Thursday Night Football: Houston Steamrolls Rice, Case Keenum Sets TD Mark, Virginia Downs Miami

Case Keenum broke Graham Harrell's NCAA mark for career touchdown passes and Houston blew out Rice. In other action, Virginia squeaked by Miami.

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Rice Vs. Houston Final: Case Keenum Throws For 9 TD's In 73-34 Route

The Houston Cougars steam rolled the Rice Owls in a Conference USA match up. The game started off with a 100-yard kick off return for a touchdown by Houston. Cougars quarterback Case Keenum was on fire putting up stats that are gaudy even for him. Keenum ended the day completing 24 of 37 passes for 534 yards and 9 touchdowns. That is not a typo, Keenum threw 9 passing touchdowns, just two short of the NCAA single game record held by a former Houston quarterback, David Klingler with 11.

Keenum wasn't the only Houston player with a ridiculous night however, as Houston wide receiver Patrick Edwards averaged 45 yards per catch. Edwards ended the day with 7 receptions for 318 yards with 5 touchdowns. All of Edwards touchdown receptions were at least 20 yards.

The Owls actually took an early lead in the game, as the Houston offense was slow to get going. Rice jumped out to an early 17-7 lead thanks to a rushing touchdown and a Case Keenum fumble returned for a touchdown. After Rice went up 20-14, Houston scored 38 straight points to put the game away. Keenum threw his final touchdown pass with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to finish off the scoreboard, 73-34.


Virginia Vs. Miami Final: Cavaliers Upset Hurricanes, 28-21

The Miami Hurricanes were upset by the Virginia Cavaliers 28-21 in Miami. Virginia put the game away early in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Michael Rocco to Perry Jones. The Cavs then pulled off the two-point conversion to go up 28-14. Miami scored a touchdown on their next drive, but wasn't enough as the Cavs pulled off the upset and pulled their overall record to 5-3 (2-2 ACC) and looking like they're heading to a bowl game.

The Hurricanes couldn't do enough defensively to slow down the Cavs, but got another wonderful game from the much maligned Jacory Harris. Harris ended the night completing 21 of 30 passes for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. Harris didn't have many of his typical gaffes and penchant to turn the ball over. 

Miami's defense have up too many big plays, which ultimately doomed them. All three of the Cavs touchdowns came from plays of 37+ yards. Rocco connected on 11 of 19 passes for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The time of possession and total yards for each team were nearly identical, but the Cavs were able to eat clock by rushing for over 200 yards on the ground. Miami falls to 4-4 on the season, 2-3 in the ACC.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Miami blog The 7th Floor andVirginia blog Streaking The Lawn. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.


Case Keenum, Patrick Edwards Putting On A Show For Houston Cougars

It seemed like the Houston Cougars were destined for a dogfight on Thursday after the Rice Owls came out swinging haymakers. In reality, that couldn't be farther from the truth. After a rough first quarter, Houston has sprung to life to effectively put away the Owls with a quick burst in the second and third quarters. The Cougars currently lead the Owls, 59-34.

Because just describing what Houston is doing doesn't quite do it justice, here's some stats that seem relevant.

Case Keenum tossed an interception and fumbled in the first quarter, but recovered to throw seven touchdown passes. The fifth touchdown pass broke Graham Harrell's NCAA career mark.

It gets better for Keenum. Through just about three quarters, he's completed 18 passes. Seven were touchdowns.

Patrick Edwards has five catches for 249 yards and three touchdowns. He's averaging almost 50 yards per catch.

Charles Sims has three catches for 69 yards and two of them are touchdowns.

Keenum has completed passes to just five receivers. Four of them have touchdown catches. The fifth? Michael Hayes had one catch for zero yards and probably feels left out.

Houston's longest scoring drive of the game was 2:05. The rest are hovering around the one-minute mark. Don't blink.

This game is insane. I suggest you tune in to Fox Sports and give it a shot. After Keenum's last touchdown pass, Rice rushed for a 97-yard touchdown. If nothing else, this is entertaining.


Case Keenum Sets NCAA Record For Career Touchdown Passes

Houston quarterback Case Keenum continues to rewrite the record book, this time setting the NCAA mark for career touchdown passes. Coming into the Cougars' Thursday night matchup with the Rice Owls, Keenum needed five touchdown passes to break Graham Harrell's career mark. After a shaky start in which he threw an interception and gave away a fumble early, Keenum rebounded, tying the career mark with four touchdown passes in the first half.

Keenum finally got on the board as time expired in the first quarter with a 57-yard strike to Patrick Edwards. The lengthy connection was a theme, with Keenum and Edwards hooking up again in the second quarter for a 68-yard score. Keenum also completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Tyron Carrier and an 18-yarder to Justin Johnson to tie the record.

And 25 seconds into the third quarter, Keenum broke the record with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sims. For the night, he's thrown for 321 yards, five touchdowns and one interception, and we're under a minute into the third quarter.

For his career, Keenum has thrown 135 touchdown passes, one better than Harrell's previous mark of 134.


Miami-Virginia, Houston-Rice Game Times, TV Schedules And More

The Miami Hurricanes host the Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday night.

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