By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications
HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 22, 2011) What can one say after a football game that ends in a 35-point win for the home team and raises the team’s season record to 7-0?
Some may think that the score says it all and that nothing more needs to be said.
If the world was so simple that above statement would simply be enough.
More precisely, if the game of college football was so simple it might make for an easier time of understand the game as a whole.
But college football is not that simple. One must indeed look at what else happened in the game.
Yes, the Houston Cougars are now 7-0 after their 63-28 thumping of the Thundering Herd of Marshall.
Marshall came into Robertson Stadium sporting a 2-1 Conference USA record and leading the East Division of the conference.
The Thundering Herd controlled the ball for 42 minutes of the game. That means the Cougars’ defense was on the field for nearly 3/4 of the game.
No matter what one thinks about the Houston defense, that fact definitely had an impact on the game.
Add that to the realization that Houston has been struggling with their defense all season makes for a dangerous situation if their opponents offense ever gets on the move.
Houston gave up 506 total yards to Marshall. That is way too much.
Holding them to 28 points was a factor in the game, but the fact is Marshall failed to capitalize on their offensive drives and Houston scored easily when they did have possession of the ball.
Case Keenum had a very successful day. He competed 24 of 28 passes for 376 yards and six touchdowns.
That performance did enable him to become the