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Cougars claim a number of statistical national titles
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University of Houston football fans continue to enjoy the most successful season in school history. The Cougars finished the 2011 campaign nationally ranked for the first time since 1990, finishing No. 14 in the final USA Today Coaches’ Poll and No. 18 in the Associated Press ledger. 

Houston joined national runner-up LSU as the lone 13-win teams this season and the last time UH finished ranked was more than two decades ago when the club finished 10th by the AP and 12th by the Coaches (1990). 

UH opened 2012 with the year’s first victory, handling No. 22 Penn State, 30-14, at the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. Case Keenum threw for 532 yards and three scores to lead UH to just its second bowl victory since 1980. The 532 yards passing by Keenum was a bowl and Cotton Bowl Stadium record. Patrick Edwards had 228 yardsreceiving in the win, breaking the Cotton Bowl Stadium mark, while Justin Johnson made 12 receptions to break the facility mark for receptions aswell. 

In addition to tying LSU for the national lead in victories, UH claimed a number of statistical national championships in 2011:

 

UH led the country in:

Passing Yardage:                                                   6,301

Passing Yardage Per Game:                              450.1

Total Offense:                                                          8,387

Total Offense Per Game:                                     599.1

Total First Downs:                                                 393

Fewest Interceptions Per Pass:                       .88

Touchdown Passes:                                              54

Touchdown-to-INT Ratio:                                  54-to-6

Scoring Offense:                                                     49.3

Total Points:                                                             690

 

Individual Statistical Champions

Case Keenum                                              Total Offense:                                            404.7

Case Keenum                                              Total Yards:                                                5,666

Case Keenum                                              Passing Yards Per Game:                     402.2

Case Keenum                                              Total Passing Yards:                               5,631

Case Keenum                                              Touchdown Passes:                                48

Case Keenum                                              Touchdown-to-INT Ratio:                    48-to-5

Case Keenum                                              Completions:                                              428

Case Keenum                                              Attempts:                                                      603

Patrick Edwards                                       Receiving Touchdowns:                       20

Sammy Brown                                            Tackles-For-Loss:                                      30.0

Matt Hogan                                                  Extra Points Made:                                  91

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