Houston Vs Southern Mississippi
December 4, 2011 by staff
Houston Vs Southern Mississippi, Houston lost much more than a game in Saturday’s Conference USA championship. Austin Davis threw four touchdown passes, and No. 24 Southern Mississippi ruined Houston’s perfect season and Bowl Championship Series hopes with a 49-28 victory over the seventh-ranked Cougars.
It was star quarterback Case Keenum’s last home game for Houston for sure, and it also could have been the finale for coach Kevin Sumlin, who’s mentioned as a top candidate for virtually every higher-profile job opening.
Sumlin shot down a media report that he’ll soon become the coach at Texas A&M, which fired Mike Sherman three days ago.
“That is not true,” Sumlin said. “I haven’t talked to anybody. I haven’t said anything to anybody about it.”
The Cougars (12-1) blew a big chance to impress a national-television audience and show they had climbed to the top in their state after years of playing in the shadows of A&M and Texas. Keenum also could have bolstered his case for an invitation to next week’s Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Instead, the Golden Eagles (11-2) turned it into their showcase, shackling Houston’s high-powered offense and striking with several big plays of their own to win their first league title and reach 11 victories for the first time.
“Everybody thought Houston was just going to walk away with this thing,” Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said. “So our guys obviously took objection to that. They had something to prove. They wanted everybody to know that Southern Miss is really a good football team.”
Southern Miss won the C-USA championship game for the first time and the league title for the fifth time overall.
Tracey Lampley caught two touchdown passes, and the Golden Eagles became the first team to hold Houston, averaging more than 50 per game, below 35 points this season.
Keenum completed 41 of 67 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. He became the first quarterback to reach 5,000 yards passing in three seasons, one more record to tack onto his career.
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