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.