Record day for Davis, Moore, Keenum
Dominque Davis couldn't miss. Case Keenum passed Timmy Chang for the first of what could be two records he takes from the former Hawaii quarterback. And Kellen Moore matched Colt McCoy with yet another victory.
Davis completed his first 26 passes to break a record held by Tennessee's Tee Martin and California's Aaron Rodgers — heard of him? — and led the Pirates to a 38-35 victory.
Davis also set a record for most completions over more than one game. He had completed his final 10 passes against Memphis last week, so his stunning first half against Navy gave him 36 completions in a row - breaking the NCAA mark of 26 set in 2004 by Rodgers, now a star with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
After going 26 for 26 for 251 yards before halftime, Davis' streak ended when he misfired on his first attempt in the third quarter. He finished 40 for 45 for 372 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Funny thing is, it wasn't until he reached the locker room that Davis learned just how special his numbers were.
''I had no idea until after the game,'' the 6-foot-3 quarterback said. ''When they told me, I was like, 'Wow, really?' It's amazing, but when you do your job and put the ball in your receiver's hands, that's what happens.''
In Houston, Keenum became the Football Bowl Subdivision's career leader in total offense, throwing for 376 yards and tying his career high with six touchdown passes in No. 21 Houston's 63-28 win over Marshall.
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The senior quarterback needed 130 yards to eclipse the record (16,910 yards) set by Chang from 2000 to 2004. He moved past Chang on a 30-yard pass to Justin Johnson with 3:56 left in the first quarter.
Keenum completed 24 of 28 passes — 15 in a row during one stretch — and also crept closer to the major college football career records for passing yards and touchdown throws. He needs 802 passing yards to move ahead of Chang's record (17,072) and five TD passes to eclipse the mark (134) set by Texas Tech's Graham Harrell from 2005 to 2008.
Houston coach Kevin Sumlin awarded the game ball to Keenum at midfield, where the Cougars gathered behind him. Keenum turned to his teammates and hoisted the ball.
"It does feel good to move on," he said. "Honestly there at the beginning of the game, after one of the passes I may have thought about it. Now that that's over, I'm going to enjoy it, but it's like any game: When I'm taking the shower, it's all going down the drain."
That put him in a tie with the former Texas star McCoy for the most wins all-time by a college quarterback. His second TD pass of the day, a 19-yarder to Matt Miller, gave him 122 for his career and pushed him past former BYU quarterback Ty Detmer for fourth best all-time.
''It's a neat honor, but I'm in a fortunate situation,'' Moore said of tying the victory record. ''I've been fortunate to play for four years with a lot of great guys, and there's a lot of us and a bunch of people that got this record.''