Scores

Final

Houston 35

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Louisiana Tech 34

(1-2, 1-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 17, 2011

Joe Aillet Stadium, RUSTON, LA

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 7 7 2135
LT 7 13 14 034

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 351 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Creer (LT) - 25 CAR, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Edwards (HOU) - 3 REC, 81 YDS, 2 TD

Houston 35, Louisiana Tech 34

Associated Press

RUSTON, La. -- Case Keenum led Houston to 28 unanswered points in a furious second-half rally that kept the Cougars undefeated with a 35-34 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

Trailing 34-7 near the end of the third quarter, Keenum found Patrick Edwards for a 50-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 34-14. Touchdown runs of 2 and 4 yards by Bryce Beall cut it to 34-28.

With less than two minutes remaining, Keenum connected with E.J. Smith for 26 yards, then found Edwards again for a 32-yard scoring catch that put the Cougars (3-0) ahead to stay.

The senior quarterback completed 25 of 40 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

After Keenum's 54-yard scoring pass to Michael Hayes in the second quarter brought Houston within 10-7, Louisiana Tech (1-2) scored the next 24 points, including two rushing touchdowns by Ray Holley.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
LT
1st Downs2126
Total Yards449444
Passing351211
Rushing98233
Penalties6-426-68
3rd Down Conversions5-167-20
4th Down Conversions2-23-4
Turnovers33
Possession25:4634:14

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum25/403518.832
Louisiana TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Isham20/311996.412

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall11635.7213
Hayes10282.807
Louisiana TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Creer25994.0113
Holley22622.8212

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson510020.0055
Edwards38127.0250
Louisiana TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Patton58216.4127
Ikharo34916.3024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOULT
TD11:12Lennon Creer 1 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERHOULT
FG10:10Matt Nelson 30 Yd 010
TD07:21Michael Hayes 54 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Matt Hogan Kick) 710
TD04:02Ray Holley 2 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 717
FG00:02Matt Nelson 47 Yd 720
THIRD QUARTERHOULT
TD06:47Quinton Patton 16 Yd Pass From Nick Isham (Matt Nelson Kick) 727
TD05:11Ray Holley 7 Yd Run (Matt Nelson Kick) 734
TD04:27Patrick Edwards 50 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Matt Hogan Kick) 1434
FOURTH QUARTERHOULT
TD12:53Bryce Beall 2 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 2134
TD07:25Bryce Beall 4 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 2834
TD01:36Patrick Edwards 32 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Matt Hogan Kick) 3534

Research Notes

Case Keenum threw 3 TD passes in Houston's win against Louisiana Tech, bringing his career total to 117. With 9 regular-season games left, he needs 17 more TD passes to match Graham Harrell's FBS record of 134 career TD passes.
After scoring 24 straight points, Louisiana Tech led Houston 34-7 with 5:11 left in the 3rd quarter. Over the final 20 minutes of the game, Houston scored 4 touchdowns to win 35-34. The 27-point deficit was the largest overcome in Houston history, topping a 19-point comeback to beat UTEP in 2008.

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