Houston rolls UConn, stays perfect under Herman/Ward Jr. tandem

Tom Herman has entered 16 games as Houston‘s head coach with Greg Ward Jr. as his starting quarterback, and the Cougars have emerged victorious in every single one.

Not only that but those 16 games have seen the Cougars outscore their opponents by an insane 728-326 margin.

The pairing of coach and quarterback is as good as any in the country, and the two of them exercised the only demon on Herman’s record with Houston, thrashing UConn 42-14 on Thursday night to go 5-0 on the campaign.

It was late November last season when Herman sustained his only loss as the Cougars’ boss, a 20-17 road defeat to an inspired Huskies team as Ward watched from the sidelines, out with injury.

The electric senior showed Thursday what that outcome likely would have been had he dressed last year, throwing for 389 yards and three touchdowns and adding 65 yards and two scores on the ground. Ward only had six incomplete passes all night, the second straight game he’s registered that shockingly low figure.

Herman made his name as the offensive coordinator for Ohio State during the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship season. Seamlessly transitioning from Braxton Miller to J.T. Barrett to Cardale Jones at the quarterback position, the 41-year-old showed he’s arguably the best in the country at coaching the position.

That talent is glaringly obvious in the production of Ward under his watch, who now has some astonishing numbers in 16 games with Herman.

Games Passing Yards Rushing Yards Total TD
16 4153 1286 51

With the win, Houston continued its push for the college football playoffs. And with a very manageable schedule remaining, it’s looking more and more likely that the Nov. 17th home game against No. 3 Louisville will be the deciding game.

While the Cardinals have looked fantastic thus far in 2016, a very difficult road game against No. 5 Clemson looms this weekend. Regardless of what Louisville’s record is entering the mid-November matchup, provided Ward is healthy, it’s probably a safe bet Houston will be undefeated.

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