Houston missed some opportunities in the first quarter due to weather conditions and the Golden Eagles' defense. While throwing into a strong wind in the first half, Case Keenum struggled to get the high powered Cougars' offense on track.
The only score of the quarter came after a short Houston punt set up the Eagles with good field position. Austin Davis found Ryan Balentine for a 14 yard touchdown reception to cap off a seven play, 37 yard drive for the Eagles.
Keenum completed 6 of 12 passes in the first quarter for just 29 yards. Michael Hayes rushed for 28 yards but there is no doubt that the Golden Eagles are much more concerned with Keenum getting on track rather than Hayes.
Austin Davis was just 4 of 11 in the first quarter for 35 yards but did have the touchdown pass to Balentine. Davis also has 24 yards rushing in the game.
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