HOUSTON (AP) -- Leading Houston to its first 4-0 start since 1990
was an emotional moment for the Cougars' Kevin Kolb.
Kolb outdueled Bobby Reid by throwing for 313 yards and four
touchdowns to propel Houston to the 34-25 win over Oklahoma State
on Saturday night.
"I wanted to cry when I walked off the field tonight," he
said. "It was everything we've been waiting for."
Kolb, who is the active career leader in Division I-A
completions, passing yards and total offense, had touchdown passes
of 42, 33, 27 and 7 yards. He was 21-of-28.
Reid, who is from the Houston area, kept the Cowboys (3-1) in
the game and finished with 281 yards passing and three touchdowns.
He also had 85 yards rushing.
Houston coach Art Briles was ecstatic that his team was able to
perform in its first big test of the season.
"There has always been that question mark out there of can we
win the big game," Briles said. "Are we this good? I wonder about
these things. Right now you can throw all of questions away. It
doesn't mean it's going to stay that way because you have to prove
yourself each week. For these 60 minutes this week we were a pretty
good football team."
Houston's next test: Traveling to Miami to face the Hurricanes
The Cougars took advantage of an overturned call to take a 24-17
lead just before halftime.
Jeron Harvey caught a short pass from Kolb and was trying for
extra yards when the ball was stripped by Rodrick Johnson and
recovered by Oklahoma State.
Briles challenged the call and it was overturned, with the
official saying Harvey's forward progress was stopped before the
"I thought it was a fumble. The guy was standing straight up
and the ball coughed out," said Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.
Kolb's pass into a crowd of three Houston players and two
Oklahoma State defenders was tipped by Harvey and Vincent Marshall
made a diving catch for the 27-yard touchdown.
Briles said that play is something they work on "four or five
times a week" in practice.
"He (Marshall) told the guys to tip it up, and he would dive in
to catch it," Briles said. "You have to have plays that to win
Kolb responded by throwing his fourth touchdown, a perfect
7-yard pass to Biren Ealy, who was tightly covered in the end zone
but made the catch to extend Houston's lead to 34-25 early in the
fourth quarter. The Cougars kept that drive alive by converting a
fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard run by Jackie Battle, who finished with
108 yards on 17 carries.
Most of the crowd of 28,260 -- the third-largest in Robertson
Stadium history -- remained until the end despite heavy rain that
began with about 12 minutes left in the game.
Oklahoma State threatened with about eight minutes left, but
Ernest Miller broke up a pass from Reid on fourth-and-2 from the 5.
With less than three minutes to play, the Cougars again stopped a
Cowboys drive inside the 5, when Houston recovered Crosslin's
fumble on the 1-yard line.
"The red zone defense saved us tonight," Briles said. "Our
guys did an outstanding job defensively of making big plays when
they had to. That's what won us the game."
Reid also had touchdown passes of 75 and 27 yards, and Adarius
Bowman finished with seven catches for 166 yards and a touchdown.
"I'm pretty happy with my performance but at the end of the day
it wasn't enough," Reid said. "In my opinion we should have won
that game and I just felt that if I had the ball more we would have
Houston had 74 plays for 509 yards and Oklahoma State had 49 for
"It was a tough one," Gundy said. "We need a lot of practice.
I think we had a lot of young players tonight make a lot of
Houston left tackle SirVincent Rogers left the game in the first
quarter with what appeared to be a left knee injury and did not
return. He was taken to a hospital but no update on his condition
was immediately available.
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