Ward's 3 TDs spark Houston in 52-24 win over Tennessee Tech

HOUSTON (AP) Greg Ward Jr. threw for one touchdown and ran for two more and Houston rolled over Tennessee Tech, 52-24 in the season opener for both schools on Saturday night.

Ward completed 21 of 28 pass attempts for 275 yards, firing a 29-yard strike to Kyle Postma in the third quarter to push Houston's lead to 31-10 to start the second half. He dashed 3 yards for a first-quarter score and 41-yards for another in the second quarter. Ward finished with 107 yards on 13 carries.

Jared Davis was 16 of 26 for 312 yards and two touchdowns to Brock McCoin through the air to lead Tennessee Tech, but the Golden Eagles could manage just 29 net yards on 33 carries.

McCoin finished with nine catches for 264 yards for Tennessee Tech.

Houston, meanwhile, picked up 627 total yards - rushing for 272 yards on 44 carries.

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AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org

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