October 8, 2009

Torbush trying to slow down Houston

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Carl Torbush has the daunting task ahead this weekend of stopping the nation's best offense in Houston.

The Cougars come into Saturday topping the country in passing offense, total offense and first down offense. They are averaging 573.2 yards and 42.5 points per game this season.

"They are a very, very good offensive football team," Torbush said. "They've got a great quarterback who understands what they are trying to do. The closest thing I've played against was Texas Tech. It's the type of offense that you try to keep as off balanced as you can because they are going to make some plays, you've just got to limit those plays."

Houston's offense is centered around junior quarterback Case Keenum, who has completed 68.6-percent of his passes for 1,696 yards, 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions this season. Keenum also has three rushing scores to add to his lofty statistics.

"Their quarterback is a coach on the field, there is no doubt about that," Torbush said. "He's making all of their checks. I don't see anybody from the sideline telling him what to do. He'll be a pro football player. He's got a good arm and great accuracy. He stays active and does not take a sack. There are a few times when he didn't see it coming and they got him in the back but he's very smart and knows how to get it out of bounds. He's very, very impressive."

Keenum is coming off a career game last week in a 58-41 loss to UTEP. He connected on 51 of 76 passing for 536 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

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