HOUSTON (AP) - Charles Sims rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns as Houston defeated UTEP 45-35 Saturday.
Sims scored on runs of 43, 6 and 1 yards as the Cougars (4-4, 3-1 Conference USA) built a 45-7 lead before UTEP (2-7, 1-4) scored the final 28 points of the game.
David Piland added 174 yards passing and two TDs while completing 16 of 30 passes for Houston.
UTEP (2-7, 1-4) got 137 yards rushing and two TDs from Nathan Jeffery. The Miners used four quarterbacks after starter Nick Lamaison went 8 for 18 with four interceptions - one a 97-yard return by Houston's D.J. Hayden for a score. UTEP also lost two fumbles and was sacked five times.
As a team, the Miners threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns while piling up 494 yards of offense - most of it coming after the game had already been decided.
|HOU||Charles Sims 43 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Deontay Greenberry 9 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|UTEP||Nathan Jeffery 9 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)|
|HOU||Larry McDuffey 24 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||D.J. Hayden 97 yd interception return (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 6 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Charles Sims 1 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)|
|HOU||Matt Hogan 24 yd FG|
|UTEP||Jordan Leslie 42 yd pass from Jim Jones (Steven Valadez kick)|
|UTEP||Nathan Jeffery 2 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)|
|UTEP||Michael Edwards 16 yd pass from Blaire Sullivan (failed 2pt pass)|
|UTEP||Michael Edwards 6 yd pass from Blaire Sullivan (Michael Edwards 2pt pass from Blaire Sullivan)|
|Third Down Efficiency||13-20||4-12|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-1||1-2|
|Kick Return Yds||169||4|
|Punt Return Yds||0||1|
|Time of Poss.||39:27||20:33|
|UTEP: Nathan Jeffery 33-137, Blaire Sullivan 10-53, Laquintus Dowell 4-12, Michael Edwards 1-9, Nick Lamaison 1--8, Carson Meger 4--10|
|HOU: Charles Sims 12-119, Kenneth Farrow 8-28, David Piland 4-23, Ryan Jackson 9-22, Team 3--27|
|UTEP: Nick Lamaison 8-18-76-4, Blaire Sullivan 6-10-105-0, Carson Meger 5-8-42-0, Jim Jones 2-2-78-0|
|HOU: David Piland 16-30-174-0|
|UTEP: Michael Edwards 6-55, Jordan Leslie 4-95, Nathan Jeffery 3-27, Ishmael Harrison 2-47, Craig Wenrick 2-15, Kevin Perry 1-34, Devin Patterson 1-18, Autrey Golden 1-7, Jim Jones 1-3|
|HOU: Larry McDuffey 3-61, Shane Ros 3-24, Deontay Greenberry 3-17, Daniel Spencer 2-32, Charles Sims 2-11, Mark Roberts 1-12, Ronnie Williams 1-10, Kenneth Farrow 1-7|
|Texas-El Paso||7th Conference USA West||1-7||2-10|
|Houston||4th American Athletic||5-3||8-4|