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Texas Tech snaps Houston's 16-game home winning streak

HOUSTON (AP) For a program that has become known for dynamic quarterback-wide receiver combinations, the next great one may have arrived for Texas Tech.

Nic Shimonek and Keke Coutee continued their hot start on Saturday, combining for 161 yards and a 77-yard touchdown in the Red Raiders' 27-24 win over Houston that snapped the Cougars' 16-game home winning streak.

''He's one of the best playmakers, if not the best playmaker, in the country,'' Shimonek said. ''I've said on numerous occasions he's one of those guys if I throw the ball behind the line of scrimmage he can take it to the house. That gives me confidence being able to throw it to him.

''He can make something happen with it and he catches basically everything I throw in his direction.''

In the opening three games for the Red Raiders (3-0), Shimonek and Coutee have hooked up for 446 yards and four scores on 28 catches, averaging 15.9 yards per grab.

''I think Keke and Nic have a great rapport,'' Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. ''They connected when we needed them.''

The 100-yard performance was the fifth of Coutee's career and second-straight this season.

Shimonek finished 29 of 45 for 321 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The interception was his first of the season after going 107 pass attempts without being picked off.

Houston (2-1) owned the nation's longest active home winning streak. The last home loss for the Cougars was Nov. 8, 2014, against Tulane, 31-24.

''This one stings,'' Houston coach Major Applewhite said. ''We have to get over it and move on and understand there are eight games left to play.''

The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Cougars against teams from Power 5 conferences. The last loss came to Vanderbilt 41-24 in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4, 2014.

''It was big, we know that nobody's won here in 16 games,'' Kingsbury said. ''Big time, Top 10 programs come in here and it's a tough place to play. It's hot; they've got a great stadium. I coached here for four years. Not many people beat us here. So I understand the level of pride that team takes, especially when a Power 5 team comes in. You get their best shot and we got their best shot.''

This is the first win for the Red Raiders against the Cougars in Houston since a 38-26 Southwest Conference game in the Astrodome on Nov. 25, 1995.

Houston quarterback Kyle Allen struggled, finishing 24 of 39 for 217 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Kyle Postma replaced Allen midway through the fourth quarter. Postma was 8 of 13 for 100 yards and a score. Postma - the leading rusher for the Cougars - also had four carries for 52 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown run.

''(Postma) was going to give us the best opportunity at that point when the complextion of the game changed and started to get that way coverage wise,'' Applewhite said. ''I thought he did a great job. Came in, took care of the football and led us on some scoring drives.''

Allen has started all three games this season for Houston.

''Every job is open,'' Applewhite said when asked about the quarterback position moving forward.

Neither Allen nor Postma were made available to the media following the game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders have started 3-0 for the fifth time in the last seven seasons and are 11-2 against non-conference opponents under Kliff Kingsbury.

Houston: The Cougars offense struggled mightily against Texas Tech. Allen has turned the ball over six times in his first three games as the Cougars' starting quarterback. Allen has thrown four interceptions and fumbled twice.

INJURY UPDATE

Texas Tech junior defensive back Vaughnte Dorsey was injured on kickoff coverage midway through the fourth quarter and was removed on a stretcher.

The injury, with 7:26 left in the fourth quarter, happened on the Houston sideline. The injury came after the Red Raiders had taken a 27-10 lead.

Kingsbury confirmed after the game, Dorsey had suffered a head injury and would be taken to a precautionary checkup.

''You go over there and check out what's going on. He seemed to be OK,'' Kingsbury said. ''It's awful to see that. You start praying.''

Dorsey did give thumbs up to the crowd as he was carted out of the stadium.

''From the feedback I got from the trainers, I think that was positive,'' Kingsbury said about the thumbs up. ''I don't want to go into details but I felt positive about that.''

UP NEXT

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders are home against No. 6 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Houston: The Cougars head to Philadelphia to face Temple on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:15
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
24
Touchdown 0:15
3-K.Postma complete to 15-L.Bonner. 15-L.Bonner runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
91
yds
01:27
pos
27
23
Point After TD 4:29
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
17
Touchdown 4:29
3-K.Postma runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
73
yds
02:57
pos
27
16
Point After TD 7:28
49-M.Barden extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
10
Touchdown 7:28
16-N.Shimonek complete to 4-J.Stockton. 4-J.Stockton runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
104
yds
01:15
pos
26
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:48
49-M.Barden extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
10
Touchdown 4:48
16-N.Shimonek complete to 2-K.Coutee. 2-K.Coutee runs 77 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
80
yds
00:25
pos
19
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:41
42-C.Novikoff extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
10
Touchdown 4:41
10-K.Allen complete to 4-D.King. 4-D.King runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
19
yds
00:29
pos
13
9
Field Goal 8:31
42-C.Novikoff 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
26
yds
2:32
pos
13
3
Point After TD 11:08
87-M.Ewton extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
0
Touchdown 11:08
32-D.Nisby runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
86
yds
00:00
pos
12
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:50
49-M.Barden 47 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
39
yds
3:21
pos
6
0
Field Goal 10:02
87-M.Ewton 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
17
yds
3:31
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 24
Rushing 6 8
Passing 12 13
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 5-17 6-19
4th Down Conv 1-2 3-3
Total Net Yards 506 414
Total Plays 78 84
Avg Gain 6.5 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 200 103
Rush Attempts 33 31
Avg Rush Yards 6.1 3.3
Net Yards Passing 306 311
Comp. - Att. 29-45 32-53
Yards Per Pass 6.8 5.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-15 1-6
Penalties - Yards 4-10 -1--8
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 6
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 4-4
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 7-40.3 7-40.4
Return Yards 49 76
Punts - Returns 2-1 2-3
Kickoffs - Returns 3-36 2-53
Int. - Returns 2-12 1-20
Kicking 5/7 4/4
Extra Points 3/3 3/3
Field Goals 2/4 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Texas Tech 3-0 677727
Houston 2-1 01001424
306 PASS YDS 311
200 RUSH YDS 103
506 TOTAL YDS 414
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Shimonek 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 321 2 1 134.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.6% 1248 11 1 184.9
N. Shimonek 29/45 321 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Stockton 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 102 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 196 2
J. Stockton 10 102 0 84
T. King 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 98 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 119 1
T. King 9 98 0 73
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
C. Batson 1 7 0 7
K. Coutee 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
K. Coutee 3 2 0 3
D. Nisby 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 2 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 104 1
D. Nisby 4 2 1 4
N. Shimonek 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 -52 0
N. Shimonek 5 -9 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Coutee 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 161 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 446 4
K. Coutee 11 161 1 77
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 164 1
C. Batson 7 52 0 18
D. Willies 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 223 2
D. Willies 4 41 0 13
D. Cantrell 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 229 2
D. Cantrell 2 34 0 28
J. Stockton 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 79 1
J. Stockton 2 22 1 20
J. High 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 41 0
J. High 1 6 0 6
T. Vasher 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
T. Vasher 1 5 0 5
D. Thompson 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 20 0
D. Thompson 0 0 0 0
Q. Shorts 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 30 1
Q. Shorts 0 0 0 0
T. King 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 16 0
T. King 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Mbanasor 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
N. Mbanasor 1-0 1.0 0
D. Allen 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Allen 0-0 0.0 1
J. Brooks 1 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Brooks 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Ewton 87 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/3 9/9
M. Ewton 1/3 32 1/1 4
M. Barden 49 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/2 4/4
M. Barden 1/1 47 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Panazzolo 85 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 40.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
13 39.2 1
D. Panazzolo 7 40.3 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Coutee 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 18.0 20 0
K. Coutee 2 18.0 20 0
J. High 88 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
J. High 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Batson 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.5 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 2.6 1 0
C. Batson 2 0.5 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Allen 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 217 1 2 106.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.9% 771 4 4 144.2
K. Allen 24/39 217 1 2
K. Postma 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 100 1 0 140.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.9% 145 1 0 139.4
K. Postma 8/14 100 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Postma 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 52 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 58 1
K. Postma 4 52 1 20
D. Catalon 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 41 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 150 1
D. Catalon 13 41 0 14
D. Birden 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 111 2
D. Birden 4 16 0 6
D. King 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
D. King 4 6 0 6
M. Car 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 60 1
M. Car 1 1 0 1
K. Allen 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 -21 0
K. Allen 4 -8 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Dunbar 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 83 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 212 0
S. Dunbar 6 83 0 20
L. Bonner 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 66 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 257 2
L. Bonner 7 66 1 21
D. King 4 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 50 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 50 1
D. King 5 50 1 21
A. Leslie 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 47 0
A. Leslie 2 36 0 29
J. Leday 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 111 1
J. Leday 6 25 0 7
K. Corbin 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 82 0
K. Corbin 1 19 0 19
D. Catalon 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 30 1
D. Catalon 2 15 0 13
D. Birden 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 35 0
D. Birden 1 13 0 13
R. Brooker 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 31 0
R. Brooker 2 10 0 6
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Thurman 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
N. Thurman 1-0 1.0 0
K. Williams 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
K. Williams 1-0 1.0 0
T. Williams 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Williams 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Novikoff 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
3/5 10/10
C. Novikoff 1/1 45 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Roy 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 40.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 41.5 3
D. Roy 7 40.4 3 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Leday 85 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 47.0 47 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 50.7 47 0
J. Leday 1 47.0 47 0
D. King 4 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
D. King 1 6.0 6 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. McDowell 27 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.5 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 3.0 2 0
B. McDowell 2 1.5 2 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:07 HOU 32 4:05 8 17 FG
8:56 TXTECH 26 2:02 6 12 Punt
5:02 TXTECH 32 3:12 14 34 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:12 TXTECH 14 0:00 11 86 TD
8:26 TXTECH 35 0:16 3 0 Punt
5:23 TXTECH 32 0:00 1 68 INT
4:34 TXTECH 26 1:58 3 -3 Punt
1:08 TXTECH 46 1:04 8 34 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 TXTECH 22 0:41 4 -1 Punt
9:18 TXTECH 11 1:37 4 75 FG Miss
5:13 TXTECH 20 0:25 2 80 TD
2:35 TXTECH 3 2:03 4 -3 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 TXTECH 8 3:30 7 42 Punt
8:43 TXTECH 6 1:15 3 94 TD
4:29 TXTECH 25 2:41 7 49 Downs
0:15 HOU 44 0:00 1 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HOU 25 0:41 3 43 INT
9:57 HOU 25 0:54 4 18 Punt
6:46 HOU 23 1:35 4 -7 Fumble
1:45 HOU 25 1:26 5 21 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:58 HOU 47 2:27 7 26 FG
8:02 HOU 32 2:22 7 24 Fumble
5:10 TXTECH 19 0:29 2 19 TD
2:32 HOU 37 1:21 5 17
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:56 HOU 22 4:24 11 59 INT
7:37 HOU 20 2:15 7 42 Punt
4:48 HOU 25 2:05 6 28 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:24 TXTECH 47 0:00 3 3 Punt
11:07 HOU 18 1:47 5 18 Punt
7:26 HOU 27 2:57 10 73 TD
1:42 HOU 24 1:27 10 76 TD