Gallery: Cougars halt flight of lifeless Owls by second half
By Frank Campos, Thomas Dwyer September 18, 2017
The Cougars came on the field ready to defend their title against the Owls after a tough-fought week one victory over the Arizona Wildcats. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar
Defense was the name of the game for the Cougars as several players showed up big against the Owls and held them to just three points. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar
Kyle Allen was almost perfect on the night, completing 31 of 33 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar
Matthew Adams led all Cougar defenders with 11 tackles. He was all over the field and was a mainstay in the Cougars’ defense Saturday night. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar
The offense was able to continuously move the sticks with the help of senior wide receiver Linell Bonner, who corralled 132 passing yards. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar
Oliver won the AAC defensive player of the year and the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman in 2017. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar
The Cougars celebrated early Saturday night after going up by 38 point by halftime. Most of the starters were pulled by the beginning of the third quarter. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar
The Cougars dominated the Rice Owls on both sides of the ball in a 38-3 victory Saturday night to bring Houston’s record to 2-0 to start their season.
Both Houston teams fought for the Bayou Bucket trophy, a staple for the cross-town rivalry for many years. The Cougars earned their 30th victory in the series since the trophy’s inception in 1971.
Above are some of our best images from Saturday night.
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