HOUSTON (AP) -- Kevin Kolb hit 20-of-30 passes for 208 yards and
two touchdowns and Anthony Aldridge ran for two scores in the
second half as Houston rallied for a 34-17 win over Texas-El Paso
on Saturday night.
Kolb also added 54 yards rushing to become just the 10th player
in NCAA Division I-A history to compile more than 12,000 career
yards. He has a C-USA record 12,148.
Houston (5-3, 3-1 Conference USA) ended a three-game losing
streak. UTEP (4-3, 2-1) saw its three-game winning streak stopped.
Trailing 17-10 at the half, Kolb's 37-yard touchdown pass to
Donnie Avery tied the game. Avery caught it between two defenders
who crashed into each other at the 25 as he ran untouched into the
end zone with 6:13 left in the third.
Will Gulley intercepted Jordan Palmer's pass on the next series,
setting Houston up on the UTEP 25. Four plays later, Aldridge ran
14 yards for the touchdown for a 24-17 lead with 2:27 left in the
Aldridge ran 15 yards for his second touchdown with 2:24 left in
the game. He finished with 73 yards on 11 carries.
Palmer helped stake the Miners to a seven-point halftime lead by
hitting 13-of-20 passes for 149 yards. He hit only 6-of-10 for 57
yards and an interception in the second half.
Marcus Thomas had a pair of short touchdown plunges as UTEP
jumped ahead 14-3 in the first quarter.
Kolb hit 11-of-16 the first half including a 13-yard touchdown
to Roy Otis, the 20th different receiver to catch a touchdown from
Kolb in his career.