Scores

Final

Southern 3

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Houston 55

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2008

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
SOU 0 3 0 03
HOU 7 31 10 755

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 392 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: A. Kohn (HOU) - 11 CAR, 54 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Hafner (HOU) - 7 REC, 103 YDS, 2 TD

Houston 55, Southern U. 3

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Case Keenum threw five touchdown passes to lead Houston to a 55-3 win over Southern on Saturday night, giving Kevin Sumlin a victory in his first game as the Cougars' coach.

L.J. Castile and Mark Hafner each caught two touchdowns from Keenum, who was 33-of-43 for 392 yards. The quarterback threw four touchdown passes, a career high, before the end of the first half.

Hafner and Castile were the leading receivers for the Cougars (1-0) with 103 and 83 yards, respectively.

Andre Kohn scored the first points of the game with a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Ben Bell added a 20-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

The Cougars added a pair of touchdowns in the next five minutes. Castile caught a 30-yard touchdown from Keenum, followed about two minutes later by Hafner's 36-yard TD.

The Jaguars (0-1) got on the board when Josh Duran made a 36-yard field goal to make it 24-3.

But the Cougars answered with two more scores just before halftime. Keenum hit Castile for a 22-yard touchdown. Patrick Edwards then made the first touchdown catch of his career to make it 38-3.

The Cougars broke a 53-year school record, scoring the most points in team history for a new head coach. Bill Meek's Cougars scored 54 points in a 42-point win over Montana in 1955.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SOU
HOU
1st Downs1331
Total Yards252615
Passing217467
Rushing35148
Penalties8-687-65
3rd Down Conversions2-1210-15
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
Turnovers31
Possession28:1831:42

Passing Leaders

Southern UniversityC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lee22/341825.400
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum33/433929.150

Rushing Leaders

Southern UniversityCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lee9404.4022
Smith7182.605
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kohn11544.9114
Beall6538.8024

Receiving Leaders

Southern UniversityRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gregory46917.3058
Stewart8567.009
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hafner710314.7236
Rodriguez58416.8028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSOUHOU
TD06:34Andre Kohn 1 Yd Run (Ben Bell Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERSOUHOU
FG14:17Ben Bell 20 Yd 010
TD11:58L.J. Castile 30 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 017
TD09:38Mark Hafner 36 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 024
FG06:38Josh Duran 36 Yd 324
TD02:27L.J. Castile 22 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 331
TD01:06Patrick Edwards 27 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 338
THIRD QUARTERSOUHOU
TD10:28Mark Hafner 1 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Ben Bell Kick) 345
FG03:42Ben Bell 25 Yd 348
FOURTH QUARTERSOUHOU
TD06:44Kierrie Johnson 59 Yd Pass From Blake Joseph (Ben Bell Kick) 355