The first slate of Saturday afternoon college football games brought us the first major college football upset of the 2016 season, with the No. 15-ranked Houston Cougars knocking off the No. 3-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 33-23.
Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. out-dueled Oklahoma’s Heisman-hopeful Baker Mayfield, as Ward put up 321 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air. Mayfield did manage to toss for 323 yards and two touchdowns, but his unit’s rushing offense was limited, by Houston’s defense, to just 70 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
In the 10-point victory, it was actually special teams that proved to be the difference-maker this afternoon. Houston kicker Ty Cummings hit four of his four field goal attempts, all of which came in the first half. This allowed Houston to enjoy a 19-17 halftime lead.
Early in the third quarter, Houston cornerback Brandon Wilson took a missed Oklahoma field goal 100 yards down the field for a Cougar touchdown. The third quarter “kick-six” allowed Houston to extend its lead, and they never looked back. A late Mayfield to Mark Andrew 25-yard touchdown pass with a couple minutes to spare wasn’t enough for Bob Stoops’ Sooners to make a comeback.
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