Houston Cougars

Ward has big game, No. 6 Houston beats UConn 42-14

The sixth-ranked Houston Cougars were determined to take care of business this year after Connecticut detailed their perfect season a year ago.

Greg Ward Jr. made sure they did just that.

Ward Jr. threw for a career-high 389 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in just more than three quarters to help Houston beat Connecticut 42-14 on Thursday night.

Houston's only blemish last season came in the 20-17 loss to the Huskies when they were 10-0.

"We never use the word revenge," coach Tom Herman said. "The word we used was atonement — to make a wrong a right. We had a chance to atone for the transgressions of last year's team."