Following each game CougarsDen.com will recognize the standout performers by handing out our game balls. Here are the game balls from Houston's 48-28 loss to ECU on Saturday.
Trevon Stewart: The true freshman safety had a team leading 21 tackles including one tackle-for-loss and also had a pass breakup. While his high tackles are fairly indicative of big plays by the ECU offense which led to the Houston safeties getting plenty of opportunities, but the standout freshman held his own yet again.
Derrick Mathews: The True sophomore tallied 16 total tackles on Saturday and also chipped in with three tackles-for-loss, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. The Cougars defense was on the field quite a bit on Saturday, but Mathews never tired and kept hustling the entire way trying to give the Cougars some life.
Zeke Riser: The redshirt junior defensive end had a fairly solid afternoon that will be overshadowed by an overall poor performance by the defense as a whole. Riser finished his day with eight tackles, three tackles-for-loss and half of a sack.
Isaiah Sweeney: The redshirt senior had a led all receivers with 93 yards on three receptions and a big 49-yard touchdown that kept things alive for Houston.
Mark Roberts: The sophomore receiver had his best game yet as a Cougar and despite a key drop early in the game, Roberts rebounded to finish with a team high five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown late in the game as the Cougars were trying to rally.