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Sept. 19, 2005
Conference play heats up this Saturday with four league contests on tap. Marshall visits UCF as both schools play their first C-USA game. Tulsa opens league play by hosting Memphis, Houston welcomes Southern Miss to town and Tulane goes to SMU. The CSTV National Game of the Week features regional rivals New Mexico and UTEP from the Sun Bowl in El Paso.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Johnnie Lee Higgins, UTEP, WR
Higgins totaled 251 all-purpose yards in UTEP's 44-41, double-overtime victory over Houston on Friday in the Sun Bowl. He caught six passes for a career-high 156 yards, including five receptions for 145 yards after halftime to help the Miners rally from a 16-5 deficit. Higgins scored a career-high three touchdowns, reaching the end zone on touchdown receptions of 15, 31 and 24 yards.
Anthony Germany, Tulsa, DB
In Tulsa's 54-2 road victory over North Texas, Germany totaled a career-best 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. Among those tackles, he had five stops for -25 yards, including two sacks for -18 yards. Germany had one pass break-up, and forced one fumble, which he recovered and raced 32 yards for a Tulsa touchdown.
Reagan Schneider, UTEP, K
Schneider established career-highs for field goals (five) and points scored (18) against Houston. His 42-yard field goal in the second overtime provided to be the winning points in UTEP's 44-41 victory over the Cougars. The five field goals were a school record as he connected on field goal attempts of 42, 21, 32, 25 and 42 yards in the game.
Memphis senior RB DeAngelo Williams broke the Conference USA record for career rushing touchdowns in the Tigers' 59-14 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday. Wiliams entered the 2005 campaign tied with former Cincinnati RB DeMarco McClesky at 37, but took sole possession with his three-touchdown effort against the Mocs. The Wynne, Ark., native also rushed for 205 yards, the fifth time he has broken the 200-yard plateau in a game. He ranks sixth nationally with 145 ypg.
Through the first three games of the season, Tulsa senior TE Garrett Mills has 26 receptions for 333 yards. The 26 catches are the third-most in Division I-A, trailing only Western Michigan's Greg Jennings (33) and Oregon State's Mike Haas (29). The 333 yards for Mills trails just four players in I-A. Mills' numbers are the best among the nation's tight ends with Notre Dame's Anthony Fasano next with 15 catches and Maryland's Vernon Davis second in yards at 324.
PICK ME UP
Conference USA has two of the top three teams in passes intercepted this season as UTEP ranks second with eight and UAB is in third with seven. The Miners jumped to the front of the pack with five picks in their thrilling 44-41 double-overtime victory over Houston. After not registering an interception in the final eight games of the 2004 season, the UAB defense has picked off seven passes in the opening three games of the 2005 campaign.
LAST WEEK'S STARS
Here's a look at some of the top performers around Conference USA in games from September 16-17:
24 Tyler Ebell, UTEP (149 yds.)
22 Larry Thomas, USM (115 yds.)
21 Anthony Evans, HOU (92 yds.)
20 Matt Forte, TLN (66 yds)
20 DeAngelo Williams, MEM (205 yds.)
205 DeAngelo Wiliams, MEM (20 att.)
149 Tyler Ebell, UTEP (24 att.)
128 Brandon Diles, TLS (15 att.)
115 Larry Thomas, USM (22 att.)
102 Chris Johnson, ECU (13 att.)
3 DeAngelo Williams, MEM
2 Cauvey Jackson, TLS
2 Corey White, UAB
32 Kevin Kolb, HOU (50 att.)
26 Jordan Palmer, UTEP (51 att.)
26 Lester Ricard, TLN (47 att.)
379 Jordan Palmer, UTEP (26-of-51)
331 Kevin Kolb, HOU (32-of-50)
292 James Pinkney, ECU (20-of-42)
5 Kevin Kolb, HOU
3 Jordan Palmer, UTEP
9 Preston Brown, TLN (117 yds.)
8 Aundrae Allison, ECU (158 yds.)
8 Vincent Marshall, HOU (50 yds.)
8 Garrett Mills, TLS (143 yds.)
7 Robert Tillman, ECU (63 yds.)
158 Aundra Allison, ECU (8 rec.)
156 Johnnie Lee Higgins (6 rec.)
143 Garrett Mills, TLS (8 rec.)
117 Preston Brown, TLN (9 rec.)
3 Johnnie Lee Higgins, UTEP
2 Aundrae Allison, ECU
2 Donnie Avery, HOU
2 Antwon Courington, USM
5 Reagan Schneider, UTEP
(42, 21, 32, 25, 42)
2 Quintin Demps, UTEP
UTEP wide receiver Chris Francies leads a list of C-USA pass catchers, who rank among the nation's best in consecutive games with a reception. Francies, a senior, currently ranks second behind Wyoming's Jovon Bouknight, who leads the nation at 36 consecutive games. Here is a complete list of active streaks in Division I football:
38 Jovon Bouknight, WR, Wyoming
35 Chris Francies, WR, UTEP
32 Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State
30 Garrett Mills, TE, Tulsa
29 Steve Odom, WR, Toledo
27 Vincent Marshall, WR, Houston
27 Mark Simmons, WR, Kansas
26 Cory Rodgers, WR, TCU
26 Jason Avant, WR, Michigan
25 Antwon Courington, WR, Southern Miss
25 Trent Shelton, WR, Baylor
24 Jeff Webb, WR, San Diego State
EAST CAROLINA PIRATES
The Pirates dropped a 44-34 decision to in-state rival Wake Forest on Saturday in Winston-Salem. Junior QB James Pinkney tied his career-high with three touchdown passes and moved into sixth place on the school's all-time list for career passing yardage with 3,144 yards. Pinkney hooked up with JUCO-transfer Aundrae Allison on two of his scoring strikes. Allison has now scored touchdowns in both Pirate games this season and has posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. Allison finished with eight catches for 158 yards and is fourth in the nation averaging nine catches per game (18 rec., 321 yards, 3 TD's). WR Robert Tillman had a career-high seven receptions for 63 yards.
The Cougars opened up the 2005 Conference USA schedule with a 44-41 double-overtime loss to UTEP at The Sun Bowl in El Paso on Friday. It was the first meeting between the two schools since the 1948 season. Junior Kevin Kolb threw a career-high five touchdown passes in the loss, but also threw a career-high five interceptions, including the game-clinching interception by UTEP in the second overtime. Kolb also attempted a personal-high 50 pass attempts and finished with 331 yards passing, the eighth 300-yard passing game of his career. He is now fourth on the UH charts with 45 career passing touchdowns. WR Jaron Harvey became the third Cougar this season to score a touchdown on his first-career reception. Harvey hauled in the 14-yard touchdown in the first overtime.
MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD
The Thundering Herd was the lone league team idle last weekend as the team prepared for its first-ever Conference USA tilt at UCF on Sept. 24. Marshall fell to Kansas State on Sept. 10, 21-19 in front of the largest crowd in Joan C. Edwards Stadium history (36,914). Marshall was hurt by five turnovers, including an interception with nine seconds left after the Herd had moved into range for a potential game-winning field goal. Sophomore QB Bernie Morris made his first career start, but left the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. In his place, junior Jimmy Skinner was 15-of-25 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Junior WR Hiram Moore had a game-high seven catches for 85 yards, while sophomore Marcus Fitzgerald chipped in with three receptions for 49 yards. Saturday's loss was just the eighth defeat at home for the Herd since Edwards Stadium opened in 1991. Sophomore RB Ahmad Bradshaw had two rushing touchdowns in the loss.
Senior DeAngelo Williams became Conference USA's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with his trio of scores on Saturday as the Tigers routed Chattanooga 59-14 at the Liberty Bowl. Williams, who now has 40 career rushing touchdowns, scored the Tigers' first three touchdowns of the game and finished with 205 yards on 20 carries. Williams broke the 200-yard plateau in a game for the sixth time in his career. Fellow senior Maurice Avery had a pair of scores including a career-long 62-yard reception for a score from redshirt freshman Will Hudgens. The TD pass was the first for Hudgens, who was making his first-career start. Avery added a four-yard run, which was his first rushing touchdown since the 2003 season. A pair of Tiger freshmen scored touchdowns on their first-career receptions in the game. Maurice Jones had a 27-yard touchdown catch and Brett Russell had a 26-yarder. Russell's catch was the first TD thrown by true freshman Billy Barefield.
The Owls saw their losing-streak extended to eight games overall with a 51-10 loss to No. 2 Texas on Saturday in Austin. The loss was also the eighth-straight on the road for Rice, who returns home to Houston next Saturday to host Navy at Rice Stadium. QB Chase Clement scored the first touchdown of his career on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter. Four different Owls have scored the team's four touchdowns this season. Junior RB Quinton Smith led the team with 76 yards rushing on 11 carries. Smith average 6.9 yards per carry against the stingy Texas defense. Redshirt freshman Ja'Corey Shepherd picked off a Vince Young pass for his first-career interception.
The Mustangs suffered a 66-8 setback to Texas A&M in head coach Phil Bennett's return to face his alma mater for the first time as a head coach. The 67-yard touchdown pass from Jerad Romo to Bobby Chase set a number of marks - it was Romo's longest career completion, Chase's longest career reception and the first 60-plus yard pass play for SMU since Nov. 1, 2003 (Tate Wallis to Chris Cunningham, 61 yards vs. Fresno St.). The second-quarter safety recorded by SMU was the first for the Mustangs since Justin Rogers notched a two-pointer against Tulsa last season. Romo threw the Mustangs' first interception of the season, but did finish with a career-high 243 passing yards. WR Zack Sledge got his first career start and caught five passes for 73 yards. Jessie Henderson's 143 kickoff return yards ranks as the 9th-best single-game total in school history. Ryan Mentzel's 61-yard punt in the first quarter was SMU's first 60-plus yard punt since Nov. 1, 2003 (Mentzel, 71 yards vs. Fresno St.).
SOUTHERN MISS GOLDEN EAGLES
Southern Miss picked up its first victory of the season as the Golden Eagles notched a 48-20 victory over McNeese State on Saturday. The victory was the 100th in school history at M.M. Roberts Stadium where the Golden Eagles are now 100-32 overall. Sophomore RB Larry Thomas and junior WR Antwon Courington each had two touchdowns in the victory. The two for Thomas were the first of his career as he finished with 22 carries for 115 yards. Courington caught five passes for 51 yards and has now caught a pass in 25-straight games. Courington is now fifth all-time in the school annals with 99 career receptions. Redshirt freshman Ladarius Webb led the team with a career-high six tackles. LB Trevis Coley and CB John Eubanks each had their first interceptions of the season.
TULANE GREEN WAVE
The Green Wave football team was finally able to hit the gridiron on Saturday and the team did not disappoint despite walking away with a 21-14 defeat to Mississippi State. Playing at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., with a pair of Hurricane Katrina reminders on their jerseys and helmets, the game came down to the final play as a tipped hail-mary attempt by junior QB Lester Ricard fell just out of the reach of a Tulane wideout in the endzone to put a halt to the Green Wave's comeback effort. The game was scoreless at halftime for the second-consecutive season. WR Damarcus Davis, a native of Shreveport, scored the Green Wave's first touchdown of the season on an 11-yard reception in third quarter. Ricard attempted 47 passes in the contest, just two shy of his career high of 49 set last season at UAB. Tulane junior Preston Brown started at wide receiver for the first time, and promptly caught his first pass, a 20-yard grab with 10:10 left in the first quarter. Brown became Ricard's go-to receiver in the first half, catching five passes for 52 yards, including one in which he broke a tackle and picked up a first down. He finished with nine receptions for 117 yards, both game-highs.
TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE
The Golden Hurricane snapped a 15-game non-conference road losing streak with a 54-2 thumping of North Texas in Denton on Saturday. With 143 receiving yards, TE Garrett Mills put together back-to-back 100-yard receiving games for the first time in his career. Mills, who has three 100-yard games in his career, hauled in eight passes and extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 30. He leads all tight ends nationally with 26 catches and 333 yards receiving this season. Six different Golden Hurricane players scored touchdowns in the 52-point victory, the team's largest road win since a 58-0 shutout of Louisville in 1964. Junior RB Brandon Dile eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau for his career as he rushed for 128 yards on 15 carries, including a 41-yard scoring jaunt. Fellow RB Cauvey Jackson had two touchdowns runs of 25 yards and two yards. Senior DB Anthony Germany led a Tulsa defense that allowed just 129 total yards and had 14 tackles for a loss and five sacks. Germany totaled a career-best 10 tackles, including five for a loss and two sacks. He also recovered a fumble and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.
Senior QB Darrell Hackney threw for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns as UAB held off a late Jacksonville State push to defeat the Gamecocks 35-28 in the team's first home game of the season at Legion Field. Hackney completed 16-of-24 passes and had no interceptions as he became the Blazers' all-time career leading in passing yards with 7,515, surpassing John Whitcomb who threw for 7,420 from 1992-94. Hackney's yardage also allowed him to move into eighth on the C-USA career list for passing yards. H-Back Chico Cleveland registered a pair of career highs as he hauled in four passes for 67 yards. Junior RB Corey White ran for a pair of touchdowns, his first multiple TD game since the USF contest last November. The Blazers will be off this weekend before opening C-USA play at home against Rice on Oct. 1. The meeting with the Owls will be the first-ever between the two schools.
UCF GOLDEN KNIGHTS
UCF fell to USF, 31-14, in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The loss extended the Golden Knights' losing streak to 16 games. CB Joe Burnett set up the UCF's first touchdown of the game with a 60-yard punt return. The return was just Burnett's second of his career. He also made his first career start in the defensive backfield for the Golden Knights. The WR duo of Sergiori Joachim and Willie Thornton each recorded the first catches of their respective careers in the loss. On defense, CB Travonti Johnson recorded a career-high 12 total tackles and LB James Cook added a career-high 10 tackles. QB Steven Moffett led the team with 50 yards rushing and also connected on 19-of-40 passes for 208 yards.
Defensive back Quintin Demps' interception in double-overtime sealed a 44-41 victory and gave the Miners their first Conference USA victory in school history on Friday night at The Sun Bowl. C-USA's first league contest of the season was a wild one as Demps had two of the five interceptions corralled by the Miner defense. PK Reagan Schneider set a career-high and UTEP single-game record with five field goals.Trailing 16-5 at halftime, UTEP stormed back to take a 34-26 lead late in the contest as QB Jordan Palmer found WR Johnnie Lee Higgins for a trio of second-half touchdown receptions, only to see the Cougars tie the score with a late touchdown and two-point conversion. For the game, Higgins had six receptions for 156 yards and Palmer finished 26-of-51 for 379 yards, his fourth 300-yard game in the last five contests. Senior RB Tyler Ebell had the first 100-yard rushing game of his UTEP career as he carried 24 times for 149 yards. Ebell scored the Miners' game-tying touchdown in the first overtime and also added four catches for 60 yards. Senior WR Chris Francies caught four balls for 56 yards. Francies has now caught a pass in 35 consecutive games - the third-longest streak in the nation Senior LB Thomas Howard had a game-high 14 tackles and fellow LB Troy Covallo added 12 tackles and a sack.
A GLANCE AT THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS
EAST CAROLINA AT WEST VIRGINIA
Saturday, September 24 Morgantown, West Va.
12:00 p.m. (EDT) Milan Puskar Stadium (60,000)
All-Time Series: West Virginia leads 14-2
Last Meeting: West Virginia 56, East Carolina 23 (September 4, 2004)
Television: ESPN Regional
Announcers: Dave Sims (PxP), John Congemi (Analyst)
Milan Puskar Stadium Press Box Phone: (304) 293-3799
East Carolina (1-1, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Skip Holtz (Notre Dame, '86)
Career Record: 11-16-0 (3rd year)
Record at ECU: 1-1-0 (1st year)
Last Game: Wake Forest 44, East Carolina 34
Next Game: Oct. 1, vs. Southern Miss
West Virginia (3-0, 0-0 in BIG EAST)
Head Coach: Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia, `86)
Career Record: 76-57-2 (13th year)
Record at WVU: 31-21-0 (6th year)
Last Game: West Virginia 31, Maryland 19
Next Game: Oct. 1, vs. (4) Virginia Tech
GAME NOTES: This is the fourth-consecutive year the two schools have met each other on the gridiron....The 10th-ranked Mountaineers defeated the Pirates 56-23 last year in Morgantown and have won four straight in the series by an average of 28 points....The Pirates have never beaten the Mountaineers in Morgantown in 10 previous trips.
MARSHALL AT UCF
Saturday, September 24 Orlando, Fla.
6:00 p.m. (EDT) Florida Citrus Bowl (65,438)
All-Time Series: Marshall leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Marshall 20, UCF 3 (October 30, 2004)
Citrus Bowl Press Box Phone (407) 245-0342
Marshall (1-1, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Mark Snyder (Marshall, '83)
Career Record: 1-1-0 (First year)
Record at Marshall: 1-1-0 (First year)
Last Game: Kansas State 21, Marshall 19
Next Game: Oct. 1, vs. SMU
UCF (0-2, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: George O'Leary (New Hampshire, `69)
Career Record: 52-46-0 (9th year)
Record at UCF: 0-13-0 (2nd year)
Last Game: USF 31, UCF 14
Next Game: Oct. 1, at Louisiana-Lafayette
GAME NOTES: The match-up is the first between the two schools as members of Conference USA....UCF and Marshall met the previous three seasons as members of the Mid-American Conference....The Thundering Herd won all three of those contests, including last year's game Marshall....Marshall has outscored the Golden Knights 67-31 in its trio of victories....This will be the second meeting at the Florida Citrus Bowl, as the Thundering Herd won the last meeting there, 21-7, in 2003.
SOUTHERN MISS AT HOUSTON
Saturday, September 24 Houston, Texas
6:00 p.m. (CDT) Robertson Stadium (32,000)
All-Time Series: Southern Miss leads 6-2
Last Meeting: Southern Miss 35, Houston 29 (OT) (October 7, 2004)
Robertson Stadium Press Box Phone: (713) 743-0550
Southern Miss (1-1, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Jeff Bower (Southern Miss, `75)
Career Record: 97-68-1 (15th year)
Record at USM: 97-68-1 (15th year)
Last Game: Southern Miss 48, McNeese State 20
Next Game: Oct. 1, at East Carolina
Houston (1-2, 0-1 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Art Briles (Texas Tech, '79)
Career Record: 11-16-0 (3rd year)
Record at Houston: 11-16-0 (3rd year)
Last Game: UTEP 44, Houston 41 (2OT)
Next Game: Oct. 1, at Tulsa
GAME NOTES: Houston won the first two meetings between the schools, but has since dropped six straight including last year's 35-29 overtime-victory in Hattiesburg....The overtime was the second in the series as Houston defeated Southern Miss 56-49 in triple overtime in the first C-USA contest between the schools in 1996. Houston and Southern Miss would go on to share the regular season title in the league's inaugural season, with the Cougars earning the Liberty Bowl bid by virtue of their head-to-head win. This is the C-USA opener for Southern Miss.
MEMPHIS AT TULSA
Saturday, September 24 Tulsa, Oklahoma
6:00 p.m. (CDT) Skelly Stadium (35,542)
All-Time Series: Memphis leads 14-6
Last Meeting: Memphis 10, Tulsa 7 (October 28, 1995)
Skelly Stadium Press Box Phone: (918) 631-2492
Memphis (1-1, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Tommy West (Tennessee, '76)
Career Record: 26-24 (4th year)
Record at Rice: 61-59 (11th year)
Last Game: Memphis 59, Chattanooga 14
Next Game: Oct. 1, vs. UTEP (CSTV)
Tulsa (1-2, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Steve Kragthorpe (West Texas State, `78)
Career Record: 13-15-0 (3rd year)
Record at Alabama: 13-15-0 (3rd year)
Last Game: Tulsa 54, North Texas 2
Next Game: Oct. 1, vs. Houston
GAME NOTES: The two teams end a 10-year span of not playing with this year's meeting at Skelly Stadium....The Tigers won the last meeting 10-7 in 1995 at the Liberty Bowl and were victorious in their last trip to Skelly Stadium securing a 42-18 victory in 1994....Four out of the last five meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less, with the only exception coming in the 1994 contest....The road team has also won four of the last five meetings....Both schools were once league rivals in the Missouri Valley Conference. The contest marks the first league game for Tulsa as a member of Conference USA.
NAVY AT RICE
Saturday, September 24 Houston, Texas
7:00 p.m. (CDT) Rice Stadium (70,000)
All-Time Series: Rice leads 6-4
Last Meeting: Navy 14, Rice 13 (October 23, 2004)
Rice Stadium Press Box Phone: 713-527-0250
Navy (0-2, Independent)
Head Coach: Paul Johnson (Western Carolina, '79)
Career Record: 82-29 (9th year)
Record at Navy: 20-19 (4th year)
Last Game: Stanford 41, Navy 38 (Sept. 10)
Next Game: Oct. 1, at Duke
Rice (0-2, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Ken Hatfield (Arkansas, `65)
Career Record: 167-132-4 (27th year)
Record at USM: 0-2-0 (12th year)
Last Game: (2) Texas 51, Rice 10
Next Game: Oct. 1, at UAB
GAME NOTES: The Rice-Navy series dates back to 1951 when the two squads first met in Houston with the Owls recording a 21-14 victory....The contest is a rematch of the 1957 Cotton Bowl as well (Navv 20, Rice 7)....Five of Rice's six victories in the series have been by eight points or less....Navy won last year's contest 14-13 after Rice missed the extra point trying to battle back from a 14-0 fourth-quarter deficit....Navy has lost its first two games by a margin of three points each time.
TULANE AT SMU
Saturday, September 24 Dallas, Texas
7:00 p.m. (CDT) Gerald J. Ford Stadium (32,000)
All-Time Series: Tulane leads 9-4
Last Meeting: Tulane 29, SMU 17 (September 23, 2000)
Gerald J. Ford Stadium Press Box Phone: (214) 768-7730
Tulane (0-1, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo (Northeast Louisiana, '85)
Career Record: 31-41 (7th year)
Record at Tulane: 31-41 (7th year)
Last Game: Mississippi State 21, Tulane 14
Next Game: Oct. 1, vs. SE Louisiana (Baton Rouge, La.)
SMU (1-2, 0-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Phil Bennett (Texas A&M, '78)
Career Record: 7-31 (4th year)
Record at SMU: 7-31 (4th year)
Last Game: Texas A&M 66, SMU 8
Next Game: Oct. 1, at Marshall
GAME NOTES: Tulane returns to Dallas on Saturday to play SMU, the team that took the Green Wave in for nearly two weeks following their displacement from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina....The Green Wave has won four straight in the series, which includes the last three games in Dallas....SMU last won in Dallas in 1982 when the Eric Dickerson rushed 19 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-7 victory....The 44-point victory is the largest by an SMU team in the last 23 years.
NEW MEXICO AT UTEP
Saturday, September 24 El Paso, Texas
7:00 p.m. (MDT) Sun Bowl (51,500)
All-Time Series: New Mexico leads 41-28-3
Last Meeting: New Mexico 26, UTEP 6 (September 1, 2001)
Announcers: Tom Hart (PxP), Bill Burke (Analyst)
Sun Bowl Press Box Phone: 915-747-5154
New Mexico (3-0, 1-0 in Mountain West)
Head Coach: Rocky Long (New Mexico, `74)
Career Record: 43-45 (8th year)
Record at UNM: 43-45 (8th year)
Last Game: New Mexico 38, New Mexico State 21
Next Game: Oct. 1, at TCU
UTEP (2-0, 1-0 in C-USA)
Head Coach: Mike Price (Puget Sound, '69)
Career Record: 139-126-0 (24th year)
Record at UTEP: 10-4-0 (2nd year)
Last Game: UTEP 44 , Houston 41 (2OT)
Next Game: Oct. 1, at Memphis (CSTV)
GAME NOTES: The UTEP-New Mexico rivalry is renewed this season after a three-year hiatus, which is the longest in the series dating back to the 1940's when the teams did not play between 1943 and 1945....The teams played every year from 1946-1999....The Miners' last two wins in the series were both by a field goal (1998, 1999), while the Lobos' last three victories have been by 18 points or more (1996, 1997 and 2001). New Mexico is 3-0 for the first time since 1998, while UTEP is 2-0 for the first time since 1988. UTEP has won the five of the last seven meetings at The Sun Bowl. Lobo RB Dontrell Moore is tied with Memphis standout DeAngelo Williams for the NCAA's active career lead in rushing touchdowns with 40.