TENNESSEE ELITE FOOTBALL

Houston Cougars Look for a Signature Win Against the SEC

By EFN Staff
Writer
Published: 10/31/2015

Vanderbilt Commodores (3-4) at Houston Cougars (7-0)

Kickoff Time: Saturday, October 31, 7:00 PM
Location: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: ESPN2

No. 16 Houston (7-0) of the AAC seeks a signature win against a Power Five conference program when it hosts Vanderbilt (3-4) of the SEC. Vanderbilt and Houston met in football for the first and only other time in the BBVA Compass Bowl on January 4, 2014. The Commodores won that game 41-24.

Players to watch
  • Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham leads the team with 50 tackles, including eight for a loss, and two sacks.
  • Houston junior quarterback Greg Ward Jr. leads the country with 15 rushing touchdowns and ranks ninth in the country in total offense, averaging 344.4 yards per game. 

Key Stats

  • Vanderbilt sophomore quarterback Johnny McCrary leads the Commodores with 1,475 passing yards.
  • Vanderbilt ranks 13th in the nation in scoring defense (16.3 points per game), 22nd in total defense (316.6 yards per game) and 16th in run defense (109.9 yards per game).
  • The Commodores have lost seven straight games against ranked opponents dating back to 2013.
  • Houston is one of only four teams (Baylor, TCU and West Virginia) to rank in the top 30 nationally in both rushing offense (seventh, 291.6 yards per game) and passing offense (30th, 269.6 yards per game).
  • Cougars senior linebacker Elandon Roberts leads the nation in solo tackles (56) and is fourth in quarterback sacks (nine), while junior linebacker Steven Taylor is fifth in the country in sacks (eight).
  • Cougars senior running back Kenneth Farrow rushed for a career-high 167 yards against Central Florida last time out.

Injuries

  • Vanderbilt senior wide receiver Kris Kentera (undisclosed) and sophomore linebacker Nigel Bowden are listed as questionable for the game.
  • Houston sophomore offensive lineman Marcus Oliver (ankle) and sophomore wide receiver Linell Bonner (hamstring) are listed as questionable.
  • Farrow is probable after completing the concussion protocol.