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By NATE GRIFFIN, SportsRadio 610
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One of the hottest stories during the college football season was the #20 Houston Cougars as they rolled through the regular season a school record 12 wins en route to a 12-1 season. But, in the C-USA Conference Championship, they were routed by Conference foe and now C-USA champ, #17 Southern Miss, at Robertson Stadium by the score of 49-28 two Saturday’s ago.

It was a great regular season for the Cougars, now Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin, and UH Quarterback Case Keenum. The Cougars mounted several awards, placed themselves in the national spotlight, and a possible BCS bowl bid. They attained the highest ranking ever at number 6.

As a result, Kevin Sumlin was honored as Region 5 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association and as we told you earlier, has taken the Head Coaching position at Texas A&M.

Sumlin is celebrating the award with 4 of the best coaches in the country in LSU’s Les Miles, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, and David Shaw of Stanford.

COUGARS ALL SET

The Cougars will face Penn State in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl straight up noon at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on January 2. Interim head coach Tony Levine will lead the program for now. Houston led the nation in total offense, scoring offense, and passing offense with senior QB Case Keenum manning the controls.

Before Keenum takes the field for the bowl game, his numbers are staggering; 383-of-534 for 5099 yards 45 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He had help which is why coaches and players have been recognized.

Offensive Coordinator Kliff Kingsbury was named National Offensive Coordinator of the Year by footballscoop.com. The former Texas Tech QB won the award over Oklahoma State’s Todd Monken, Baylor’s Phillip Montgomery, and Clemson’s Chad Morris.

Twelve Cougar players were selected to the Conference-USA first and second teams. The first teamers were all seniors starting with QB Case Keenum, center Chris Thompson, WR Justin Johnson, RB Charles Sims, and WR Patrick Edwards. Linebacker/defensive end, Sammy Brown was the lone first team defender.

The Cougars have since joined the Big East Conference along with SMU and UCF. Boise State and San Diego State will join as football only institutions.  

TEXAS TEAMS IN GENERAL

Speculation is swirling around Head Coach Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns on whether or not he will be the head coach 2012. Don’t think there’s anything to that swirl.

Meanwhile, the Longhorns, who finished 24th in the BCS poll, will play the California Golden Bears at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl December 28th at 8 p.m.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES

The Aggies are preparing to play in the Meinke Car Care Bowl of Texas at Reliant Stadium on December 31st at noon.

BAYLOR BEARS

Bears’ junior QB Robert Griffin III, as he predicted, won the Heisman Trophy. If you heard Griffin in the post-game on-field interview following their 48-24 win over Texas, he believed that he deserved to win the Nation’s top award after throwing for 320 yards and accounting for four touchdowns in Saturday’s win.

“I could be wrong, but I think Baylor won its first Heisman tonight.”

Griffin appeared on the David Letterman show after winning the award and was a ‘hit’.

Baylor will face Washington in the Valero Alamo Bowl and won’t have to travel far to get there. The game will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio on December 29th at 9:00 p.m.

The Bears finished 12th in the BCS poll and 15th in the AP poll.

TCU HORNED FROGS

Quietly moving along, the 18th BCS ranked and 15th AP ranked, TCU Horned Frogs will play…MORE>>>

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