Scores

Final

UTEP 48

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

Rice 56

(2-7, 2-3 C-USA)

3:00 PM ET, November 3, 2007

Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 3 17 22 648
RICE 14 7 7 2856

Top Performers

Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 395 YDS, 6 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: C. Clement (RICE) - 14 CAR, 103 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Dillard (RICE) - 11 REC, 168 YDS, 2 TD

Rice 56, UTEP 48

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) -- Chase Clement threw for six touchdowns and ran for two more and Rice scored the final 28 points in a 56-48 victory against Texas-El Paso on Saturday.

Clement, who set a Conference USA record by accounting for eight touchdowns, completed 32 of 58 passes for 395 yards and ran for 103 yards. The six passing touchdowns set a Rice record and tied the conference mark, and his 498 total yards were a school record.

The Owls (2-7, 2-3 C-USA) trailed 48-28 when Clement threw three touchdown passes in a span of five minutes, the last a 6-yarder to Jarett Dillard that put Rice ahead 49-48 with 6:19 remaining. Clement capped the scoring on a 9-yard run that finished a four-play, 74-yard drive.

The Miners (4-5, 2-3) had two chances to score in the final 3 1/2 minutes, but a Rice defense that allowed 422 yards stiffened.

UTEP's Trevor Vittatoe nearly matched Clement by passing for five touchdowns, but the Miners lost three fumbles in the second half to boost Rice's rally.

Dillard, a junior, became Rice's career leader in receiving yards with 2,524 after catching 11 passes for 168 yards. David Houser had held the record of 2,358 since 1978.

UTEP special teams player Brandon Jordan, a redshirt freshman from the Houston area, was taken off the field on a stretcher in the first quarter after taking a knee to the helmet. After the game, he was walking around wearing a neck brace.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
RICE
1st Downs2326
Total Yards422558
Passing373395
Rushing49163
Penalties9-616-49
3rd Down Conversions7-199-18
4th Down Conversions0-32-2
Turnovers37
Possession30:5229:08

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe30/573736.550
RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement32/583956.863

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas19512.7121
Sam7243.4014
RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clement141037.4259
Hill15583.9014

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rouse510020.0176
Sam9869.6015
RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dillard1116815.3260
Armstrong5499.80223

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD14:41Toren Dixon 11 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 07
FG07:16Jose Martinez 39 Yd 37
TD04:52Tommy Henderson 13 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERUTEPRICE
FG14:56Jose Martinez 33 Yd 614
TD09:47Marcus Thomas 7 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 1314
TD02:40Jake Sears 5 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 2014
TD00:46Jarett Dillard 2 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2021
THIRD QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD11:20Fred Rouse 76 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 2721
TD09:10Marcus Thomas 2 Yd Run (Lorne Sam Run For Two-Point Conversion) 3521
TD04:50Chase Clement 8 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 3528
TD01:10Jeff Moturi 11 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 4228
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPRICE
TD14:44Joe West 23 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Pat Blocked) 4828
TD11:15Tommy Henderson 8 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4835
TD07:18Toren Dixon 6 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4842
TD06:19Jarett Dillard 6 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4849
TD03:38Chase Clement 9 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4856