Houston's explosive offense misfired early on Saturday, but the Cougars got on track soon thereafter and rolled to a dominating 59-10 road win against winless Central Florida. Here's a look at the high points from the game:
What the win means for Houston: The No. 21 Cougars remain undefeated (7-0, 4-0 American), continuing their strong campaign in coach Tom Herman's first season. With the Knights out of the way, the schedule begins to stiffen for the Cougars. The final month of Houston's season includes clashes with No. 18 Memphis and Navy, both of whom entered this weekend without a conference loss. Houston does have the benefit of having three of its final four games at home, with Cincinnati coming to town next weekend and the only remaining road game coming at Connecticut on Nov. 21. With the Cougars' eyes affixed on a New Year's Six bowl bid, the next four weeks figure to be tougher than their past three, which were wins by 21 points or more against SMU, Tulane and UCF.
What the loss means for UCF: The Knights' nightmarish season continues. They remain winless (0-8, 0-4) and despite showing some great fight early in the game, taking a 10-7 second-quarter lead, they couldn't sustain it, being outscored 52-0 the rest of the way. The four turnovers UCF committed were huge, as they led to 21 Houston points (14 in the first half on three first-half turnovers). The Knights' defensive effort in the first half is something to build on and they didn't allow Houston quarterback Greg Ward to explode on the ground (Ward finished with 46 rushing yards, well below his season average) but after playing Temple tough last week, letting this one get out of hand is a little disheartening for coach George O'Leary and Co.
The game turned when...: After not scoring on their first four offensive drives of the game, Houston kicked it into high gear in the second quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points to end the first half, turning a 10-7 deficit into a 24-10 halftime lead. The Cougars scored on seven consecutive drives spanning the second and third quarters, coming up with six touchdowns and one field goal while averaging a possession time of 1:36 per drive.
Player of the game: Houston running back Kenneth Farrow finished with a game-high 167 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound back also caught a 28-yard pass, and Saturday marked the senior's 10th 100-yard rushing performance. Houston is 9-1 when Farrow rushes for 100 yards or more.
Unsung hero: The Cougars' offensive line, which is without three starters because of injury, struggled early in the game as Central Florida's defensive line harassed Ward early. But from the second quarter on the unit was strong, especially in the running game, opening holes for touchdown runs of 26, 30, 29 and 24 yards by the Cougar running backs, Farrow and Ryan Jackson.