Tom Herman isn't a man to be trifled with, and he's built a program that, when focused, can play with anyone in America. Tonight they hammered home that point by hammering #5 Louisville 36-10.
Here's What We Saw:
We sorta figured...
Houston's defense is elite. The Coogs held Louisville's top rated offense to season lows in yards and points. They also sacked Lamar Jackson 10 times. More than the sacks, Houston prevented Louisville's rushing attack, led by Jackson from getting off the ground. That allowed the Cougars to play ahead of the chains and pin their ears back to get after the pocket. Ed Oliver who was injured in the second half will be nightmare fuel for Jackson and his offensive line. The freshman from Westfield looked like a younger, faster, quicker, more instinctual Warren Sapp.
It was over when...
Houston jumped out to a 31 point first half lead. Louisville disintegrated on national TV. It's offensive line literally fell over, false started, and held its way to complete failure. The Cougar offense relied on short fields and trickeration to jump out to a lead and then did the most important thing, they kept scoring.
We thought it was genius when...
Houston used their 27 year old Australian punter to throw for a fourth down conversion. Tom Herman and Todd Orlando new they had to steal possessions away from Louisville's potent offense, so they deployed the Thunder from Down Under to run a fake punt and keep Houston's offense on the field. Genius.
Well we assume Greg Fenves from Austin is contacting Tom Herman's people to set up an interview. But before then, Houston travels to Memphis, an infinitely lose-able game for Houston.