Houston at Memphis

Houston 56, Memphis 17


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).

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Scoring Summary
MEMPaulo Henriques 39 yd FG
HOUPatrick Edwards 15 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUMichael Hayes 1 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUPatrick Edwards 74 yd punt return (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUPatrick Edwards 54 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUMichael Hayes 22 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUJustin Johnson 4 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUJames Cleveland 33 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
MEMGregory Ray 5 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)
HOUE.J. Smith 54 yd pass from Terrance Broadway (Matt Hogan kick)
MEMCannon Smith 1 yd run (Paulo Henriques kick)
Team Stats
First Downs3715
Third Down Efficiency9-133-10
Fourth Down Efficiency1-20-0
Plays-Net Yards78-65154-321
Passing Yds40392
Kick Return Yds75163
Punt Return Yds740
Time of Poss.30:4829:12
Individual Stats
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
Houston3rd American Athletic West5-39-4

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