Nov. 9, 2009
The University of Houston has announced that junior quarterback Case Keenum has been named Conference USA co-Offensive Player of the Week and that freshman kicker Matt Hogan has been honored as the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week.
Keenum completed 40-of-60 passes for 522 yards and three touchdowns. His mark of 522 passing yards is the third highest single-game total of the season - the top two places also belong to Keenum (Southern Miss 569, UTEP 555).
This game marked the third time that Keenum led the Cougars on a last-minute scoring drive in the fourth quarter to win the game. Keenum led the offense to nine points in the final 21 seconds.
Hogan earned his first Player of the Week award by connecting on all four of his field goals and extra point attempts. Hogan's field goal attempts came from 32, 24, 26 and 51 yards away. Hogan drilled the 51-yard try as the clock expired, giving the Cougars their first walkoff win in program history. The kick ranks as the fourth longest field goal in Cougar history and the longest since Dustin Bell's 52-yard try in 2004.
Hogan remains perfect in the kicking game this season. He is seven-of-seven on field goal attempts and 16-of-16 on extra-point tries.
This is the twelfth C-USA award for the Cougars this season. Keenum has won the Offensive Player of the Week five times this season, which sets a new single-season record. Keenum has also established a new career record for most Player of the Week Awards (8). This is the second week in a row that a Cougar has been honored as a C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week. Senior tight end Fendi Onobun took home the previous award.
College Football Performance Awards
Several Houston players were honored by the College Football Performance Awards for their outstanding contributions in the win against Tulsa.
Sophomore kick returner Tyron Carrier was named the National Kickoff Returner of the Week. Carrier returned a kick for 98 yards after Tulsa had scored 10 straight points. He is now tied for fourth among all active players in kickoff returns for a touchdown (3). This is the second time Carrier has received this award.
In addition to being named the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week, Hogan was named the CFPA National Place kicker of the week.
Junior wide receiver James Cleveland and sophomore wide receiver Patrick Edwards were Honorable Mention for Wide Receiver Performers of the Week. Edwards had a career-best night by catching 11 passes for 176 yards. Cleveland totaled 167 yards on 12 catches with three touchdowns.
Keenum was Honorable Mention for Quarterback Performer of the Week.