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Saturday, September 12, 2009
Houston jumps on OSU early

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


STILLWATER, Okla. -- There were concerns all week about how Oklahoma State would react after the Cowboys beat Georgia last week in an emotional victory that boosted them into the top five nationally for the first time since 1985.

Those fears appeared real as Houston took advantage of an early turnover to claim a quick 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.

After Kendall Hunter fumbled at the Oklahoma State 16, Houston defensive tackle David Hunter pounced on the fumble.

Case Keenum streaked through the Oklahoma State defense on a 16-yard touchdown run on the first play after the fumble to give the Cougars an early lead.

Keenum appears sharp in the early going and will challenge Oklahoma State's defense. Free safety Lucien Antoine is in Oklahoma State lineup, although Markelle Martin isn't.

Defensive players credited Oklahoma State defensive coach Bill Young for settling their emotions last week against Georgia. We'll see if Young can pull a similar trick today.