(12) Houston 41

(3-1, 1-1 away)


(2-3, 1-2 home)

9:05 PM ET, October 3, 2009

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 T
#12HOU 10 7 3 2141
UTEP 3 14 20 2158

Top Performers

Passing: C. Keenum (HOU) - 536 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: D. Buckram (UTEP) - 32 CAR, 262 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: J. Cleveland (HOU) - 14 REC, 147 YDS, 2 TD

Buckram runs for a career-high 262 yards as UTEP takes down Houston

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- Case Keenum's career night couldn't save the Cougars.

Donald Buckram and Texas-El Paso ran all over Houston's BCS-busting ambition, knocking off the 12th-ranked Cougars in a 58-41 shootout Saturday night.

Keenum completed 51 of 76 passes for 536 yards and five touchdowns. Against the Miners, it just wasn't enough.

Fast Facts

• Donald Buckram ran for 262 yards and four scores, helping the Miners upset the previously unbeaten Cougars.

• The Miners had scored 62 points combined in their previous four games but managed 58 on Saturday.

• UTEP was ranked 109th in scoring offense and averaged just under 243 yards per game before racking up 58 points and 581 yards of offense (305 rush, 276 pass) against Houston.

• Case Keenum led the way for Houston, throwing for 536 yards and five touchdowns. He also finished with 76 pass attempts, seven shy of the FBS record set by Drew Brees.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

A week after knocking off their second Big 12 opponent, Houston's high-flying offense couldn't keep pace with Buckram's 262 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

"The most I ever imagined was 150," Buckram said. "It was a fantastic feeling."

Ranked for the first time since 1991, the Cougars (3-1, 0-1 Conference USA) were coming off impressive wins over Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

With the game tied at halftime, the Miners outscored Houston 20-3 in the third quarter and then hung on while Keenum tried to deliver another comeback as he did the week before to knock off the Red Raiders.

"We had a chance to take control of the game in the first half," Houston coach Kevin Sumlin said. "Any time you're on the road you've got to be able to score touchdowns when you have the chance."

Even though Keenum threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, the Miners got three of their own: two on 8- and 27-yard runs by Buckram, and another on Roddray Walker's 70-yard fumble return with 3:25 to play.

"We felt like we were moving the ball well, but were just not getting any points," Keenum said. "They did a good job of playing hard."

Houston outgained UTEP 664-581, but lost two fumbles and twice settled for field goals.

The Cougars got out to a quick 10-0 lead, but after the Miners kicked a field goal, they stopped Houston's potent offense on fourth down at the UTEP 8.

The Miners tied it when they recovered a fumble near midfield and scored on a 4-yard pass from Trevor Vittatoe to Tufick Shadrawy.

Vittatoe was 19 of 30 for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He threw his other scoring pass in the third quarter, a 74-yarder to Jeff Moturi.

Moturi finished with six catches for 127 yards.

Houston's James Cleveland had 14 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a game that featured more than 1,200 yards of total offense and 99 total points.

"It was a blast," UTEP coach Mike Price said. "We haven't had enough fun. It was long, it was tiring, and it was fun."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs4226
Total Yards664581
3rd Down Conversions7-176-11
4th Down Conversions3-40-1

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD11:56Bryce Beall 19 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 70
FG07:27Jordan Mannisto 31 Yd 100
FG04:24Logan Barrett 22 Yd 103
TD10:13Tufick Shadrawy 4 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Logan Barrett Kick) 1010
TD07:56L.J. Castile 7 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 1710
TD03:00Jason Williams 5 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 1717
TD11:41Donald Buckram 8 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 1724
FG06:11Jordan Mannisto 39 Yd 2024
TD05:53Jeff Moturi 74 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Pat Blocked) 2030
TD00:39Donald Buckram 22 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 2037
TD13:33James Cleveland 18 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 2737
TD08:21Donald Buckram 8 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 2744
TD06:17Tyron Carrier 6 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 3444
TD05:38Donald Buckram 27 Yd Run (Logan Barrett Kick) 3451
TD03:25Roddray Walker 70 Yd Fumble Return (Logan Barrett Kick) 3458
TD01:40James Cleveland 19 Yd Pass From Case Keenum (Jordan Mannisto Kick) 4158