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.
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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