Oct. 24, 2011
« This will be the 38th meeting between the two inner-city rivals, one of only two Football Bowl Subdivision rivalries that pits two schools from the same city (USC / UCLA) ... Houston leads the series 26-11, including a 5-1 mark at Robertson Stadium.
« The series vs. Rice is the longest running series in Houston football history ... The 36 meetings vs. Tulsa is second on that list.
« The 26 wins posted by the Cougars (vs. Rice) are the most against any other team in its 66-year history.
« The Cougars have recorded a 4-2 record versus the Owls while members of Conference USA.
« Houston posted a 16-4 mark versus Rice while a member of the Southwest Conference and Houston has the longest winning streak in the series, a six-game win streak from 1987-1992.
« The victor of this game will win the Bayou Bucket trophy presented by State Farm.
« Houston and Rice met 11 times in the Astrodome, with Houston holding a 7-4 all-time mark ... The last meeting in the Astrodome was in 1994 and next year the series is scheduled to move to Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans ... It’s a two-year deal for 2012 and 2013 and the game will be televised by FSN.
« Houston looks to equal its best start in school history on Thursday as it hosts Rice in the annual State Farm Bayou Bucket contest at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.
« The Marshall win marked the seventh-consecutive game that the Cougars scored at least 35 points ... It was their fourth straight game with at least 49 points and the third time in the last four games with at least 56 points.
« In 2011, Houston has posted 25 scoring drives of six plays or less ... In addition, Houston has recorded 27 scoring drives of two minutes or less, including six sub-2:00 drives vs. Marshall, and each of those six were under 1:25 ... With those quick strikes, Houston needed just 17:45 (barely one quarter of the game) in time of possession to gain the 35-point win.
« Houston is undefeated at home in 2011 and has outscored its last three opponents 175-31 inside Robertson Stadium, an average score of 58.3-to-10.3.
« Eight is the magic number for Houston ... The Cougars are one of eight remaining undefeated teams and will look to improve to 8-0 on the year, which would equal 8-0 starts by UH teams in 1979 and 1990 ... That 1979 squad peaked at No. 4 in the national rankings, while the 1990 team reached No. 3.
« Head Coach Kevin Sumlin is reaching rarefied air at UH ... He is in his fourth season and is one win shy of his third eight-win campaign in four tries ... The last time Houston had three seasons of 8+ wins over four years was 1976-79 under Bill Yeoman.
« Sumlin is the winningest coach at Houston through his first 3+ seasons ... Sumlin has 30 wins (30-16), which is already fourth in school history ... He is just seven wins shy of second place ... Yeoman is first with 160 wins in 25 years at UH ... Sumlin’s .652 winning percentage is tops among Houston coaches with more than three seasons on the sidelines.
« Houston is one of seven teams from the state of Texas ranked or receiving votes in this week’s Top 25 poll ... Only Texas A&M is ranked higher than UH ... In the Coaches’ Poll, A&M is #16, Houston is #18, Texas Tech is #22, Texas is #26, TCU is #28, Baylor is #29 and SMU is #35.
« Houston is back in the national rankings and one of only eight undefeated teams remaining in F.B.S. in 2011 ... The Cougars have been ranked each of the last three weeks and are enjoying their highest ranking since Dec. 5, 2009, when they were also ranked #18 ... Houston has been ranked (at least one week) each of the last three seasons, a first for the Cougars since the 1989-91 campaigns.
« Head Coach Kevin Sumlin is 6-0 at Robertson Stadium when coaching a ranked club ... In fact “home” has been a great place for the Cougars as a ranked program ... UH has won 19 consecutive home games as a ranked team dating back to a 14-7 loss to Miami (Fla.) in 1980.
« As if that streak wasn’t impressive enough, All-America signal caller Case Keenum has won 21 consecutive home games (19 as a starter) ... He boasts 23 TD throws and just two INTs already in 2011, but over his 19 consecutive home wins (as a starter) the Abilene, Texas, native has 66 TD tosses and just nine interceptions.
« The Cougars have been to six bowl games in the last eight seasons and are already bowl eligible in 2011 after starting 7-0.
« Houston continues to lead the country in passing offense, total offense and scoring offense ... The Cougars average 441.7 yards per game through the air and are a very respectable #53 nationally in rushing at 164.4 yards a game ... The club averages a national-best 606.1 yards in total offense and score 49.3 points per game.
« Houston leads Conference USA in seven offensive categories this season, pacing the league with 28.9 per game and third-down conversions with a rate of 56.2 percent.
« In a note to show the offensive line some love, the Cougars rank second with only eight sacks allowed and are fifth in C-USA with 164.4 yards per game rushing ... The team’s 5.1 yards per carry leads the league.
« The University of Houston has led the nation in total offense seven times, which is the most in the NCAA, tied with Arizona State and Tulsa ... UH has been the 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 enjoyed illustrious collegiate careers which led to time in the NFL. Phillips was an All-America 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-America career at Texas Tech. He was a sixth-round draft pick by the New England Patriots.
COUGAR OFFENSIVE PLAYER TIDBITS
« Case Keenum leads the country in several offensive categories and continues to shatter NCAA career marks in the process ... Keenum is the NCAA’s career leader in total offense (17,173) and touchdowns accounted for (150) ... Keenum is one score behind Colt Brennan (Hawaii - 131) for second on the NCAA career TD pass chart and four behind Graham Harrell (Texas Tech - 134) for the all-time record ... He needs just 801 more yards to break Timmy Chang’s (Hawaii) career passing mark of 17,072 yards.
« Keenum is only the second player in NCAA F.B.S. history to top 16,000 career passing yards.
« Keenum is third nationally with 23 TD passes through seven games ... He trails Boise State’s Kellen Moore (24) and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (24) by just one score ... However Keenum has fewer interceptions (2) compared to Moore (5) and Boyd (3).
« He leads the country in passing yardage as well in 2011, throwing for 2,685 yards in seven games, just ahead of Texas Tech’s Seth Doege (2,608).
« Keenum is completing a career high 72.9 percent of his passes in 2011, which also ranks No. 5 in the country ... In fact every time Keenum drops back to pass the Cougars average 10.1 yards per attempt ... Oh and to help illustrate Keenum’s accuracy, he opened 7-of-7 for 100 yards and a TD vs. Marshall, threw a pair of incompletions, and then hit his next 15 passes for 259 more yards and four more TDs.
« Thanks to his strong senior season, Keenum is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
« With the win over Louisiana Tech, quarterback Case Keenum became the University of Houston’s all-time winningest quarterback passing former UH and current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb ... Keenum has won 31 games in 44 starts.
« Keenum’s 471 yards at Georgia State was his 15th 400-yard passing performance of his career ... He also has 32 career 300-yard efforts.
« Keenum has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week twice this season ... The first came for his 310-yard, two touchdown performance vs. UCLA in the season opener when he completed 75 percent of his passes ... The second was after he led UH from a 27-point deficit to defeat Louisiana Tech, 35-34. In that game, he passed for 351 yards and three touchdowns.
« Houston boasts a talented trio of running backs and the collection of Charles Sims (55.0 ypg), Michael Hayes (54.9) and Bryce Beall (47.7) are averaging a combined 157.6 rushing yards per game this season.
« In addition to averaging nearly identical yardage, each RB has six rushing scores apiece in 2011, while Hayes has added four receiving TDs and Sims has one.
« Hayes grabbed two of his four TD receptions in the win over Marshall, a new career high.
« Hayes has scored at least one TD in each of the first seven games this season, including three games with multiple TDs ... He had two rushing scores vs. UCLA and one rushing TD and one receiving TD at North Texas before his two TD catches vs. Marshall
« Sims has scored at least one TD in four consecutive games, including three scores at UTEP and two vs. East Carolina.
« Patrick Edwards continues to be one of the country’s top pass-catchers, ranking 13th nationally at 107.2 yards per game ... That yardage is tops in Conference USA this season ... His six TD grabs also ranks among the Top 20 in America.
« Edwards has 246 career receptions, which is third in school history ... His 3,508 career receiving yards is second all-time at Houston, behind Vincent Marshall’s 3,770 career yards from 2003-06 ... Edwards has 13 career 100-yard games, which is sixth in C-USA history and his career yardage is fifth in conference history.
« Tyron Carrier has 270 career receptions, which is just two behind Marshall’s school record of 272 ... Carrier also needs just 31 more grabs to break the Conference USA record of 300 career catches set by Louisville’s Arnold Jackson (1997-2000).
« Carrier is third in the conference and among the Top 25 nationally with his 6.6 catches per game in 2011 ... He also enjoyed a season high 138 yards receiving with a score in the season-opening win vs. UCLA.
« Carrier is an explosive return man and has six career kickoff returns for scores, one behind C.J. Spiller’s (Clemson) NCAA record of seven.
« Carrier owns the NCAA’s longest active streak with a catch in 46 consecutive games (every game of his career), while Edwards has at least one catch in 41 straight.
« Houston had a C-USA best seven players make Phil Steele’s Midseason All-Conference C-USA squad ... Case Keenum (QB), Patrick Edwards (WR), Chris Thompson (C) and Jacolby Ashworth (OT) were first team picks, Tyron Carrier (WR) was a second team selection and Michael Hayes (RB) and Justin Johnson (WR) represented UH on the third team.
« Justin Johnson has five TD grabs in 2011, including a spectacular one-handed snag in the back of the endzone vs. Marshall ... Johnson is second on the club with those five scores, including two TDs in games vs. North Texas and Georgia State ... The five TDs is a career high.
« When the Cougars do manage a rare fourth down, the club ranks #3 nationally at 42.9 net yards per boot, including an average of 46.2 from sophomore Richie Leone on 22 total punts.
KEEPIN' KEENUM CLEAN
« Houston’s offensive line has done an excellent job protecting its quarterbacks this season and has allowed just eight total sacks in 320 pass attempts, one sack for every 40.0 attempts on the year.
« B.J. Anderson’s crew is one of the country’s top units in 2011 and boasts one senior, returning all-league pick Chris Thompson ... Thompson made the difficult transition from guard (First Team All-Conference in 2010) and was a midseason first team All-Conference USA pick at center by Phil Steele earlier this year ... Thompson was named to Watch Lists for the Lombardi and Outland Awards this season.
« More recently, Houston’s O-Line held a vaunted Marshall pass rush without a sack on Oct. 22 ... Marshall’s Vinny Curry entered the game with 9.5 sacks through seven games, but had just three tackles and zero behind the line of scrimmage.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER NOTES
« Houston ranks No. 7 nationally in turnover margin (1.3) and paces Conference USA ... The Cougars have enjoyed a +6 turnover margin in their last two games and own a +9 turnover margin this season.
« The club also leads C-USA in sacks (2.7) and leads the league with 11 interceptions ... Nationally the Cougars are No. 20 in sacks and No. 8 in INTs.
« Houston ranks No. 4 in Conferene USA in scoring defense (23.4) and considering the Cougar offense needed just 17:45 of possession to score 56-of-63 points vs. Marshall, that’s a pretty salty effort by Brian Stewart’s club ... In fact on the year, Houston averages just over 25 minutes T.O.P. this season.
« Houston had four defenders named to the Midseason All-Conference team by Phil Steele ... Marcus McGraw (2nd), Thomas Bates (3rd), Sammy Brown (3rd) and David Hunter (3rd) were named to the squad.
« Houston’s 56-0 victory over Georgia State was the Cougars’ first shutout since a 45-0 win against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 18, 1999 - a streak of 146 games.
« Georgia State’s 133 passing yards was the fewest by a Cougar opponent since Memphis recorded 92 yards on Oct. 30, 2010 ... GSU’s 241 yards of total offense (108 rush, 133 pass) was the fewest by a Cougar opponent since Texas Southern finished with 179 yards (48 rush, 131 pass) on Nov. 24, 2007.
« Houston then held East Carolina to just 21 yards rushing in 30 attempts in that 56-3 victory, the fewest since limiting Army to just 10 yards on Nov. 15, 2003.
« UH has been outstanding in the second half defensively all season ... It limited North Texas to just six second-half points and allowed only 107 yards of total offense in the final two quarters (46 rushing and 61 passing) in UH’s 48-23 win ... Against Louisiana Tech, the defense kept the Bulldogs from scoring in 6-of-8 drives during the final two quarters ... Against ECU the Cougars pitched a second half shutout.
« Houston has dialed up its defensive pressure in recent weeks and boasts six interceptions in its last two wins vs. East Carolina and Marshall ... The Cougars picked off four passes vs. ECU and two more vs. the Thundering Herd, including one pick that was returned 20 yards by Derrick Mathews for a score.
« Mathews has picked off a pass on back-to-back games ... His 20-yard return for a score vs. Marshall was the first of his career ... Mathews is a candidate for Freshman All-America honors in 2011 and ranks second on the team and second among all C-USA freshmen with 53 total tackles.
« One Cougar defender standing out with big plays is senior Sammy Brown ... Brown leads the country in tackles-for-loss (2.36 per game) and is fourth nationally with 1.1 sacks per contest ... Despite being in just his second season at UH, Brown is already ninth on the career list in TFLs with 36.5 and needs just 4.5 more to move into the Top Five.
« Dating back the last 14 games (to Rice in 2010), Brown has recorded 34.0 tackles for loss, an average of 2.4 TFL per game.
« Brown was recently added to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top defender.
« Marcus McGraw is moving up the UH career lists for tackles ... McGraw is third all-time with 441 total stops and is tied with Wade Phillips for the most career assists (228).
« The four-year starter is also third all-time at Houston with eight career fumbles forced.
« Phillip Steward is another explosive player for the Houston defense and won C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 10 ... Steward is second on the team with two interceptions and has 6.0 tackles for loss.
Twice this season Houston has rallied from double-digit deficits to earn victories, most recently during a 49-42 win at UTEP on Sept. 29 ... Falling behind 14-0 in the opening quarter, the Cougars rallied with the next three touchdowns to take their first lead.
Although the Miners rebounded to take a 28-24 lead midway through the third quarter, Houston scored the next two touchdowns to build an advantage it would never relinquish ... It eventually resulted in the eighth-largest comeback in school history.
In Houston’s 35-34 win over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 17, the Cougars overcame a 27-point deficit, the largest in school history ... It topped the previous record of 19 points (down 28-9, 3:46 left in 3rd quarter) vs. Conference USA-rival UTEP in a 42-37 win on Nov. 22, 2008 ... It was the biggest come-from-behind road win since a 31-30 win against Rice (down 30-14, 6:20 left in 3rd quarter) on Sept. 2, 2006.
The comeback began with 4:27 in the third quarter when Case Keenum connected with Patrick Edwards for a 50-yard touchdown in a drive which only took 44 seconds off the clock ... UH continued with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a back-of-the-end zone grab by Edwards with 1:36 left to go in the game ... The defense held Louisiana Tech to 69 yards in the fourth quarter and forced two turnovers, as well as a fourth-down stand.
With the win at UTEP, Keenum has engineered three of the top four biggest comebacks in Houston history as well as four of the top 18:
• 1. 27 points down at Louisiana Tech in a 35-34 win (Sept. 17, 2011)
• 2. 19 points down vs. UTEP in a 42-37 win (Nov. 22, 2008)
• t-3. 17 points down vs. UAB in a 45-20 win (Oct. 9, 2008)
• t-8. 14 points down at UTEP in a 49-42 win (Sept. 29, 2011)
KEENUM CHASES NCAA RECORDS
« After throwing for 5,020 yards as a sophomore in 2008 and 5,671 yards 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 seven games in 2011, he has passed for 2,685 yards.
« The Abilene, Texas, native (16,271 career yards) threw for 376 yards in the win over Marshall last weekend and tied a career high with six TD tosses ... Keenum passed Timmy Chang (Hawaii) for the most total yards in F.B.S. history (17,173) and will look to put that record out of reach with a number of games remaining.
« Keenum (150) also broke former Central Michigan QB Dan Lefevour’s record of 149 TDs accounted four last Saturday ... Keenum has 130 career TD throws and 20 career TD runs ... Lefevour set that record in 2010.
« The six TD tosses also moved him within four TDs of the all-time touchdown passing mark of 134 held by former Texas Tech signal caller, Graham Harrell ... Keenum has 130 career TD passes, third all-time and just one behind Colt Brennan (Hawaii) for second place.
« He is also just the second player in NCAA history to top 16,000 career passing yards ... He has thrown for 16,271 career yards, just 801 yards short of Chang’s all-time NCAA passing yardage mark ... Keenum could also become the first player in NCAA history to top 18,000 yards in a career.
NCAA FBS All-Time Total Offense
Rk. Player, School Years Yards
1. Case Keenum, Houston 2007- 17,173
2. Timmy Chang, Hawaii 2000-04 16,910
NCAA FBS All-Time TD’s Accounted For
Rk. Player, School Years Yards
1. Case Keenum, Houston 2007- 150 (130 passing, 20 rushing)
2. Dan Lefevour, Central Michigan 2007-10 149 (102 passing, 47 rushing)
NCAA FBS All-Time Passing Yardage
Rk. Player, School Years Yards
1. Timmy Chang, Hawaii 2000-04 17,072
2. Case Keenum, Houston 2007- 16,271
3. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech 2005-08 15,793
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. Case Keenum, Houston 2007- 130
After leading the nation in total offense in 2008 and 2009, quarterback Case Keenum is back atop that list in 2011 with 389.3 total yards per game ... He also leads the country in passing offense with 383.6 yards per game.
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 first 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 32 300-yard passing performances in his career, 15 over 400 yards, and has led Houston to 16 career come-from-behind victories ... He has also completed passes to 30 different receivers in his career as a starter.
START ME UP FOR KEENUM
Quarterback Case Keenum has 31 wins as the starting quarterback for the Cougars, breaking Kevin Kolb’s (29) record for most wins by a UH quarterback ... With the Oct. 8 win over East Carolina, Keenum improved to 30-13 as a starter, winning 70 percent of his games ... He also has the second-most wins of all active NCAA quarterbacks, behind only Kellen Moore’s 45 wins at Boise State.
Most Wins - Active FBS Quarterbacks
Rk. Name, School Wins
1. Kellen Moore, Boise State 45
2. Case Keenum, Houston 31
3. Andrew Luck, Stanford 27
4. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 25 (19 wins came at N.C. State / 6 at Wisconsin)
5. Tim Jefferson, Air Force 24
Landry Jones, Oklahoma 24
7. Austin Davis, Southern Miss 24
8. Matt Barkley, USC 23
Stephen Garcia, South Carolina 22
Jordan Jefferson, LSU 23
11. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State 22
Best Winning Percentage – Active FBS Quarterbacks
Rk Name, School Pct. (W-L)
1. Kellen Moore, Boise State .957 (45-2)
2. Andrew Luck, Stanford .844 (27-5)
3. Landry Jones, Oklahoma .774 (24-7)
4. Jordan Jefferson, LSU .767 (23-7)
5. Matt Barkley, USC .742 (23-8)
6. Case Keenum, Houston .705 (31-13)
7. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State .688 (22-10)
8. Tim Jefferson, Air Force .632 (24-14)
9. Austin Davis, Southern Miss .632 (24-14)
10. G.J. Kinne, Tulsa .594 (19-13)
GOING FOR THE TRI-FECTA
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, it will be a first in program history.
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).
In 2011, he has 44 catches for 751 yards through seven games, including a career-best performance of 178 yards vs. North Texas ... He most recently added seven grabs for 109 yards and a score vs. Marshall ... He leads Conference USA in receiving yards and stands 13th 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 in the season opener vs. UCLA and has a team high 46 grabs for 553 yards through seven games ... His 6.6 receptions per game ranks 22nd nationally.
The duo both rank in the UH top-10 all-time receiving yards — Edwards second with 3,508 yards and Carrier fifth with 3,088 ... It’s the first time in school history two 3,000-yard receivers are playing together.
UH has been known for its passing offense, however the Cougars have a stable of running backs, creating the country’s most potent offensive attack ... Three running backs — seniors Bryce Beall and Michael Hayes and sophomore Charles Sims — each own starting experience and a combined career yardage of 5,116 ... Among the three, Beall (2008) and Sims (2009) were honored as Conference USA Freshmen of the Year in their respective seasons.
In six of the first seven games, the three have combined to rush for more than 100 yards with a season high of 226 yards at UTEP in the Conference USA opener ... In addition, all three have rushed for six scores apiece.
BEALL'S A RINGING
Senior running back Bryce Beall has 3,073 rushing yards in three-plus years at UH, which currently ranks third on the school’s career rushing yards list ... He needs 579 yards in his senior season to become Houston’s all-time leading 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 286 yards this season.
Beall earned All-Conference USA First-Team 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 38 touchdowns and has 44 total for his career ... He also has averaged 5.6 yards per rush.
THE OFFENSE UNDER SUMLIN
In three-plus seasons at Houston, Kevin Sumlin has created an offense with gaudy numbers ranked among the nation’s best each season ... It’s tough to match the numbers posted in 2009 when three phases ranked No. 1 nationally ... However, through seven games, UH has returned to the top of the rankings in passing and total offense and ranks first in scoring offense.
Year Passing (Rk) Total (Rk) Scoring (Rk)
2011 441.7 (1st) 606.1 (1st) 49.4 (1st)
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 (2003) 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.
QUICK DRAW MCGRAW
Linebacker Marcus McGraw has started 46 straight games, every contest of his collegiate career, dating back to his true freshman season in 2008 ... With 441 total career tackles, McGraw ranks third in the UH record books, needing 66 to break the all-time mark held by Ryan McCoy (1990-93) ... He has started his senior season with a ban, posting with 55 total tackles through the first six games, which ranks tied for 36th in the NCAA and ninth 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.
HOUSTON AGAIN REPRESENTED IN B.C.S. POLL
Houston Football is once again in the Bowl Championship Series rankings as the Cougars debuted at No. 19 in the initial poll and have moved up to No. 17 in the latest announcement ... The Cougars actually improved on their “human poll” ranking in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches and Associated Press ledgers, where they are #18 in both rankings ... Houston is the lone Conference USA club in the rankings and joined Boise State (fourth) as the lone non-AQ schools in the Top 25.
The Cougars were ranked highest by the computer polls, including the Anderson & Hester computer ratings (9th) and the Colley Matrix (9th).
CARRIER TAKING IT TO THE HOUSE
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 6,510 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
TOUGH TO BEAT AT THE ROB
The Cougars have taken advantage of playing at home at Robertson Stadium ... Dating back to the 2006 season, UH is 30-5 record (.857) at home ... Even more impressive, the Cougars’ margin of victory in those 30 wins is a remarkable 25.8 points per game (731 in 30 wins).