Halfway through the second quarter, Case Keenum and the undefeated Houston Cougars finally got on the board in the Conference USA title game. Keenum hit Justin Johnson for a nine yard touchdown, capping an 11 play, 65 yard drive that got the Cougar crowd back into the game. The Cougars' quarterback hit Johnson in the middle of the field, and he fought through the defense to just break the plane. He bobbled the ball going to the ground but recovered the rock for the score.
Just two minutes later after a Southern Miss three-and-out, the Cougars evened it up at 14. The quick strike drive was highlighted by another big play to Justin Johnson. Keenum hit Johnson in stride in the middle of the field, and the Cougar wideout raced down the middle of the field to the one yard line. Just one play later, Michael Hayes would go over the top to tie the game.
Keenum is now 15 of 21 for 152 yards, and has hit on his last 11 throws as the Cougars look to get their high powered offense rolling after a silent first quarter. The Golden Eagles have managed to put pressure on Keenum for much of the afternoon, but the Cougars look like their back on track in the second quarter.
The Golden Eagles, however, quickly responded to re-take the lead at 21-14. Quarterback Austin Davis hit Dominique Sullivan for a 75 yard touchdown. It was a career-long catch for Sullivan, and a quick response to quiet the Cougar crowd.