HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Times have changed for Houston since its first game in 1946 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Barrick Nealy threw for two scores and ran for another as Houston posted a 36-17 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.
Houston (2-1) began playing football in 1946 and started its program with a 13-7 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. The Cougars lost the second meeting between the schools but have won the last five encounters.
Nealy scored on a two-yard keeper to give Houston a 9-0 lead after one quarter. Nealy's 13-yard touchdown pass to John Tyson with three seconds left before halftime opened up a 19-3 cushion.
Dustin Bell opened the scoring in the second half with a 43-yard field goal and Nealy hit Brandon Middleton for a 55-yard touchdown for a 29-3 advantage with 6:12 left in the third quarter.
Nealy completed 11-of-24 passes for 182 yards and also gained 42 yards on eight carries. Joffrey Reynolds gained 114 yards on 17 carries as the Cougars racked up 199 yards rushing.
Jon Van Cleave was 23-of-46 for 284 yards and one touchdown and one interception for UL-Lafayette. Fred Stamps had four catches for 139 yards, including a 78-yard TD reception for the Ragin Cajuns' final touchdown that capped the scoring with just under four minutes left.
The teams were penalized for 170 yards as they were whistled for 19 penalties.