HOUSTON, Sporting Alert – College football scores and results from Week 5 on Thursday night, with one AP Top 25 team in action.
At the TDECU Stadium in Texas, Greg Ward Jr. threw for a career-high 389 yards and accounted for five touchdowns to lead No. 6 Houston to a 42-14 win over Connecticut.
Ward Jr., who is one of the early contenders for the Heisman Trophy this season, went 32 of 38 on completed passes and threw three touchdown tosses, while running for another 65 yards and two scores.
Linell Bonner had 12 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown, Steven Dunbar had five catches for 97 yards and a TD, while Dillon Birden ran for a score for the Cougars (5-0, 2-0 American), who avenged last season’s 20-17 loss to the Huskies when they had their 10-0 start snapped.
“We never use the word revenge,” Houston coach Tom Herman said. “The word we used was atonement — to make a wrong a right.
“We had a chance to atone for the transgressions of last year’s team.”
Ward Jr. missed last year’s game against UConn because of an injury, but Herman played down the importance of Thursday night’s battle.
“I think Ward’s got a chip on his shoulder every week, I don’t know that it was any bigger this week,” Herman n.oted
“I think the whole team had a juice and a pep in their step knowing what this opponent did to last year’s team and they wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again.”
Ward Jr. picked up his scores with 30 and 10 yards runs, while finding , McCloskey, Dunbar and Bonner with 3, 15 and 4 yard passes before being replaced by Kyle Postma with 12 minutes remaining.
Meanwhile, Noel Thomas had a career-high 135 yards receiving with six catches and caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Bryant Shirreffs for Connecticut.
Quarterback Shirreffs threw for 239 yards on 13 of 29 passes and one touchdown and ran for a score in the defeat for the Huskies (2-3, 0-2).
“Losing is terrible,” UConn head coach Bob Diaco said. “We obviously wanted to finish phase one of our season better than 2-3.
“A play here and a play there, and that would have been the case.”
Hergy Mayala took six catches for 92 yards.
The Cougars visit Navy on Oct. 8 in their next outing, while Connecticut faces Cincinnati at home on the same day.