The South Florida Bulls hadn’t scored an offensive touchdown in the entire month of October coming into Thursday but they gave the Houston Cougars a major scare on Halloween. With Houston possibly looking ahead to their showdown against the Central Florida Knights, USF came out swinging and nearly knocked off the Cougars in what would have been a stunning AAC upset. But Houston held on thanks to some fortunate breaks and a stellar game from quarterback John O’Korn.
With six minutes left in the game, USF took over at the Houston 26-yard line after a muffed punt trailing by five points. Mike White, making his first start for the Bulls, played well all night long and appeared to have the go-ahead touchdown pass to Andre Davis following the turnover. But an offensive pass interference penalty negated the play (much to Willie Taggart‘s chagrin) and Houston forced a fumble the very next play on a sack that was recovered by the Cougars at midfield. From there, O’Korn led a drive down the field that ended with a touchdown and iced the game for Houston with just 1:40 to play.
O’Korn finished the night completing 22 of 27 passes for 263 yards with three touchdowns in the win. Deontay Greenberry continued his dominance over AAC defenses catching four passes for 106 yards and a touchdown while running back Kenneth Farrow added a rushing and receiving touchdown on the night, including the final touchdown that sealed the win. With the late score, Houston extended their streak as the only FBS team to score in every quarter this season.
Now, Houston will turn their attention to UCF and their shot at putting themselves at the top of the AAC standings. There will be plenty of coachable moments from this game that the Cougars will use to get better this week as they try and make a move for a conference title. Some nights, you just have to survive and get to next week. Houston was able to do just that on Thursday and stay on schedule for an AAC championship.