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Monday, September 25, 2023


Mustangs unable to contain Cougars; UH wins 11th straight

It was assumed that the No. 10/11 Cougars’ matchup against SMU was going to be a high-scoring shootout.

But it was just UH that did the majority of the scoring, as the Cougars won their 11th consecutive contest beating SMU 37-7 Saturday at Robertson Stadium.

An announced attendance of 32,207 shattered the previous record of 32,119.

The Cougars (11-0, 7-0 Conference USA) scored one touchdown in the first half on a 36-yard rush from running back Michael Hayes before halftime. UH entered the intermission with a 13-0 advantage.

Late in the third quarter the Mustangs made their way to the red zone, but SMU quarterback J.J. McDermott was intercepted by linebacker Phillip Steward.

UH capitalized on the turnover, driving 13 plays, 55 yards to get its second score of the game.

On fourth-and-1 quarterback Case Keenum faked the handoff to Hayes, and found receiver Justin Johnson for a 12-yard touchdown to put UH up by 23.

SMU would get its first score with 8:33 left in the game on an 8-yard touchdown pass from McDermott to Darius Johnson to trim the deficit to 16 points.

The Cougars responded with a 7-play, 77-yard drive capped off by a 16-yard touchdown scramble by Keenum with 6:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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