Dana Holgorsen back home to coach University of Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Dana Holgorsen is back at the University of Houston.
"It's great to be home," Holgorsen said Thursday at his introductory press conference.
Holgorsen left West Virginia to return to Houston, where he was offensive coordinator from 2008-09.
"When I left here 10 years ago, I left here with a frown," Holgorsen said. "Because, one, I was going to Oklahoma (State), but two, I just loved this city and this university so much. Obviously, things worked out OK."
Houston fires football coach Applewhite after 2 seasons
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston fired coach Major Applewhite on Sunday after two seasons.
The school announced the move a little more than a week after the Cougars were trounced in a 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl .
Memphis wins, will face UCF in AAC title rematch
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Junior Darrell Henderson rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns — setting a conference rushing record — and Memphis rallied past Houston 52-31 on Friday to set up a rematch of last season's American Athletic Conference championship game with No. 8 UCF.
Henderson set the single-season rushing record, passing the previous mark of 1,629 by Tulsa's James Flanders in 2016.
Oliver says outburst was brought on by ’misunderstanding”
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver says his sideline outburst at Cougars coach Major Applewhite was the result of a "misunderstanding" and he looks forward to "moving forward with his teammates."
Houston released short statements from Oliver and Applewhite on Friday night.
Oliver said the way he acted Thursday night was "not who I am." He added he has "the utmost respect" for Applewhite."
Injured Houston star Oliver storms off field, angry at coach
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston star defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who was not in uniform against Tulane on Thursday night, became angry and shouted at Cougars coach Major Applewhite as the team left the sideline at halftime and did not return to the field for the second half.
Hicks has 4 TD passes, SMU upsets No. 17 Houston 45-31
DALLAS (AP) — SMU has won only two games against Top 25 teams in the past seven years. Ben Hicks has been a big part of both of those wins against Houston.
Hicks threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns as SMU beat No. 17 Houston 45-31 on Saturday night.
No. 17 Houston looking to avoid another ranked loss at SMU
DALLAS (AP) — SMU has only one win over a ranked team the past seven years. That is a game Houston certainly remembers.
The No. 17 Cougars (7-1, 4-0 American) are ranked again just in time for their trip north to Dallas to play SMU (3-5, 2-2) on Saturday night.
King totals 7 TDs, Houston beats No. 21 USF 57-36
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Major Applewhite said quarterback D'Eriq King was everything the Cougars thought he could be and more.
King showed that Saturday.
King had a hand in a career-high seven touchdowns, throwing for 419 yards and five scores and running for 134 yards and two more touchdowns in Houston's 57-36 victory over No. 21 South Florida.
King threw touchdown passes of 15, 38, 30, 52 and 27 yards and had scoring runs of 47 and 36 yards. He finished 28 of 41 passing.
King throws for 413 yards to lead Houston past Navy 49-36
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — For 30 minutes, Navy went touchdown for touchdown with high-powered Houston. Their confidence soaring, the Midshipmen went into the locker room at halftime poised to pull off a huge upset.
Few teams, however, can keep up with D'Eriq King and the mighty Cougars offense. Certainly not Navy, which was buried under a barrage of big plays and TDs in Houston's 49-36 victory Saturday.
Cougars coach knows what to expect against Texas Tech
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Houston coach Major Applewhite knows what to expect against Texas Tech after facing the Red Raiders as a player, assistant coach and a head coach over the past two decades.
"They always score points, have a great tempo, and they take the ball away," said Applewhite, who at Texas was a Big 12 quarterback at the same time as Kliff Kingsbury. "Defensively, they're holding you under 400 yards, and they have nine starters returning on defense. They're a very good football team."
Houston spoils Sumlin return, pounds Arizona 45-18
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback D'Eriq King and the rest of the Cougars' offense made it a miserable homecoming for Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin.
King threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Cougars hammered Arizona 45-18 on Saturday, dropping the Wildcats to 0-2 in Sumlin's first season.
Houston offense shines in 45-18 win over Arizona.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback D'Eriq King threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Cougars beat Arizona 45-18 on Saturday.
King finished with 246 passing and 31 rushing yards while Houston improved to 2-0 on the season.
King connected with Marquez Stevenson on a 24-yard TD pass, scored on a 1-yard run, then hit tight end Romello Brooker for a 52-yard score and a 21-0 Houston lead after one quarter.
Arizona, playing uphill the rest of the game, never recovered.
Texas pays $600,000 to settle Kearney discrimination lawsuit
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas agreed to pay $600,000 to settle former women's track coach Bev Kearney's race and gender discrimination lawsuit, according to documents released Monday.
Kearney and the school agreed to settle her nearly five-year-old lawsuit in June. Terms were released following public records requests from The Associated Press and other media outlets.
Kearney will receive about $277,450 with the rest going to her attorneys.
Lawsuit probing how Texas handled Applewhite misconduct case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A lawsuit by former Texas women's track coach Bev Kearney against the school is probing how administrators in the offices that investigate campus sexual misconduct handled former football assistant Major Applewhite's 2009 relationship with a student trainer on a bowl trip.
University of Houston hires Kendal Briles
HOUSTON (AP) — Kendal Briles, who was part of his father's Baylor football staff when the program was rocked by a sexual assault scandal, has been hired by the University of Houston.
Coach Major Applewhite announced Saturday the hire of Briles as the associate head football coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The scandal at Baylor led to Briles' father, Art Briles, being fired as head coach, and tattered the university's reputation.
Ex-track coach’s lawyers to question ex-top Texas officials
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former University of Texas president, former athletic director and former football coach Mack Brown all are scheduled to be questioned under oath next week in a sex and race discrimination lawsuit filed by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out after the school learned she had a romantic relationship with one of her athletes a decade earlier.
King’s late TD lifts Houston to 28-24 upset of No. 17 USF
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It turns out Major Applewhite was right.
His Houston Cougars had everything it took to beat previously unbeaten No. 17 South Florida on Saturday.
That included a young quarterback who didn't show his inexperience while getting his first extensive playing time in college and a defense that answered the coach's challenge to play a complete game.
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Major Applewhite says Cougars inconsistent on offense
Coach Major Applewhite said the University of Houston struggled offensively with a "lack of consistency across the board" in a 27-24 loss to Texas Tech.
Among the problems: four turnovers, dropped passes, missed assignments, third down-and-long situations and issues with the exchange on snaps.
"It was what you thought it was - a lack of inconsistency across the board," Applewhite said Monday during his weekly press conference.
Texas Tech looks to build on offensive success at Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Tech has the nation's top offense, and it's trying to keep it that way as the schedule gets tougher.
The Red Raiders (2-0) have averaged 54 points and 620.5 yards through their first two games, but things will get more challenging in Big 12 play. With Oklahoma State looming in the conference opener Sept. 30, Texas Tech faces a possible trap game when it plays at Houston (2-0) on Saturday.
Depending on traffic, the University of Houston and Rice are separated by roughly seven miles.
It's that proximity that makes the Bayou Bucket one of the unique rivalry games in college football, joining UCLA-Southern California as the only two feature two FBS schools from the same city.
After a three-year hiatus, the Bayou Bucket returns Saturday at TDECU Stadium.
"It's for bragging rights," UH coach Major Applewhite said.
Allen intercepted twice in debut, Houston holds on 19-16
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — After the Houston Cougars had to deal with a hurricane and devastating flooding in their home city, they finally got back to playing football Saturday night.
And gave Major Applewhite his first victory as a head coach.
Ex-Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen threw for 225 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice in his first game for Houston and the Cougars had to hold on to beat Arizona 19-16 in their week-delayed season opener.
After Harvey scrapped opener, Houston to start at Arizona
Hurricane Harvey delayed the head coaching debut of Major Applewhite at the University of Houston.
Now, while the massive cleanup continues at home, the Cougars open their season Saturday night at Arizona.
The Cougars canceled their season opener at UTSA last weekend as the city of Houston and surrounding areas faced catastrophic flooding.
Arizona Wildcats begin prepping for Houston, which seeks return to ‘normalcy’ amid Harvey havoc
The Arizona Wildcats used 23 freshmen and redshirt freshmen in their season opener. The experience enabled those players to get the first-game jitters out of their systems.
“We know we made a lot of mistakes,” UA coach Rich Rodriguez said. “You hope you can make a big advancement from Week 1 to Week 2.”
Playing that game, even against an FCS opponent in Northern Arizona, should be advantageous for Arizona. But not playing also can provide a tactical edge.
University of Houston postpones weekend games amid flooding
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Cougars could have played their football game at Texas-San Antonio on Saturday.
Instead they chose to postpone it, deciding there were things much more important than football this week with Houston besieged by catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
AUSTIN - Around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Major Applewhite walked into the hotel lobby of the University of Houston's temporary headquarters and immediately realized today was not a day for football.
He saw concern on his players' faces. He saw them anxiously texting and making phone calls, searching for any word from family members in the path of catastrophic flooding in Houston and the Texas coastal region.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to block a sex and race discrimination lawsuit filed against the University of Texas by former women's track coach Bev Kearney, who was forced out after the school learned of a romantic relationship with one of her athletes a decade earlier.
ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: After sitting out a year at UH, Carr shines in spring game
After sitting out the entire 2016 season after transferring from the University of Colorado, Patrick Carr turned some heads in the University of Houston's spring game last Saturday.
The sophomore from The Woodlands hustled his way to a game-high 122 yards and one touchdown as his Red Team defeated the White Team 51-33 at TDECU Stadium.
For 21/2 seasons the University of Houston could always lean on quarterback Greg Ward Jr. to make plays with his legs.
Need a couple of yards? All Ward had to do was take the snap, make a few spin moves and, suddenly, a busted play was good for 5, 7 or even 10 yards.
At the same time, Ward's ability to create yardage on his own masked some of the deficiencies in UH's run game.
To describe his first signing class, Major Applewhite jokingly went to the old playbook of coachspeak.
"Like 127 other head coaches, this is the greatest class we've ever had," the University of Houston coach said with a laugh.
Then he turned serious.
"I'm not going to fill it with clichés. Good class. Good players. Great families."