Senior receiver Patrick Edwards was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after enjoying a career outing in Houston’s 48-23 victory over North Texas, the league office announced Monday.
Edwards, who extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 36, hauled in eight catches for a career-best 187 yards and a touchdown. Edwards pulled in five catches for 143 yards in just the third quarter as Houston opened up a 20-17 halftime lead to 24 points by the start of the final quarter.
The Hearne, Texas, product grabbed two of the three longest pass completions of the night with catches of 46 and 58 yards, with the latter going for his first score of the season. Edwards averaged 22.8 yards per catch on the night and 28.6 in the third quarter.
The 187-yard effort was Edwards’ 11th career game of at least 100-yards receiving, which tied Donnie Avery (2004-07) for fourth most in Houston history.
Edwards climbed to fourth all-time at Houston in receiving yards (2,953), surpassing Orlando Iglesias (1997-01) and Brandon Middleton (1999-03). Edwards also moved into fifth in pass receptions (210), passing Jason Phillips (1987-88) and Avery, and tied for fourth with Middleton in touchdown catches (24).
With Edwards’ career outing, the senior ranks 23rd nationally in receiving yards per game (104) and tops Conference USA.
The Cougars claimed the second-consecutive C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award as senior signal caller Case Keenum earned the honors after the season-opening victory over UCLA.
Houston currently boasts the top passing offense in the nation with 436.5 yards per game, while ranking sixth nationally in total offense (579.5 yard per game).
The Cougars look to improve to 3-0 this season when they take on Louisiana Tech at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday in Ruston, La.