Boxscore
Houston 30, Penn State 14
Monday, January 2, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Cotton Bowl Stadium
Attendance - 46817

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Penn State 0 7 7 0 14
Houston 17 7 3 3 30

Recap


Case Keenum wrapped up his college career in style, passing for 532 yards and three touchdowns as No. 17 Houston beat No. 23 Penn State 30-14 in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas.
 
Keenum fueled the Cougars (13-1) to a 24-7 halftime lead, throwing for 380 yards and all three touchdowns in the first two quarters. Keenum finished 44 yards shy of the national bowl game record for most yards passing, set by BYU’s Ty Detmer against Penn State in the 1989 Holiday Bowl.
 
Facing a Penn State passing defense ranked fifth in the nation, Keenum passed for 227 yards in the first quarter. His 40-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Edwards and 8-yard touchdown pass to Justin Johnson helped the Cougars build a 17-0 lead after one quarter.
 
After the Nittany Lions (9-4) pulled within 17-7 on Stephfon Green’s 6-yard touchdown run with 5:57 to go before halftime, Keenum and Edwards connected for a 75-yard touchdown pass with 1:43 left in the half.
 
Houston won under interim coach Tony Levine, who took over last month when Kevin Sumlin left to take the Texas A&M job. Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley may have coached his final game.
 
Penn State struggled offensively. Quarterback Rob Bolden, who started because Matt McGloin suffered a concussion in a locker room fight last month, finished with three interceptions and just 137 yards passing – 69 yards on a touchdown pass to Justin Brown with 2:38 left in the third quarter.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 13:08
Houston   TD  Houston 7 - Penn State 0
1st Quarter - 9:12
Houston   FG  Houston 10 - Penn State 0
1st Quarter - 2:35
Houston   TD  Houston 17 - Penn State 0
2nd Quarter - 5:57
Penn State   TD  Houston 17 - Penn State 7
2nd Quarter - 1:43
Houston   TD  Houston 24 - Penn State 7
3rd Quarter - 4:21
Houston   FG  Houston 27 - Penn State 7
3rd Quarter - 2:38
Penn State   TD  Houston 27 - Penn State 14
4th Quarter - 14:52
Houston   FG  Houston 30 - Penn State 14
TEAMS

Team Records

  Penn State Houston
W/L 9 - 4 - 0 13 - 1 - 0
Conference 6 - 2 - 0 8 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Penn State Houston
Score 14 30
First Downs 14 25
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-18
33%
6-for-17
35%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 306 600
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 44-169 16-68
Average/Rush 3.8 4.2
Passing
Comp-Att 7-27 45-69
Passing Yards 137 532
Average/Pass Play 4.7 7.5
Penalties-Yards 6-55 6-55
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Time of Possession 32:11 27:49

PLAYER STATS

Penn State (9 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Bolden 7/26 137 1 3
B. Belton 0/1 0 0 0
Houston (13 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Keenum 45/69 532 3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Green 15 63 4.2 1
S. Redd 14 53 3.8 0
B. Belton 6 38 6.3 0
R. Bolden 6 16 2.7 0
D. Smith 2 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Sims 6 39 6.5 0
M. Hayes 2 20 10.0 0
C. Keenum 7 10 1.4 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Brown 1 69 69.0 1
D. Smith 2 49 24.5 0
K. Haplea 1 12 12.0 0
S. Green 2 6 3.0 0
J. Suhey 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
P. Edwards 10 228 22.8 2
J. Johnson 12 148 12.3 1
R. Williams 6 58 9.7 0
T. Carrier 9 44 4.9 0
C. Sims 5 30 6.0 0
E. Smith 2 13 6.5 0
M. Hayes 1 11 11.0 0
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