What a start to the 2010 Houston Cougar's season. With two and a half hours remaining for kickoff, Houston sold out the season opener versus Texas State. With a Robertson Stadium record crowd of 32,119, the Houston Cougars systematically dismantled the Texas State Bobcats.
By halftime Keenum's work was done as the Cougars led 54-7 amassing 342 total yards of offense. In doing so, he set a new school record by passing Kevin Kolb and into seventh place on the all-time NCAA career passing list with 13,224 yards.
In the second half, Cotton Turner took over at QB and led the Cougars to two additional TDs and a score of 68-7. From this point forward, Coach Kevin Sumlin went deep in to his bench giving many back up players substantial playing time,
Overall, Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart's new scheme seemed to have improved the Cougar defense although they seemed to over pursue early in the game. All-in-all, a much more aggressive showing though as compared to the most recent Cougar defenses. While they allowed the Bobcats 345-yards for the game, 191 of those yards came in the second half when the game had long since been decided and Cougar substitutions were a plenty.
The game ended with a final score of 68-28. The Cougars had 497 total yards for the game averaging 9.0 yards per play.
In the post-game press conference Sumlin seemed pleased with the overall effort.
"The kids came out and did what we asked them to do. They came out and played hard."
He also gave credit to the fans in attendance.
"On our Cougar Walk, just pulling up to the stadium and seeing the tailgating and then coming around Tyron Carrier said, ‘I hear it is a sellout, coach.' I said, ‘Keep playing hard and get used to it.' He then said, ‘Coach, I could really get used to it."
Next up, UTEP on Friday, September 11 in a game with a revenge factor of sorts as the Miners dealt the Cougars a severe blow last season in El Paso. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2 starting at 7 pm Central time.