A peace sign, a 9-TD night and Case Keenum's record-setting career at Houston

From ESPN - January 10, 2018

Long before Case Keenum and Adam Thielen were leading the way for the Minnesota Vikings' offense, the Minnesota quarterback lit up scoreboards with a different favorite target.

From 2007-11, Keenum birthed his legend at the University of Houston, setting nine individual NCAA passing records that remain untouched to this day. It's the place where he and former Cougars receiver Patrick Edwards became one of college football's hottest duos, throwing up major numbers that turned into milestone achievements by the end of their senior season.

Edwards walked on at UH in 2007 and redshirted. Although he did not start catching Keenum's passes for another year to start his journey toward becoming Houston's all-time leading receiver, Edwards credited his quarterback with molding him as soon as he stepped on campus.

"He took my game to the next level," Edwards said. "He actually taught me football. Coming in, I am young, just going off talent and had not really been around anybody with the knowledge of the game like he has. He taught me there's more to the game than just playing."

Their chemistry was off the charts. By 2011, when Keenum was granted a sixth year of eligibility after he tore his ACL the previous season, the quarterback was given freedom to make calls and checks at the line of scrimmage. When Edwards got a look or a signal pre-snap from Keenum, he knew his quarterback was setting him up for a big gain.

Picture this. Against Penn State in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl, Edwards was lined up in the slot on the Cougars' first series of the game. He was set to run an inside curl route, but Keenum saw a flat-footed safety playing about 10 yards off from Edwards.

"At the last minute before he hiked the ball, he signed me the peace sign upside down," Edwards said. "That was our 9-route. He believed I could run past him, and I ran past him. Scored a 40-yard touchdown."

Perhaps no story better paints the picture of how these two brought out the best in each other than Houston's 73-34 win over Rice in October 2011.

After scoring on the game-opening kickoff, Houston was quickly outscored 17-0. The skies gave way to heavy rainfall, which caused the football to slip out of Keenum's hands as he dropped back to pass and resulted in a scoop-and-score for Rice's defense.


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