Scores

Final

UCLA 34

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Houston 38

(1-0, 1-0 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 3, 2011

Robertson Stadium, HOUSTON, TX

1 2 3 4 T
UCLA 0 14 14 634
HOU 10 21 0 738

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 310 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Franklin (UCLA) - 16 CAR, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Carrier (HOU) - 10 REC, 138 YDS, 1 TD

Case Keenum throws for 310 yards and 2 TDs as Houston upends UCLA 

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Case Keenum threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns in his return from reconstructive knee surgery, Tyron Carrier caught 10 passes for 138 yards and Houston beat UCLA 38-34 on Saturday.

Keenum completed 30 of 40 passes without an interception in his first game since tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament early in a loss to UCLA last September in the Rose Bowl. The NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility in January, allowing Keenum to resume his pursuit of several NCAA records.

He looked like his old self, and so did the Cougars' powerful offense, gaining 469 total yards.

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince left in the second quarter with a concussion and Richard Brehaut replaced him. Brehaut went 17 for 26 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bruins finished with 554 yards, but their defense couldn't stop Keenum and the Cougars.

Keenum was sharp from the start, completing 5 of 7 passes on Houston's opening drive. He also scrambled out of trouble twice, picking up a first down on a 10-yard scamper to the UCLA 7. Michael Hayes, one of three running backs who carried on the Cougars' first series, scored on a 1-yard run with 9:06 left in the first quarter.

The Bruins went three-and-out, and Keenum went back to work, completing four straight passes for double-digit gains. The drive stalled at the UCLA 18, and the Cougars settled for Matt Hogan's 35-yard field goal.

UCLA gained only 29 yards in the first quarter, but Prince started the second with a 29-yard pass to Joseph Fauria to the Houston 18. Johnathan Franklin weaved for a touchdown on the next snap to cut the deficit to 10-7. Franklin rushed for 128 yards on 16 carries in the game.

Bruins' defensive tackle Cassius Marsh sacked Keenum on Houston's next play, leading to the Cougars' first punt. The crowd fell silent for a moment, but Keenum sprang back up.

Prince was then knocked out of the game with a concussion when Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden upended him on a scramble along the sideline. Brehaut, who started seven games in 2010, came in as trainers attended to Prince.

Houston linebacker Phillip Steward recovered a fumble near midfield, and the Cougars' offense breezed down the field again, with Bryce Beall scoring on a 12-yard run.

The Cougars led 24-14 when they got the ball back on their own 36 with 35 seconds left in the half. That was plenty of time for Keenum, who threw a 26-yard pass to Carrier, got help from a UCLA pass-interference penalty, then found Carrier again for a 23-yard touchdown with eight seconds to spare before the break.

Keenum was 19 for 24 for 188 yards in the first half.

Brehaut's first pass of the second half was a 54-yarder down the middle to Nelson Rosario. Derrick Coleman's 1-yard touchdown run cut it to 31-21 with 8:28 left in the third quarter.

The Cougars were threatening again, but Beall fumbled inside the 10. A 29-yard run by Franklin gave UCLA some breathing room, and Brehaut scored in the final minute of the third quarter to pull UCLA within three.

Houston nearly gave away another costly turnover early in the fourth quarter, when Carrier took a short pass and fumbled at the 1. But Houston center Chris Thompson fell on the bouncing ball in the end zone, and after an officials' review, the play was ruled another Cougars' touchdown.

The Bruins chewed up seven minutes on their ensuing drive, and Kip Smith missed a 32-yard field goal try with 2:29 left.

Brehaut threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Barr with 1:19 remaining, but Houston's Mark Roberts blocked Smith's extra-point attempt.

UCLA has lost three of its last six road openers, including its last two. Houston improved to 27-5 at home since the start of the 2006 season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UCLA
HOU
1st Downs2629
Total Yards554469
Passing322310
Rushing232159
Penalties10-807-45
3rd Down Conversions5-128-13
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers11
Possession34:0125:59

Passing Leaders

UCLAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brehaut17/2626410.220
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum30/403107.820

Rushing Leaders

UCLACARYDSAVGTDLG
Franklin161288.0129
Brehaut13876.7121
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall11696.3123
Hayes7426.0234

Receiving Leaders

UCLARECYDSAVGTDLG
Fauria611018.3129
Rosario38729.0054
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carrier1013813.8126
Smith66010.0015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUCLAHOU
TD09:06Michael Hayes 1 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 07
FG01:51Matt Hogan 35 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERUCLAHOU
TD14:21Johnathan Franklin 18 Yd Run (Kip Smith Kick) 710
TD07:18Bryce Beall 12 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 717
TD02:49Joseph Fauria 5 Yd Pass From Richard Brehaut (Kip Smith Kick) 1417
TD01:56Michael Hayes 34 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 1424
TD00:08Tyron Carrier 23 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Matt Hogan Kick) 1431
THIRD QUARTERUCLAHOU
TD08:28Derrick Coleman 1 Yd Run (Kip Smith Kick) 2131
TD00:28Richard Brehaut 1 Yd Run (Kip Smith Kick) 2831
FOURTH QUARTERUCLAHOU
TD09:31Chris Thompson 0 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Matt Hogan Kick) 2838
TD01:19Anthony Barr 11 Yd Pass From Richard Brehaut (Pat Blocked) 3438

Research Notes

Houston quarterback Case Keenum recorded his 26th career 300-yard passing game Saturday versus UCLA. That is the most among active FBS quarterbacks, and 5th most since 2000.
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Houston QB Case Keenum's last game against UCLA didn't go so well. In the Cougars' 31-13 loss, Keenum was 10-18 for 83 yards with 0 TD and 2 picks. It was also his last game of the season, as he tore his ACL trying to make the tackle on one of those picks. This season, Keenum got his redemption. He was 30-40 for 310 yards with 2 TD and 0 Int in a 4-point win over the Bruins.
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