The Houston Cougars offense regularly produces video game-like statistics. And while it took some time before the offense got in gear, once it did, it was as if the Cougars were operating with a few cheat codes.
With record-breaking quarterback Case Keenum at the controls, the Cougars erased an early 10-point deficit to explode for a 73-34 win over the crosstown rival Rice Owls to claim the Bayou Bucket and remain undefeated in front of 32,112 on Thursday at Robertson Stadium.
The win helps the No. 18 Cougars (8-0, 4-0 Conference USA) tie their best start in school history, which they also achieved in 1990 and 1979. They take the bucket back from Rice (2-6, 1-4), who won it with a 34-31 victory last October at Rice Stadium. UH now leads the all-time series 27-11.