(12) Houston 41, UTEP 58

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UTEP (2-3)314202158


9:05 PM ET, October 3, 2009
Sun Bowl

Buckram runs for a career-high 262 yards as UTEP takes down Houston


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Top 25 Overview
It was over when... UTEP caught Houston sleeping. The Miners slowly chipped away at the Cougars' early lead and kept chipping till it was too late for Houston.
Gameball goes to... Donald Buckram. UTEP's junior running back rushed for a career-best 262 yards and four touchdowns on 32 of the team's 41 carries.
Stat of the game... 68. Who needs defense? Houston (42) and UTEP (26) combined for an eye-popping 68 first downs and 1,245 yards of total offense.
Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs4226
Total Yards664581
3rd Down Conversions7-176-11
4th Down Conversions3-40-1
Air/Ground Leaders
Houston Passing
UTEP Passing
Houston Rushing
UTEP Rushing
Houston Receiving
UTEP Receiving
Scoring Summary
TD11:56Bryce Beall 19 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 70
FG07:27Jordan Mannisto 31 Yd 100
FG04:24Logan Barrett 22 Yd 103
TD10:13Tufick Shadrawy 4 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Logan Barrett Kick) 1010
TD07:56L.J. Castile 7 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 1710
TD03:00Jason Williams 5 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 1717
TD11:41Donald Buckram 8 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 1724
FG06:11Jordan Mannisto 39 Yd 2024
TD05:53Jeff Moturi 74 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Pat Blocked) 2030
TD00:39Donald Buckram 22 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 2037
TD13:33James Cleveland 18 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 2737
TD08:21Donald Buckram 8 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 2744
TD06:17Tyron Carrier 6 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 3444
TD05:38Donald Buckram 27 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 3451
TD03:25Roddray Walker 70 Yd Fumble Return (Logan Barrett Kick) 3458
TD01:40James Cleveland 19 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 4158
Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- Case Keenum's career night couldn't save the Cougars.

Donald Buckram and Texas-El Paso ran all over Houston's BCS-busting ambition, knocking off the 12th-ranked Cougars in a 58-41 shootout Saturday night.

Keenum completed 51 of 76 passes for 536 yards and five touchdowns. Against the Miners, it just wasn't enough.

Fast Facts

• Donald Buckram ran for 262 yards and four scores, helping the Miners upset the previously unbeaten Cougars.

• The Miners had scored 62 points combined in their previous four games but managed 58 on Saturday.

• UTEP was ranked 109th in scoring offense and averaged just under 243 yards per game before racking up 58 points and 581 yards of offense (305 rush, 276 pass) against Houston.

• Case Keenum led the way for Houston, throwing for 536 yards and five touchdowns. He also finished with 76 pass attempts, seven shy of the FBS record set by Drew Brees.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

A week after knocking off their second Big 12 opponent, Houston's high-flying offense couldn't keep pace with Buckram's 262 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

"The most I ever imagined was 150," Buckram said. "It was a fantastic feeling."

Ranked for the first time since 1991, the Cougars (3-1, 0-1 Conference USA) were coming off impressive wins over Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

With the game tied at halftime, the Miners outscored Houston 20-3 in the third quarter and then hung on while Keenum tried to deliver another comeback as he did the week before to knock off the Red Raiders.

"We had a chance to take control of the game in the first half," Houston coach Kevin Sumlin said. "Any time you're on the road you've got to be able to score touchdowns when you have the chance."

Even though Keenum threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, the Miners got three of their own: two on 8- and 27-yard runs by Buckram, and another on Roddray Walker's 70-yard fumble return with 3:25 to play.

"We felt like we were moving the ball well, but were just not getting any points," Keenum said. "They did a good job of playing hard."

Houston outgained UTEP 664-581, but lost two fumbles and twice settled for field goals.

The Cougars got out to a quick 10-0 lead, but after the Miners kicked a field goal, they stopped Houston's potent offense on fourth down at the UTEP 8.

The Miners tied it when they recovered a fumble near midfield and scored on a 4-yard pass from Trevor Vittatoe to Tufick Shadrawy.

Vittatoe was 19 of 30 for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He threw his other scoring pass in the third quarter, a 74-yarder to Jeff Moturi.

Moturi finished with six catches for 127 yards.

Houston's James Cleveland had 14 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a game that featured more than 1,200 yards of total offense and 99 total points.

"It was a blast," UTEP coach Mike Price said. "We haven't had enough fun. It was long, it was tiring, and it was fun."

College Football Scores

Other Scores:

Friday, October 2nd
Utah State 17 Final
20 Brigham Young 35
Saturday, October 3rd
3 Alabama 38 Final
Kentucky 20
4 LSU 20 Final
18 Georgia 13
UC Davis 16 Final
5 Boise State 34
6 Virginia Tech 34 Final
Duke 26
7 USC 30 Final
24 California 3
8 Oklahoma 20 Final
17 Miami (FL) 21
9 Ohio State 33 Final
Indiana 14
10 Cincinnati 37 Final
Miami (OH) 13
Southern Methodist 14 Final
11 TCU 39
12 Houston 41 Final
Arkansas State 21 Final
13 Iowa 24
15 Penn State 35 Final
Illinois 17
Washington State 6 Final
16 Oregon 52
21 Mississippi 23 Final
Vanderbilt 7
22 Michigan 20 Final
Michigan State 26 OT
25 Georgia Tech 42 Final
Mississippi State 31