Hi 72 / Lo 46
|Volume 71, Issue 61,
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Neighboring foes face off
UH gets final chance to see postseason play, bowl eligibility
By Louie Vera
Moving past Saturday's loss, the football team is aiming to take back the Bayou Bucket trophy against crosstown rival Rice, when they face off at 3 p.m. Saturday at Robertson Stadium for the final game of the season.
In last season's contest, the Owls (1-9, 1-6) squeaked by the Cougars 10-7 in the lowest scoring game in the history of the Bayou Bucket series.
Junior quarterback Kevin Kolb and the rest of the UH team hopes to gain a win when they face crosstown rival Rice on at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Robertson Stadium.
Stephen Pinchback/The Daily Cougar
Junior quarterback Kevin Kolb went 15-of-33 for 204 yards with an interception and a touchdown pass to senior receiver Vincent Marshall for the Cougars' only points of the game.
Both teams are coming off close losses on home fields, the Cougars falling to Southern Methodist 29-24 and Rice dropping a 31-28 decision to Central Florida.
Despite the loss, the game against the Owls also has bowl implications if the Cougars can find a way to victory.
Houston is one of four teams playing to become eligible this week in the conference, which could potentially lead to seven teams eligible for five spots.
A Houston win will bring back home the Bayou Bucket it has held two of the last three seasons.
The Cougars (5-5, 3-4) lead the all-time series against the Owls 22-9 since both teams first matched up in 1971.
Three out of five of Houston's losses have been by five points or less, while three of the Owls' nine losses have been by 21 or more points in the 2005 campaign.
The Cougars finished last season 3-8 and 3-5 in C-USA and could finish above .500 for the first time since 2003 (7-6) where they fell short in the Hawaii Bowl and came out with a 48-54 loss against Hawaii.
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