Scores

Final

Tulsa 47

(3-2, 1-1 away)

UTEP 48

(4-2, 3-0 home)

9:05 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TLSA 7 16 7 1747
UTEP 14 7 7 2048

Top Performers

Passing: T. Vittatoe (UTEP) - 319 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Thomas (UTEP) - 27 CAR, 134 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Moturi (UTEP) - 7 REC, 174 YDS, 2 TD

UTEP 48, Tulsa 47

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Trevor Vittatoe's 14-yard touchdown pass to Joe West with 58 seconds remaining led Texas-El Paso to a 48-47 come-from-behind victory against Tulsa on Saturday night.

The rally came a week after the Miners (4-2, 2-0 Conference USA) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie SMU before winning 48-45 in overtime.

This time, UTEP trailed 37-28 when Thomas scored on a 38-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

On their next possession, the Miners went ahead 41-37 on Lorne Sam's 22-yard pass to Jeff Moturi, who had seven catches for 174 yards. But Tulsa (3-2, 1-1) immediately cut that deficit in half when Nick Henderson picked off the 2-point conversion pass and returned it to give the Golden Hurricane two points instead.

Tulsa went back in front with a nine-play, 72-yard drive capped by quarterback Paul Smith's third 1-yard touchdown plunge of the game. He also ran in the 2-point conversion for a 47-41 lead with 4:34 remaining.

Smith accounted for five touchdowns, finishing 26-of-43 passing for 383 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Vittatoe's winning toss to West came on third-and-11 and capped an 11-play, 76-yard march. Vittatoe was 21-of-27 passing for 319 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Tulsa reached the UTEP 36-yard line in the closing seconds, but Jarod Tracy's 53-yard field goal attempt fell short as time expired.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TLSA
UTEP
1st Downs2928
Total Yards648570
Passing409351
Rushing239219
Penalties8-854-40
3rd Down Conversions8-157-14
4th Down Conversions2-32-3
Turnovers31
Possession28:1331:47

Passing Leaders

TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith26/433838.922
UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe21/2731911.830

Rushing Leaders

TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clay1111210.2130
Adams15865.7023
UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas271345.0338
Sam15825.5024

Receiving Leaders

TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marion413634.0051
Johnson812715.9228
UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moturi717424.9278
Sam69415.7129

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTLSAUTEP
TD11:44Marcus Thomas 3 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick) 07
TD09:58Trae Johnson 28 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 77
TD02:58Lorne Sam 29 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERTLSAUTEP
FG14:09Jarod Tracy 23 Yd 1014
TD12:10Marcus Thomas 11 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick) 1021
TD10:06Paul Smith 1 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 1621
TD00:23Trae Johnson 4 Yd Pass From Paul Smith (Jarod Tracy Kick) 2321
THIRD QUARTERTLSAUTEP
TD10:05Charles Clay 10 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 3021
TD05:32Jeff Moturi 78 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 3028
FOURTH QUARTERTLSAUTEP
TD14:33Paul Smith 1 Yd Run (Jarod Tracy Kick) 3728
TD12:33Marcus Thomas 38 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick) 3735
TD08:30Jeff Moturi 22 Yd Pass From Lorne Sam (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3741
DC08:30Nick Henderson 0 Yd Off A Blocked Extra Point 3941
TD04:34Paul Smith 1 Yd Run (Paul Smith Run For Two-Point Conversion) 4741
TD00:58Joe West 14 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 4748