Scores

Final

Rice 49

(6-3, 5-1 C-USA)

UTEP 44

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

9:05 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 T
RICE 14 14 7 1449
UTEP 17 3 10 1444

Top Performers

Passing: C. Clement (RICE) - 372 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: C. Ugokwe (RICE) - 19 CAR, 103 YDS

Receiving: J. Casey (RICE) - 12 REC, 142 YDS, 3 TD

Rice 49, UTEP 44

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- Chase Clement threw for 372 yards and accounted for six touchdowns, and Rice matched its best conference record in nearly a half-century with a 49-44 win over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night.

Clement threw five TD passes and ran for a 3-yard score that gave Rice the lead for good in the second quarter. UTEP kept close, and a third touchdown pass from Trevor Vittatoe to Jeff Moturi with 1:23 left gave the Miners hope before their onside kick attempt failed.

Rice (6-3, 5-1 Conference USA) clinched bowl eligibility for the second time in three seasons. Not since 1960 have the Owls been 5-1 in conference play.

Clement threw three touchdowns to James Casey, who finished with 12 catches for 142 yards, and one each to Jarett Dillard and Pierre Beasley.

Vittatoe threw for 265 yards and helped UTEP build an early 17-7 lead in the first quarter before the Owls lurched back to go up 28-20 by halftime.

Moturi finished with five catches for 109 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
RICE
UTEP
1st Downs3023
Total Yards543467
Passing376318
Rushing167149
Penalties10-937-67
3rd Down Conversions9-163-10
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers01
Possession32:2927:31

Passing Leaders

RiceC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Clement28/413729.150
UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe19/372657.231

Rushing Leaders

RiceCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ugokwe191035.4018
Casey7284.017
UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas II34314.3032
Buckram5326.4118

Receiving Leaders

RiceRECYDSAVGTDLG
Casey1214211.8337
Dillard89311.6125
UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moturi510921.8353
Adams26432.0137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERRICEUTEP
FG12:56Jose Martinez 46 Yd 03
TD10:32Pierre Beasley 31 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 73
TD09:05Kris Adams 37 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 710
TD06:47Jeff Moturi 53 Yd Pass From James Thomas Ii (Jose Martinez Kick) 717
TD05:00James Casey 37 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 1417
SECOND QUARTERRICEUTEP
TD10:52Chase Clement 3 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2117
FG03:41Jose Martinez 39 Yd 2120
TD00:08Jarett Dillard 6 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 2820
THIRD QUARTERRICEUTEP
TD09:57James Casey 2 Yd Run (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 3520
FG09:12Jose Martinez 44 Yd 3523
TD03:58Jeff Moturi 7 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 3530
FOURTH QUARTERRICEUTEP
TD12:20James Casey 4 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4230
TD10:11Donald Buckram 7 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick) 4237
TD05:36James Casey 12 Yd Pass From Chase Clement (Clark Fangmeier Kick) 4937
TD01:23Jeff Moturi 2 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 4944