Welcome back, Mike: This is the second meeting all-time between UH and Mike Leach. The first game was a decade ago in week 3 of the 2009 season. This year’s game is also in week 3. Leach had been fired before the Cougars played in Lubbock in 2010.
Leach’s gaffe: In that 2009 game, Leach could have iced it with a short field goal late in the 4th quarter. Instead, his decision inadvertently led to one of the all-time great UH scoring drives. Case Keenum led the Cougar offense down the field in a 16 play, 95-yard drive.
Keenum ran it in on a four-yard QB draw for the winning score. The architect of that drive, of course, was Dana Holgorsen.
Familiar faces: Drew Hollingshead was a redshirt QB for the Coogs during that 2009 season. Hollingshead now serves as the offensive quality control coach at Wazzu. Because Leach is his own OC and QB coach, Hollingshead is the only other coach to work directly with their QBs.
Another former UH player, Shane Ros, is also on Leach’s staff. Ros played WR and on special teams from 2010-2014. Ros is a graduate assistant.
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