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Houston appears focused early in the game

9/26/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I saw Houston notch the most significant victory in the school's recent history with an impressive triumph at No.5 Oklahoma State two weeks ago.

It's only human nature for a team to get a little chesty about that kind of victory, especially when the win puts it back in the Top 25 for the first time in more than 18 seasons.

I was wondering what kind of effect that would have on Houston's psyche coming into Saturday's game, especially with the largest crowd ever jammed into Robertson Stadium.

If the first five minutes of the game are any indication, the Cougars are ready.

An early fumble recovery by David Hunter after his own sack of Taylor Potts set up the Cougars in outstanding field position. Eight plays later, Case Keenum hooked up with James Cleveland on a 6-yard TD pass and the Cougars had an early lead.

If you missed the early score, don't worry. Something tells me we'll see a lot more before the game finishes.