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Keenum's 471 yards lifts Cougars over Miners

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EL PASO, Texas -- Case Keenum threw for 471 yards and two touchdowns and Charles Sims ran for 111 yards and had an 84-yard scoring reception in Houston's 49-42 victory over UTEP on Thursday night.

Keenum completed 30 of 46 passes to help Houston improve to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in Conference USA. The Cougars are 5-0 for the first time since 1990 and only the fourth time in school history.

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Houston had 710 yards on total offense and UTEP (2-3, 0-2) had 538.

Keenum had 489 yards of total offense to move within 421 yards of the NCAA career record of 16,910 set by Hawaii's Timmy Chang. Keenum has 16,489 yards (15,591 passing, 898 rushing). Keenum also moved into a tie with former BYU star Ty Detmer for third place in NCAA history with 121 career touchdown passes.

Sims had 12 carries and two rushing touchdowns -- 40- and 4-yard runs in the second quarter -- and finished with two catches for 90 yards. Michael Hayes added 100 yards rushing on 10 carries, scoring on a 71-yard run late in third quarter to give Houston a 38-28 lead.

Patrick Edwards led the Cougars in receiving with eight catches for 144 yards.

UTEP's Joe Banyard ran for 240 yards -- the fourth-most in school history -- and a touchdown on 22 carries, and Nick Lamaison completed 19 of 29 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

Banyard had a 68-yard touchdown run with 1:02 left in the third quarter to pull the Miners within three at 38-35. Houston's Matt Hogan made a 29-yard field goal early in the fourth, Keenum added his 84-yard scoring strike to Sims with 9:42 left and connected with Justin Johnson on a 2-point conversion to make it 49-35.

UTEP cut it to seven on Leilyon Myers 2-yard run with 6:21 to go. The Miners had a chance to tie it or take the lead, but Mike Edwards failed to control Lamaison's fourth-down pass in the end zone with 54 seconds left.

After UTEP took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on Nathan Jeffrey's 22-yard touchdown catch and 10-yard scoring run, Houston scored three touchdowns in a 2:31 span in the second quarter. Charles started the spree with his 40- and 4-yard scoring runs and Marcus McGraw returned a fumble 34 yards for the third TD.

UTEP tied it on Mike Edwards' 21-yard touchdown catch with 45 seconds left in the half.

Hogan opened the third quarter with an 18-yard field goal, but UTEP regained the lead at 28-24 on Chris Wenrick's 29-yard touchdown catch. Houston countered with Keenum's 23-yard scoring pass to E.J. Smith to take the lead for good at 31-28.

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Houston's Case Keenum lights up UTEP's defense for 489 total yards and a pair of passing touchdowns.  (US Presswire)
Houston's Case Keenum lights up UTEP's defense for 489 total yards and a pair of passing touchdowns. (US Presswire)

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Scoring Summary
TXEPNathan Jeffery 22 yd pass from Nick Lamaison (Dakota Warren kick)
TXEPNathan Jeffery 10 yd run (Dakota Warren kick)
HOUCharles Sims 40 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUCharles Sims 4 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUMarcus McGraw 34 yd fumble return (Matt Hogan kick)
TXEPMike Edwards 21 yd pass from Nick Lamaison (Dakota Warren kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 18 yd FG
TXEPCraig Wenrick 29 yd pass from Nick Lamaison (Dakota Warren kick)
HOUE.J. Smith 23 yd pass from Case Keenum (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUMichael Hayes 71 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
TXEPJoe Banyard 68 yd run (Dakota Warren kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 29 yd FG
HOUCharles Sims 84 yd pass from Case Keenum (Justin Johnson 2pt pass from Case Keenum)
TXEPLeilyon Myers 2 yd run (Dakota Warren kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2730
Third Down Efficiency4-133-9
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-1
Plays-Net Yards77-71070-538
Passing Yds471267
Kick Return Yds6195
Punt Return Yds-12
Time of Poss.28:531:55
Individual Stats
HOU: Charles Sims 12-111, Michael Hayes 10-100, Case Keenum 1-18, Bryce Beall 5-15, Team 3--5
TXEP: Joe Banyard 22-240, Vernon Frazier 3-18, Nathan Jeffery 5-16, Leilyon Myers 4-12, Anthony McGhee 1-4, Nick Lamaison 6--19
HOU: Case Keenum 30-46-471-0
TXEP: Nick Lamaison 19-29-267-1
HOU: Patrick Edwards 8-144, Justin Johnson 7-69, Tyron Carrier 5-77, E.J. Smith 5-55, Michael Hayes 3-36, Charles Sims 2-90
TXEP: Jordan Leslie 5-64, Mike Edwards 4-49, Donavon Kemp 3-53, Nathan Jeffery 2-40, Joe Banyard 2-16, Craig Wenrick 1-29, Kevin Perry 1-9, LaVorick Williams 1-7
Houston1st American Athletic West8-113-1