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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Houston routs Rice, 73-14

Keenum has 323 yards in first half as Cougars take 59-0 lead.

November 29, 2009

at No. 25 Houston 73, Rice 14: Case Keenum threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another in the first half as the Cougars (10-2, 6-2) built a 59-0 lead in beating the Owls (2-10, 2-6) in a Conference USA game.

In other C-USA games: Trevor Vittatoe passed for 517 yards and five touchdowns to lead host Texas El Paso (4-8, 3-5) to a 52-21 win over Marshall (6-6, 4-4). . . . Shawnbrey McNeal rushed for 147 yards to lead host Southern Methodist (7-5, 6-2) to a 26-21 win over Tulane (3-9, 1-7). . . . C.J. Wilson returned a blocked extra-point attempt for a two-point conversion that lifted host East Carolina (8-4, 7-1) to a 25-20 win over Southern Mississippi (7-5, 6-2) in a C-USA game. . . . Brett Hodges threw two touchdown passes to lead Central Florida (8-4, 6-2) to a 34-27 win over host Alabama Birmingham (5-7, 4-4).

In Sun Belt Conference games: Levi Brown threw three touchdowns to lead Troy (9-3, 8-0) to a 48-31 win over host Louisiana Lafayette (6-6, 4-4). . . . Dwight Dasher accounted for five TDs to lead Middle Tennessee State (9-3, 7-1) to a 38-19 win over host Louisiana Monroe (6-6, 5-3). . . . Jeff Van Camp threw three TDs to lead host Florida Atlantic (4-7, 4-3) to a 29-23 win over Western Kentucky (0-11, 0-7). . . . Ryan Aplin had 362 yards in offense to lead host Arkansas State (3-8, 2-5) to a 30-26 win over North Texas (2-10, 1-7).

-- associated press

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