Scores

Final

Houston 25

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Colorado State 28

(2-1, 2-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Hughes Stadium (CO), Fort Collins, CO

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 3 14 825
CSU 7 14 0 728

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 385 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: G. Johnson (CSU) - 19 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Morton (CSU) - 5 REC, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Colorado St. 28, Houston 25

Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Billy Farris threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns and Klint Kubiak preserved the win with an interception in the end zone as Colorado State held off Houston 28-25 Saturday.

Farris was 24-for-33 throwing, without an interception. Dion Morton caught five passes for 126 yards and a score for Colorado State (2-1).

Case Keenum finished 37-for-54 passing with three touchdown passes and three interceptions. The last pick ended the Cougars' drive to overcome a 21-point deficit.

Houston (1-3) lost for the third straight time despite producing 422 yards of total offense.

Trailing 21-3, the Cougars scored on their initial possession of the second half, going 85 yards on 10 plays, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mark Haffner. Two possessions later, Keenum threw a 15-yard TD pass to Tyron Carrier to cut it to 21-17 with 2:07 left in the third quarter.

Colorado State came right back with a 15-play, 73-yard scoring drive. Farris found Kory Sperry all alone in the back of the end zone for a 9-yard scoring pass to make it 28-17 with 9:27 left in the game.

The Cougars held after Mike Pagnotta gave the Rams the ball back at the 42 with an interception. Houston was within 28-25 with 2:31 left after a 3-yard TD pass from Keenum to L.J. Castile and Keenum converted a two-point conversion pass to Castile.

The Rams ran three running plays to Johnson that netted two yards and then punted the ball away to the Cougars 32. Taking over with 1:06 remaining, Houston reached the 15-yard line with eight seconds to go. Instead of going for a tying field goal, the Cougars elected to go for the win.

But Kubiak stepped in front of Castile in the end zone to seal the win.

The Rams led 7-0 after one quarter, but failed to convert on two other scoring chances. On the second play of the game, Farris hit Morton in stride for a 79-yard touchdown pass to put Colorado State ahead 7-0.

Kyle Bell capped a 75-yard drive with a 1-yard dive with 10:07 left in the second quarter to put Colorado State ahead 14-0.

The Cougars got their offense moving after Bell's score but faced a 4th-and-12 at the Colorado State 36. Pagnotta sacked Keenum on a safety blitz for a 15-yard loss.

The Rams cashed in and were poised for what would have been a 47-yard field goal attempt by DeLine. Holder Nick Oppenneer dropped the snap bur ran 14 yards to the Cougars 16. Two plays later Johnson gave Colorado State a 21-0 lead with a 7-yard TD run.

Ben Bell made it a 21-3 game with a 17-yard field goal for the Cougars as time expired in the first half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
CSU
1st Downs2623
Total Yards473422
Passing380276
Rushing93146
Penalties4-355-51
3rd Down Conversions10-158-15
4th Down Conversions1-21-3
Turnovers40
Possession22:3937:21

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum37/543807.033
Colorado StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Farris24/332768.420

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall14966.9020
Johnson294.505
Colorado StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson19693.6110
Bell14644.6112

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hafner8739.1112
Carrier56813.6116
Colorado StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Morton512625.2179
Greer5428.4014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUCSU
TD14:14Dion Morton 79 Yd Pass From Billy Farris (Ben Deline Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERHOUCSU
TD10:07Kyle Bell 1 Yd Run (Ben Deline Kick) 014
TD01:52Gartrell Johnson 7 Yd Run (Jason Smith Kick) 021
FG00:00Ben Bell 17 Yd 321
THIRD QUARTERHOUCSU
TD11:42Mark Hafner 4 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 1021
TD02:07Tyron Carrier 15 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 1721
FOURTH QUARTERHOUCSU
TD09:27Kory Sperry 9 Yd Pass From Billy Farris (Jason Smith Kick) 1728
TD02:31L.J. Castile 3 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Case Keenum Pass To L.J. Castile For Two-Point Conversion) 2528