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Keenum fires six TDs in record setting win

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Coog fans get hype for the UH homecoming game. Photo by: Jairo Razo
By the end of the third quarter at Robertson Stadium the #19 Houston Cougars were well on their way towards their sixth straight win of the season against the Marshall Thundering Herd.

The Cougars were led once again by Heisman hopeful QB Case Keenum, who threw for 376 yards and six TDs, becoming the Football Bowl Subdivision’s career leader in total offense. Marshall made it a close game early, but the Cougars were too much, ultimately defeating Marshal 63-28.

Keenum passed former Hawaii QB Jimmy Chang (16,910) in total offense when he connected with Justin Johnson early in the third quarter. Keenum completed 24 of 28 passes and at one point had 15 straight completions.

Houston scored three combined second quarter TD’s by Charles Simms and Michael Hayes which gave them a comfortable half-time lead 35-14. Four of its five TD drives took no more than 90 seconds.

Despite Marshall winning ball possession 42 minutes to 17minutes, Houston was able to score five TD’s by half-time compared to only two by Marshall.

The last time the Cougars had a 6-0 record was in 1990. They ended up with a 10-1 record and lost all national championship hopes in a 45-24 loss to Texas, their only loss of the year. Former QB David Klingler set a record that year, throwing 11 TDs against Eastern Washington in an 84-21 rout.

The Cougars got on the board just three plays into the game, when Keenum threw a 70 yard TD pass to WR Patrick Edwards. After Marshall scored to tie the game, Keenum connected with WR Tyron Carrier for 12 yards and a score, taking the lead again.

On the first play of the second quarter, Marshall was able to tie the game at 14 when A.J. Graham completed a pass to WR Aaron Dobson. That would be the last time Marshall would be able to hang on with Houston.

The Cougars would go on to outscore Marshall 49-14 the rest of the game, including a 20 yard TD interception return by Freshman LB Derrick Mathews. The Cougars led the nation is passing yards with 441.7 per game and points with 49.3 per game.

The Cougars are now 7-0 and in sole possession of Conference USA – West. They face the Rice Owls next Saturday at 7pm at Robertson Stadium in the Bayou Bucket Classic.

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