Game Notes Week 3 - Houston at Louisiana Tech

Sept. 13, 2011

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Saturday, Sept. 17
6 p.m., Central
Ruston, La.
Joe Aillet Stadium

Kevin Sumlin
Purdue, 1988
4th year at UH and Overall, 25-16

Sonny Dykes
Texas Tech, 1993
2nd year at Louisiana Tech and Overall, 6-8

With a win over North Texas, quarterback Case Keenum tied former UH and current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb for most wins as a starting signal caller at 26. With one more victory, Keenum will be the all-time winningest signal caller in UH history.

Punter Richie Leone has averaged 53.8 yards on five punts, including four over 50 yards. He doesn't have enough punts to qualify for NCAA rankings but based on his average he would lead the nation. He has laned two-of-five punts inside the 20 yard line. As a team Houston leads the NCAA in net punting with 50.8 yards per game.

Senior receiver Patrick Edwards earned Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week honors for his 187-yard performance in Houston's 48-23 win over North Texas. He averaged 23.4 yards per catch and scored on a 46-yard pass from Keenum. The receiving yards were the most in a single game for Edwards and ranks him No. 1 in the conference in the category.

After the second week of play, Houston is receiving 32 votes in the Associated Press poll and 43 votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, good enough for No. 28 in both polls.

In Houston's 48-23 win over North Texas, the Cougars outscored the Mean Green 28-6 in the second half.

Case Keenum, QB, SR.
Case Keenum tied Kevin Kolb with most wins as a UH starting quarterback after guiding Houston to a 48-23 win over North Texas. He now has 26. Keenum passed for 458 yards, completing 69 percent of his passes and tossing five touchdowns. He recorded his 13th 400-yard game of his career. He has returned to the elite in college football ranking second in the NCAA in total offense and third in passing. Keenum's race for the NCAA all-time records have him currently fourth for both total offense and passing yards.

Patrick Edwards, WR, SR.
Senior receiver Patrick Edwards had a career day with 187 yards on eight catches, averaging 23.4 yards per catch. For his performance he was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. He scored a 46- yard touchdown to bring his career total to 24 which ranks fourth in the Houston record books. Edwards leads Conference USA in receiving yards per game and ranks 23rd nationally.

Keenum needs 345 yards to pass Graham Harrell (Texas Tech) on the NCAA career total offense list and 678 yards to pass Ty Detmer (BYU) on the NCAA all-time passing yardage list. He would be third on both lists.

Through two games, Houston is back as the NCAA's top passing team with 436.5 yards per game. The team also ranks sixth in total offense with 579.5 per contest. Both those numbers are the best in Conference USA.

The Cougars have been to six bowl games in the last eight seasons.

In the season opener, the Cougars started nine new players, including the entire defensive secondary with junior college transfers Chevy Bennett at FS, D.J. Hayden at CB, Texas A&M transfer Colton Valencia at SS and sophomore Zach McMillian at CB. The defense also had first-time starters at middle linebacker in true-freshman Derrick Mathews and junior college transfer noseguard Dominic Miller. On the offensive side, there were three new faces on the offensive line in right tackle Rowdy Harper, and guards Ty Cloud and Kevin Forsch.

Senior quarterback Case Keenum learned in January 2011 he had been granted a sixth season of eligibility after suffering a torn ACL vs. UCLA in the third game of the 2010 season. Keenum returns to captain a UH team which has won 26 games with him at the helm in four years as a starter.

After leading the nation in total offense in 2008 and 2009, quarterback Case Keenum is rising back to the top as he is No. 2 after two games with 403.5 yards per game. He currently ranks third in passing offense with 384.0 yards per contest.

In 2008, he ranked No. 1 with 403.2 yards per game and repeated in the category with 416.4 yards in 2009. He also led the nation in passing in 2009. Keenum is only the seventh quarterback in FBS history to lead the nation in total offense in consecutive seasons, and the last since Hawaii's Colt Brennan accomplished the feat in 2005-06. If Keenum matches that success in 2011, he could join Louisiana Tech's Tim Rattay (1997-99) as the only quarterback to lead the nation in total offense three years in his career.

Keenum is the school record holder in passing yards, total offense, passing touchdowns, attempts and completions. He also holds Houston's single-season records for completions, attempts, passing yards and total offense.

Keenum finished eighth in the 2009 Heisman trophy voting, and led Houston to a No. 1 ranking in the NCAA in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense in 2009. He passed for 5,671 yards in 2009, the third-highest passing total in NCAA Division I-FBS single season history and joined Texas Tech's Graham Harrell as one of only two players to pass for 5,000 yards in two seasons.

Keenum has had 27 300-yard passing performances in his career, 13 over 400 yards, and has led Houston to 14 career come-from behind victories.

After throwing for 5,020 yards as a sophomore in 2008 and 5,671 in 2009, senior quarterback Case Keenum has the chance to become the first quarterback in FBS history to have three seasons with at least 5,000 yards passing. Through two games in 2011, he has passed for 786 yards.

Keenum is moving up the NCAA FBS all-time charts in several total offense and passing categories, after two games in the 2011 season, he ranks fourth on the NCAA's all-time total offense list, fourth in passing yardage and sixth in touchdowns thrown.

NCAA FBS All-Time Total Offense
Rk. Player, 		School 			Years 	Yards
1. Timmy Chang, 	Hawaii 			2000-04 16,910
2. Dan LeFevour, 	Central Michigan	2006-09 15,853
3. Graham Harrell, 	Texas Tech 		2005-08 15,599
4. Case Keenum, 	Houston 		2007- 	15,255

NCAA FBS All-Time Passing Yardage Rk. Player, School Years Yards 1. Timmy Chang, Hawaii 2000-04 17,072 2. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech 2005-08 15,793 3. Ty Detmer, BYU 1988-91 15,031 4. Case Keenum, Houston 2007- 14,354

NCAA FBS All-Time Touchdown Passes Rk. Player, School Years Yards 1. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech 2005-08 134 2. Colt Brennan, Hawaii 2005-07 131 3. Ty Detmer, BYU 1988-91 121 4. Timmy Chang, Hawaii 2000-04 117 5. Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech 1997-99 115 6. Danny Weurffel, Florida 1993-96 114 Case Keenum, Houston 2007- 114

Quarterback Case Keenum has 26 wins as the starting quarterback for the Cougars, tying Kevin Kolb's 26 wins from 2003-06 for most UH victories. He also has the second-most wins of all active NCAA quarterbacks, behind only Kellen Moore's 39 wins at Boise State.

Most Wins - Active FBS Quarterbacks
Rk. Name, 			School 			Wins
1. Kellen Moore, 		Boise State		39
2. Case Keenum, 		Houston 		26
3. Tim Jefferson, 		Air Force		22
Andrew Luck, 			Stanford 		22
5. Jordan Jefferson,	 	LSU 			20
Russell Wilson, 		Wisconsin 		20 (18 wins came at N.C. State / 2 at Wisconsin)
7. Landry Jones, 		Oklahoma 		19
Austin Davis, 			Southern Miss 		19
Matt Barkley, 			USC 			19

Best Winning Percentage - Active FBS Quarterbacks Rk Name, School Pct. (W-L) 1. Kellen Moore, Boise State .951 (39-2) 2. Andrew Luck, Stanford .815 (22-5) 3. Landry Jones, Oklahoma .760 (19-6) 4. Jordan Jefferson, LSU .741 (10-7) 5. Matt Barkley, USC .731 (19-7) 6. Case Keenum, Houston .667 (26-13) Tim Jefferson, Air Force .667 (22-11) Kirk Cousins, Michigan State .667 (18-9) 9. G.J. Kinne, Tulsa .592 (16-11) 10. Austin Davis, Southern Miss .576 (19-14)

Senior receivers Tyron Carrier and Patrick Edwards have both posted two 1,000-yard receiving seasons. If either, or both, receivers record a third 1,000-yard season they will accomplish something no previous Cougar has.

Edwards, the former walk-on, missed four games of the 2008 season after a devastating leg injury. One year later (2009), he posted 1,021 receiving yards on 85 catches. In 2010 he followed up his performance with 1,100 (71 catches). He has 10 catches for 208 yards in two games, including a career-best performance of 178 yards vs. North Texas. He leads Conference USA in receiving yards and ranks 23rd nationally.

Carrier recorded his two 1,000-yard seasons in 2008 and 2009 with 1,026 and 1,029, respectively. He got off to a great start in 2011 with a 10-catch performance for 138 yards. He ranks third in C-USA in receiving yards.

The duo both rank in the UH top-10 all-time receiving yards -- Edwards fourth with 2,771 yards and Carrier seventh with 2,673.

UH has been known for its passing offense, however have a stable of running backs to strengthen the ground game. The Cougars return three running backs -- seniors Bryce Beall and Michael Hayes and sophomore Charles Sims -- with starting experience and a combined career yardage of 4,349. Among the three, Beall (2008) and Sims (2009) were honored as Conference USA Freshmen of the Year in their respective seasons.

In the season opener, the trio rushed for 131 yards, led by Beall's 69 yards and a touchdown. Hayes scored twice and ran for 42 yards. Beall and Hayes both averaged over six yards a carry. Sims averaged 5.0 yards per rush on four carries for 20 yards. In game two, Hayes and Beall combined for 104 yards with a rushing touchdown by Hayes.

Beall's A Ringing
Senior running back Bryce Beall has 2,856 rushing yards in three-plus years at UH, which currently ranks fifth on the school's career rushing yards list. He needs 753 yards in his senior season to become Houston's all-time rusher and surpass record-holder Ketric Sanford's (1996-99) 3,636 yards. Beall ran for 1,247 yards as a freshman, 670 as a sophomore in 2009 and 870 last year. He has rushed for 97 yards this season.

Beall earned first-team All-Conference USA honors in 2010 and broke the UH career record for total and rushing touchdowns after scoring 12 last season. In three-plus seasons, he has rushed for 33 touchdowns and has 40 total for his career. He also has averaged 5.6 yards per rush.

In three-plus seasons at Houston, Kevin Sumlin has created an offense with gaudy numbers ranked among the nation's best each season. Its tough to match the numbers posted in 2009 when three phases ranked No. 1 nationally. However, through two games, UH has returned to the top of the rankings in passing offense and ranks sixth in total offense.

Year Passing (Rk) Total (Rk) Scoring (Rk)
2011 436.5 (1st) 579.5 (6th) 43.0 (24th)
2010 327.2 (5th) 480.5 (11th) 37.7 (13th)
2009 433.7 (1st) 563.4 (1st) 42.2 (1st)
2008 401.6 (2nd) 562.8 (2nd) 40.6 (10th)

Houston became only the third team in NCAA history to have a 5,000-yard passer and three 1,000-yard receivers when it accomplished the feat in 2009. The other two teams are Texas Tech (2002) and Tulsa (2007). Case Keenum is only the second quarterback in NCAA history to pass for over 5,000 yards in two different seasons (2008, 2009.

The other was Texas Tech's Graham Harrell in 2007 and 2008.

In 2008, Keenum passed for over 5,000 yards, running back Bryce Beall rushed for over 1,000 and receiver Tyron Carrier caught for over 1,000 yards, marking only the second time in NCAA history.

UH became the fourth team in NCAA history to have three 1,000-yard receivers when Tyron Carrier, James Cleveland and Patrick Edwards each eclipsed the mark --the other teams were Texas Tech 2002, Hawaii in 2007 and Tulsa in 2007.

Senior receivers Tyron Carrier and Patrick Edwards have caught a pass in every game of their college careers. Carrier is on a streak of 41 consecutive games with a catch, which is tied for most in the country. Edwards ranks fifth nationally with 35 straight games played with a reception.

41 -- Tyron Carrier (Houston, Sr.)
40 -- Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma, Sr.)
38 -- Kendall Wright (Baylor, Sr.)
36 -- Patrick Edwards (Houston, Sr.); Joe Adams (Arkansas, Sr.); B.J. Cunningham (Michigan State, Sr.)
34 -- Jeff Fuller (Texas A&M, Sr.)

EDWARDS DEFYING THE ODDS Houston receiver Patrick Edwards knows the word adversity. He came to UH as a walk-on and earned a scholarship from head coach Kevin Sumlin in 2008. That same year, he suffered a devastating broken leg in a game against Marshall. However in 2010, Edwards led the team with 70 receptions for 1,100 yards.

Edwards topped the 2,000-career receiving yard mark, becoming one of only nine Cougar receivers to hit that milestone. If he puts together another 1,000-yard season, he could become the school's all-time receiving yards record holder.

Last season, he also ranked ninth nationally and second in the conference in punt returns with a 15.4 per return average. Against Memphis, he took one 74 yards for a touchdown, the first of his career.

With a win over North Texas, quarterback Case Keenum tie former UH and current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb for most wins as a starting signal caller at 26. With one more victory, Keenum will be the all-time winningest signal caller in UH history.

Senior quarterback Case Keenum threw for 458 yards against UNT to improve to fourth on the NCAA Career Passing Yardage list passing BYU's Ty Detmer and Hawaii's Colt Brennan.

Keenum totaled 467 yards of total offense against North Texas to move to up to fourth on the NCAA's career total offense chart passing Texas' Colt McCoy. He now has 15,255 total yards, 345 yards shy of surpassing Texas Tech's Graham Harrell.

Keenum's 458 yards vs. UNT was his 13th 400-yard passing performance of his career. It was his highest total since his 527 yards vs. East Carolina in the 2009 Conference USA Championship game.

Senior receiver Tyron Carrier posted his first 100-yard performance since the 2009 season with his 10-catches for 138 yards in the season opener against UCLA.

Houston has gone six consecutive games with a 100-yard receiver, which ranks as the second-longest streak inthe nation behind Oklahoma State's seven games.

The University of Houston offense has led the nation in total offense seven times, which is the most in the NCAA tied with Arizona State and Tulsa. UH has beenthe national total offense leader in 2009, 1992, 1990, 1989, 1968, 1967 and 1966 .

The Cougars' offense is led by coordinators Jason Phillips and Kliff Kingsbury. Both coordinators enjoyed illustrious collegiate careers which led to time in the NFL. Phillips was an All-American receiver at the University of Houston, leading the nation in receiving yards in both 1987 and `88. He was drafted by Detroit in 1989 and went on to an eight-year career in the NFL. Kingsbury recorded more than 12,000 yards passing in his All-American career at Texas Tech. He was a sixth-round draft pick by the New England Patriots.

Senior receiver Patrick Edwards earned Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week honors for his 187-yard performance in Houston's 48-23 win over North Texas. He averaged 23.4 yards per catch and scored on a 46-yard pass from Keenum. The receiving yards were the most in a single game for Edwards and ranks him No. 1 in the conference in the category.

Keenum was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his 310-yard, two touchdown performance vs. UCLA in the season opener when he completed 75 percent of his passes. Keenum connected with nine different receivers for 30 receptions.

Keenum is tied for 1st nationally in passes of 15+ yards (20)
Keenum is tied for 4th nationally in passes of 25+ yards (7)
Keenum is tied for 1st nationally in touchdown passes thrown in the second half (5)
Keenum leads the nation in passing yards in the 3rd quarter (313)
Keenum leads the nation in passing yards on 1st down (533)
Keenum is tied for 1st nationally for touchdown passes on first down (4)
Edwards leads the nation in receiving yards in the 3rd quarter (143)

Linebacker Marcus McGraw has started 41 straight games, every contest of his collegiate career, dating back to his true freshman season in 2008. With 392 total career tackles, McGraw ranks fifth in the UH record books needing 114 to break the all-time mark held by Ryan McCoy (1990-93). He got his senior season off to a great start with 23 total tackles in the first two games, which ranks 13th in the NCAA and fifth in Conference USA.

He has topped the century mark in tackles in three consecutive seasons with 103 as a freshman, 156 as a sophomore and 110 in 2010. McGraw has also led the team in tackles three straight years, joining a group of only three other UH players who have accomplished that feat. He could be the second defender in school history to be the team leader in tackles all four years of college.

As a sophomore he led the conference and ranked fifth in the NCAA in tackles with 11.1 per game. McGraw was named Second Team All-Conference USA in both 2009 and 2010 as one of the league's top defensive players.

The Houston defense held UNT to six second-half points and allowed only 107 yards of total offense in the final two quarters (46 rushing and 61 passing).

Senior linebacker Sammy Brown has picked up where he left off in 2010 adding 3.5 tackles for loss in the season opener. Dating back the last nine games (to Rice in 2010), Brown has recorded 21 tackles for loss, an average of 2.3 TFL per game. He currently ranks sixth in Conference USA after leading the league in 2010.

Junior D.J. Hayden recorded his first collegiate interception in last week's win over North Texas, which also marked the first by the UH defense in 2011.

In three-plus seasons under head coach Kevin Sumlin, the UH football team has blocked 18 kicks, second-most in the country during that time span. The 18 blocks have come from eight different players and include eight field goals, seven extra point attempts and three punts.

In the 2011 season opener vs. UCLA, the Cougars had a crucial blocked kick on a Bruin extra point attempt in the fourth quarter. UCLA had a chance to get the score within three points after a late touchdown, but the UH block kept the margin at four points, which was the final score difference for the win, 38-34. UH followed up that performance with another blocked extra point at North Texas.

21 -- Fresno State
18 -- Houston
17 -- Middle Tennessee, Texas
16 --
15 -- USC
12 -- UL-Lafayette
11 -- Rutgers
10 -- Air Force

Senior kick returner Tyron Carrier has six returns for touchdowns over his four years at Houston, including four during the 2009 season. In 2010, he added another touchdown to his total with a 91-yard return at SMU. He is the only player in school history with multiple kickoff return scores in a single season.

Carrier is now just one touchdown from tying former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller's NCAA record of seven kickoff return touchdowns set from 2006 to 2009. Carrier had the school's most kickoff return yardage in a single season in 2010 with 1,174 yards on 50 returns. He has 6,092 all-purpose yards in four years, and with his 180 yards in the season opener he broke the school career record. Here is a list of Carrier's six returns:
1st - 93 yards vs. Tulsa, 11/15/08
2nd - 92 yards vs. SMU, 10/24/09
3rd - 98 yards at Tulsa, 11/7/09
4th - 99 yards vs. Rice, 11/28/09
5th - 79 yards vs. Air Force, 12/31/09 (Bell Helicopter Armed Forced Bowl)
6th - 91 yds at SMU, 10/23/10

Placekicker Matt Hogan hit his 29th career field goal in the season opener and is now 29-of-32 in his three years at Houston, connecting on 90.6 percent of his attempts. He added six extra points against UNT and has 103 for his career.

Jordan Mannisto and Leone have shared kickoff duties in the first two games. Mannisto took four-of-eight for touchbacks. He averaged 67.5 yards per kickoff.

Punter Richie Leone has averaged 53.8 yards on five punts, including four over 50 yards. He doesn't have enough punts to qualify for NCAA rankings but based on his average he would lead the nation. He has laned two-of-five punts inside the 20 yard line.

After starting 36 games at offensive guard for Houston the past three years, senior Chris Thompson has moved to center. He has started 39 career games at UH. In the season opener vs. UCLA he scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery. Thompson has been a part of offensive lines that has led the nation in total offense in 2008 and 2009 and ranked in the top-15 in 2010. With two games played, UH is back as the NCAA's No. 1 passing team and ranks No. 6 in total offense.

Junior Kelvin King played two seasons at linebacker before being moved full-time to defensive end. In two years at linebacker, he totaled 6.5 tackles for a loss of 34 yards and three sacks. This season, he has three tackles, one for loss.

The Cougars have five players on the roster who are no strangers to winning national titles. Junior college transfers DL Dominic Miller, RB Michael Hayes and OL Josh McNeil from Blinn (Brenham, Texas) won a title in 2009. Defensive backs Chevy Bennett and D.J. Hayden transferred from Navarro (Corsicana, Texas) after winning the title in 2010.

The Cougars have taken advantage of playing at home at Robertson Stadium. Dating back to the 2006 season, UH is 27-5 record (.844) at home. Even more impressive, the Cougars' margin of victory in those 27 wins is a remarkable 23.3 points per game (628 in 27 wins).

Kevin Sumlin has a 8-6 (9-7 including bowl games) in his first three-plus years at UH. Outside of Houston's eight conference games on the schedule in 2011, the Cougars battle schools from the Pac-10 (UCLA, W, 38-34), Sunbelt (North Texas, W, 48-23), WAC (Louisiana Tech) and one independant school (Georgia State).

Conference	Record Under Sumlin	Team (Result, Year)
Big 12		2-2			Oklahoma State (L, 37-56, 2008; W, 45-35, 2009)
					Texas Tech (W, 29-28, 2009; L, 20-35)
MWC		1-3			Air Force (L, 28-31, 2008; W, 34-28, 2008*; L, 20-47, 2009*)
					Colorado State (L, 25-28, 2008)
Pac-12		1-1			UCLA (W, 38-34, 2011; L, 13-31, 2010)
SEC		1-1			Mississippi State (W, 31-24, 2009; L, 24-47, 2010)
Southland	2-0			Northwestern State (W, 55-7, 2009); Texas State (W, 68-28, 2010)
Sun Belt	1-0			North Texas (W, 48-23, 2011)
SWAC		1-0			Southern (W, 55-3, 2008)
* bowl games

In 2010, Houston sold out five of its six home games, and posted its two largest attendances in Robertson Stadium in the first two games of the season vs. Texas State and UTEP. In the 2011 opener vs. UCLA, UH posted the 10th-largest crowd in stadium history and has seven of the school's top-10 crowds posted in the past three seasons. Nine of the top-15 attendance numbers have come during Sumlin's four years as head coach.

Top-15 Crowds at Robertston Stadium
1.	32,119	vs. UTEP		9/10/10	Sumlin
	32,119	vs. Texas State		9/4/10	Sumlin
3.	32,114	vs. Texas Tech		9/26/09	Sumlin
4.	32,067	vs. Mississippi State	10/9/10	Sumlin
5.	32,009	vs. Tulane		9/25/10	Sumlin
6.	32,008	vs. UCF			11/5/10	Sumlin
7.	31,818	vs. Southern Miss	12/1/06	Briles
8.	31,784	vs. Texas		9/22/01	Dimel
	31,784	vs. Rice		9/4/99	Helton
10.	31,144	vs. UCLA		9/3/11	Sumlin
11.	30,046	vs. Tulsa		11/13/10 Sumlin
12.	28,260	vs. Oklahoma State	9/23/06	Briles
13.	28,243	vs. Rice		11/28/09 Sumlin
14.	27,302	vs. Grambling State	9/16/06	Briles
15.	26,889	vs. SMU			10/24/09 Sumlin



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