OTD in 2003: Kevin Kolb’s Big Debut

OTD in 2003: Kevin Kolb leads UH past Rice
OTD in 2003: Kevin Kolb leads UH past Rice / photo: Houstonian Yearbook Archives

Kolb Begins College Career With 4 TDs

In the first game of his true freshman season, QB Kevin Kolb throws two TDs and runs for two more as Houston beats Rice 48-14. After being told he was the starter shortly before kickoff, Kolb led the Coogs to their second-straight Bayou Bucket win.

Kolb went 17/22 for 246 yards and no INTs just three months after graduating from Stephenville High School. Brandon Middleton caught four passes for 122 yards and two scores while Vincent Marshall had eight catches for 95 yards.

“We decided two or three days ago,” said first-year head coach Art Briles. “The main thing is (Kolb’s) consistency. Kevin has been a little more consistent in practice.”

Kevin Kolb throws a screen pass against Rice.

The game was the college debut for the Briles ‘multiple’ offense. No offense has transformed football in the last 16 years more than the one that debuted that day at Robertson Stadium.

“A lot of it was little quick screen stuff and the guys blocked really well,” Kolb said.

August 30, 2003, will go down as the birth of the UH resurgence. Since that day, the Coogs have gone 106-78 in 16 seasons. In the previous 16 years, UH went just 63-112-2.

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