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Volume 70, Issue 43, Thursday, October 21, 2004


UH tries to leap Horned Frogs

Coogs head to Fort Worth with back against the wall; 
TCU coming off crushing loss to UAB

Cougar Beat

Ken Stocks

The Cougar football team is making a road trip north to Fort Worth to face Texas Christian. The Horned Frogs are 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Conference USA. The Cougars are also 1-2 in C-USA, but according to Craig James of ESPN they are the best 1-5 football team in the nation.

TCU was considered one of the top 25 teams in the country at the start of the season and showed great promise with non-conference wins over Northwestern and Southern Methodist before dropping three of its last four games including last week's crushing 41-25 loss at Alabama-Birmingham.

Kevin Kolb and the Cougars will be looking to get some payback when facing Texas Christian on Saturday after a heartbreaking 62-55 loss last year at Robertson Stadium.
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"There are a lot of good teams out there and a lot of good teams throwing the football. And (TCU) played against a lot of good people who throw the ball well," UH head coach Art Briles said. "It just hasn't turned out the way (TCU) wanted sometimes but they are an exceptionally good football team on both sides of the ball (and on) special teams. They have good people. They have good schemes and it would be a really good win for us."

TCU has won the last six consecutive games against Houston, including last year's 62-55 barnburner at Robertson Stadium. Things just don't get any easier for the Cougars as once again they face a team coming off a hard loss and celebrating their homecoming in front of screaming fans and alumni.

"We are just trying to be focused," junior running back Ryan Gilbert said. "We can't look back at the first six games. We have to look forward. We have a really good team, a really strong team, and if we believe in ourselves, and in each other, we can overcome anything."

The Cougars are fighting to win the next five games so they can have a chance of achieving their goal of winning C-USA or at least making a bowl game at the end of the season. The return of injured players like senior defensive end Joe Clay, junior running back Anthony Evans and senior fullback Matt Schirmer will certainly increase the Cougars' chance of success.

"This is a new season actually," junior linebacker Tristen Robertson said. We are the fighting Cougars so we have to fight the rest of the season so we can go to a bowl game."

The Cougars have their backs against the wall, and the way they play the rest of the season will say a lot about the character of this team.

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