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TicketCity Bowl By The Numbers

Bill Connelly over at the Big .Com talked about the fine play of your Houston Cougars in their dismantling of the big-time Big 10 defense of Penn State.

My favorite number?

211: Yardage margin after each team’s first five drives. Houston gained 255 yards on 36 plays (7.1 per play), scored 17 points and missed a field goal; Penn State gained 34 yards on 17 plays (2.0) and punted five times. For the rest of the game, things were mostly even (points: Penn State 14, Houston 13; yards: Houston 345, Penn State 272), but only one team was prepared out of the gates. In the game preview, I mentioned that Houston needed to strike early before Penn State adapted to their style. To say the least, they did.

That’s right. Houston outgained Penn State by 211 yards…after the first five drives!!
Case Keenum and the Cougars acquitted themselves very well in this one and Connelly has the numbers to prove it.

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