Scores

Final

UTEP 37

(4-5, 1-4 C-USA)

Rice 41

(3-6, 2-4 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 7 17 7 637
RICE 14 6 7 1441

Top Performers

Passing: N. Fanuzzi (RICE) - 405 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Petersen (RICE) - 14 CAR, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Edwards (UTEP) - 7 REC, 187 YDS, 2 TD

Rice 41, UTEP 37

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Nick Fanuzzi was 30 of 43 for 405 yards and three touchdowns passing to lead Rice to a 41-37 win over UTEP Saturday.

Vance McDonald caught eight passes for 157 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Smith caught eight catches for 74 yards for the Owls (3-6, 2-4 Conference USA), who ended a three-game losing streak.

Nick Lamaison was 16 of 29 for 294 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Miners (4-5, 1-4). Mike Edwards had seven catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

Fanuzzi put Rice on top 34-31 with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor with 7:59 remaining. After Bryce Callahan intercepted Lamaison for a second time, Fanuzzi found Randy Kitchens for a 23-yard TD pass with 2:58 to play.

Lamaison threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Leslie with 42 seconds left, but McDonald recovered the onside kick.

Rice finished with 671 yards of offense, third-most in school history. The Miners controlled time of possession by nearly 17 minutes, but had 392 yards on 50 plays, while Rice ran 93 plays.

UTEP got on the board first with a 74-yard pass from Lamaison to Edwards on the third play from scrimmage, but Rice responded with a 44-yard touchdown run by Petersen with 12:15 left in the first quarter.

Jeremy Eddington put Rice ahead 14-7 with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Rice's Chris Boswell connected on field goals of 37 and 23 yards in the second quarter, and Dakota Warren made a 33-yard field goal for UTEP as the Owls took a 20-10 lead.

Leilyon Myers cut the lead to three with a 1-yard touchdown run with 4:11 left in the second quarter, and Myers gave the Miners a 24-20 advantage with another 1-yard touchdown run with a minute left in the second quarter.

Rice retook the lead 27-24 on a 25-yard touchdown from Fanuzzi to McDonald with 6:39 remaining in third quarter, but the Miners answered with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Lamaison to Edwards with 1:13 left in the third.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
RICE
1st Downs1430
Total Yards392671
Passing294449
Rushing98222
Penalties4-255-30
3rd Down Conversions4-1013-20
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers20
Possession21:3738:23

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lamaison16/2929410.132
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fanuzzi30/434059.430

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Frazier7527.4018
Myers7223.129
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith19894.7015
Petersen14745.3144

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards718726.7274
Kemp12626.0026
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
McDonald815719.6133
Cook38929.7051

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD13:57Mike Edwards 74 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Dakota Warren Kick) 70
TD12:15Turner Petersen 44 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 77
TD07:55Jeremy Eddington 7 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERUTEPRICE
FG14:55Chris Boswell 37 Yd 717
FG11:53Dakota Warren 33 Yd 1017
FG05:37Chris Boswell 23 Yd 1020
TD04:11Leilyon Myers 1 Yd Run (Dakota Warren Kick) 1720
TD01:10Leilyon Myers 1 Yd Run (Dakota Warren Kick) 2420
THIRD QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD06:39Vance McDonald 25 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Chris Boswell Kick) 2427
TD01:13Mike Edwards 26 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Dakota Warren Kick) 3127
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD07:59Jordan Taylor 6 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Chris Boswell Kick) 3134
TD02:58Randy Kitchens 23 Yd Pass From Nick Fanuzzi (Chris Boswell Kick) 3141
TD00:42Jordan Leslie 17 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Pat Failed) 3741