Houston Cougar QB, Greg Ward (left), Louisville Cardinal LB, James Burgess Jr. (right).
Houston Cougar QB, Greg Ward (left), Louisville Cardinal LB, James Burgess Jr. (right).

Yesterday, around noon, I watched my school’s football team get tested for the first time this year. With the Cougars’ blow out win against Tennessee Tech last Saturday, I couldn’t be too impressed with what I saw yet. But yesterday was different, on a small 15 inch computer, I witnessed Greg ‘Manziel’ Ward pass for 3 touchdowns.Two of which came in the fourth quarter. Melvin and I nicknamed him ‘Manziel’ because Greg always tends to scramble out of the pocket at the right moments. To gain extra yards and to keep the chains moving. He did exactly that yesterday with 98 yards rushing on 21 carries. Against one of the ACC’s top defenses in the Louisville Cardinals. Who also had their splashes of greatness keeping the Cougars from scoring in the red zone multiple times. The defense also forced a turnover with an interception by CB Chucky Williams. But that effort wouldn’t prove to be enough against the H’Town Takeover.

The game was tied at 17 going into the fourth quarter. Sitting and watching I couldn’t tell who would grab the momentum. Then my question was answered as the Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino made a quarterback substitution at the start of the fourth quarter. Freshman Lamar Jackson headed to the bench as the sophomore Kyle Bolin stepped in. In his small window of time Kyle passed for 157 yards on 10-of-18 attempts. Scoring two touchdowns against the Houston Cougar defense. The connection between Micky Crum and Kyle was instant after the substitution as he made 3 straight passes to the freshman tight end including a 29-yard touchdown pass. Seems like a great decision. But still not enough to get the win.

As time dwindled in the fourth, Greg had a little more left in the tank. As he made plays with his feet on two 3rd and long occasions. Completed two go ahead touchdowns. None more important than the 15-yard fade route to wide receiver Demarcus Ayers to take the lead for the final time. Those two have a great chemistry that I personally can not wait to continue to watch unfold. Louisville had a shot to tie with a 52-yard field goal but came up short. Houston then got the ball back and finished them off with a knee to the turf!

I am personally excited for my school and for our football team. This was undoubtedly Tom Herman’s biggest win as our head coach and it’s time for more. Until then, it was written!

Credits: Espn.com (For the stats), Houston Chronicle (For the photo).

-Terrence Whaley