(25) Tulsa 30

(8-2, 5-1 American)

Houston 70

(6-4, 5-1 American)

8:00 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

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#25TULSA 0 17 13 030
HOU 14 28 21 770

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 402 YDS, 6 TD

Rushing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 4 CAR, 43 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Carrier (HOU) - 6 REC, 127 YDS, 2 TD

Keenum throws for 6 TDs as Houston hangs 70 on Tulsa 

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- After Houston thwarted two fourth-down attempts and recovered a fumble in the first quarter, the Cougars had to know it was going to be a good night.

They couldn't have predicted it would be this good.

Fast Facts

• Houston scored its most points in a game since Aug. 31, 1991 (a 73-3 win over Louisiana Tech) and handed Tulsa its second loss of the season.

• The game featured 100 points and 1,148 yards of total offense. It's Houston's fourth game this season with 600 yards of total offense or more.

• For Tulsa, it was the most points allowed since Oct. 15, 1988, a loss at Houston, 82-28.

• The series has a history of big offense and lopsided games -- Houston's 1968 100-3 win over Tulsa remains an FBS record for most points scored against a major-college opponent.

-- ESPN research

Case Keenum threw a career-high six touchdowns and ran for another score to help Houston stun No. 23 Tulsa 70-30 on Saturday night.

"Obviously, any team that is averaging 52 points per game, any time you can stop them, that is big," Houston coach Kevin Sumlin said. "Our defense really rose to the occasion. I thought we had a great plan on both sides of the ball and our kids executed it."

The Cougars (6-4, 5-1 C-USA) took advantage of Tulsa's miscues to jump out to a 14-0 lead and never trailed.

Keenum threw five TD passes in the first half. Two were to Tyron Carrier, who added a third touchdown on a 93-yard punt return.

Houston sophomore Loyce Means had three interceptions, one of which he returned 69 yards for a touchdown.

It is the second straight loss for Tulsa (8-2, 5-1) after it started the season with eight straight wins. The Golden Hurricane were uncharacteristically sloppy Saturday and finished with five turnovers.

"When we take the ball away and score, that's a great momentum swing," Means said. "Tulsa's a great team, so you need to take advantage of your opportunities."

The win left Houston, Tulsa and Rice tied for the C-USA West Division lead.

"It was an embarrassing loss for us," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said, but "as bad as it is, we're still tied for first place."

The two high-powered offenses combined for 1,142 yards of offense and 59 first downs.

Keenum was 24-of-37 for 402 yards, his school-record 11th straight 300-yard passing game. He has thrown a touchdown in 13 straight games and has 60 for his career.

"This win is huge," Keenum said. "This is just step two of our four-game season. This is another step of clinching the West. That is our goal right now."

The Cougars led 42-17 at halftime and scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half, adding a fourth on Means' interception return to push the lead to 70-30 early in the fourth quarter.

Keenum had a 6-yard run early in the fourth quarter before he was replaced by Blake Joseph.

Tulsa's David Johnson was 18-of-29 for 271 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Johnson was replaced by Jacob Bower early in the fourth quarter.

Tulsa, which entered the game leading the Bowl Subdivision in total offense and scoring, looked off from the outset. Two failed fourth down attempts and a fumble in the first quarter kept the Golden Hurricane scoreless in the opening quarter for the first time this season.

"It just didn't seem like things were going our way," Johnson said. "We just played absolutely horrible tonight ... they shut us down offensively and really confused us a little bit at times."

Carrier's first touchdown reception gave the Cougars a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Carrier finished with six receptions for 127 yards. Means intercepted a wobbly pass on a fake punt by punter Michael Such to set up that score.

"It was there and we made a bad throw," Graham said. "That was kind of indicative of how the night was going to go. Bad call probably on our part. Everybody had a hand in tonight. It just wasn't our night."

Tulsa went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on the next possession and the Cougars got to Johnson and forced him to throw the ball away.

Houston's 70 points were the most Tulsa has allowed since an 82-28 loss to Houston in 1988.

Carrier finished with six receptions for 127 yards. Means intercepted a wobbly pass on a fake punt by punter Michael Such to set up that score.

Carrier's punt return just before halftime made it 42-17. He evaded the first wave of defenders before shaking off three tackles and tight-roping the sideline for the score.

"Tulsa is a really good team and this really surprised me," Carrier said. "Everything was just clicking tonight. Just like the goal line stand. That showed them that we could play with them. That showed them that we came to play."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2732
Total Yards501641
3rd Down Conversions7-135-10
4th Down Conversions0-22-2

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Scoring Summary

TD10:44Tyron Carrier 4 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 07
TD00:19Mark Hafner 4 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 014
FG10:33Jarod Tracy 35 Yd 314
TD09:07Bryce Beall 29 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 321
TD05:04Charles Clay 30 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 1021
TD04:31Tyron Carrier 66 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 1028
TD01:21L.J. Castile 36 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 1035
TD00:22Jacob Collums 7 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 1735
TD00:09Tyron Carrier 93 Yd Kickoff Return (Ben Bell Kick) 1742
TD11:14Mark Hafner 13 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 1749
TD10:00Slick Shelley 35 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Jarod Tracy Kick) 2449
TD07:30Andre Kohn 13 Yd Run (Ben Bell Kick) 2456
TD04:33Loyce Means 69 Yd Interception Return (Ben Bell Kick) 2463
TD03:10Brennan Marion 48 Yd Pass From David Johnson (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3063
TD14:04Case Keenum 6 Yd Run (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 3070