FORT WORTH, Texas — The Houston Cougars wrapped up their football season with an 8-5 record and champs of the Armed Forces Bowl, but it certainly did not look that way with 13:58 left in the fourth quarter when they were trailing the Pittsburgh Panthers 31-6.
But the Cougars would stage one of the most amazing comebacks in college football history. Houston would score 22 points in just 2:42 of the fourth quarter as they stun Pitt 35-34 to win the bowl game.
“These kids are tough kids,” Houston interim head coach David Gibbs said. “They’re resilient. And I think Coach Herman is stepping into a great situation. I wanted to make sure, when he turned the tape on, he saw kids playing hard and kids fighting. And, really, that’s what we do. These kids are – they’re special.”
Quarterback Greg Ward, Jr threw for 274 yards and three scores and added another 92 yards on the ground. Running back Kenneth Farrow led the Cougars in rushing with 103 yards and added two touchdowns.
“It’s just great to win,” Farrow said. “Hats off to our whole team for playing hard all the way through. This was special because it was so close to home. I had a lot of family and friends here, and that made it even more special. Unbelievable.”
UH was coached by David Gibbs who served as interim coach. The Cougars fired head coach Tony Levine after the regular season and have named Tom Herman as the coach for 2015 season.
The Pittsburgh Panthers were without their head coach, Paul Chryst, who left to become the new head coach for Wisconsin. Panthers were coached by Joe Rudolph for the bowl game but will be handing the coaching title to Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. The Panthers finish their season with a 6-7 record.