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.