Nov. 10, 2011
The 2011 Cougars became the seventh team in school history to win at 10 games in a season... They join the 2009 (10-4), 2006 (10-4), 1990 (10-1), 1979 (11-1), 1976 (10-2) and 1973 (11-1) squads as the only teams to reach this milestone.
The Cougars became the first team in school history to start the season 10-0 and leads the nation with its victory total... Only two teams (1990, 1979) won their first eight games to open a season before suffering a loss in the ninth contest.
Houston's 10-game winning streak is the second-longest streak in school history... It trails only the 12 consecutive wins from 1989-90... However, the current streak is the longest in-season streak in school history.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin is the winningest head coach over his first three+ seasons at Houston. He is now 32-16 all-time.
Sumlin joined Bill Yeoman as the only head coaches in school history to lead the Cougars to multiple 10-win seasons during their careers... This is the second time in four seasons (2009) that Sumlin has led the Cougars to 10 wins... Yeoman led the Cougars to four 10-win seasons from 1962-86.
The Cougars improved to 6-0 in Conference USA play for the first time in school history... It also marked the program's third 5-0 start in conference play... Those teams included 1990, and 1978 in Southwest Conference.
This was Houston's third non-Saturday game of the season... Houston improved to 40-29-1 all-time when playing in non-Saturday games... The Cougars improved to 9-12 when playing on Thursdays.
QUARTERBACK Case Keenum
Senior quarterback Case Keenum enjoyed another accurate start, opening 7-of-7 in the first half after starting 11-of-11 last week at UAB. Keenum finished the game 22-of-29 For 325 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Keenum has topped 300 yards in 10 consecutive games this season (each game so far). Keenum also recorded his 35th career 300-yard game, No. 2 all-time in NCAA history. Former Hawaii Standout Timmy Chang has 36 career 300-yard efforts, which is the NCAA record.
Keenum is just 49 yards shy of his third career 4,000-yard season. He would become just the second player in NCAA history to top 4,000 yards in three separate seasons over a career. Keenum could join Chang as the only other player to accomplish that feat. No player has topped 5,000 yards passing three times in a career, but Keenum is just 1,049 yards shy of becoming the first.
Keenum's 22 completions moved him closer to yet another NCAA record. He is just seven completions shy of passing former Texas Tech standout Graham Harrell with 1,403 completions over his career. Keenum has 1,397 career completions.
Keenum now has 37 TD passes this season. His TD-to-INT ratio is an incredible 37-to-3 this season. Keenum leads the country in throwing scores and is already fifth in single-season history at UH.
Keenum has an NCAA-record 18,434 yards of total offense (17,537 pass, 897 rush) during his career.
Keenum pushed his NCAA career record to 144 touchdown passes. He now has 166 career TDs accounted for. With three touchdown passes, Keenum posted the 36th multi-touchdown game of his career.
Keenum improved to 34-13 all-time as the Cougars' starting quarterback... He owns the school career record with his win total.
In 2011, Houston has posted 41 scoring drives of six plays or less... In addition, Houston has recorded 45 scoring drives of two minutes or less.
Houston finished with 735 total yards of offense against Tulane to set a season high... It topped the previous high of 732 yards against Georgia State on Sept. 24. That is the eighth straight game with at least 550 yards and the ninth time overall this season.
Houston's offense had a season high with six plays spanning 50+ yards. The season high coming into tonight's game was three in wins over Louisiana Tech, Marshall and Rice. Overall Houston has 22 plays over 50+ yards in 2011.
The Cougars recorded their fifth straight game with at least 56 points... It was the sixth time this season that Houston reached that total.
Thursday's contest marked the 10th straight game that the Cougars scored at least 35 points. It was their sixth straight game with at least 49 points.
Senior wide receiver Tyron Carrier recorded a reception in his nation-leading 49th consecutive game, every game of his collegiate career. The UH career record is 50 consecutive games set by Vincent Marshall (2003-06).
Carrier boosted his Houston career record to 293 receptions.
Senior running back Bryce Beall returned to the lineup and logged his seventh touchdown of the year... The Cougars' three leading running back - Beall, senior Michael Hayes and sophomore Charles Sims - each have posted at least seven rushing touchdowns this season.
Senior quarterback Cotton Turner found freshman Chance Blackmon on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter for Turner's fourth passing score of the season and Blackmon's first TD catch of his career.
Turner's fourth quarter 35-yard touchdown run was his second career rushing touchdown and the longest run of his career... It topped his previous long run of 14 yards against Marshall on Oct. 22.
With his 70 yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter, Edwards now has two career punt returns. His first was against Memphis in 2010.
Edwards now has 15 career 100-yard games, which tied the school record, shared by Vincent Marshall... That total is only one off the C-USA career record of 16.
Edwards also surpassed 4,000 career receiving yards. He currently has 4,034 yards, just 104 yards behind former Rice receiver Jarett Dillard, who had 4,138 yards in his career.
Edwards recorded the 35th and 36th career touchdown receptions of his career during tonight's win. Edwards moved past Elmo Wright, who caught 34 touchdown passes from 1968 to 1970... Edwards also moved into second in Conference USA history, trailing only Rice's Jarret Dillard, who caught 60 touchdown passes.
Edwards recorded a reception in his 44th consecutive game.
Edwards has an NCAA-leading 14 TD receptions this season. The 14 scores also rank third in school single-season history... Up next in the Houston records book is former Cougar great and current offensive coordinator Jason Phillips, who caught 15 TD passes in 1988.
RUNNING BACK Charles Sims
Sophomore running back Charles Sims averaged 28.4 yards per carry in the first half and finished the game averaging 20.7 yards per tote to set a school single-game record... The Houston native broke the 58-year old record of 19.9 yards per carry set by Don Hargrove in 1953 vs. Detroit.
Sims finished the game with a career-high 207 yards on only 10 carries and two touchdowns. He became the first Cougar running back to top 200 yards in a game since Anthony Alridge in 2007 at UTEP.
Sims became the 17th player in school history to rush for at least 200 yards in a game... He joined Anthony Alridge, Alois Blackwell, Anthony Evans, Paul Gipson, Ted Heiskell, Sloan Hood, Donald Jordan, Robert Newhouse, Leonard Parker, Joffrey Reynolds, Ketric Sanford, Antowain Smith, Jim Strong, Raymond Tate, Chuck Weatherspoon and Jermaine Williams
Sims also had three total carries of 50+ yards in the game. His previous high was 50 yards vs. Marshall on Oct. 22.
Sims has recorded a touchdown in seven consecutive games. Sims now has nine rushing scores on the season.
Sims' 72-yard run was the longest of his career. His previous best was a 50-yard effort earlier this year vs. Marshall.
Phillip Steward recorded his third interception of the season to stop Tulane's opening drive...It was Steward's third interception of the year two go along with the two he had against East Carolina.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
With his 13 points against Tulane, junior kicker Matt Hogan pushed his career scoring total to 264 points, second all-time in school history.
The Cougars celebrate Senior Day when they play host to Conference USA West rival SMU at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 19, at Robertson Stadium... The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net.