Boxscore
Houston 73, Rice 34
Thursday, October 27, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - Robertson Stadium
Attendance - 32112

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Rice 17 3 14 0 34
Houston 14 24 28 7 73

Recap


Case Keenum became the NCAA’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and No. 18 Houston stormed past Rice 73-34 on Thursday night at Robertson Stadium.

Keenum tossed a career-high and Conference USA-record nine touchdowns, giving him 139 in his career, five more than Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell totaled from 2005-2008. He tied the record on an 18-yard hookup with Justin Johnson near the end of the first half, and then broke it with a 41-yard bomb to Charles Sims early in the third quarter.

Keenum, the FBS leader in total offense, now has 32 touchdowns to only three interceptions this season and has thrown for 15 scores in the last two games.

Patrick Edwards had a career-high 318 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Cougars (8-0, 4-0 Conference USA), who scored on nine straight drives after turning the ball over twice in their first three possessions.

Keenum also had 534 passing yards to notch his fifth career 500-yard game.

Rice (2-6, 1-4 Conference USA) actually led 17-7 in a rain-filled first quarter, but after the weather cleared Houston’s offense was unstoppable. The Owls refused to get out of man-to-man coverage against the Cougars’ speedy wide receivers, and it cost them. All of Houston’s scoring plays came from at least 18 yards out, and the Cougars never took longer than 2:28 to score.

Rice running back Tyler Smith scored on a 67-yard reception and 97-yard run, the longest scoring play in Owls' history.

Keenum wasn’t the only record-breaker for Houston. Tyron Carrier ran the opening kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown, tying C.J. Spiller’s NCAA record with seven career kick returns for scores.

At 8-0, the Cougars equaled their best start in program history.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 14:46
Houston   TD  Houston 7 - Rice 0
1st Quarter - 10:35
Rice   FG  Houston 7 - Rice 3
1st Quarter - 9:37
Rice   TD  Houston 7 - Rice 10
1st Quarter - 0:14
Rice   TD  Houston 7 - Rice 17
1st Quarter - 0:00
Houston   TD  Houston 14 - Rice 17
2nd Quarter - 11:20
Rice   FG  Houston 14 - Rice 20
2nd Quarter - 10:00
Houston   FG  Houston 17 - Rice 20
2nd Quarter - 6:28
Houston   TD  Houston 24 - Rice 20
2nd Quarter - 3:49
Houston   TD  Houston 31 - Rice 20
2nd Quarter - 0:26
Houston   TD  Houston 38 - Rice 20
3rd Quarter - 11:35
Houston   TD  Houston 45 - Rice 20
3rd Quarter - 8:20
Houston   TD  Houston 52 - Rice 20
3rd Quarter - 7:23
Rice   TD  Houston 52 - Rice 27
3rd Quarter - 6:03
Houston   TD  Houston 59 - Rice 27
3rd Quarter - 5:11
Rice   TD  Houston 59 - Rice 34
3rd Quarter - 2:43
Houston   TD  Houston 66 - Rice 34
4th Quarter - 10:13
Houston   TD  Houston 73 - Rice 34
TEAMS

Team Records

  Rice Houston
W/L 2 - 6 - 0 8 - 0 - 0
Conference 1 - 4 - 0 4 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Rice Houston
Score 34 73
First Downs 18 26
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-17
29%
6-for-13
46%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 475 656
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 60-359 26-122
Average/Rush 6.0 4.7
Passing
Comp-Att 7-19 24-40
Passing Yards 116 534
Average/Pass Play 5.8 13.0
Penalties-Yards 7-64 1-10
Fumbles-Lost 5-1 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 38:35 21:25

PLAYER STATS

Rice (2 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Fanuzzi 3/9 81 1 0
T. McHargue 3/8 27 0 0
T. Petersen 1/2 8 0 0
Houston (8 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Keenum 24/37 534 9 1
C. Turner 0/3 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Smith 13 170 13.1 2
T. Petersen 23 140 6.1 0
A. Gautreaux 1 47 47.0 0
J. Eddington 6 20 3.3 0
N. Fanuzzi 8 7 0.9 0
M. Hull 1 -11 -11.0 0
T. McHargue 8 -14 -1.8 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Hayes 12 76 6.3 0
C. Sims 7 50 7.1 0
B. Welford 2 6 3.0 0
C. Turner 1 5 5.0 0
C. Keenum 4 -15 -3.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Smith 3 73 24.3 1
V. McDonald 3 32 10.7 0
T. Cook 1 11 11.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
P. Edwards 7 318 45.4 5
T. Carrier 7 85 12.1 1
C. Sims 4 73 18.2 2
J. Johnson 4 56 14.0 1
M. Hayes 2 2 1.0 0
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