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Case Keenum impressive, but not the first

Houston quarterback Case Keenum signals for a play

Houston quarterback Case Keenum signals for a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Rice. (Oct. 27, 2011) Credit: AP

For anyone overly impressed with Houston quarterback Case Keenum’s 534-yard, 9 TD passing performance in a 73-34 win over Rice on Thursday, it’s perfectly understandable. Any quarterback who is directly responsible for 54 points deserves all the praise.

Keenum is now the FBS leader in career touchdown passes (139) and yards (17,692).

As impressive as his numbers are, he’s just one of several Cougars quarterbacks to put up awe-inspiring numbers. Here’s a little history on Houston quarterbacks.

Remember David Klingler? He still has the NCAA FBS records for passing yards per game (467.3), passing yards in one game (716) and TD passes in a game with 11 and scoring passes in a quarter (6).

Klingler also had the single-season TD pass record with 54 until Colt Brennan hit for 58 in 2006.

Andre Ware has the FBS record for most passing yards in a half with 517.

None of this takes away from Keenum's performance, though. One thing worth noting is that Klingler and Ware played in the Run & Shoot, with no tight end or fullback. Keenum plays in a more traditional offense, which makes his accomplishments that much more impressive. 

The hope is that Keenum's performance can get Houston (8-0, 4-0 C-USA) some much-needed exposure nationally. Houston, ranked 17th in the latest BCS poll, needs to win the Conference USA championship game and be ranked in the BCS top 12 or be rated in the top 16 and higher than at least one BCS Conference champion to get an automatic bid. 


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