HOUSTON — Houston's Case Keenum threw nine touchdowns on his way to setting the Division I-A career record as No. 18 Houston remained unbeaten with a 73-34 win over Rice on Thursday.
Keenum threw an interception and saw his fumble returned for a touchdown during the first quarter in heavy rain as Rice built a 17-7 lead. The rain subsided, and the Cougars (8-0, 4-0 C-USA) got going. They outscored the Owls (2-6, 1-4), who entered 115th among 120 I-A teams in total defense, 45-3 to take a 52-20 lead.
Keenum, who last week became the I-A career leader in total offense, threw touchdowns of 57, 21, 64, 18, 41, 20, 37, 22 and 47 yards. He fell two shy of the I-A record for a game set by former Houston standout David Klingler in 1990 and was 24-of-37 for 534 yards before leaving with eight minutes left in the game.
Keenum needs 267 yards to set the I-A career record held by Hawaii's Tim Chang (17,072).
Patrick Edwards caught five of Kennum's touchdowns and had seven catches for 318 yards.
In addition, Houston's Tyron Carrier tied the I-A record for kickoff returns for touchdowns with a 100-yarder to open the game. Clemson's C.J. Spiller had seven from 2006-09.
Boise St. noncommittal after Big East meeting
BOISE, Idaho — Big East officials, including commissioner John Marinatto, visited Boise State, giving an informational pitch on the beleaguered conference and its plans to add teams.
School president Bob Kustra said he appreciated the visit and presentation, but …
"We will take our time in evaluating conference affiliation options," he said in a prepared statement. "Boise State is a quality institution with an elite football program and a significant brand identity. As a result, we are an extremely valuable partner when it comes to conference affiliation."
Marinatto was not available for comment.
The meeting came one day after Marinatto and others courted fellow Mountain West school Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Big East, which already has lost Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC and might lose West Virginia or Louisville to the Big 12, is considering adding Boise State, Air Force and Navy for football only and Houston, SMU and Central Florida for all sports.
One school, Houston, took a step toward joining. Its board of regents voted to give chancellor and president Renu Khator authority to negotiate a move. The school did not give a timetable for a move.
And in Orlando, UCF's board of trustees is set to hold a teleconference this morning to discuss realignment. But in a statement it released, it said the school has not received an invitation from another conference.
SEC: Commissioner Mike Slive said the league is working on football scheduling for a 13- and 14-school league. Texas A&M is set to join next season, but Slive wouldn't say if any 14-team scenario includes Missouri, which the New York Times reported needs only to negotiate an exit fee to join from the Big 12.
Big Ten: Commissioner Jim Delany said expansion remains on the back burner. He didn't rule out future expansion, though. "We're monitoring," he said. "That's all we're doing. We're not in the conversation. People can ask us if we're in the conversation, but I'm telling you we're not in the conversation. Everybody else in the country is in the conversation, but we're not. You can't make us in the conversation if we're not in the conversation."
Pitt star out for season: Pittsburgh's Ray Graham, second in the nation at 134 rushing yards per game, will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee during Wednesday's 35-20 win over Connecticut. The school did not disclose specifics of the injury, saying only he needs surgery. He was hurt while being tackled.
Clemson: Andre Ellington, fourth in the ACC with 745 rushing yards, will not start because of a sprained ankle sustained last week against North Carolina but is expected to play.
Syracuse: Felony drug charges against suspended receiver Marcus Sales were dropped, but coach Doug Marrone gave no indication if the senior will return to the team.
Big Ten: Ohio State was picked to finish first by the media, followed by Wisconsin and Michigan State. Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger, an All-American as a freshman last season, was voted preseason player of the year.
Maryland: Starting point guard Pe'Shon Howard will miss 10-12 weeks with a broken left foot. Coach Mark Turgeon did not say how the sophomore, who averaged 5.4 points and 3.2 assists last season, was hurt.
Texas A&M: Coach Billy Kennedy, away from the team for the past two weeks, disclosed he is in the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. Assistant Glynn Cyprien will lead the team indefinitely.