Houston’s Case Keenum threw three touchdown passes and a scored on a 16-yard run, but it was the defense that came through when needed. Down 38-35, Oklahoma State had the ball with plenty of time, but Jamal Robinson picked off a pass for a 26-yard score to seal the win. The Cowboys got a 9-yard Kendall Hunter touchdown run before he left with an injury, and got a scintillating, 82-yard punt return from Dez Bryant for a score, but the Cougars scored 21 fourth-quarter points with Bryce Beall scoring from 1 yard out and catching a deflected pass for a 6-yard score
Player of the game: Houston QB Case Keenum completed 32 of 46 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran for a score.
Houston: Passing: Case Keenum, 32-46, 366 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
What it all means: Case Keenum now belongs on the Heisman short list. He’ll get another shot at a big win with Texas Tech coming up, but this performance showed, at the very least, that he belongs in the discussion among the nation’s best quarterbacks. He made a few mistakes and wasn’t always sharp (getting really, really lucky on his last touchdown pass that should’ve been picked off), but he was cool, calm, and extremely productive. The defense wasn’t a rock, but it forced the turnovers it needed to and it kept the high-powered Cowboys attack under wraps, allowing just 434 yards. Now there’s a week off to bask in the glow and prepare for the Red Raiders. If nothing else, this remains among the nation’s most fun teams to watch.