Sept. 13, 2009
Houston, Texas - After leading the Cougars to one of the program's biggest wins on Saturday, University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum was named the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Against the #5 team (Associated Press) in the nation, as well as playing in front of a hostile crowd in Stillwater, Okla., Keenum led the Cougars' to one the program's biggest upsets, guiding Houston to a 45-35 win over Oklahoma State. It was the first win over a Top 5 program since 1984 and snapped an 11-game losing streak to Top 5 teams.
Keenum threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, but none more important than the fourth-down scoring strike to Bryce Beall from six yards out to reclaim the lead from the Cowboys with just 6:42. The fourth-down pass caromed off an OSU defender and Beall snagged it out of the air. Keenum, who completed 32-of-46 attempts with one interception, threw for a touchdown in his 18th straight game and 26 of 28 games in his career. He also tacked on a 16-yard scoring run in the first quarter.
Last year's Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and the 2008 Football Bowl Subdivision national leader in total offense, Keenum has thrown for at least 300 yards in 15 of his last 16 games dating back to the 2007 Texas Bowl versus TCU. After just two games Keenum has completed over 72 percent of his passes (55-of-76) for seven touchdowns and 725 yards with just one interception. He has tacked on an additional two scores rushing.
It is the second time Keenum has earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors (November 16, 2008 versus Tulsa).
About the Award: This is the sixth year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation will honor one offensive and one defensive player as its national Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.
Houston is off this week and will next hit the gridiron on Saturday, Sept. 26, when the No. 21 Cougars host Texas Tech at 8:15 pm on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium. The matchup between former foes of the Southwest Conference marks the first time the Cougars and Red Raiders have faced each other since 1995.