The UTEP Miners started slow against Houston, or the Cougars started hot. Whichever way you look at it, the game amounts to a 45-35 UTEP loss at Houston. UTEP Quarterback Nick Lamaison threw four interceptions, and was ineffective at 8-18 for 76 yards.
Houston's Charles Sims ran 12 times for 119 yards and three touchdowns, but the stinger for UTEP came in the second quarter, when Lamaison was picked off by D.J. Hayden and returned the interception 97 yards for a touchdown and a 28-7 Houston lead.
UTEP falls to 2-7 overall, 1-4 in Conference USA. Here are some more notes from the game:
-The Miners were held scoreless in the first quarter for just the third time this season (Ole Miss and SMU).
-UTEP’s 21 fourth quarter points are the most since 10/3/09 versus Houston (21) & ties the most under Mike Price.
-Houston’s 35 first half points are the most the Miners have allowed in a half since giving up 35 against Arkansas on Nov. 13, 2010.
-Houston’s 14 points scored in the first quarter were the most points allowed in the first stanza by UTEP’s defense this season.
-UTEP’s six turnovers are the most by the Miners since Nov. 21, 2009 against SMU.
-The four interceptions are the most by a UTEP team since Sept. 26, 2009 at Texas and ties for the high total of the Mike Price era.
-The Miners had over 400 yards for the third consecutive game, the first time they have achieved the feat since the first three games of the 2010 season.
-Blaire Sullivan made his second career appearance. His first came against NM State on Sept. 15.
-Sullivan completed his first career TD pass, a 16 yard completion to Michael Edwards. His second TD pass was also to Edwards as was the two point conversion. Sullivan led the Miners in passing yards (78) and finished the game completing 6-of-10 passes for 105 yards.
-Jordan Leslie led UTEP in receiving for the fourth time this season having totaled 95 yards for the Miners.
-Michael Edwards registered his third multiple-touchdown performance of the season. Edwards also registered multiple TDs against Wisconsin and Tulane.
-Ishmael Harrison’s 17 yard reception was his career long. His previous was a 14 yard reception at Tulsa. He ended the game with a career-best 47 receiving yards, averaging 23.5 yards per catch.
-Jim Jones completed 2-of-2 passes for 78 yards, including a 45 yard touchdown reception to Jordan Leslie. That is a first career pass for Jones who is a wide receiver. The 42 yard reception is the third longest for Leslie this season.
-TE Kevin Perry registered a career-long reception, a 34 yard catch.
-Nathan Jeffery registered his first multiple-touchdown performance of his UTEP career. Prior to this game, he had only one career TD run after punching through against Houston last season.
-Jeffery rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time in his career. His 137 yards rushing was the second-highest of his career. He registered 177 against Oklahoma and 134 versus East Carolina.
-Autrey Golden’s 45 yard return in the first quarter was the third-longest return of his career. Golden had returns of 96 (vs. East Carolina) and 46 (vs. NM State).
-Ian Campbell’s 67 yard punt ties his second-long this season. His longest was a 71 yard punt at Tulsa.