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Volume 68, Issue 16, Tuesday, September 17, 2002


Bell gets a kick out of C-USA POW recognition

Cougar Sports Services

The Cougars attempted four field goals all of last season. In one night, sophomore kicker Dustin Bell attempted, and made, three field goals. Leading a renewed Cougar kicking game, Bell was named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week.

Heis the second UH player to receive a player of the week award since senior safety Hanik Milligan won the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award following UHis win over Rice. Bell connected on field goals of 44, 37 and 41 yards during UHis 36-17 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Bellis 44-yard field goal was the longest for a kicker since Mike Clark made a 48-yard attempt in 1999.

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Sophomore kicker Dustin Bell attempts one of three field goals during UHis 36-17 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.

Bell has connected on all of his six attempts this year, a stark contrast from a non-existent kicking game in 2001. Of those six attempts, three have been longer than 40 yards.

During the ULL game, Bell connected on a 44-yard attempt that gave UH the lead on its opening drive. He gave the Cougars a 12-0 lead with a 37-yard attempt early in the second quarter. He finished off a Cougar scoring drive by making a 41-yard attempt at the start of the second half to give UH a 22-3 lead.

But heis also helped pin Cougar opponents deep in their own territory. During Saturdayis game, Bell sent five kick-offs through the end zone or left the Ragini Cajuns without any opportunity to return the ball. The Cajuns were only able to return two of Bellis kicks the entire night. He is the first Cougar to win the Special Teams POW award since Louis Hampton on Nov. 2, 1998. The Cougars next play at 6 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Austin to take on the No. 3 Texas Longhorns at Memorial Stadium.

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