(Saturday, September 26th)
Final Score: (17) Houston 29, Texas Tech 28
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Case Keenum's four-yard touchdown run with 49 seconds left capped a long game-winning drive that lifted 17th-ranked Houston to a 29-28 win over Texas Tech.
The Cougars (3-0) drove 95 yards in nearly five minutes down the stretch to notch another quality win. Houston was coming off a win over Oklahoma State, then ranked fifth, two weeks ago.
Keenum finished with 435 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 38- of-58 passing for the Cougars, while Charles Sims caught 10 passes for 122 yards. Bryce Beall ran for 75 yards and a score in the win.
Taylor Potts had 321 yards passing and a TD on 30-of-45 completions, but his end-zone heave in the final seconds fell incomplete as the Red Raiders (2-2) were dealt a second consecutive road defeat. Texas Tech fell at Texas, 34-24, last week.
Baron Batch ran for 114 yards and two scores on 19 carries in the loss.
"I thought it became a game of situations," said Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach. "Both teams played really hard and slugged it out, but Houston played better in key situations than we did."
Trailing by eight points, Houston got a 21-yard field goal from Jordan Mannisto with 12 seconds left in the third quarter to draw within 28-23.
Texas Tech then had an opportunity to score early in the fourth quarter, getting a 1st-and-goal at the Houston seven-yard line. But the Red Raiders couldn't push the ball across the goal line, and on 4th-and-goal from the one, Potts was stopped short on a quarterback sneak.
Keenum was intercepted on Houston's next drive, but the Cougars got the ball back after Tech punted. Houston then took over at its own five with 5:47 to play and began its winning drive.
Keenum converted one third down with a seven-yard pass to Patrick Edwards, and another with a 10-yard run to the Houston 44. The Cougars later faced a 4th- and-3 near midfield, and Keenum again went to Edwards for seven yards and a new set of downs.
Houston began to pick up yardage in bigger chunks, as Beall ran for 12 and Keenum aired out a 23-yard pass for Tyron Carrier that got the ball to the Tech seven. Beall ran for three yards before a timeout was called with 53 seconds left. On the next play, Keenum plowed into the end zone on a keeper to put Houston in front, though the two-point conversion failed.
Texas Tech got as far as the Houston 43, but couldn't get into field goal range before the clock ran out.
"It wasn't our best tonight, but Texas Tech had a lot to do with that," said Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin. "They had a really good plan, and they struggled in the red zone. We missed some field goals and couldn't really convert at times."
Keenum's six-yard pass to James Cleveland put Houston in front early in the first quarter, though Texas Tech countered with a six-yard TD run by Batch.
Mannisto's 30-yarder gave the Cougars the lead again nearly midway through the second quarter, but Batch ran for another score, this time from 11 yards out, to make it a 14-10 Texas Tech lead with six minutes to go.
Harrison Jeffers added a 13-yard scoring run for the Red Raiders in the final minute, but Mannisto hit on a 50-yard try to get Houston within 21-13 at the break.
Beall's one-yard run midway through the third quarter brought the Cougars within a point until Texas Tech countered with another TD, this time on a 24- yard pass from Potts to Tramain Swindall. That score made it a 28-20 game with 4:19 to go in the third.
Houston owns an 18-10-1 advantage over Texas Tech in the all-time series between the two teams...The Cougars play at UTEP next Saturday...Texas Tech hosts New Mexico next Saturday...Carrier had eight catches for 99 yards, while Edwards turned seven catches into 92 yards for Houston...Alex Torres led Tech with six catches for 90 yards.
09/27 03:34:50 ET