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.