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Volume 70, Issue 53, Thursday, November 4, 2004


UH looks to improve ECU record

Cougar Beat

Ken Stocks

The Cougar football team is looking much better after a game in which it dominated Tulane 24-3.

In the game against the Green Wave, the Coogs racked up 450 yards in total offense and came within 11 minutes of shutting out the strong Tulane offense.

"We're coming off a really big win -- a really good win -- against Tulane, which had just knocked off a number 24-ranked team in the BCS in University of Alabama-Birmingham the week before," UH head coach Art Briles said. "We had a great defensive effort. I thought our coaches and our players on the defensive side of the ball really set the tone for the game, and allowed the offensive side to maintain possession and get through the game and get the victory. That's the only thing that matters. I don't care if we win 2-0 or 63-632, just as long as we win. That's all that matters and that's why you play the game."

Houston has never defeated East Carolina in a home game and has just a 2-4 record against them overall. The team is looking to make it two in a row against the Pirates after beating that team last year 27-13 at Greenville on a nationally televised game on ESPN2.

East Carolina comes to Houston looking for two consecutive wins after defeating Army at home 38-28. The Pirates are lead by sophomore quarterback James Pickney who has thrown for 1,446 yards and 12 touchdowns this season while completing 55 percent of his passes.

More than 17,000 fans showed up last week at Robertson Stadium. They were treated to live bands and tailgate parties with barbecue and football. Fan support definitely did not go unnoticed by the players.

"It feels good to come out and know you have the support of the fans and to hear the crowd go crazy, when you make a big play it just pumps you up," sophomore tailback/special teams returner Mialon Collins said.

Carl Davis, an assistant to City Council Member Michael Berry and UH alumnus, delivered a message from Mayor Bill White.

"I, Bill White, mayor of the City of Houston and City Council members hereby proclaim Nov. 6, 2004 as University of Houston homecoming day," Davis read. 

The stage is set for another home game with a "bowl game" type atmosphere. There is going to be more games, food and festivities than any other game this year. So it is time for students, family and alumni to celebrate the proud traditions of University athletics. Since these are the last two home games for seniors, it would be a great gesture to send them home with a big show at Robertson Stadium.

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