Houston responded to a 17-7 Rice lead with an onslaught of points, as quarterback Case Keenum threw nine touchdown passes, including three in a six minute span before the half to help the Cougars obliterate Rice 73-34 in the Battle for the Bayou Bucket.
Keenum set the record for career TD passes by a FBS quarterback with his fifth pass of the evening, giving the Cougars a then 45-20 lead in the third quarter. Keenum, a sixth-year senior (he was granted eligibility after missing last season with an ACL tear), needs only 267 yards to beat out Hawaii's Timmy Chang for the most passing yards all time by a FBS quarterback (17,072).
In addition to Keenum's multiple records set, Tyron Carrier tied the NCAA record of career kickoff returns at seven. He took the opening kickoff for a 100 yard touchdown, and told reporters he was never touched.