HOUSTON (AP) - Charles Sims set a career high with 210 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns, leading Houston to a 44-21 victory over North Texas on Saturday night.
Sims opened the scoring with a 5-yard run to cap the first drive of the game, then took a screen pass from David Piland 27 yards for another touchdown just before halftime. That put the Cougars (2-3) ahead 31-14.
Sims' previous career high was 207 yards rushing in last season's 73-17 victory over Tulane.
Piland, who was 31 of 41 for 321 yards, also connected with Dewayne Peace on a 16-yard score and added a rushing touchdown, as did Kenneth Farrow. Matt Hogan made all three of his field-goal attempts, including a 50-yarder, as Houston improved to 7-7 against the Mean Green (2-4).
Brandin Byrd led North Texas with 96 yards rushing, and Jeremy Brown, Antoinne Jimmerson and quarterback Derek Thompson ran for scores.
|HOU||Charles Sims 5 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||DeWayne Peace 16 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 21 yd FG|
|NTEXAS||Antoinne Jimmerson 1 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|HOU||Kenneth Farrow 48 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|NTEXAS||Jeremy Brown 48 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 27 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|NTEXAS||Derek Thompson 7 yd run (Zach Olen kick)|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 50 yd FG|
|HOU||David Piland 5 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 23 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||5-14||4-10|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-3||0-1|
|Kick Return Yds||91||33|
|Punt Return Yds||0||0|
|Time of Poss.||34:28||25:32|
|NTEXAS: Brandin Byrd 19-96, Jeremy Brown 7-80, Antoinne Jimmerson 9-37, Derek Thompson 3-9, Brelan Chancellor 2-9|
|HOU: Charles Sims 21-210, Kenneth Farrow 8-85, David Piland 2-13, Ryan Jackson 3--1, Team 2--2, Ronnie Williams 1--3|
|NTEXAS: Derek Thompson 20-38-252-2|
|HOU: David Piland 31-41-321-0, Charles Sims 0-1-0-0|
|NTEXAS: Ivan Delgado 4-85, Brelan Chancellor 4-44, Derrick Teegarden 3-30, Darnell Smith 2-28, Drew Miller 2-12, Jeremy Brown 1-36, Antoinne Jimmerson 1-10, Tanner Smith 1-4, Brandin Byrd 1-3, Carlos Harris 1-0|
|HOU: DeWayne Peace 9-83, Deontay Greenberry 6-71, Charles Sims 5-55, Shane Ros 4-61, Daniel Spencer 4-32, Xavier Maxwell 1-8, Marcus Williams 1-8, Kenneth Farrow 1-3|
|North Texas||2nd Conference USA West||6-2||8-4|
|Houston||4th American Athletic||5-3||8-4|