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Recap - Cougars Defeat East Carolina 31-24

Houston earned a 31-24 victory over East Carolina on Saturday in Week 8 action at TDECU Stadium.

Bettors who backed the Cougars were disappointed, as they failed to cover the closing number of -13.5. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 56.0.

Alton McCaskill rushed for 60 yards, while Ta'Zhawn Henry added 36 yards in the win. Christian Trahan and Nathaniel Dell added 68 and 33 receiving yards respectively.

Keaton Mitchell rushed for 38 yards for East Carolina, while Rahjai Harris added 33 yards. Holton Ahlers threw for 283 yards for the Pirates, while receivers Tyler Snead and C.J. Johnson had 119 and 46 yards respectively.

Houston was outgained by East Carolina 365-256 yards in Saturday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 17-16 by the Pirates.

The time of possession battle favored Houston as their offense was on the field for 30:47, longer than the 29:13 of their opponents.

Next game, Houston takes its act home to face SMU looking for another win. For East Carolina, they head home to face USF.