Kolb passes, runs over rare territory in loss
HOUSTON -- Kevin Kolb etched his name into history only because he had to.
On Saturday night, the Houston freshman became the fourth Division I-A player to throw for at least 400 yards and rush for 100, according to the NCAA record book.
Kolb led a game-long comeback charge that came up just short in a 62-55 loss to No. 15 TCU.
"The coaches told me I was going to have to run a little bit more this week, and it just opened up for me," said Kolb, a prized prospect out of Stephenville, where Houston coach Art Briles installed his offensive system when he coached there in the 1990s.
Kolb threw for 434 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 144 yards and a score.
The first player to go 400-100 was Mississippi's Archie Manning, who threw for 436 yards and ran for another 104 at Alabama on Oct. 4, 1969. A generation later, New Mexico's Ned James repeated the feat with 406 yards passing and 118 yards rushing against Wyoming on Nov. 1, 1986.
The most recent occurrence was Nov. 17, 2001, when Northwestern's Zak Kustok threw for 421 yards and ran for 111 against Bowling Green.
The 578 yards of total offense for Kolb (pronounced "Cobb") tied Louisville's Chris Redman and Houston's David Klingler for seventh all-time, but both of those players did it almost entirely through the air.
Redman, in fact, lost 14 yards on the ground.
Kolb's night left TCU coach Gary Patterson, a defensive coach throughout his career, sounding more like the loser even though his own offense put up a school-record 782 yards to save the game.
"The bottom line is that we couldn't tackle their quarterback," said Patterson, whose ninth-ranked defense against a weak schedule plummeted to No. 31 in Division I-A after Saturday's forgettable performance. "We didn't have a good practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. We have to get our legs back under us, especially on the defensive line."
The only reason Kolb had such a big day was because Houston fell behind 21-3 early and the Cougars' equally porous defense never managed to stop TCU behind backup quarterback Brandon Hassell, who threw for four touchdowns.
The Horned Frogs also racked up 407 yards rushing and seemed to score at will, forcing Kolb to return fire throughout the three-hour, 52-minute game.
But Kolb, who rushed for 197 yards in high school, was up to the task and seemed to surprise the Frogs with his running ability.
Briles came away impressed with his team's refusal to quit -- Kolb threw an overhand lateral to Vincent Marshall for a 36-yard TD run in the final 2 minutes -- and Kolb echoed his coach.
"We think we can hang with anybody, as long as we play like we did," Kolb said. "We play as a team and I think we're still coming together as a team. Nobody's really giving us respect, and that's what we're trying to earn right now.
"Hopefully, we earned a little bit tonight fighting them like we did."
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