It was all part of a historic night for Keenum. He passed former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell as the NCAA’s all-time leader in touchdown passes. Keenum actually shattered the record as he passed Harrell with his fifth TD strike of the night.
Keenum, however, wasn’t able to break the NCAA single-game touchdown pass record. In fact, he didn’t even break the school record. That belongs to David Klingler who threw an unheard of 11 touchdowns in a 1990 game against Eastern Washington.
The main beneficiary of Keenum’s work on Thursday night was Patrick Edwards. The senior wide receiver had seven catches on the evening, five of which wre touchdowns. Edwards piled up 318 receiving yards in the process.
Keenum was pulled for backup Cotton Turner midway through the fourth quarter. When it was all said and done, Keenum completed 24 of 37 passes for 534 yards. He did throw an interception to go along with his nine touchdowns. Still, not a bad ratio. NESN
On 24 pass attempts, Keenum connected for 9 touch downs. Pretty insane. Even though Houston was chucking the ball when they were up 66-34 in the fourth quarter, it’s still pretty impressive. Which brings me to my next point (I was never big on segues) that college athletes are evolving at a scary a pace. Almost too scary. To the point where records are being broken every year that took decades to set. So what the hell is happening? What’s the ceiling for young athletes these days? Are our children’s children going to rival the athletic ability of Marvel Superheros?
There is a strong possibility. Because I’m convinced, and no one can talk me out this, that all athletes playing at an extremely high level are aided by artificial performance enhancing drugs. It might seem like a over stated comment to some, but QB’s throwing for 500+ yards and 9 TD’s is “Madden 97′ like stats” on EASY mode. If this kid is taking steroids I don’t fault him either. Because everyone else is. College, pro, you name it. I bet Brady is on some type of enhancement as well. And you know what, I don’t care. I prefer it. Because sports are incredible to watch this way. Even if these athletes die at an early age, they provide freak entertainment for a few hours on TV once a week. So is it a good trade off? Call me heartless, but I think so.