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Ken Niumatalolo

Ward leads No. 21 Houston to 52-31 win over No. 16 Navy

Houston rebounded from its first defeat of the season with its biggest victory yet under coach Tom Herman.

Greg Ward, Jr. threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns to lead the 21st-ranked Cougars to a 52-31 win over No. 16 Navy on Friday, sending Houston to the first American Athletic Conference championship game.

Houston (11-1, 7-1 American) clinched the West Division title and will host either Temple or South Florida in the championship game Dec. 5. The Cougars are also well positioned to earn a bid to a New Year's Six bowl game, likely the Fiesta Bowl, if they win the league championship.

"I'm excited for the city, and I'm excited for our university that we...