October 27, 2011
IN JANUARY, THE NCAA granted the Houston quarterback a sixth season of eligibility, after the school argued that he'd redshirted as a true freshman because of a shoulder injury and not voluntarily. His 2010 season ended with a knee injury in the third game. Now he's putting a hurt on the record book. Last week Keenum became the FBS all-time total offense leader. He now has 17,173 yards. The mark belonged to Hawaii's Timmy Chang (16,910 from 2000-04). With 16,271 passing yards, Keenum needs 802 to pass another Chang standard.
December 5, 2011
Houston vs. Penn State, TicketCity Bowl; Jan. 2, noon at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas; ESPNU Nickname: Cougars. Location: Houston. Record/finish: 12-1 overall, 8-1 Conference USA; lost conference title game to Southern Mississippi. Coach: Kevin Sumlin, fourth season, 35-17. Top rusher: Charles Sims, 782 yards, nine touchdowns. Top passer: Case Keenum, 5,099 yards, 45 touchdowns. Top receiver: Patrick Edwards, 79 catches, 1,524 yards, 18 touchdowns.
April 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Wisconsin's Nick Toon, the son of former New York Jets standout Al Toon, was selected in the fourth round of Saturday's NFL draft by New Orleans. "My dad was a great football player," Nick Toon said. "I don't think anyone would debate that. To go to the same school and play the same position, I think is a challenge. " Wide receivers and more trades were trendy on the final day of the draft, which ended when Indianapolis selected North Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnisch as Mr. Irrelevant - 252 picks after taking Andrew Luck to open the proceedings.
September 30, 2011 |
Ray Graham rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and host Pittsburgh dominated No. 16 South Florida, 44-17, on Thursday night. Graham's 13-yard touchdown gave Pitt (3-2, 1-0 Big East) the lead for good late in the first half and his 8-yard sprint up the middle early in the fourth quarter sealed it as the Panthers broke a five-game losing streak against ranked opponents. Pitt kept the Bulls' BJ Daniels under wraps all night. One of the nation's top dual-threat quarterbacks couldn't get it going with his arm or legs.
November 11, 2011 |
LOGAN THOMAS accounted for five touchdowns, David Wilson rushed for a career-best 175 yards and No. 10 Virginia Tech took a huge step toward the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, beating No. 20 Georgia Tech, 37-26, last night in Atlanta. Thomas threw three TD passes and ran for two more scores. Wilson had his seventh straight 100-yard game, already the longest streak of Frank Beamer's quarter-century as coach. The teams went back and forth through the second and third quarters, scoring on eight of nine possessions in one stretch.
May 2, 2012 |
Colt McCoy returned to work with the Cleveland Browns on Monday not knowing how much longer he'll have a job. McCoy participated, as expected, in the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program just days after Cleveland drafted his likely successor, Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden. The Browns selected Weeden, a former minor-league pitcher in the New York Yankees' system, in the first round on Thursday and the team is expected to start the 28-year-old this season as a rookie.
December 4, 2011 |
HOUSTON - The seventh-ranked Houston Cougars lost much more than a game in Saturday's Conference USA championship - they lost their perfect season and Bowl Championship Series hopes when they went down, 49-28, to No. 24 Southern Mississippi. It was star quarterback Case Keenum's last home game for Houston for sure, and could have also been the finale for coach Kevin Sumlin, who's mentioned as a top candidate for several higher-profile job openings. On a grander scale, the Cougars (12-1)
January 3, 2012 |
DALLAS - Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden took the field for the TicketCity Bowl on Monday with a chance to prove himself. But he walked into the locker room a few hours later with a line of statistics that did little to please the Nittany Lions faithful. On a day when Houston signal-caller Case Keenum carved up Penn State's defense, Bolden completed less than 27 percent of his passes (7 of 26), racked up only 137 passing yards, and threw three interceptions to just one touchdown in a 30-14 loss to the Cougars.
November 26, 2011 |
Tyrann Mathieu returned a punt 92 yards for a score, Louisiana State punished third-ranked Arkansas with 286 yards rushing, and the top-ranked Tigers secured a spot in the SEC championship game with a 41-17 victory Friday in Baton Rouge, La. Kenny Hilliard, Spencer Ware, and Jordan Jefferson all scored on the ground for LSU (12-0, 8-0 SEC), which is 12-0 for the first time and will play No. 13 Georgia next weekend in Atlanta. A win over the Bulldogs would assure the Tigers their third trip to the BCS title game in nine seasons.
January 2, 2012 |
DALLAS - Penn State was so concerned with how it would handle Houston's fast-paced offense that it utilized two scout teams in practice to try to emulate the tempo. "We have more or less the same offensive line every single play and then two sets of wide receiver groups with the quarterback and another group with another quarterback," strong safety Drew Astorino said Sunday. "As soon as one offense is done, the other offense runs right on and runs a play instead of having to go back and look" at the card listing plays.