Nov. 17, 2008
IRVING, Texas--Following the 70-30 victory over No. 24 Tulsa on Saturday, the University of Houston football team swept all three Conference USA Player of the Week awards, which included sophomore quarterback Case Keenum, sophomore cornerback Loyce Means and freshman wide receiver Tyron Carrier.
The Cougars were also named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.
Keenum, the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week, completed 24-of-37 passes for 402 yards, while rushing for 43 yards and a touchdown. The Abilene, Texas native has thrown for at least 300 yards 11 games in a row, a school record. He threw his third 400 yard-game of his career, and became the first quarterback since Jimmy Klinger (1992) to throw for at least six touchdowns in one game.
Means was named the C-USA Defensive POW after picking off three passes by Tulsa's quarterbacks. He also returned one for 69 yards to score a touchdown in the third quarter. This was his first multi-interception game of his career. In addition, Means also recorded six tackles and two pass breakups.
Carrier took the C-USA Special Teams POW, after returning a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown with just nine second left in the first half. This gave Houston the 42-17 lead to enter the second half. Carrier's game didn't stop there. He totaled four kickoff returns for 142 yards, and had 127 yards receiving and scored two touchdowns. He complied 292 all-purpose yards in the game.
As for Houston's Players of the Week, voted by the UH coaches, Keenum and sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Shoemaker were named Offensive Players of the Week. Means was the defensive POW, while senior Chris Pilot was honored for special teams.
With the help from Shoemaker, the Cougars were able to score 70 points, including 28 in the second quarter and 21 in the third.
Pilot recorded one solo tackle and four assists. He helped stop the Golden Hurricane and limit them to just 30 points.
The Cougars host C-USA rival UTEP at Robertson Stadium Saturday at 2:30 p.m.