Cougars have late defensive push to defeat Cincinnati 40-16

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CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Houston Cougars had a short week to prepare for their conference opener on the road in Cincinnati. The sixth ranked team in the nation looked a little shaky in the beginning but they closed with a flurry to post an impressive 40-16 win over the Bearcats.

The Cougars had a costly turnover in the final minute of the first half when they were driving to build on their 10-7 lead but instead the Bearcats were able to kick a field goal and the game was tied at 10-10 at the half.

Houston would take the lead on a safety at 12-10 but when Greg Ward, Jr. threw an interception in the endzone killing another drive. Cincinnati took the lead to start the fourth quarter 16-10, but then in the fourth, it was all Cougars.

Ward would scramble for an 11-yard touchdown run to give the Cougars. Then the defense flexed their muscles by returning two pick-sixes.

The Cougars are back in action on September 24 when they face Texas State.