Posts Tagged ‘Case Keenum’

Beyond the Statistical Case for Keenum

December 14, 2013
Case Keenum, 2011, in his record-shattering year at UH.

Case Keenum, 2011, in his record-shattering year at UH.

While some Texans football fans still wait to see if rookie QB Case Keenum can actually win a game for a demoralized team in the last three games against the probably best NFL team, the Denver Broncos, and two other pretty good ones, the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans, I remain one of those who still believes that the young man from UH will get there as a winning starter in the league. The guy just eats lessons and adapts his game better than most I’ve ever seen, for whatever that’s worth.  And it may not be much. I still consider myself first as a baseball fan who watches football in the off-season because there’s nothing else to do, but, given the time, I have this habit of getting into the details of what the diversion game is about and the details of predicting success and failure.

What I’m going by here are Case Keenum’s past and the circumstances of his current trial. Let’s look at the latter aspect first.

The absence of a superior running game, effective pass blocking, the presence of # 8, with his helmet on his head, simply pouting on the sidelines and waiting for his chance to go back in at QB have been big. Throw in the the disastrous losing streak he inherited, poor play in the defensive secondary, undisciplined dumb play and all the penalties that spring from it, an unreliable kicking game – and the QB is almost set up to take the rap for the mistakes of so many others. Throw in the dour inflexible conservatism of our likeable, but media-beleaguered head coach and … well … taking over at QB for the 2013 Texans has been about as easy as planning a book club meeting at a house that’s already on fire. Had Keenum been able to either start the season or take over earlier, for better or worse, as the starter – with no threat of replacement after a bad series, thing could have gone so much better. This is a kid who did some pretty great statement playing with a weighed down chance. – Remember the five great TD catches by Andre Johnson? They came served up by a guy who could have quit last year when he set all those records at UH and didn’t even get drafted. He also could have quit after one year on practice squad and little focus on his own preparation for ever starting.

Case Keenum didn’t quit. He has no “quit” in him. And someday, in spite of the putdowns of his abilities by some of our full-of-themselves electronic and print media egos, some NFL team is going to reap the benefits of his full bloom. We may be looking at the second coming of Drew Brees in Case Keenum.

Now, as for all those collegiate records, do you know what he did? His passing records are mostly held by a statistical landslide. And these are not the distances that come only from a “systems” accomplishment. As an individual player, Case Keenum had three influential head coaches in college: Art Briles, the coach who recruited him went on to do the great things he is continuing to do at Baylor – and that includes taking UH recruit Robert Griffin III with him to Baylor when he left for the Waco job. It was a move that set RGIII on the road to his 2011 Heisman Trophy award. Then came Kevin Sumlin to UH and he and Keenum took the Cougars to its biggest winning season in history in 2011. Then Sumlin left for Texas A&M where, in 2012, he became the 2nd former UH coach in two consecutive years to be responsible for Heisman Trophy winners when Johnny Manzeil won it for himself and the Aggies. Tony Levine became Keenum’s third college coach for one victorious bowl game victory over Penn State at the end of the 2011 season.

Then Case Keenum went to the pre-draft performance trials in the spring of 2012, where he pulled a hamstring, but kept on trying anyway. His timing was apparently slowed enough to cost him a place in the 2012 draft by clubs who were either unaware of his injury or were otherwise simply dismissive that it made any difference in the evaluation of his true potential. Gary Kubiak was not among the totally dismissive group. He signed Keenum for the Texans after the draft and he is the reason that Keenum even has this late season  chance to launch his career in Houston.

Now, let’s look at that college ball data. Here are Case Keenum’s monstrous collegiate passing records:

1) Most pass completions, career

– Case Keenum, 1,546

2) Most passing yards, career

– Case Keenum, 19,217

3) Most games, 300 or more passing yards, season –

14, Paul Smith, Tulsa, 1907

14, Case Keenum, Houston, 2011

4) Most games, 300 or more passing yards, career –
Case Keenum, 39
5) Most seasons, 5,000 or more passing yards –
3, Case Keenum 2008 – 2009 – 2011
6) Most seasons, 4,000 or more passing yards – 
3, Case Keenum 2008 – 2009 -2011 (tied with 4 others)
7) Most passing touchdowns, career –
Case Keenum, 155
Case Keenum got those seven major national records after UH became the only Division I school to offer him a scholarship to play quarterback because of his size. He’s a generously measured six footer – not the 6’5″ prototype of the perfect NFL specimen. Given time to develop, all he does is win.  I just hope that Case develops fast enough to quiet the local naysayers before his shining hour is whisked away to occur in behalf of some other NFL city.
Go get ’em, Case! You can do it! No matter what, winning is the only stat that wins and keeps jobs in the NFL.

Case Keenum: Awards and Stats are not the Story

November 3, 2013
Case Keenum #7 Starting Quarterback Houston Texans

Case Keenum #7
Starting Quarterback
Houston Texans

Most of us from UH have been waiting for this day from the moment that the Houston Texans signed Case Keenum to their taxi squad as a non-drafted free agent after the 2011 season. We knew from his career in college that, if he ever got his chance, he would shoot past Yates and Schaub into the driver’s seat as the Texans’ best leadership shot at climbing out of their “good enough to fail” malaise and start making the real move on the Super Bowl.

The modest, always humble but trenchant student of the game did just what we thought he would do. After almost disappearing from print last year, Case went to work learning the Texan system as a member of the practice squad, finally getting some critical game time in the 2013 pre-season. He quickly proved himself too valuable to be left off the active players’ roster at the start of the season. The Texans knew that he had shown enough to have been gobbled up fast by some other quarterback-desperate NFL club had they not protected him.

Then came the four-game stretch of Schaub “six-picks” and a fifth game extension of this offensive black plague by Yates for another loss and the Keenum ascension into the “starter tryout seat” as the QB to go up against Kansas City and one of the best defenses in the NFL set the stage for long-term change. Case acquitted himself beautifully, even though the Texan inability to protect Keenum from the blitz and conservative play-calling contributed greatly to Houston’s one-point loss. Case had shown what he could do, winning his promotion to the starter’s job for the balance of this fading away season. Schaub has no future here – and Yates appears to be little more than a younger version of Schaub. The Texans need to be convinced that Keenum is their guy for the future before the next draft and the only way to do that is to play him out there as the starting QB for the rest of the season.

A comparison of the college career numbers for Case Keenum and Andrew Luck is quite interesting on many levels. Take a look at the following chart. Please note the staggering difference that exists in their cumulative numbers. Only some of that chasm of difference is due to the fact that Case played four plus seasons from 2007 to 2011 due to an early season injury in 2010 that allowed him to return for his banner year in 2011. Luck, on the other hand, only played three seasons in a much less pass oriented offense at Stanford (2009-11) before coming out early as a Heisman candidate on his way to becoming the No. 1 pick in the same NFL draft that avoided Keenum altogether.

A Brief Comparison of the Collegiate Football Statistics of Case Keenum and Andrew Luck:

STAT CATEGORIES CASE KEENUM ANDREW LUCK
PASS COMPLETIONS 1,546 713
PASS ATTEMPTS 2,229 1,064
PASSING YARDAGE 19,217 9.430
PASS COMPLETION % .694 .670
PASSING TD TOTAL 155 82
PASS INTERCEPTIONS 46 22
PASSER RATING 160.6 162.8
RUSHING ATTEMPTS 300 163
RUSHING YARDAGE 897 957
RUSHING AVERAGE 3.0 YARDS PER CARRY 5,9 YARDS PER CARRY
RUSHING TD TOTAL 23 7
AGE/HEIGHT/WEIGHT 25/6’1”/205 24/6’4”/239

Case had the best answer to an oft-thought, if not always asked question from Channel 13’s Bob Slovak yesterday. Slovak wanted to know how Case felt about going up against the No. 1 Draft pick in today’s Cots@Texans game as the guy with all the new college passing records that no NFL team claimed in any round.

“When all is said and done,” Keenum answered in slow deliberate words: “This league is not about past awards or records. It’s about football. It’s not about the draft and all the externals that come with it,” Keenum added. “When the whistle blows, and that ball snaps, it’s about football.”

Case Keenum is not about ego, or keeping track of records, or getting his feelings hurt. He’s about playing the game with all his heart, mind, soul, and intelligence; he’s about learning from his mistakes and getting better; and he’s about knowing that the learning process never stops and that nothing worthwhile in life is ever possible without effort and a willingness to take nothing for granted.

Case Keenum could fail in his new opportunity with the Texans, but I, for one, wouldn’t bet against him. By season’s end, unless he gets hurt, God forbid, my guess is that the Texans are going to be counting their lucky stars that they gave this great young man from the University of Houston a chance at a time when everyone else was willing to write him off as a “too small, systems-assisted quarterback”. He’s so much more than that gross misunderstanding of the man who starts today for the Houston Texans.

Go Get ‘Em, Case! Your jury can hardly wait!

 

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Reflections of a Houston Cougar

November 22, 2011

At UH, Case Keenum IS Captain America.

It never hurts to recap the national records that Case Keenum has compiled as a quarterback for the Houston Cougars during this golden year for our university’s NCAA football program, even if things don’t stay perfect the rest of the way. Things are what they are. All of us live on that axis. We live in the moment and we move on as the moment passes to the next. This just happens to be a sweet moment for some of us who haven’t seen this particular version as often as some of you may have witnessed it. We are simply content now to breathe in every honeysuckle fragrance of this hour for as long as they float through the air and waft their way into our red-blooded Cougar nostrils.

So, here are the Keenum codes that fuel much of our joy. Case now holds five national records and is tied for a sixth that he may easily break this coming Friday in the game against Tulsa.

Case Keenum National Records

(1) Touchdown Passes: 145

(2) Passing Yards: 17,855

(3) Total Offense Yards: 18,771

(4) Total Touchdowns Passed & Run: 168

(5) Pass Completions: 1,427

(6) Most 300 Yard Passing Games (Tied): 36

We could write all day about the next area so I will spare you. Here are some of the other team passing records established by Case Keenum and a few of his famous passing Cougar predecessors.

Other Notable Houston Cougar Passing Records

(1) Most Passing Yards in a Quarter: Andre Ware vs. SMU, 10/21/89 (2nd Qtr.): 340

(2) Most Passing Yards in a Half: Andre Ware vs. SMU, 10/21/89 (1st Half): 517

(3) Most Passing Yards in a Game: David Klingler vs. Arizona State, 12/01/90: 716

(4) Most Passing Yards in a Season: Case Keenum, 2009: 5,671 (Keenum has 4,269 yards for 2011 thru the SMU Game)

Speaking of the upcoming UH@Tulsa game that kicks off at 11:00 AM this coming Friday, Nov. 25th on FSN, memories rush back of one that people on both sides of the Houston-Tulsa line will never forget.

Most Notable Cougar Team Scoring Day: 11/23/1968, Houston Cougars 100 – Tulsa Golden Hurricane 6.

Wade Phillips, 1968 Houston Cougars. Sometimes the best defense is a killer offense playing against a weak team that also has the flu.

The Cougars enjoyed their greatest scoring feast day in the Astrodome against Tulsa on Saturday night, November 23, 1968. UH won the game against the Golden Hurricane when the boys from Oklahoma hobbled into Houston huffing and puffing on a flu bug that take all the force out of their wind.

Some interesting celebrities played football in that game. Current Houston Texan Defensive Coach Wade Phillips and Country and Western singer Larry Gatlin played for the Cougars. The famous TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw played for Tulsa. And, boy! Did the visiting Tulsans ever need someone like the full-blown and grown “Dr. Phil” by the time this game was done!

It was awful. As the game rolled on, it became obvious early that this was the contest that made the case for allowable TKO victories in college football, but none of the rule makers were either listening or in any position to administer a dose of administrative euthanasia in the heat of battle.

Cougar Head Coach Bill Yeoman did his part to stop the bleeding with early substitutions in the second half, but the second and third string kids who entered the game for rare opportunities to shine didn’t go into action to fake a block, miss a tackle, or take a knee. Neither did the speedy special return guys. In fact, the Cougars scored their final TD with seconds remaining, setting up a successful PAT attempt for the third digit in a final score of 100-6 that was about as sporting a proposition as those street crowds in Paris that came to watch the guillotine in action during the French Revolution.

It would have been a great time to have the kicker simply kick the ball aside, but it didn’t happen. That’s not what competitive sports are all about. The time to say you can’t play is over once the game starts.

Anyway, the Tulsa annihilation happened 43 years ago now – and the Golden Hurricane has reared up to ruin several UH seasons in acts of revenge several times since then. We Cougar fans just hope that the Oklahoma Dust Bowl Canes don’t have another payback punch left in their collective bloodstream of memories.

“I See Red People”

November 21, 2011

You didn't need a sixth sense to see all the red people at Robertson on Saturday, Nov. 19th.

“I see red people,” said the sign of the little lady carrier as thousands of us traipsed our way across the UH campus to find our seats in the time torn relic that is Robertson Stadium for now. In a parody of the iconic line from Bruce Willis’s “The Six Sense” movie of the late 1990s, the cute and designing young Cougar coed who brought it must have been a history buff. She wasn’t old enough to even have seen the title when it first came out. Dolled out in the favorite red herself on this splash of brilliant blood splash color against a charcoal gray November sky in H Town, the kiddo will need to go even deeper into Hollywood history to find an iconic movie line that best fits what she also must have seen once we finally made our mass fan way into teetering old Rob on this national attention lusting weekend in UH history.

“We’re going to need a bigger boat,” comes to mind.

32,207 was a record football gate for Robertson Stadium on the UH campus in Houston yesterday, 11/19/11, as the Houston Cougars knocked of the SMU Mustangs, 37-7, to extend their collegiate football record run behind QB Case Keenum to 11-0-0. Keenum now holds the NCAA football record for most career pass completions to go along with his collection of several other marks established this season. The previous NCAA record for career pass completions was 1,403, held by Graham Harrell of Texas Tech. Case Keenum of UH now has 1,427 pass completions and broad range for more climbing with the 2011 season left open to a final scheduled game against Tulsa and a league championship game added, if the Cougars win that one. Tack on the bowl game that’s sure to follow, no matter what, and Keenum has three more games to pad his record totals in several areas of performance.

Case Keenum

The whole day radiated with the energy that now drives the University of Houston from the formal pursuit of its long deserved recognition as a Tier One academic university to its current comeback as a force in collegiate athletics at the highest level. Chancellor Renu Khator, our university leader since 2009, deserves all the credit here as the dual driving force behind all the major advances that have occurred on her watch, including the significant hiring of UH Athletic Director Matt Rhoads, who already has driven Cougar alumni $60 milliton dollars deep into the $120 million or so it will need to build that bigger boat of a football venue on the site where Robertson Stadium now stands. An additional $40-$50 million dollars will be raised to bring UH’s basketball venue and other athletic facilities up to par with what they need to be in this second decade of the 21st century. I’m sure that ongoing costs and needs will be variable and adjusted along the way to the entire project’s completion, and that includes plans for ongoing maintenance and renovation of facilities as needed.
I’m not going to lie. I’d love to see UH beat Tulsa next Friday and then knock off Southern Miss for the C-USA Crown, an undefeated 13-0-0 season, and a high BCS position in of the top bowls. If it doesn’t happen, however, it takes nothing away from the new spirit and drive for excellence on campus. UH has become one of the great centers of research and learning in several fields now and that range of excellence is expanding by the day.

The Lady in Red: UH Chancellor Renu Khator.

On the ambience side, I am tickled by all the bright, shiny, and diversely ethnic faces that now cross Cullen to follow the Cougars in football with great and bursting red passion. Although we were never the totally cold commuter school that our rivals once tried to paint us, UH is now really moving to develop graduates who remain involved with the university post graduation. All you had to do to see the embryo of that birth was to have been there at the game yesterday. The Cougar face of tomorrow is mixed, but tenaciously united behind the Houston version of “Big Red.” At UH, they market it as “The Redvolution.”
I see the energy focus upon excellence in education at UH as being both attractive and contagious to all who feel passionately strong about learning and pushing back the boundaries of ignorance, illiteracy, social injustice, poverty, and all the “isms” of hate and cruelty that some people use to condemn and abuse people who differ from them because of their “otherness.”
The University of Houston is now finding recognition for what it has always been. Check it out. You won’t simply see red people. You will mainly see well-read people. These people also exist at places like Rice, UT, AM, and Tulane, but UH has them as well in great and growing numbers. These well-read people just prefer the color red as their own signature on united otherness among the great forests of collegiate athletics and academia.

Keenum Closing Case on Heisman Run

November 6, 2011

  Look. I get it. – I don’t like it, but I get it.

Andrew Luck of Stanford will most probably win the Heisman Trophy in December as the “individual who deserves designation as the most outstanding college football player in the United States” for this current 2011 season. Luck fits the physical prototype of size and ability that is most favored by the NFL,  he is currently having a very successful year quarterbacking prestigious and undefeated Stanford on the path for perhaps a place in the BCS championship game, and he’s doing it all in the face of top-flight competition as a longtime member of the highly regarded Pac 12 Conference.

If Luck wins, however, it will not be because he actually fulfilled the expressed intentionality of the Heisman award better than any other player in the United States or that no other player had a better statistical year on the collegiate Division 1 level. It will be because of his prior anointment by the media, the pro scouts, and NFL fans as the second coming of Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colt Consolation Prize for going 0-16 in 2011, and the next great Moses in some pro team’s future search for a Super Bowl title.

Fair enough, if that’s what the Heisman is now about, but that’s not what their formal language for describing the purpose of the trophy says it’s about. It says exactly what we quoted above. Repeat: The Heisman Trophy is intended for the “individual who deserves designation as the most outstanding college football player in the United States.” It doesn’t say anything about giving it to the player who comes from a prestigious school whose Greek God body and ability reminds everyone of the next great NFL QB.

A few years ago, the Heisman went to a fellow named Earl Campbell from UT and deservedly so. Earl didn’t win simply because he was from UT or the best pro prospect that practically everyone had ever seen. He won because he was best college football player in America by his on-the-field collegiate accomplishments.

On the heels of Campbell came another Texas Heisman winner, Andre Ware of UH, who also won for his collegiate accomplishments. Ware’s runner-up candidate was a young fellow named Emmett Smith from Florida, whose collegiate accomplishments were not nearly as strong as Ware’s, but whose professional upside was considerably greater, to put it mildly. Ware didn’t make it in the pros, but Smith, as we all know, went on to a NFL Hall of Fame career with the Dallas Cowboys.

My point is simple: Based upon the stated purpose of the Heisman Trophy award, Earl Campbell and Andre Ware both deserved to win the Heisman for their collegiate accomplishments. Now we have a situation this year in which the man who best deserves the award for his record-shattering collegiate accomplishments will likely not win because of the anointment of Andrew Luck as the top pick in the NFL draft – and not because his actual accomplishments on the field relative to those of Case Keenum of UH were even close to comparable.

I don’t expect all of you to agree with me, but there can be no argument with the results achieved by Case Keenum on the field. After last night’s 56-13 win over Alabama-Birmingham, Case Keenum now holds five major career offensive marks – and these are records that Andrew Luck does not even come close to matching. Forget that UH does not play the toughest schedule on the block. UH (we) would do so if the BCS hot-shot schools didn’t mostly see us as one of those “everything to lose and nothing to gain” scheduling choices. Thank goodness that schools like UCLA have the guts to give the Cougars a fair shot in combat, but that’s beside the point in this Heisman matter. The Heisman qualifier does not say anything about ruling players out who have achieved in the face of “lesser regarded” by reputation competition.

Case Keenum Finds Peace on Each Record Night.

Here’s the quick breakdown on Case Keenum’s career marks, with each record showing the name and numbers for the previous holder:

Case Keenum’s NCAA Football Records:

(1) Career Touchdown Passes: 141 (Graham Harrell, Texas Tech – 134)

(2) Total Yards Gained: 18,101 (Timmy Chang, Hawaii – 16,910)

(3) Career Touchdowns, Passing & Running: 163 (Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan – 150)

(4) 300+ Yard Games: 34 (Timmy Chang, Hawaii – 33)

(5) Passing Yards: 17,212 (Timmy Chang, Hawaii – 17,072)

If the New York Athletic Club decides to turn the tide and choose the candidate whose accomplishments best fit the requirements of the Heisman, they could do the trophy great honor by picking Case Keenum of the University of Houston. Case is a fine upstanding young man who should also enjoy a nice career in the NFL after this season, no matter what happens from here. Keenum’s head and value system are also on straight. He is a devout Christian gentleman who married his high school sweetheart this past summer. When you see this young couple together, they seem to have the word “always” written in the blue skies over their shoulders. I wouldn’t see there ever being a need to request a return of the Heisman from Case Keenum for any reason.

I’ll admit to some bias in my support of Case Keenum for the Heisman, but I really do think he objectively deserves it based upon his many great accomplishments. Andrew Luck is a good man too – and he will represent the Heisman honorably too, if he is chosen – and – as politics go, I think he will be the pick.

If Luck is chosen, however, I hope the selection committee will also change the language of their award requirements to match their real reasons for making a selection. If the Heisman is really about picking the next number 1 NFL draft choice, just say so – because there’s no way that either the productivity or character of Andrew Luck deserves the Heisman Trophy over Case Keenum.

A Sports Record Overload Night

October 28, 2011

Compliments of Lance Carter, 10/24/11.

Compliments of a shot in the dark by Bill McCurdy, 10/27/11.

 

By this time Friday morning, the big news from the sports world is old news. The St. Louis Cardinals got off the deck twice from 2-run deficits in the 9th and 10th innings of Game Six last night, each time when they were one strike away from losing the whole World Series, and coming through with the big hit to tie the game and set things up for the game-winning home run blast to deep center field by David Freese, the lead-off man in the bottom of the 11th. With the 10-9 Cardinal win over the Rangers now in the books, we move with speedy anticipation to tonight’s Game Seven, knowing full well that it’s going to be hard to match Game Six for baseball greatness, no matter which team wins it all.

I only got to see innings nine through eleven because of an earlier commitment and loyalty to my alma mater, the University of Houston Cougars and a desire to see Case Keenum extend and settle some new records as a Division I NCAA quarterback, which he did just fine against Rice in spite of the wind and rain. Keenum’s nine touchdown passes pushed him into first place by four in that category while he also extended his records for total yardage and passing yardage by  bunch as well. On the night, Case Keenum rolled up   534 passing yards on 24 completions in 40 attempts with one interception, only his third of the season. WIth Keenum leaving the game in the 4th quarter, the Cougars only scored one TD for that period, but till ended up winning the game 73-28 without really trying to rub it in against the Game, but undermanned Rice Owls. The Owls simply could not defend the deep pass against UH’s speedy, sure-handed receivers and Keenum could not pass up that major chink in their defensive armor. He just hammered ’em.

Now, for the first time in school history, the UH Cougars are 8-0-0 with four games to play from their current number 17 ranking in the BCS poll. They are also the only school among eight remaining undefeated clubs that is not ranked among the top ten. Chalk that one up to part strength of schedule because few big name programs have the courage of UCLA to play UH; part the fact that UH resides in a non-BCS conference; and part due to the fact that UH lacks the empire status that makes it a little easier to get pollster support.

All right things n time, but in the meanwhile, it doesn’t matter to me what the UH haters say. This was the place that gave me my chance a long time ago, and, win or lose, the Cougars shall  hold my heart and get my support as long as I am able to bring it.

I got home in time to watch the rest of Game Six of the World Series from the bottom of the 9th through the walk off homer by Freese in the 11th. I was happy to see Lance Berkman handle the second of the Cards’ one-strike-away from total defeat situations with his two-out single in the 10th. Lance is now hitting .435 in the Series, the only man hitting over .400 on either club. Depending upon what happens in Game Seven, Berkman has to be in the running for Series MVP with Freese and Pujols because of his lights out three home run game. Prince Albert’s presence in the Cardinal lineup makes him the intimidating threat that helps his teammates get heroic opportunities they might otherwise never see.

At any rate, Thursday night was fun for me. I can’t imagine living anywhere away from America. I’m too much a junkie for the things that so many us think are fun. Chilling out on a mountain top – or spending each day on the beaches of some tropical isle where no one had ever heard of American baseball or football would not be my cup of tea for very long – especially during the World Series time.

UH’S Keenum on Way to Total Offense Record

October 9, 2011

QB Case Keenum (#7) rallies the Cougars en route to a UH 56-3 win over East Carolina at Robertson Stadium on Saturday night. Record-pacing performance by Keenum guides UH to a 6-0 record on the 2011 season and a clear shot next time at the all-time mark for most yards passing in a single collegiate career by any NCAA student athlete in history.

The effort itself was a laugher. The University of Houston Cougars completely dominated the East Carolina University Pirates from head to foot plank at Robertson Stadium Saturday night, scoring eight TDs and holding the opposition to one long and wistful field goal. Doing the best they can to run the table on an admittedly lesser light schedule, one game at a time, the Cougars are simply hoping this week that their efforts are enough to finally rate placement in the one-and-two loss loaded “Top 25” rated clubs.

If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. The Coogs will just keep giving each game and each season their best shot until things get better. “In time,” all good things are possible – as long as we keep trying and never give up. If I hold onto a driving credo, it’s that one – and also the soul-path of all I ever learned in my time as a working full-time student at UH back in the Permian Basin era of the school’s history.

“In Time” is the UH school motto. “In time” and what we each learn from all we try to do “over time” is the key to a life of choice over a redundant life of dumb, repetitive failure. Saturday night in football, the Number One passing team in the country (UH) got better at what they were already doing very well as they also improved remarkably on the defensive side of the ball, picking off four ECU passes and limiting the visiting Pirates to 284 yards of total offense and no touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Cougars steamrolled their speedy, shifty stronger way to 572 total yards and eight touchdowns, with 304 0f those yards coming from passes by Case Keenum, who has now moved into second place all-time on the total yardage leadership chart of all players in collegiate history.

Case Keenum now rides high in good company on the leader board for Total Offense Yards in NCAA History. (Here’s a look at how things now stack up through all the games of October 8, 2011):

1. Timmy Chang, University of Hawaii (2000-2004): 16,910 yards

2. Case Keenum, University of Houston (2007-2011, through 10/08/11): 16.763 yards

3. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan University (2006-2009): 15,853 yards

4. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech University (2005-2008): 15,599 yards

5. Colt McCoy, University of Texas (2006-2009): 14,824 yards

The Cougars have a bye week on Saturday, October 15th, but Keenum gets his next shot at the 148 yards he needs to take over first place on the list in a home game against Marshall the following week on Saturday, October 22nd.

Go, Case, Go! – And “Eat ‘Em Up, Cougars,” while you’re at it.