MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Freshman quarterback David Piland passed for a career-high five touchdowns and Houston routed Memphis 56-17 in a Conference USA game Saturday night.
Piland completed 20 of 23 passes for 292 yards, with two scoring tosses to Patrick Edwards. The Cougars (5-3, 4-1) improved the conference's highest-scoring average to 41.5 points a game with their second-highest output of the season, and remained tied with Southern Methodist in the league standings.
Piland, who made his debut Oct. 9 against Mississippi State with a career-high 301 yards passing, has performed with uncommon poise. In each of his four games, he has passed for at least 233 yards.
Edwards also returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown. Teammate Michael Hayes had 123 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.
Gregory Ray had 176 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for Memphis (1-7, 0-5).
|MEM||Paulo Henriques 39 yd FG|
|HOU||Patrick Edwards 15 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Michael Hayes 1 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Patrick Edwards 74 yd punt return (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Patrick Edwards 54 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Michael Hayes 22 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Justin Johnson 4 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||James Cleveland 33 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|MEM||Gregory Ray 5 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|HOU||E.J. Smith 54 yd pass from Terrance Broadway (Matt Hogan kick)|
|MEM||Cannon Smith 1 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||9-13||3-10|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-2||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||75||163|
|Punt Return Yds||74||0|
|Time of Poss.||30:48||29:12|
|HOU: Michael Hayes 20-123, Chris Wilson 18-95, Terrance Broadway 4-19, Tyron Carrier 1-19, Bryce Beall 2-9, David Piland 2-2, Team 4--19|
|MEM: Gregory Ray 23-176, Jerrell Rhodes 8-26, Cannon Smith 5-22, Ryan Williams 5-4, Billy Foster 1-1|
|HOU: David Piland 20-23-292-0, Terrance Broadway 4-4-111-0|
|MEM: Ryan Williams 2-7-27-0, Cannon Smith 2-5-65-1|
|HOU: E.J. Smith 5-89, James Cleveland 5-84, Patrick Edwards 4-78, Tyron Carrier 3-31, Michael Hayes 2-36, Kierrie Johnson 2-26, Justin Johnson 2-14, Isaiah Sweeney 1-45|
|MEM: Marcus Rucker 2-65, Curtis Johnson 1-18, Deven Onarheim 1-9|
|Houston||4th American Athletic||5-3||8-4|
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