Houston Football Postgame Notes
Sept. 27, 2009
AS A RANKED TEAM
** Saturday's game was the first time that the Cougars played as a top-20 team since competing at No. 10 in a 40-10 loss at No. 2 Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 12, 1991.
** Saturday's game was the first time that the Cougars played as a ranked team at home since competing at No. 12 in a 73-3 win against Louisiana Tech inside the Houston Astrodome on Aug. 31, 1991.
** Saturday's game was the first time that the Cougars competed as a ranked team on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.
** Saturday's game marked the sixth time that the Cougars as a ranked team faced Texas Tech... The Cougars are 4-1 (.800) as a ranked team when facing Texas Tech.
** As a ranked team, the Cougars are 4-0 when facing Texas Tech in Houston.
** The Cougars are 84-28-3 (.743) when ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll... The Cougars are 82-27-3 (.745) when ranked in the top 20 of the AP poll.
** The Cougars are 6-0 when ranked at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll.
** The Cougars have won their last 11 and 16 of their last 17 home games dating back to the 2007 season... Houston has not lost a home game since a 37-35 setback to Conference USA-rival East Carolina on Sept. 29, 2007.
** Houston's 11-game winning streak at Robertson Stadium is the second-longest home winning streak in school history at any UH home facility... It only trails the 15-game home winning streak from 1988-91.
** Saturday's attendance marked only the fourth time in Robertson Stadium history that the Cougars played in front of more than 30,000 fans... The other games were 31,818, vs. Southern Miss (W, 34-20, Dec. 1, 2006, C-USA Championship Game); 31,784, vs. Texas (L, 53-26, Sept. 22, 2001) and 31,784, vs. Rice (W, 28-3, Sept. 4, 1999)
** With 29 points, the Cougars scored in their 109th consecutive game... The Cougars have not been shut out since a 48-0 loss at Texas on Sept. 23, 2000.
** The Cougars are 82-90-4 (.477) all-time when playing in the month of September.
** The Cougars have recorded at least 400 yards of total offense in 16 consecutive games... UH last failed to reach that milestone with 367 yards against TCU during the Texas Bowl on Dec. 28, 2007.
** The Cougars are 62-75-8 (.455) all-time against current members of the Big 12.
** With Saturday's win, the Cougars earned their second straight win against a current member of the Big 12 Conference... It was the first time the 1989-90 teams won five straight games that the Cougars posted consecutive wins against current teams from the league. In 1989-90, the Cougars competed in the Southwest Conference against many of the current teams in the Big 12 Conference... The 1989 Cougar team defeated Texas 47-9 (Nov. 11, 1989) and No. 20 Texas Tech 40-24 (Nov. 25, 1989), while the 1990 team won 51-35 at Texas Tech (Sept. 13, 1990), won 31-15 at Baylor (Oct. 6, 1990) and won 36-31 against No. 20 Texas A&M (Oct. 13, 1990).
** With an 8:21 p.m. kickoff, Saturday's game was the fifth latest that a game has started in school history. It trailed only the 11:33 p.m. kickoff against Texas A&M (Oct. 11, 1980) [no typo, played in Houston Astrodome and pushed back due to extra-inning National League Championship Series game there earlier in the day], 9:30 p.m. kickoff at Miami (Fla.) (Dec. 5, 1970); 8:49 p.m. kickoff against Rice (Sept. 29, 1990 and 8:30 p.m. kickoff at Villanova (Oct. 22, 1954).
** With the end of the game at 12:08 a.m. this marks just the fourth time in school history that the Cougars have played a game after midnight.
TEXAS TECH SERIES NOTES
** The Cougars had lost their previous five games against Texas Tech... Prior to tonight, Houston had not defeated the Red Raiders since a 51-35 win in Lubbock, Texas, on Sept. 13, 1990.
** Saturday's game was the first time that the Cougars faced Texas Tech at Robertson Stadium.
** The Cougars are 10-3-1 (.750) all-time against Texas Tech in Houston... That record includes a 3-1 (.750) record at Rice Stadium and a 6-2-1 (.722) mark inside the Houston Astrodome.
** With a win, head coach Kevin Sumlin tied for the best start by a Cougar Football coach through his first 16 games... Sumlin is 11-5 (.687) through his first 16 games, equaling the start by former head coach John Jenkins in 1990-91.
** With Saturday's win, junior quarterback Case Keenum recorded his 15th win as the starting QB for the Cougars and improved to 15-8 (.652)... Up next in the UH records book is Jason McKinley, who won 16 games from 1997-00.
** With 435 passing yards, junior quarterback Case Keenum has thrown for at least 300 yards in 17 games during his career... It was his third straight game this season with at least 300 yards and his 16th 300-yard game in the last 17 contests.
** With 16 300-yard games, junior quarterback Case Keenum moved into a tie with David Klingler for second place in UH career history... Up next in the UH records book is Kevin Kolb, who threw for a school-record 17 300-yard games from 2003 to 2006.
** With one touchdown pass, junior quarterback Case Keenum has thrown for at least one touchdown in his last 19 games and 28 of 30 games during his career... Keenum's last game without a touchdown pass came against Tulsa on Nov. 10, 2007.
** Junior quarterback Case Keenum has thrown a touchdown pass in his last 19 consecutive games, setting a school record... He topped the previous record of 18 games by Andre Ware from 1988 to 1991.
** With 435 passing yards, junior quarterback Case Keenum recorded the sixth 400-yard passing game of his career... He tied with Andre Ware for the second most 400-yard passing in UH career history... Up next in the UH records is David Klingler, who recorded eight 400-yard passing games during his career.
** With his two touchdowns responsible for (1 pass, 1 rush), junior quarterback Case Keenum moved past Andre Ware (81, 1987-89) into third place in UH career history with 84... Up next in the UH records book is David Klingler, who accounted for 93 touchdowns from 1988 to 1991.
** With 435 passing yards, junior quarterback Case Keenum moved past 8,000 yards during his career and now stands with 8,439 career passing yards... He became only the fifth player in school history to reach that milestone and joined Kevin Kolb (12,964, 2003-06; David Klinger, 9,430, 1988-91; Jason McKinley, 8,694, 1997-00; and Andre Ware, 8, 202; 1987-89) in that group.
** With two touchdowns responsible for (1 pass, 1 rush), junior quarterback Case Keenum moved into a tie with Shaun King (84, Tulane, 1996-98) for touchdowns responsible among Conference USA quarterbacks.
** With his 38 pass completions, junior quarterback Case Keenum moved into fifth place in the UH career record books with 677 career completions... Up next on the list is Chuck Clements who completed 683 passes from 1993-96.
** With 122 receiving yards, freshman running back Charles Sims recorded the second 100-yard receiving game of his career... The Cougar are 2-0 when Sims reaches triple digits in receiving yards.
** With eight receptions, junior wide receiver James Cleveland set a personal single-game high... His total topped his previous best of seven receptions set at Purdue when he played for Iowa on Oct. 20, 2007... It also topped his UH high of six catches at No. 5/6 Oklahoma State on Sept. 12, 2009.
** Sophomore defensive tackle David Hunter made the third fumble recovery of his career at the end of Texas Tech's first possession of the game... It also was his third fumble recovery in the Cougars' last two games.
** Senior linebacker C.J. Cavness recovered the first fumble of his career against Texas Tech... He recovered a Red Raider fumble at the 2:38 mark of the third quarter.
** Sophomore kicker Jordan Mannisto's 50-yard field goal at the end of the first half tied with Randy Owens (50 yards, vs. Oklahoma State, Nov. 24, 1951) and T.J. Lawrence (50 yards, vs. UCF, Nov.5, 2005) as the 7th longest field goal in school history.
** Sophomore kicker Jordan Mannisto became only the seventh player in school history to kick a 50-yard field goal during his career... He joined Roman Anderson (twice), Dustin Bell, Mike Waddell, Chip Browndyke (twice), Randy Owens and T.J. Lawrence as the only players to accomplish the feat.
** With his 50-yard field goal at the end of the first half, sophomore kicker Jordan Mannisto set a career high... It topped his previous long of 37 yards against Air Force during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31, 2008.
** With five field goal attempts, sophomore kicker Jordan Mannisto recorded a single-game best... His total topped his previous high of two set against Air Force during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31, 2008.
** With his three field goals, sophomore kicker Jordan Mannisto recorded a single-game best... His total topped his previous best of two field goals made against Air Force during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31, 2008.
** Former Arizona basketball player and UH transfer Fendi Onobun competed in the first football game of his collegiate career.
** With his 19 tackles, sophomore Marcus McGraw recorded a single-game best... His previous best was 15 tackles against Air Force during the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31, 2008.
** With his 12 tackles, sophomore outside linebacker Nick Saenz recorded a single-game best... His previous best was six tackles against Oklahoma State on Sept. 12, 2009.