Option offenses a familiar challenge for University of Houston defense

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While not the only reason, D’Onofrio’s knowledge of facing the triple-option was one of the selling points in the hiring process. In 10 seasons as a defensive coordinator, D’Onofrio is 7-5 against option teams. Most of the losses came when he was at Temple, which regularly played Navy and Army. At Miami, he won four of five meetings against Georgia Tech.

“At the end of the day, everybody in college football these days has some form of option.” D’Onofrio said. "It just requires more than ever on the defensive side that you are discipline and do your job.