UH Thumps UTEP, 54-24; Keenum Leaves In Third Quarter With Undisclosed Injury

(The Sports Network) — Heisman hopeful Case Keenum threw for 279 yards and Bryce Beall and Michael Hayes each ran for three touchdowns as Houston thumped UTEP, 54-24, in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

Keenum completed 15-of-24 throws before leaving with an injury that brought his streak of throwing at least one touchdown pass to an end at 31 games for Houston (2-0, 1-0 C-USA), which avenged a 17-point loss in last season’s C-USA opener.

Beall rushed for a career-high 195 yards on 19 touches, while Hayes carried 17 times for 77 yards to pace a ground attack that churned out 308 yards for the Cougars, who won their school record 17th consecutive home game by racking up 656 yards of total offense.

Patrick Edwards caught six passes for 118 yards and James Cleveland made six grabs for 66 yards for Houston while Hayes added four catches for 75 yards.
Trevor Vittatoe connected on 30-of-54 throws for 340 yards and three TDs for the Miners (1-1, 0-1), who lost their conference opener for the first time since joining the league in 2005.

Houston scored on its first four possessions and five times in the first half in moving out to a 31-10 lead at the break. Three of the four touchdown drives took less than two minutes and none of the five scoring strikes took longer than 3:05.
UTEP played without its leading rusher Donald Buckram, who suited up but did not take the field after not practicing all week with an undisclosed injury. He ran for 262 yards in the Miners 58-41 win over the Cougars last season.

Joseph Banyard stepped in and rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries in his place. Kris Adams was the visitors leading receiver, hauling in seven passes for 114 yards in defeat.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Houston

You must be a member of SB Nation Houston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Houston. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Houston

You must be a member of SB Nation Houston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Houston. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.