_Houston let Rice hang around thanks to playing a wondrous mix of over-aggressiveness and losing their keys. As a result, Rice’s play action packages had the Coogs chasing. Mark D’Onofrio’s defense is talented, but we aren’t sold on D’Onofrio as a play caller. Houston fell from 13th to 89th in total defense with D’Onofrio at the helm. _
The Cougars still have one of the most dominant defensive players in college football and pieces around him to create chaos. Isaiah Chambers is a break out star next to Ed Oliver. Deontay Anderson looked the part in the secondary. But for all that talent, the Cougars were solid two-thirds of the time. Their lapses kept Rice around.