What We Saw: Houston 31 UCF 24

Houston's problem in 2016, or at least what's left of it, will be motivation. A team that's goal was to make the playoff, now isn't even in the running to win its division. Add to that the Coogs are going to catch everyones A game, especially within the league. Yesterday was a case study for the problem with an improving UCF team coming to TDECU. Here's what we saw...

- Flat, Flat, Flat. Tom Herman's going to that getting his team up for opponents week to his going to be priority one. That didn't happen yesterday. The Cougars came out flat and UCF took advantage to the tune of a 21-3 halftime lead. The game mirrored Houston's trip to Dallas a week before, a slow start followed by an uphill climb. This week Houston was able to climb out.

- Dominate Second Half. Houston held the Knights to 29 yards of offense in the second half, caused three turnovers in the final two quarters and scored 28 unanswered to pull out the victory. In the third quarter UCF had a grand total of minus 5 total yards. 

- Turnovers Once Again Key Houston's Success. In the first half Houston turned the ball over four times in the first half and then, as Houston is prone to do, the Cougars caused three second half turnovers to take over the game. We've written about how much the Cougars success is based on their ability to win the turnover battle, yesterday was exhibit A. 

Houston gets a week off before welcoming Tulane to TDECU.

Posted on October 30, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, Houston.