The Aztecs put up 34 unanswered on a Houston team that once again hit the low end of the roller coaster. The Cougar's new head coach Major Applewhite will need to wait nine months for a shot as his first win.
Here's what we saw...
It was over when...
San Diego State punched back. The Cougars got out to a decent start, two ten play drives and a 10-0 lead had the Cougars out of the gate quick. Then then the taps turned off. San Diego State turned a 10-6 halftime deficit into a 24 point drubbing. After back to back ten play drives the Cougars' next four drives failed to deliver a first down and totaled 11 plays.
Where was the run?
For the third time in four games the Cougars failed to run for 100 yards. For the first time all season the Cougars failed to rush for more than 30 yards. Well, technically 26 yards. Houston put together a 41 carry 25 yard day on Saturday. They were out-physicaled by San Diego State, the Aztecs' M.O. That was Houston's M.O., physical downhill running. That's not the case anymore and if Applewhite wants to get this program back on the national state, he'll need to re-discover that physicality.
When Houston was interested, times were good.
Houston ends its season 9-4, with wins over top 10 Oklahoma and Louisville and losses to SMU, Navy, Memphis, and San Diego State. Houston was taken to the final buzzer by both UCF and Tulsa at home. It's safe to say that Houston had more talent than those teams, in some cases loads more, but what it lacked was interest. When the bright lights and big stage came Houston was more than ready. Ask Lamar Jackson. When the stakes weren't as high the Cougars were average. Houston should look back at 2016 as a year where they left a lot of meat on the bone.
Houston enters them most important offseason in several years. They open 2017 at UTSA.