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
quick-strike offense fans have been waiting
The offense racked up 432 yards, 364 of
them through the air, to give the Cougars their most impressive offensive
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
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
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
"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
with great performances.
Iglesias was almost impossible for the
UT defense to cover. He used his size and speed to beat Texas All-American
Jammer for six catches and 100 yards.
Iglesias worked the hook routes to perfection as he racked up season highs
receptions and yards.
Middleton had a mediocre day until he exploded
for an 80-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. That catch gave
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
Saturday night, it could throw up 40 points
per game against the teams that remain on its schedule.