Saturday was all about goodbyes for the College of Houston.
Dane Roy ran onto the sector draped in an Australian flag, honored together with 13 different seniors in a pregame ceremony.
Longtime athletics coach Mike “Doc” O’Shea introduced his retirement after a tenure that spanned 27 years and eight head soccer coaches.
So lengthy, 2019 season.
The Cougars’ season lastly, mercifully, got here to an finish with a 56-41 loss to Navy earlier than an introduced crowd of 22,824 at TDECU Stadium.
A few of the similar shortcomings had been current till the very finish. UH dedicated 5 turnovers – together with two inside Navy territory that led to touchdowns – and had no reply for the triple-option.
Cougars Further Factors: Navy 56, UH 41
With the loss, the Cougars completed with a 4-Eight document in coach Dana Holgorsen’s first season, the fewest for this system since going 3-Eight in 2004. UH additionally did not beat an FBS opponent with a successful document with the 4 wins in opposition to Prairie View A&M, North Texas, Connecticut and Tulsa.
From a grueling schedule of 4 video games in 19 days to open the season to “The Yr of the Redshirt” to sufficient offensive line mixtures to make quarterback Clayton Tune worry for his life, the Cougars’ destiny had lengthy been determined earlier than Saturday.
A dropping season. No bowl look.
However hope for the longer term.
“As soon as Sunday hits it’s about 2020,” Holgorsen mentioned concerning the begin of the offseason.
Like many video games this season, the Cougars remained aggressive into the second half and had a number of probabilities to tie or take the lead. They missed a subject aim and had two drives – which started after the protection made fourth down-and-short stops – finish on a pair of Tune interceptions.
Of the 24 gamers on offense and protection to begin the season finale, solely three (nostril guard Aymiel Fleming, extensive receiver Courtney Lark and working again Patrick Carr) had been seniors.
A snapshot that defines UH’s season: 35 gamers, both injured or utilizing a redshirt, spent the sport on the sideline sporting crimson hoodies. The Cougars may even lose to commencement left deal with Josh Jones, a mainstay on the offensive line and projected high-round NFL draft choose who missed the ultimate three video games with an ankle damage.
It will likely be an attention-grabbing offseason for the Cougars, who will watch for official phrase whether or not quarterback D’Eriq King and extensive receiver Keith Corbin, amongst others, will return subsequent season. The 2 gamers mentioned in late September they might play for UH in 2020.
Tune linked with Lark for a 26-yard landing to tug the Cougars inside 35-34 with 5:48 left within the third quarter.
UH’s protection made two fourth-down stops however the Cougars couldn’t capitalize, as Tune threw interceptions on back-to-back drives.
Navy put the sport away on Jamale Carothers’ fifth speeding landing of the sport and 18-yard run by Tyreek King-El.
Navy, the nation’s chief in speeding, solely tried 4 passes and completed with 447 yards on the bottom. Carothers had 188 speeding yards and Malcolm Perry added 146 yards and a landing.
Tune was 23-of-35 for 393 yards with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Marquez Stevenson had eight catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Tre’Von Bradley gave the Cougars an early lead with a 67-yard landing on the third play of the sport.
Navy and Houston mixed for 97 factors and 1,081 yards.
Dalton Witherspoon made a pair of subject objectives, setting the UH single-season document with 14 straight, till lacking extensive proper on a 23-yarder within the third quarter.
Dane Roy, a finalist for the Ray Man Award, didn’t have a punt within the recreation.
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