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On a night when one of the nation's most prolific passers needed an above average night to tie Graham Harrell for most career touchdown passes, Houston quarterback Case Keenum had an extraordinary night and shattered the NCAA record. Houston battled through an early Rice charge and rainy conditions to burn the Owls for 655 yards and a 73-34 win.
Keenum finished the night completing 24 of 37 throws for 534 yards and nine touchdowns, adding yet another record to his six-year career as a Cougar. Just a week ago, Keenum became FBS's career leader in total offense during Houston's 63-28 win over Marshall. So it wasn't surprising to see the star quarterback repeat a similar performance against Rice on Thursday night.
Rice jumped out to an early 17-7 lead in the first quarter, recovering a Keenum fumble for a touchdown. But the sixth-year senior answered quickly, tossing a 57-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Edwards on the final play of the period. From there it was all standard-issue Cougars offense, as the speedy attack wore down Rice and pulled away over the next 45 minutes of game time. Edwards continued to be a target of choice for Keenum on the record-setting night, finishing with 318 yards and five touchdowns - both career highs for the senior.
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