Buckram runs for a career-high 262 yards as UTEP takes down Houston
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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|
|3rd Down Conversions||7-17||6-11|
|4th Down Conversions||3-4||0-1|
|TD||11:56||Bryce Beall 19 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick)||7||0|
|FG||07:27||Jordan Mannisto 31 Yd||10||0|
|FG||04:24||Logan Barrett 22 Yd||10||3|
|TD||10:13||Tufick Shadrawy 4 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Logan Barrett Kick)||10||10|
|TD||07:56||L.J. Castile 7 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick)||17||10|
|TD||03:00||Jason Williams 5 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick)||17||17|
|TD||11:41||Donald Buckram 8 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick)||17||24|
|FG||06:11||Jordan Mannisto 39 Yd||20||24|
|TD||05:53||Jeff Moturi 74 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Pat Blocked)||20||30|
|TD||00:39||Donald Buckram 22 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick)||20||37|
|TD||13:33||James Cleveland 18 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick)||27||37|
|TD||08:21||Donald Buckram 8 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick)||27||44|
|TD||06:17||Tyron Carrier 6 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick)||34||44|
|TD||05:38||Donald Buckram 27 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick)||34||51|
|TD||03:25||Roddray Walker 70 Yd Fumble Return (Logan Barrett Kick)||34||58|
|TD||01:40||James Cleveland 19 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick)||41||58|
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.
• 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.
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."
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