Posted by Tom Fornelli
Houston quarterback Case Keenum passed Colt McCoy and Philip Rivers for fifth place all time on the NCAA's career passing yards list on Friday night against UTEP, throwing for 279 yards in the Cougars 54-24 rout of the Miners, but his 13,503 career yards are likely the last thing on the Cougars' minds when it comes to their quarterback this morning.
Keenum had to leave the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a head injury. After having a pass intercepted by UTEP's Travaun Nixon, it looked as though Keenum took a blow to the head while trying to make a tackle. He was slow to get off the ground and seemed a little woozy before finally leaving the field under his own power.
Keenum did not return to the game, but according to his coach Kevin Sumlin, he didn't need to .
“I just talked to him; he was smiling in the locker room,” Sumlin said. “So we’ll evaluate it and see where he is. The situation was such at that point of the game, the way Cotton was playing, there was no need to do anything. We’ll see where it is.”
Cotton Turner came on for Keenum, completing nine of ten passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Which was one more touchdown than Keenum threw before having to leave the game and seeing his streak of 31 consecutive games with a touchdown pass come to an end.
As for the severity of Keenum's injury and whether or not he'll have to miss Houston's game at UCLA next Saturday, we'll have to wait and see.