Rice at Texas-El Paso

Rice 33, UTEP 24


EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Charles Ross ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Rice became bowl-eligible with a 33-24 win over UTEP Saturday night.

Ross scored on a 9-yard run to give Rice a 26-21 lead in the fourth quarter and after UTEP answered with a field goal, Jeremy Eddington returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Eddington also ran for another score for the Owls (6-6, 4-4 Conference USA), who have won four in a row. Taylor McHargue threw for 207 yards to help give Rice a chance to go to its first postseason game since the 2008 Texas Bowl.

Nick Lamaison threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Miners (3-9, 2-6). The game was the final one for UTEP's Mike Price, who is retiring after 31 years as a college head coach.

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Scoring Summary
UTEPJordan Leslie 65 yd pass from Nick Lamaison (Steven Valadez kick)
RICEChris Boswell 43 yd FG
RICECharles Ross 4 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
UTEPMichael Edwards 4 yd pass from Nick Lamaison (Steven Valadez kick)
RICEJeremy Eddington 6 yd run (Chris Boswell kick)
UTEPNathan Jeffery 0 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
RICEChris Boswell 51 yd FG
RICECharles Ross 9 yd run (failed 2pt rush)
UTEPSteven Valadez 35 yd FG
RICEJeremy Eddington 97 yd kick return (Chris Boswell kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2517
Third Down Efficiency11-191-11
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-1
Plays-Net Yards85-45359-443
Passing Yds207295
Kick Return Yds21013
Punt Return Yds20
Time of Poss.37:3222:28
Individual Stats
RICE: Charles Ross 23-154, Jeremy Eddington 13-59, Taylor McHargue 15-17, Brandon Hamilton 2-9, Driphus Jackson 1-4, Luke Turner 1-3
UTEP: Nathan Jeffery 13-95, Laquintus Dowell 3-25, Nick Lamaison 10-14, Blaire Sullivan 6-14
RICE: Taylor McHargue 21-30-207-0
UTEP: Nick Lamaison 8-22-249-0, Blaire Sullivan 1-4-51-0, Nathan Jeffery 1-1--5-0
RICE: Vance McDonald 9-99, Jordan Taylor 4-57, Donte Moore 4-30, Sam McGuffie 2-7, Jeremy Eddington 1-10, Dennis Parks 1-4
UTEP: Michael Edwards 5-121, Jordan Leslie 3-168, Cole Freytag 1-11, Nathan Jeffery 1--5
Rice1st Conference USA West0-00-0
Texas-El Paso1st Conference USA West0-00-0

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