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HOUSTON -- John O Korn threw for 198 yards and a touchdown and Kenneth Farrow ran for two second-half touchdowns as Houston overcame a slow start to defeat Memphis 25-15 Saturday and remain undefeated.

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O Korn finished 13 of 30 and Deontay Greenberry caught four passes for 76 yards for the Cougars (5-0, 2-0 American), who were out-gained 349 yards to 247.

Paxton Lynch was 21 of 41 for 222 yards passing, and Brandon Hayes rushed 12 times for 72 yards to lead the Tigers (1-4, 0-2), who committed four turnovers - all fumbles. Mose Frazier caught five passes for 81 yards.

Jake Elliot had five field goals for Memphis.

Trailing 15-10 midway through the third, Farrow put the Cougars ahead with a 1-yard run and followed that by taking O Korn s shovel pass in for a two-point conversion, capping a 7-play, 75-yard drive.

O Korn found Greenberry for 30 yards to begin the drive, and the Cougars were able to keep it going with a penalty by Memphis on a fourth and 4. O Korn found Xavier Maxwell for a diving catch good for 33 yards to the 1-yard line and Farrow ran it in on the next play.

Farrow extended the lead to 25-15 on a 6-yard touchdown run with 10:21 remaining in the game. Ryan Jackson got the Cougars to the Tigers 18 on a 44-yard screen pass down the right sideline from O Korn.

After Derrick Matthews forced and recovered a fumble on Memphis first drive, Houston covered 57 yards in six plays, capping the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Spencer with 10:13 left in the first quarter to make it 7-0.

After Houston forced another Memphis turnover, Houston upped the lead to 10-6 on a 24-yard field goal by Richie Leone with 8:21 remaining in the second.

Memphis struggled to finish drives, taking four into the red zone, but they were unable to get into the end zone.

Houston s high-powered offense was held to just 84 yards in the first half and six first downs compared with Memphis 200 yards and 10 first downs. Of Houston s 84 yards in the first half, 57 yards came on the Cougars first drive.

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