Scores

Final

Southern 13

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Houston 62

(1-0, 1-0 home)

8:30 PM ET, August 30, 2013

Reliant Stadium, HOUSTON, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SOU 0 6 7 013
HOU 10 17 14 2162

Top Performers

Passing: D. Joseph (SOU) - 268 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Jackson (HOU) - 10 CAR, 120 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Spencer (HOU) - 9 REC, 102 YDS, 2 TD

Jackson leads Houston to 62-13 win over Southern

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Ryan Jackson rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead Houston to a 62-13 win over Southern in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

David Piland was 15 of 23 for 148 yards and a touchdown and John O'Korn threw for 107 yards and three touchdowns in a backup role. Kenneth Farrow added 97 yards on the ground for the Cougars, which piled up 627 yards of offense -- 372 on the ground -- in their first game in the American Athletic Conference.

Daniel Spencer caught nine passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third score for Houston, which was penalized 14 times for 126 yards.

Southern's Dray Joseph finished 27 of 36 for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Samuel Altman caught four passes for 74 yards and a score and Willie Quinn had six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson rushed for an 8-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game to begin the scoring, and after the Jaguars cut Houston's lead to 13-6 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Joseph to Altman with 8:26 left in the second quarter, the Cougars took just over two minutes to up the lead to 14 on Jackson's second touchdown of the game, this one from 15 yards out.

The Cougars extended the lead to 27-6 with 2:34 remaining before the half on a 10-yard pass from Piland to Deontay Greenberry that followed a Southern turnover on a punt return.

Spencer extended the lead to 34-6 with a 45-yard touchdown run on a reverse down the right sideline just 39 seconds into the second half.

Joseph would close the Jaguars back to within 21 on a 38-yard touchdown pass to Willie Quinn with 12:47 to go in the third.

Following a Tomme Mark interception of Joseph, O'Korn found Spencer for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 9:37 left in the third. O'Korn found Spencer again for an 11-yard score to begin the fourth. He added a touchdown pass of 9 yards to John Leday late in the fourth.

Justin Hicks went in from a yard out midway through the fourth for Houston's fourth rushing touchdown of the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SOU
HOU
1st Downs1735
Total Yards372627
Passing268255
Rushing104372
Penalties10-9114-126
3rd Down Conversions5-134-13
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers40
Possession30:2029:40

Passing Leaders

Southern UniversityC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Joseph27/362687.421
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Piland15/231486.410

Rushing Leaders

Southern UniversityCARYDSAVGTDLG
Coleman22914.1015
Joseph362.006
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson1012012.0216
Farrow20974.9017

Receiving Leaders

Southern UniversityRECYDSAVGTDLG
Quinn67712.8138
Altam47418.5145
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Spencer910211.3220
Greenberry67011.7121

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSOUHOU
TD12:10Ryan Jackson 8 Yd Run (Richie Leone Kick)
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07
FG03:20Richie Leone 30 Yd
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010
SECOND QUARTERSOUHOU
FG14:03Richie Leone 38 Yd
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013
TD08:26Samuel Altam 19 Yd Pass From Dray Joseph (Pat Blocked)
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613
TD06:11Ryan Jackson 15 Yd Run (Richie Leone Kick)
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620
TD02:34Deontay Greenberry 10 Yd Pass From David Piland (Richie Leone Kick)
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627
THIRD QUARTERSOUHOU
TD14:21Daniel Spencer 45 Yd Run (Richie Leone Kick)
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634
TD12:47Willie Quinn 38 Yd Pass From Dray Joseph (Greg Pittman Kick)
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1334
TD09:37Daniel Spencer 9 Yd Pass From John O'Korn (Richie Leone Kick)
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1341
FOURTH QUARTERSOUHOU
TD14:21Daniel Spencer 11 Yd Pass From John O'Korn (Richie Leone Kick)
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1348
TD07:22Justin Hicks 1 Yd Run (Kyle Bullard Kick)
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1355
TD02:45John Leday 9 Yd Pass From John O'Korn (Kyle Bullard Kick)
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1362