HOUSTON – Houston’s Matt Hogan was named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week while linebacker Phillip Steward earned Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors the league announced Monday. The two helped lead Houston to a 39-17 win over UAB for its third consecutive victory.
Hogan received the honor two days after setting a Conference USA record with six field goals in Houston’s 39-17 win over UAB. The senior also added three extra points to finish with a career-high 21 points in a game.
One of Hogan’s six field goals came from 52 yards out to set a career high and continue Hogan’s perfect season from at least 50 yards out. Hogan currently ranks third nationally with an average of 2.17 field goals per game and is 10th nationally in scoring with an average of 10.9 points per game.
On the defensive side of the ball, Steward notched hisfifth double-digit tackle game of the season and the 12th of hiscareer as he finished with a team-best 13 stops in the game. The senior recorded a career-high three tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks, and picked off his first pass of the season to end a UAB scoring threat.
With Saturday’s efforts, Steward leads the conference with 12 tackles per game and 2.1 tackles for loss per game. The Missouri City, Texas native ranks fifth and sixth, respectively, among all NCAA FBS players in the two categories.
Hogan, Steward and the rest of the Cougars return to action Thursday night as they travel to Dallas to face SMU at 7 p.m.