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October 30, 2011
But Cougars quarterback Case Keenum responded by nearly throwing double-figure touchdown passes. Even by Keenum's standards of outlandish passing numbers, his game against Rice was in a class of its own.
Keenum completed 24 passes, and they went for 537 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns in a 73-34 demolition of Rice to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
"That was probably the most fun I've ever had playing football," Keenum said.
Keenum's nine touchdown passes were not even a school single-game record, though. That record belongs to David Klingler, with a NCAA-record 11 against Eastern Washington in 1990.
Keenum's fifth touchdown pass of the game, which came in the midst of a 45-3 run that erased Rice's 17-7 lead, gave him the NCAA career record for touchdown passes. He now has 139, five more than the old record, which had been held by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell.
Keenum's career passing day was accompanied by a career receiving day. Senior Patrick Edwards caught seven passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns. Edwards' 318 receiving yards were tied for the seventh-highest total in FBS history.
"It just kind of happened," Keenum said. "Patrick having five of them with more than 300 yards receiving is crazy as well."
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South Carolina has suffered its share of losses this season - among them, the dismissal of Stephen Garcia and a season-ending injury to TB Marcus Lattimore - but only one of them has occurred on the field.
The Gamecocks remain in the lead for the SEC East despite the injuries thanks in part to the effort Saturday of Lattimore's replacement. Wilds, a true freshman, rushed for 137 yards on 28 carries to earn Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week honors. He also was South Carolina's leading receiver with three catches for 31 yards in a 14-3 victory at Tennessee.
The Gamecocks seized control with a 20-play, 98-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter. The drive had 17 runs and three passes; Wilds rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries on the defining drive.
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A week after Texas Tech's shocking upset at Oklahoma, the Red Raiders were on the wrong end of a shocking upset themselves.
The Tech offense that was unstoppable early against the Sooners was nowhere to be found in Lubbock. Iowa State held Texas Tech to seven points and 290 total yards, earning Cyclones defensive coordinator Burnham the Rivals.com National Coordinator of the Week honors.
It was the first time Tech failed to throw a touchdown pass in 69 games, dating to a 12-3 loss to TCU on Sept. 16, 2006.
The Red Raiders had gained fewer than 500 yards only once all season, and this also was Iowa State's first win in Lubbock in six tries.
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