Scores

Final

UTEP 37

(5-6, 2-3 away)

Houston 42

(7-4, 5-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 7 14 7 937
HOU 0 9 7 2642

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 480 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. Beall (HOU) - 19 CAR, 167 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Adams (UTEP) - 6 REC, 111 YDS, 3 TD

Houston 42, UTEP 37

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Case Keenum threw for 480 yards including the game-winner with 41 seconds to give Houston a come-from-behind 42-37 win over UTEP Saturday.

Houston (7-4, 6-1), who has won three straight, needs to beat Rice next Saturday to clinch a spot in the Conference USA title game on Dec. 6.

Keenum ran for two scores, including a 1-yard sneak to give the Cougars a 42-37 leadas they rallied from a 10-point deficit.

UTEP (5-6, 4-3) got the ball to the Houston 44 with five seconds left, but Trevor Vittatoe's last second pass dropped into the end zone incomplete to end the game.

Keenum was 41-of-51 passing and threw three touchdowns. Keenum found Kierrie Johnson in the back of the end zone on a 16-yard pass that gave Houston a 36-35 lead with 4:54 left.

On the conversion attempt, Josh Ferguson intercepted Keenum and returned it for two points to hand UTEP a 37-36 advantage.

Houston got the ball back one more time and marched 59 yards for its game-winning drive.

Houston finished with 700 total yards of offense, while UTEP had 464 yards of offense.

The Miners took their largest lead of the game, 28-9, with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Vittatoe to Moturi with 4:37 left in the third quarter.

Houston closed within 12 on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Keenum to Bryce Beall with 3:45 left in the third. The Cougars climbed closer to start the fourth quarter with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tyron Carrier from Keenum to cut the lead to 28-23.

UTEP extended the lead with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Vittatoe to Adams with 10:37 left in the game to make it 35-23, but Beall cut the lead to five on a 71-yard touchdown run 1:03 later getting two blocks from wide receiver L.J. Castille on the run.

Beall, a freshman running back, finished with 167 yards rushing on 19 carries with one rushing touchdown and he caught eight catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Beall went over 1,000 yards rushing in the game.

Carrier caught nine catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.

Vittatoe was 27-of-45 for 362 yards, and Kris Adams 111 yards and three touchdowns receiving.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
HOU
1st Downs2532
Total Yards464700
Passing362480
Rushing102220
Penalties5-418-62
3rd Down Conversions6-136-14
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers01
Possession33:0126:59

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe27/453628.040
HoustonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keenum41/514809.430

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buckram9495.4015
Jackson14302.1011
HoustonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Beall191678.8171
Carrier23216.0026

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Adams611118.5342
Moturi68113.5152
HoustonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carrier914115.7162
Beall89612.0136

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPHOU
TD02:36Trevor Vittatoe 4 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERUTEPHOU
TD14:27Kris Adams 28 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 140
FG11:35Ben Bell 36 Yd 143
TD08:55Kris Adams 8 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 213
TD06:26Case Keenum 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 219
THIRD QUARTERUTEPHOU
TD04:37Jeff Moturi 4 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 289
TD03:45Bryce Beall 15 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 2816
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPHOU
TD13:50Tyron Carrier 62 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 2823
TD10:37Kris Adams 42 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 3523
TD09:34Bryce Beall 71 Yd Run (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 3530
TD04:54Kierrie Johnson 16 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3536
DC04:54Josh Ferguson 0 Yd Off An Interception 3736
TD00:41Case Keenum 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3742