Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – University of Houston’s Crawford Jones threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns and rallied from a huge deficit against Marshall, only to lose, 44-41, on Saturday.
It was his first career start.
“I felt like I got more comfortable and got some of the butterflies out of the way as the game went along,” said Jones.
Jones came off the bench against SMU on Oct. 19, when Piland was injured, and threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the most significant playing time of his college career.
Coming into this season, Jones’ career highlight with the University of Houston Cougars was an 18-yard pass against Georgia State last year.
Jones will join Astros’ broadcast team next year.
He landed after winning the Astros’ “You Make The Call” radio apprentice contest last summer.
Jones said knowing he has a job waiting for him when he graduates has allowed him to enjoy his senior year and enabled him to focus more on football, especially now that he’s a starting quarterback.
“You hear a lot of people talk about graduating and not having anywhere to go and not knowing what they’re going to do, and it causes a lot of stress,” Jones said.
But first things first.
He’ll start again for the Cougars (4-7) when they face Tulane in the final game of the season. Not only will it be the last game for the seniors, it will be Jones’ first and only career start at home.
It will also be the final game at Houston’s Robertson Stadium, which is set to be razed.
“My dad and granddad grew up down here and both played high school games at ‘The Rob,’ and three generations have come through it — and I get to send it off. It’s a complete blessing, and I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to do it. Hopefully, we can send ‘The Rob’ off in style,” said Jones.