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Volume 71, Issue 12, Wednesday, September 7, 2005


Briles: UH will do 'whatever we have to do to win'

Head coach says Coogs will adjust to SHSU

Cougar Sports Services

Though the Cougars didn't finish ahead in their season opener against Oregon, the team displayed some good performances, UH head coach Art Briles said at his weekly press luncheon.

"We played well against a really good football team," Briles said. "Oregon was a very experienced team. We have to get our first win of '05. I told the team a couple of days ago that the win against Sam Houston (State) counts just as big as a win against Oregon toward being bowl eligible."

Looking back to Thursday, Briles said that the offensive line's performance was among one of the brighter spots.

"I was really pleased with our offensive line because of how good Oregon was up front defensively," Briles said in a release. "They are hyped as the best defensive line in the Pac-10, possibly the nation. Our guys really took it upon themselves and did a great job up front. 

"We had the one sack. In hindsight, which always seems to be pretty accurate, we probably should have run the ball more against them because we could have."

Briles also spoke of highlights from the Cougar's kicking game filled with new players, including junior Justin Laird's recovery punt from a bad snap. Looking ahead, Briles said their film footage SHSU was adequate enough to get a good idea about the team's schematics.

"We can try to get a feel for their personnel, possibly some alignments, and go from there," Briles said in a press release. "The game of football is about adjustments. We will have to do that Saturday."

Briles did speak about his expectations of the UH running game.

"We always want to run the ball," Briles said in a release. "That is something we are going to be good at as the season progresses. We have a good line and great running backs. We can run the football. 

"Whatever we have to do to win is what we are going to do. If we have to control the ball and try to run, we will do that. If we have to throw it and win, we will do that also."

In regards to the health of Anthony Evans and Wade Koehl, neither one of them will play Saturday against Sam Houston.

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