Scores

Final

Houston 49

(5-0, 1-0 American)

UTEP 42

(2-3, 0-2 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, September 29, 2011

Sun Bowl, EL PASO, TX

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 21 17 1149
UTEP 14 7 14 742

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 471 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Banyard (UTEP) - 22 CAR, 240 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Edwards (HOU) - 8 REC, 144 YDS

Houston 49, UTEP 42

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- Case Keenum threw for 471 yards and two touchdowns and Charles Sims ran for 111 yards and had an 84-yard scoring reception in Houston's 49-42 victory over UTEP on Thursday night.

Keenum completed 30 of 46 passes to help Houston improve to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in Conference USA. The Cougars are 5-0 for the first time since 1990 and only the fourth time in school history.

Houston had 710 yards on total offense and UTEP (2-3, 0-2) had 538.

Keenum had 489 yards of total offense to move within 421 yards of the NCAA career record of 16,910 set by Hawaii's Timmy Chang. Keenum has 16,489 yards (15,591 passing, 898 rushing). Keenum also moved into a tie with former BYU star Ty Detmer for third place in NCAA history with 121 career touchdown passes.

Sims had 12 carries and two rushing touchdowns -- 40- and 4-yard runs in the second quarter -- and finished with two catches for 90 yards. Michael Hayes added 100 yards rushing on 10 carries, scoring on a 71-yard run late in third quarter to give Houston a 38-28 lead.

Patrick Edwards led the Cougars in receiving with eight catches for 144 yards.

UTEP's Joe Banyard ran for 240 yards -- the fourth-most in school history -- and a touchdown on 22 carries , and Nick Lamaison completed 19 of 29 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

Banyard had a 68-yard touchdown run with 1:02 left in the third quarter to pull the Miners within three at 38-35. Houston's Matt Hogan made a 29-yard field goal early in the fourth, Keenum added his 84-yard scoring strike to Sims with 9:42 left and connected with Justin Johnson on a 2-point conversion to make it 49-35.

UTEP cut it to seven on Leilyon Myers 2-yard run with 6:21 to go. The Miners had a chance to tie it or take the lead, but Mike Edwards failed to control Lamaison's fourth-down pass in the end zone with 54 seconds left.

After UTEP took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on Nathan Jeffrey's 22-yard touchdown catch and 10-yard scoring run, Houston scored three touchdowns in a 2:31 span in the second quarter. Charles started the spree with his 40- and 4-yard scoring runs and Marcus McGraw returned a fumble 34 yards for the third TD.

UTEP tied it on Mike Edwards' 21-yard touchdown catch with 45 seconds left in the half.

Hogan opened the third quarter with an 18-yard field goal, but UTEP regained the lead at 28-24 on Chris Wenrick's 29-yard touchdown catch. Houston countered with Keenum's 23-yard scoring pass to E.J. Smith to take the lead for good at 31-28.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HOU
UTEP
1st Downs2730
Total Yards710538
Passing471267
Rushing239271
Penalties8-852-15
3rd Down Conversions4-133-9
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers02
Possession28:0531:55

Passing Leaders

HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum30/4647110.220
UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lamaison19/292679.231

Rushing Leaders

HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sims121119.3240
Hayes1010010.0171
UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Banyard2224010.9168
Frazier3186.0017

Receiving Leaders

HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards814418.0048
Sims29045.0184
UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Leslie56412.8024
Kemp35317.7028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHOUUTEP
TD12:05Nathan Jeffery 22 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Dakota Warren Kick) 07
TD01:35Nathan Jeffery 10 Yd Run (Dakota Warren Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERHOUUTEP
TD06:09Charles Sims 40 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 714
TD04:21Charles Sims 4 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 1414
TD03:38Marcus McGraw 34 Yd Fumble Return (Matt Hogan Kick) 2114
TD00:45Mike Edwards 21 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Dakota Warren Kick) 2121
THIRD QUARTERHOUUTEP
FG09:59Matt Hogan 18 Yd 2421
TD08:15Craig Wenrick 29 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Dakota Warren Kick) 2428
TD06:10E.J. Smith 23 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Matt Hogan Kick) 3128
TD03:08Michael Hayes 71 Yd Run (Matt Hogan Kick) 3828
TD01:02Joe Banyard 68 Yd Run (Dakota Warren Kick) 3835
FOURTH QUARTERHOUUTEP
FG12:58Matt Hogan 29 Yd 4135
TD09:42Charles Sims 84 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Case Keenum Pass To Justin Johnson For Two-Point Conversion) 4935
TD06:21Leilyon Myers 2 Yd Run (Dakota Warren Kick) 4942