Texas-El Paso at Houston

Houston 45, UTEP 35


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.

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Scoring Summary
HOUCharles Sims 43 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUDeontay Greenberry 9 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
UTEPNathan Jeffery 9 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
HOULarry McDuffey 24 yd pass from David Piland (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUD.J. Hayden 97 yd interception return (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUCharles Sims 6 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUCharles Sims 1 yd run (Matt Hogan kick)
HOUMatt Hogan 24 yd FG
UTEPJordan Leslie 42 yd pass from Jim Jones (Steven Valadez kick)
UTEPNathan Jeffery 2 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
UTEPMichael Edwards 16 yd pass from Blaire Sullivan (failed 2pt pass)
UTEPMichael Edwards 6 yd pass from Blaire Sullivan (Michael Edwards 2pt pass from Blaire Sullivan)
Team Stats
First Downs2619
Third Down Efficiency13-204-12
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-2
Plays-Net Yards91-49466-339
Passing Yds301174
Kick Return Yds1694
Punt Return Yds01
Time of Poss.39:2720:33
Individual Stats
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 Paso5th Conference USA West2-64-8
Houston3rd American Athletic West5-39-4

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