Houston Finishes Nationally Ranked In Polls

Jan. 10, 2012

Sammy Brown led the nation in TFL (30.0)
Patrick Edwards led the nation with 20 TD catches

Houston, Texas - University of Houston football fans continue to enjoy the most successful season in school history. The Cougars finished the 2011 campaign nationally ranked for the first time since 1990, finishing No. 14 in the final USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 18 in the Associated Press ledger.

Houston joined national runner-up LSU as the lone 13-win teams this season and the last time UH finished ranked was more than two decades ago when the club finished 10th by the AP and 12th by the Coaches (1990).

UH opened 2012 with the year's first victory, handling No. 22 Penn State, 30-14, at the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. Case Keenum threw for 532 yards and three scores to lead UH to just its second bowl victory since 1980. The 532 yards passing by Keenum was a bowl and Cotton Bowl Stadium record. Patrick Edwards had 228 yards receiving in the win, breaking the Cotton Bowl Stadium mark, while Justin Johnson made 12 receptions to break the facility mark for receptions as well.

In addition to tying LSU for the national lead in victories, UH claimed a number of statistical national championships in 2011:

Category 2011 Total Finish
Passing Yards 6,301 1st
Passing Yards Per Game 450.1 1st
Total Offense 8,387 1st
Total Yards Per Game 599.1 1st
Total First Downs 393 1st
Fewest INTs Per Pass .88 1st
TD Passes 54 1st
TD-INT Ratio 54-to-6 1st
Scoring Offense 49.3 1st
Total Points 690 1st

Player Category Statistic
Case Keenum Total Offense Per Game 404.7
Case Keenum Total Yards 5,666
Case Keenum Passing Yards Per Game 402.2
Case Keenum Total Passing Yards 5,631
Case Keenum Touchdown Passes 48
Case Keenum TD-to-INT Ratio 48-to-5
Case Keenum Completions 428
Case Keenum Attempts 603
Sammy Brown Tackles For Loss 30.0
Patrick Edwards Receiving TDs 20
Matt Hogan Extra Points Made 91



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