Scores

Final

Tulsa 24

(4-3, 3-2 away)

UTEP 28

(3-4, 2-2 home)

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, October 21, 2009

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TLSA 0 7 10 724
UTEP 13 0 0 1528

Top Performers

Passing: T. Vittatoe (UTEP) - 271 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Buckram (UTEP) - 26 CAR, 165 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Shelley (TLSA) - 5 REC, 98 YDS

Buckram's 165 yards, late TD carry UTEP past Tulsa

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- Donald Buckram ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 29 seconds left in the game, to help UTEP beat Conference USA rival Tulsa 28-24 on Wednesday night.

Buckram's two touchdowns were the final scores of the game, one coming with 6:25 left to play and the other a 3-yard run with less than 30 seconds left. Junior quarterback Trevor Vittatoe threw for 271 yards, including one TD -- an 80-yard pass to Donovan Kemp in the first quarter.

UTEP went into the game ranked 119th nationally in total defense (493 yards per game), 115th in pass defense (277.3 ypg) and 109th in scoring defense (34.9 points per game).

But the Miners managed to hold Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne to just 192 yards passing and sacked him five times. Kinne scored one TD on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Charles Clay and A.J. Whitmore also each scored touchdowns for the Golden Hurricane (4-3, 2-1 C-USA).

UTEP (3-4, 2-1) came out strong, leading 13-0 after the first quarter, thanks to Vittatoe's touchdown and field goals from Logan Barrett. But the Miners didn't score again until Buckram's TDs in the fourth quarter, watching as Tulsa scored 24 straight points.

Whitmore had a 19-yard TD run early in the second quarter, leaving the Miners with a 13-7 lead at halftime. The Golden Hurricane also had one-yard TD runs from Clay and Kinne and a 24-yard field goal from Kevin Fitzpatrick, and took a 24-13 lead with 12:37 remaining.

Buckram then scored on a 3-yard run, and UTEP scored a two-point conversion to make it 24-21.

Tulsa was coming off a close loss at home to No. 5 Boise State and piled up 791 yards of offense in last year's meeting with the Miners.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TLSA
UTEP
1st Downs2118
Total Yards428446
Passing224271
Rushing204175
Penalties3-253-23
3rd Down Conversions5-149-17
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers12
Possession28:2431:36

Passing Leaders

TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kinne11/231928.300
UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe17/382717.112

Rushing Leaders

TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clay16845.3120
Whitmore5418.2119
UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buckram261656.3232
Moturi188.008

Receiving Leaders

TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shelley59819.6042
Clay47418.5032
UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kemp18080.0180
Adams35919.7037

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTLSAUTEP
FG12:17Logan Barrett 32 Yd 03
FG08:40Logan Barrett 40 Yd 06
TD04:28Donavon Kemp 80 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Logan Barrett Kick) 013
SECOND QUARTERTLSAUTEP
TD13:33A.J. Whitmore 19 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 713
THIRD QUARTERTLSAUTEP
TD05:44Charles Clay 1 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 1413
FG01:07Kevin Fitzpatrick 24 Yd 1713
FOURTH QUARTERTLSAUTEP
TD12:37G.J. Kinne 1 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 2413
TD06:25Donald Buckram 8 Yd Run (Trevor Vittatoe Pass To Tufick Shadrawy For Two-Point Conversion) 2421
TD00:29Donald Buckram 3 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 2428