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Keenum set a single-season school record with 5,671 yards passing, the third-highest total in FBS history. Carrier, Edwards and then-junior James Cleveland became the first trio in school history to top 1,000 yards receiving, and the Cougars led the nation in yards passing (225 per game).

Keenum tore a ligament in his right knee in the third game of the 2010 season. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, and Carrier and Edwards didn’t need much practice time to bond with him again.

“We just got back to the way we used to be, doing what we do every day,” Edwards said. “We were very excited to get him back. He’s like our coach out there on the field. He trusts us, we trust him.”

By now, Carrier and Edwards can communicate with Keenum on the field without even speaking.

Keenum threw nine touchdown passes in last week’s rout of Rice. On two of them, Carrier and Edwards flashed quick hand signals, Keenum nodded and threw to them for easy scores.

“It’s pretty cool, when I don’t even have to say anything to those guys,” Keenum said. “They knew what wanted, they knew what they saw and we’re on the same page. That’s what you want between receivers and quarterbacks.

“It just takes time to do that,” Keenum said. “It’s pretty priceless when you get that sort of experience and chemistry going.”