, displaying strong
run-blocking and providing Kelly Robertson time to pass. The line gave up only (considering it was UT) three sacks for 22 yards to a
fierce UT pass rush.

Houston's running game clicked early when the Cougar offensive line blew the Longhorns' defense off the ball.

Kelly Robertson lived up to the promise he showed in preseason workouts, connecting on 20 of 33 passes for 364 yards and three
touchdowns. Robertson's fumble midway through the fourth quarter was the only blemish on an otherwise outstanding game.

Junior Joffrey Reynolds had a strong game as the starting running back. His 38-yard score on a screen pass to the left side got the
Cougars on the scoreboard in the first quarter.

"The offensive linemen got in front of me and blocked really well," Reynolds said. "I was just trying to get to the end zone."

Reynolds ran for 56 yards on 15 attempts. He scored the Cougars' final touchdown of the night on a 2-yard run with 3:56 left in the

Houston's receiving corps showed its prowess as standouts senior Orlando Iglesias and sophomore Brandon Middleton stepped up
with great performances.

Iglesias was almost impossible for the UT defense to cover. He used his size and speed to beat Texas All-American Quentin
Jammer for six catches and 100 yards. Iglesias worked the hook routes to perfection as he racked up season highs in both
receptions and yards.

Middleton had a mediocre day until he exploded for an 80-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. That catch gave him three
receptions for 117 yards on the day.

"I was getting behind those DBs all night," Middleton said. "(Robertson) saw I was open and threw it deep."

The conclusion is simple. If Houston's offense plays like this every game, the Cougars will be in the thick of the C-USA title race.
There's not a team on the rest of the schedule that has the talent and depth of UT's defense or offense.

If Houston can maintain the cohesive offensive line play and outstanding performances from its skill position players it received
Saturday night, it could throw up 40 points per game against the teams that remain on its schedule.

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