Football Postgame Notes vs. Penn State
Jan. 2, 2012
« The Cougars made their sixth bowl game in the last seven seasons.
« With Monday's win, Houston earned its second victory in its last three bowl appearances (W, 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, vs. Air Force; L, 2009 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, vs. Air Force).
« Monday's game was the Cougars' first appearance at the TicketCity Bowl.
« This was the fifth time that the Cougars competed at the Cotton Bowl Stadium during their postseason history... Houston previously played in the Cotton Bowl Stadium in 1985, 1980, 1979 and 1977.
« The Cougars improved to 3-2 all-time when playing bowl games at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.
GENERAL GAME NOTES
« Houston extends its school-record win total and finishes the season with a 13-1 overall mark.
« Houston becomes the first team in Conference USA history to win 13 games in a single season... The Cougars topped the previous mark of 12 wins by Southern Miss (12 in 2011) and Tulane (12 in 1998).
« Houston became the first team in Conference USA history to earn a win against a ranked opponent from a BCS automatic qualifying conference in a bowl game.
« Houston will finish the season ranked in both national polls for the first time since 1990... In 1990, the Cougars finished the season ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press and No. 12 in the CNN/USA Today Coaches final polls.
« Head coach Tony Levine made his collegiate debut as head coach.
« Levine joined Harold Lahar as the only other Houston head coaches to earn a win against a nationally ranked team during his debut... Lahar and the Cougars opened the 1957 season with a 7-0 home win against No. 4 Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 21, 1957.
« Houston finished with 600 yards of total offense (532 pass, 68 rush)... It was the eighth time in 2011 that the Cougars reached that total.
HOUSTON BOWL RECORDS
« The Cougars' 532 passing yards set a school bowl record... It topped the previous high of 392 yards vs. South Carolina during the 2006 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29, 2006.
« With Monday's TicketCity Bowl win, senior quarterback Case Keenum became the first starting quarterback in school history to record multiple bowl wins during his career... Keenum, Delrick Brown (1980 Cotton), Danny Davis (77), D.C. Nobles (73), Gary Mullins (69), Billy Roland (62) and Bobby Clatterbuck (52) are the only Cougar starting quarterbacks who led their respective teams to bowl wins.
« Keenum joins with Kevin Kolb (2006, 05, 03), Danny Davis (1979, 77) and Gary Mullins (1971, 69) as the only Houston quarterbacks to start multiple bowl games during their careers.
« Keenum became the first quarterback in school history to start four bowl games during his career.
« Keenum's 532 passing yards set a school bowl record... His total topped the previous high of 386 by Kevin Kolb vs. South Carolina during the 2006 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29, 2006.
« Keenum's 69 passing attempts set a school bowl record... His total topped the previous high of 44 by Kevin Kolb vs. Kansas during the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl on Dec. 23, 2005.
« Keenum's 45 completions set a school bowl record... His total topped the previous high of 26 by Kevin Kolb vs. South Carolina during the 2006 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29, 2006.
« With 228 receiving yards, senior wide receiver Patrick Edwards set a Houston bowl record... His total topped the previous high of 201 yards by Vincent Marshall vs. South Carolina during the 2006 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29, 2006.
« With 12 receptions, senior wide receiver Justin Johnson set a Houston bowl record... His total topped the previous high of 10 receptions by Donnie Avery vs. TCU during the 2007 Texas Bowl on Dec. 28, 2007.
« Keenum's three touchdown passes tied a Houston bowl record... It equaled the mark set by Kevin Kolb vs. South Carolina during the 2006 AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29, 2006) and by Billy Roland vs. Miami (Ohio) during the 1962 Tangerine Bowl (Dec. 22, 1962).
« With two interceptions, senior safety Nick Saenz tied a Houston bowl record... He equaled the mark set by Joe Rust vs. NC State during the 1974 Bluebonnet Bowl (Dec. 23, 1974) and by Jack Howton vs. Dayton during the 1952 Salad Bowl (Jan. 1, 1952).
« With three field goals, sophomore kicker Matt Hogan set a Houston bowl record... It topped the previous best of two, done five times and most recently done by Hogan vs. Air Force during the 2009 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31, 2009.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER GAME NOTES
« With 227 passing yards in the first quarter, senior quarterback Case Keenum set a bowl record... His total topped Louisville's Browning Nagle 223 passing yards during the first quarter of the 1991 Fiesta Bowl.
« Keenum became only the ninth player in NCAA history to throw for 500+ yards during a bowl game.
« Keenum finished with 20,114 yards of total offense (19,217 pass, 897 rush) during his career... That translates to 11.43 miles of total offense.
« With 48 passing touchdowns in 2011, Keenum set a Conference USA single-season record... His total topped the previous high of 47, set by Tulsa's Paul Smith in 2007... David Klingler holds the school record with 54 touchdowns in 1990.
« With 48 passing touchdowns in 2011, Keenum's total ranks fifth in NCAA single-season history.
« Keenum recorded 26 passes of 40 yards or more during the 2011 season.
« After throwing incompletions on his first two passes, Keenum completed nine of his next 10 passes.
« Keenum extended his Houston record by playing in the 57th game of his career.
« Keenum became only the 14th player in school history to compete in four bowl games during his collegiate career... He joined with Carl Barnett, Carson Blackmon, Michael Bloesch, Brandon Brinkley, Kenneth Fontenette, Phillip Hunt, Donnie Love, Cody Lubojasky, Ernest Miller, Lonell Phea, Chris Pilot, Cody Pree and Quinte Williams.
« Keenum improved to 37-14 overall during his career... He surpassed Kevin Kolb earlier this year as the winningest starting quarterback in school history.
« Keenum finished the 2011 season with 5,631 passing yards and 48 touchdown passes to lead the nation in both category... He finished his career with 19,217 passing yards and 155 touchdowns.
« Keenum finished his career with six games of 500+ passing yards... He moved out of a tie with David Klingler for the school record in that category.
« Keenum finished his career with 19 games of 400+ passing yards.
« Keenum finished his career with 39 games of 300+ passing yards, extending his NCAA record in that category.
« Keenum has topped 300 yards passing in every game this season, setting a Houston single-season record.
« Monday's game was the 40th multi-touchdown game of Keenum's career... It was the 27th time he threw for at least three touchdowns in a game.
« Keenum owns the NCAA record for touchdowns responsible for (currently 176) and career points responsible for (currently 1,059).
« Senior wide receivers Tyron Carrier and Justin Johnson, senior linebacker Marcus McGraw and senior safety Nick Saenz moved into a tie for second in Houston history by playing in the 53rd games of their careers... That group moved into a tie with center Carl Barnett and cornerback Brandon Brinkley (both 2006-09).
« Carrier, Johnson, McGraw and Nick Saenz tied a Houston record by competing in the 53rd straight games of their careers... That is every game of their collegiate career... They tied the mark set by Brinkley.
« Carrier extended his Conference USA record in career receptions ... Carrier now has 316 career receptions.
« Carrier recorded a reception in his 53rd consecutive game ... That streak is the longest in the nation and ranks second in NCAA history.
« With 228 receiving yards, Edwards finished with 17 career 100-yard receiving games to extend his school record... The 17 career 100-yard days also set a Conference USA record, topping Rice's Jarret Dillard.
« Edwards hauled in a reception in his 48th consecutive game.
« With 148 receiving yards, senior wide receiver Justin Johnson recorded the fourth 100-yard game of the season and of his career.
« With one touchdown reception Monday, Johnson has eight TD receptions during his last eight games.
« Johnson recorded a receiving touchdown during each of his last four and seven of his last eight games.
« With 31 combined touchdowns, Edwards (20) and Johnson (11) have the most receiving touchdowns by any duo in the NCAA this season.
« The Cougars boast two receivers with 10+ TD catches this season... Johnson now has 11 TD catches, and Edwards has 20.
« Entering Monday's game, the Cougars were one of only two teams in the country with two receivers with double-digit touchdown catches (Edwards 20, Johnson 11)... Baylor, with Kendall Wright (14) and Terrance Williams (11), is the only other team to accomplish this feat.
« The Cougars' starting offensive line of left tackle Jacolby Ashworth, left guard Ty Cloud, center Chris Thompson, right guard Kevin Forsch and right tackle Rowdy Harper started all 14 games at their respective positions in 2011-12.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER GAME NOTES
« Senior linebacker Sammy Brown finished the 2011 season with 13.5 sacks and 30 tackles for a loss... His sack total ranks second in school history, while his TFL mark leads the nation.
« With 10 total tackles, senior linebacker Marcus McGraw set a school career record... McGraw finished his career with 509 total tackles... He moved past Ryan McCoy, who posted 507 career stops from 1990 to 1993.
« Junior linebacker Philip Steward recorded his team-leading sixth interception of the season around the 3:40 mark of the fourth quarter... Steward now has seven pickoffs during his career.
« With two interceptions, senior safety Nick Saenz recorded the first multi-interception game of his career... Saenz entered Monday's game with two interceptions during his entire career.
« Saenz recorded his second interception of the game, third pickoff of the season and the fourth of his career at the 12:05 mark of the fourth quarter.
SPECIAL AL TEAMS PLAYER GAME NOTES
« Sophomore kicker Matt Hogan's 38-yard field goal at the 4:21 mark of the third quarter was a season long... It topped his 35-yard effort against UCLA during the season opener on Sept. 3, 2011.
« Hogan's 35-yard field goal at the 9:12 mark of the first quarter was his sixth straight... It also was his first field goal since Nov. 19, 2011, against SMU.