Houston 21

(2-1, 1-1 away)

LA-Lafayette 14

(0-3, 0-2 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 13, 2003

Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Jackie Battle ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns as Houston held off winless and punchless Louisiana-Lafayette, 21-14.

Battle carried 15 times, including TD runs of four yards in the second quarter and 12 yards in the third period, helping the Cougars (2-1) open a 21-7 lead.

Battle was part of a relentless ground game that amassed 256 yards. Quarterback Kevin Kolb had 92 yards on 14 carries and Anthony Evans added 71 on 15 rushes.

Kolb also completed 8-of-18 passes for 157 yards, an interception and a 62-yard TD pass to Brandon Middleton that gave Houston a 14-7 lead with 10:13 left in the third quarter. Middleton caught four passes for 120 yards.

Although Louisiana-Lafayette was outgained, 413-196, it broke through for its second and third touchdowns of the season. The Ragin' Cajuns (0-3) suffered a 14-7 loss to South Carolina in their opener and a 34-3 pounding at the hands of Louisiana Tech.

Lafayette could not get anything going through the air. Jerry Babb was just 5-of-22 for 57 yards and was sacked twice.

Babb had a one-yard TD run with 1:46 left in the first half, pulling the Cajuns into a 7-7 tie. In the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Dwight Lindon ran two yards for a score, making it 21-14.

Travis Smothers carried 23 times for 88 yards for Lafayette, which has lost the last six meetings between the schools.