Senior signal caller threw for 351 yards and three scores in comeback win

University of Houston senior quarterback Case Keenum was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Cougars to the biggest comeback in school history, the league office announced Monday. 

Houston has accounted for all three C-USA Offensive Player of the Week awards this season, including two for Keenum, who holds a league record with 11-career weekly accolades. 

Keenum orchestrated the biggest comeback in school history in Saturday’s win over Louisiana Tech, passing for 351 yards and three touchdowns to overcome a 24-point third quarter deficit. 

The Cougars trailed 34-7 with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter on the road when Keenum went to work, finding Patrick Edwards for a 50-yard touchdown strike. 

Keenum led the Cougars on three fourth quarter scoring drives that covered 228 yards in just over seven minutes, capped off by a 32-yard pass to Edwards in the back of the end zone to claim the lead with only 1:10 remaining. 

With Saturday’s win, Keenum has engineered three of the top four biggest comebacks in Houston history, and it marked his eighth come-from-behind victory when the Cougars trailed in the fourth quarter.  

Keenum, who set a Houston record with his 27th victory as a starter, posted the 29th multi-touchdown game of his career and passed for at least 300 yards in his 28th career contest.

The Abilene, Texas, native also surpassed Tim Rattay of Louisiana Tech (1997-99) and tied for fourth with Hawaii’s Timmy Chang with 117 career touchdown passes on the all-time NCAA list.

Keenum, who threw three strikes of 50 or more yards on Saturday, currently leads the NCAA in total offense with 382.7 yards per game and paces the nation’s top passing offense (408 yards per game).


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