HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Marquel Blackwell ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as South Florida improved its bowl status with a 32-14 rout of Houston.
Blackwell continued his stellar senior season, completing 23-of-36 passes for 305 yards and no interceptions. He extended his streak without an interception to 235 passes
But Houston's Nick Eddy did not have such luck, setting a school and Conference USA record by throwing seven interceptions. He completed 25-of-49 passes for a career-high 358 yards.
South Florida, which improved to 9-2, is hoping to receive a bid to a lesser bowl, possibly the GMAC Bowl.
Blackwell ran for just 28 yards but gave the Bulldogs an early lead with his legs, capping 79-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown run less than seven minutes into the game. He followed an interception with a one-yard scoring run for a 14-0 edge less than five minutes later.
Blackwell threw a 39-yard TD to Hugh Smith early in the third and connected with Huey Whitaker on a 27-yard scoring strike later in the quarter.
After another interception by South Florida, Blackwell made it a 32-0 cushion on a five-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds left.
Smith caught four passes for 107 yards and Chris Iskra had receptions for 89 yards for the Bulldogs, who overcame 10 penalties with 385 yards on offense.
Eddy threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes for Houston (4-7), which lost despite totaling 411 yards. His favorite target was Brandon Middleton, who caught five passes for 119 yards and both touchdowns.