Scores

Final

Rice 33

(6-6, 4-4 C-USA)

UTEP 24

(3-9, 2-6 C-USA)

7:00 PM ET, November 24, 2012

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 3 14 3 1333
UTEP 7 7 7 324

Top Performers

Passing: N. Lamaison (UTEP) - 249 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Ross (RICE) - 23 CAR, 154 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Leslie (UTEP) - 3 REC, 168 YDS, 1 TD

Rice 33, UTEP 24

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
UTEP
1st Downs2517
Total Yards453443
Passing207295
Rushing246148
Penalties1-152-20
3rd Down Conversions11-191-11
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers20
Possession37:3222:28

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McHargue21/302076.900
UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lamaison8/2224911.320

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ross231546.7234
Eddington13594.5116
UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jeffery13957.3037
Dowell3258.3012

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
McDonald99911.0018
Taylor45714.3024
UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Leslie316856.0165
Edwards512124.2149

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICEUTEP
TD12:13Jordan Leslie 65 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Steven Valadez Kick) 07
FG07:47Chris Boswell 43 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTERRICEUTEP
TD14:54Charles Ross 4 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 107
TD11:37Michael Edwards 4 Yd Pass From Nick Lamaison (Steven Valadez Kick) 1014
TD02:47Jeremy Eddington 6 Yd Run (Chris Boswell Kick) 1714
THIRD QUARTERRICEUTEP
TD06:13Nathan Jeffery 0 Yd Fumble Return (Steven Valadez Kick) 1721
FG04:35Chris Boswell 51 Yd 2021
FOURTH QUARTERRICEUTEP
TD09:32Charles Ross 9 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2621
FG06:45Steven Valadez 35 Yd 2624
TD06:32Jeremy Eddington 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Chris Boswell Kick) 3324