Scores

Final

UTEP 29

(3-8, 2-5 C-USA)

Rice 30

(2-9, 2-5 C-USA)

3:30 PM ET, November 21, 2009

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 13 7 3 629
RICE 0 10 7 1330

Top Performers

Passing: T. Vittatoe (UTEP) - 244 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Buckram (UTEP) - 34 CAR, 147 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Kemp (UTEP) - 1 REC, 40 YDS, 1 TD

Rice 30, UTEP 29

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Charles Ross rushed for three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, and Rice took advantage of six turnovers in a 30-29 come-from-behind victory over Texas-El Paso on Saturday.

The Owls (2-9, 2-5 Conference USA) rallied from deficits of 13-0, 20-10 and 29-17 to win their second straight after starting 0-9. Ross scored the winning TD with 7:45 remaining.

Donald Buckram led the Miners (3-8, 2-5) with 147 rushing yards and three touchdowns but fumbled twice in the closing minutes, including once on the goal line with 5:02 to go. The play resulted in a touchback. He fumbled again with 2:03 left and UTEP at the Rice 39.

Despite his turnovers, Buckram broke school record for yards in a season. He now has 1,569 yards. Fred Wendt set the previous record of 1,546 yards in 1946.

Tyler Smith ran for 127 yards and score for the Owls.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
RICE
1st Downs2016
Total Yards395227
Passing24455
Rushing151172
Penalties12-968-75
3rd Down Conversions6-135-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers61
Possession32:4427:16

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe17/262449.411
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Fanuzzi8/17553.201

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buckram341474.3325
Vittatoe791.3012
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith231275.5116
Ross13352.737

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moturi35719.0028
Buckram34414.7016
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ross33411.3017
Randolph2115.509

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD09:13Donald Buckram 7 Yd Run (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 60
TD00:38Donald Buckram 3 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 130
SECOND QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD13:22Charles Ross 1 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 137
FG11:20Clark Fangmeier 27 Yd 1310
TD06:41Donald Buckram 3 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 2010
THIRD QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD09:51Tyler Smith 12 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2017
FG03:31Logan Barrett 29 Yd 2317
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD12:04Donavon Kemp 40 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2917
TD09:05Charles Ross 3 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2924
TD07:45Charles Ross 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 2930