Scores

Final

Rice 37

(4-5, 3-2 C-USA)

UTEP 31

(4-5, 2-3 C-USA)

9:00 PM ET, November 4, 2006

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 14 16 7 037
UTEP 3 7 14 731

Top Performers

Passing: J. Palmer (UTEP) - 315 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: Q. Smith (RICE) - 31 CAR, 171 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Robinson (UTEP) - 4 REC, 97 YDS, 2 TD

Rice 37, UTEP 31

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Quinton Smith ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lead Rice to a 37-31 win over Texas-El Paso Saturday night.

Smith also caught a 64-yard scoring pass for the Owls (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA), who kept their bowl hopes alive.

The Owls' Chase Clement threw three touchdown passes and Jarett Dillard caught a touchdown pass for an NCAA-leading 11th consecutive game. Clement finished 19-of-26 passing for 233 yards and no interceptions.

Jordan Palmer rallied UTEP (4-5, 2-3) from a 30-10 halftime deficit, but it wasn't enough.

Palmer completed 16-of-33 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns. But after his 26-yard scoring pass to Daniel Robinson with 7:30 remaining, Rice ran out the clock with a 13-play drive.

Robinson caught four passes for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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