On a brisk Monday morning in Dallas, the Ticket City Bowl was played on the historic grounds of the Cotton Bowl stadium. And for the 46,000 that showed up to the game, were treated to the Case Keenum show. This was billed as the unstoppable force vs. the immovable object. Well the unstoppable force today was Case Keenum and the Houston Cougars.
Case Keenum was able to pick apart the Penn State defense and throw at will. Sometimes it looked like the defense wasn’t even on the field with them. This was a special way for Keenum to end his Houston career. He set numerous records today and threw for over 500 yards.
When the dust had finally settled at the Cotton Bowl, Houston had won an easy game 30-14 over Penn State. This game will go down as a great performance for a team and a quarterback. Houston completed a record year by winning their 13th game today. Now the only question is who will require Keenum’s services next year in the NFL.
Despite the year that Penn State had, losing this game will just add to some of the embarrassment and shame that the program has suffered. But there should be brighter days ahead, because there were moments of brilliance for the Penn State squad.
The Bowl committee gave everyone a top flight match up with two top 25 teams. It lived up to its billing, but the passing game of Houston proved too much for the Big Ten size of Penn State. There is a lot to be taken from this game for both programs, Houston looks to be on the rise and could be a BCS team in the very near future, While the scandal has shown to take its toll over the once proud Penn State.
It was a New Year’s treat to be able to cover this game, and I hope to make this a yearly tradition.