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Monday, January 2, 2012
Houston strikes first on 40-yard TD pass

By Richard Durrett

DALLAS -- Two big third-down conversions -- both long passes from Case Keenum to Patrick Edwards -- puts the Houston Cougars on top, 7-0, less than two minutes into the game.

Keenum floated a nice pass on third-and-13 into the corner of the end zone and hit Edwards in stride for a 40-yard touchdown. But earlier in the drive, Penn State forced a third-and-long deep in Houston territory and flushed Keenum out of the pocket. He stepped up and found Edwards all alone on the sidelines for a 37-yard pass.

Houston brought a lot of folks to the Cotton Bowl for this TicketCity Bowl and they are loud and into it. The Cougars stopped Penn State on its initial drive as the Nittany Lions threw an incomplete pass on third-and-1. Houston gets the ball back at its own 45-yard line looking for more.