UH Cougars looking for big win against ranked opponent Friday

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It's a matchup of the Cougars on Friday inside NRG Stadium.

The UH Cougars are 1-1 going into Friday's matchup against Washington State at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN, and it's already their second game against a ranked opponent.

Washington State is ranked No. 20 in the country, and they've been one of the top teams with Mike Leach at the helm.

Both teams are big fans of a pass-heavy offense, putting up big numbers each game. Washington State is averaging 58.5 PPG through the first two games.

Houston is averaging 34 PPG, led by senior QB D'Eriq King.

A win over a top 20 team would do wonders for Dana Holgorsen and the Cougars overall. This is only Holgorsen's third game as head coach of the program.

In what was expected to be a shootout, no scoring occurred until midway through the second quarter. D'Eriq King and Marquez Stevenson connected on a 13-yard TD that capped off a 15-play drive.

Washington St. immediately responded with a five-play, 72-yard TD drive of its own with 5:36 left in the first half.

King scored a rushing TD late in the second quarter, and it was his 14th consecutive game with a passing and rushing TD.

Gleson Sprewell had a beautiful INT in the end zone for the Cougars to end the half, perfectly timing the ball and coming into the coverage .
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