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Houston vs UTEP

Post by Rids » Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:29 pm

The shocker in the CUSA as UTEP is putting the boots to #12 ranked Houston and now up by 24. It's late in the fourth quarter but Case Keenum has attempted over 70 passes tonight and has 4 passing TDs but is on the wrong side of a 58-34 score right now. Still over 3 minutes to go in the game and Houston will get the ball back here following the kickoff by the Miners.

This is one of the stadiums that I would love to take in a game. UTEP has that big mountain incorporated into the stadium and from the top of the one set of stands you can see into Mexico.
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Re: Houston vs UTEP

Post by Rids » Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:55 pm

Just to update this. UTEP wins it 58-41. Case Keenum finishes with 51 of 76 passing for 536 yards with 5 TDs in a losing cause. The yardsticks are insane, especially since it was 17-17 at halftime.

Houston put up 42 first downs with 664 total yards. (536 passing, 128 rushing)
UTEP put up only 26 first downs for 581 total yards (276 passing, 305 rushing)

The game only featured 5 punts but had 18 kickoffs!

Donald Buckram was probably the player of the game for UTEP with 232 yards rushing and 4 TDs.
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Re: Houston vs UTEP

Post by argolio » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:44 pm

You're usually on the losing end when your QB has to attempt that many passes.

Losing to UTEP exposed Houston as a fraud.
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Re: Houston vs UTEP

Post by Rids » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:13 pm

Part of it is the Houston offense though. They are very much a shotgun offense in a wide open conference. In 4 games they lead the conference in scoring even though most of the conference has played 5 games already. Again in 4 games they have 560 more passing yards than any other CUSA school. Put it this way - East Carolina is probably the best CUSA team going right now (even with their 3-2 overall record) and Houston in one fewer game has 800 more total yards than the Pirates.

Case Keenum is 144 of 210 for 1696 yards with 13 TDs and 2 INTs. Averaging 424 yards per game. Those are big numbers even in a second tier conference. A nearly 7,000 yard pace! Now I don't expect him to keep that up and I do expect to see a stronger pass defense facing them through the CUSA schedule but it's a great start to a season and will keep his name up there all the way to draft time (he's still a junior so probably returns). Love to see schools that otherwise we wouldn't hear about unless they take the field against a Florida or Ohio State do well.
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Re: Houston vs UTEP

Post by argolio » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:55 pm

Correction: 5,000 yard pace, and he's good enough to keep it up. I know they pass a lot, but 70 attempts in a game is more than they want.

C-USA is more balanced than the WAC, so it's tougher for a C-USA team to run the table. Maybe Houston or Central Florida can recruit well enough to do it one of these years.
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Re: Houston vs UTEP

Post by Rids » Thu Oct 08, 2009 9:45 pm

Argolio - I was working it out for a 16 game NFL schedule and not a 12 game NCAA schedule. Man my numbers are off in this forum lately!

Keenum is a fun QB to watch and I really hope that somebody talks to him and he stays at Houston for next year. His receivers are all young (the top 4 include a freshman, 2 sophomores and a junior) and could do even more damage next year.
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Re: Houston vs UTEP

Post by Rids » Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:54 pm

Case Keenum ended up with 4 games with over 500 yards passing. Amazing that two of those games were losses. Two games with 75 and 76 passing attempts (both on the losing end). One game with 56 pass completions. 4 games with 5 passing touchdowns and he finished the year with 43 passing touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. The past two seasons he has 10,469 yards with 87 TDs and 20 INTs.

Amazing pair of seasons from the Houston player.

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Re: Houston vs UTEP

Post by argolio » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:06 pm

Rids wrote:Two games with 75 and 76 passing attempts (both on the losing end).
I love tons of passing, but when you throw that much AND only average ten yards or less per completion (meaning few if any big plays), that puts way too much pressure on the offense to be precise on every possession (where even one penalty can kill a drive), on the o-line to pass block every single play, and makes it easier on the defense since they don't have to worry about the run at all. And the more plays per drive, the bigger chance of a turnover.
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