Scores

Final

Houston 56

(5-3, 4-1 American)

Memphis 17

(1-7, 0-5 American)

7:00 PM ET, October 30, 2010

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 7 28 14 756
MEM 3 0 0 1417

Top Performers

Passing: D. Piland (HOU) - 292 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: G. Ray (MEM) - 23 CAR, 176 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Edwards (HOU) - 4 REC, 78 YDS, 2 TD

Houston 56, Memphis 17

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Freshman quarterback David Piland passed for a career-high five touchdowns and Houston routed Memphis 56-17 in a Conference USA game Saturday night.

Piland completed 20 of 23 passes for 292 yards, with two scoring tosses to Patrick Edwards. The Cougars (5-3, 4-1) improved the conference's highest-scoring average to 41.5 points a game with their second-highest output of the season, and remained tied with Southern Methodist in the league standings.

Piland, who made his debut Oct. 9 against Mississippi State with a career-high 301 yards passing, has performed with uncommon poise. In each of his four games, he has passed for at least 233 yards.

Edwards also returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown. Teammate Michael Hayes had 123 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Gregory Ray had 176 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for Memphis (1-7, 0-5).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
MEM
1st Downs3715
Total Yards651321
Passing40392
Rushing248229
Penalties7-453-21
3rd Down Conversions9-133-10
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers11
Possession30:4829:12

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Piland20/2329212.750
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith2/56513.001

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hayes201236.2116
Wilson18955.3024
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ray231767.7134
Rhodes8263.307

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith58917.8154
Cleveland58416.8133
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rucker26532.5047
Johnson11818.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUMEM
FG09:57Paulo Henriques 39 Yd 03
TD06:44Patrick Edwards 15 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 73
SECOND QUARTERHOUMEM
TD09:09Michael Hayes 1 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 143
TD08:09Patrick Edwards 74 Yd Punt Return (Matt Hogan Kick) 213
TD05:41Patrick Edwards 54 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 283
TD01:12Michael Hayes 22 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 353
THIRD QUARTERHOUMEM
TD11:25Justin Johnson 4 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 423
TD05:33James Cleveland 33 Yd Pass From David Piland (Matt Hogan Kick) 493
FOURTH QUARTERHOUMEM
TD14:21Gregory Ray 5 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 4910
TD12:41E.J. Smith 54 Yd Pass From Terrance Broadway (Matt Hogan Kick) 5610
TD09:50Cannon Smith 1 Yd Run (Paulo Henriques Kick) 5617