UH shoots for the moon
By Ed De La Garza
Daily Cougar Staff
If UH plays as well the rest of the season
as it did against Texas, there isn't any reason the Cougars can't contend
for the conference championship and one of four Conference USA-affiliated
At least that's what head coach Dana Dimel
"Have these first two football games prepared
us to go on to the conference championship and has (our) football team
shown the capacity to do
so?" Dimel said. "The answer to both questions
are 'Yes.' I think that we have done that in both cases."
UH may have lost to Texas 53-26, but the
Cougars led 14-10 with little more than one minute left in the first half.
Dimel is convinced the game was the Cougars'
to be had, given a play here and there. With the offense's inspired play,
it was a game in which
the team didn't quit, despite being down
40-14 in the third quarter.
"We did a lot of good things in that football
game," Dimel said. "I left the field feeling that everyone continued to
The play of freshman cornerback Stanford
Routt was one of the bright spots for the Cougar defense. He's been thrust
into a starting role
following Saturday's game, in which he
intercepted one of Texas quarterback Chris Simms' passes.
"It surprised me. He threw it right to
me," Routt said. "I didn't even have to break on it or anything. He just
threw the ball right to me."
But Routt wasn't the only player who stepped
up against Texas. Junior transfer quarterback Kelly Robertson outplayed
Simms, connecting on 20
of 33 passes for 364 yards and three touchdowns.
This followed his first game against Rice,
in which he completed 22 of 47 passes for 192 yards.
"I was really pleased with the way he played,"
Dimel said. "There were some opportunities where receivers were open and
he missed them, but
I attribute that to trying to get used
to being a starter."
Dimel expects Robertson to come up big
against Texas Christian on Saturday. While the game will be the first conference
game of the season,
it's also TCU's first C-USA game -- and
a renewal of an old Southwest Conference rivalry.
"We feel like in the future, both (UH and
TCU) can be top teams in this conference, as we improve and get to where
we need to be and TCU
tries to maintain the level of play they
have reached in the past," Dimel said.
It's a game Dimel feels that, even this
early in the season, is crucial to having a successful year. The Horned
Frogs may have only given up 21
points to national powerhouse Nebraska,
but they also lost to a Division I-AA school -- Northwestern State.
"Both teams have to step up and show what
they are made of when the game really matters in a conference game," Dimel
said. "Neither team
has played a conference game at this point,
and both teams have the ability to play really well."