Dallas, TX – Case Keenum ended his record-breaking collegiate of-69 passes for 532 yards and ranked Houston Cougars' 30-14 victory over the ranked Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl.
Keenum ends his career as the NCAA's career leader in passing yardage, total offense, touchdown passes and touchdowns accounted for.
Houston (13-1), which came into the game with a 1-9 mark in its last 10 bowl appearances, gave Tony Levine a victory in his head coaching debut. Levine became the head man after Kevin Sumlin left for Texas A&M.
Patrick Edwards caught nine passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars, who set a school record with 13 wins this season. The 13 victories is the most ever by a Conference USA member.
Rob Bolden connected on 7-of-26 passes for 137 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Nittany Lions (9-4), who were playing in their 28th January bowl game. Bolden played in place of Matt McGloin, who suffered a concussion in a post-practice tussle with wide receiver Curtis Drake in mid- December.
The fight was just a minor incident in a season that saw legendary coach Joe Paterno go down in flames. Paterno was fired in November for his role surrounding the sexual assault allegations levied against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, thus propelling defensive coordinator Tom Bradley into the role of interim head coach.
Bradley guided Penn State to a 1-3 record, but his status for next season is uncertain.