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September 27, 2009
Keenum earns player of the week honor
Not that Keenum and his teammates would have allowed an interception and two poorly thrown passes to hang over the team, anyway. After the two bad passes, which came on first and second down from his 34, Keenum ran for 10 yards on third down to keep the drive alive. It might have been the most critical play in the game, as it came during a late 95-yard TD drive that led to a 29-28 victory.
Keenum was 38-of-58 passing for 435 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors. He also rushed for 27 yards and took a quarterback draw in for the winning touchdown.
"The whole drive for everyone was just reaction," Keenum said. "There's not a lot of thinking after four quarters of hard-nosed football. As fast as we play and as fast as the Texas Tech defense plays as well as our defense, it's just reaction. We just have to go out there and make plays, and our guys did in a crucial time."
With the win over Texas Tech, coupled with a road upset of Oklahoma State two weeks ago, Houston is in the non-Big Six mix with Boise State and TCU for a BCS appearance. With 1,160 passing yards and 11 total touchdowns, Keenum also vaulted himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion.
Rainy conditions in Blacksburg didn't hurt Williams, a redshirt freshman. In fact, the rain may have worked in his favor against Miami. Williams rushed 34 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-7 victory over the Hurricanes. Williams was also Virginia Tech's leading receiver with two catches for 40 yards.
Jahvid who? Aliotti's defense held California running back Jahvid Best to 55 rushing yards in the Ducks' 42-3 demolition of the Golden Bears. The Ducks' defense recovered two fumbles and held Cal to 207 total yards in the rout.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.