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Rice 37, Texas-El Paso 30

Associated Press

HOUSTON - TJ McMahon threw for a career-high 334 yards, including a go-ahead 23-yard touchdown to Bradley Rozner with 25 seconds left, and Rice edged UTEP 37-30.

Rice (5-4, 3-2 Conference USA) reached five wins in a season for the first time since 2015.

UTEP backup QB Calvin Brownholtz ran for a 25-yard score to tie the game at 27-all with 11:17 left in the fourth quarter. The teams traded field goals with UTEP tying it with 2:35 left.

Rice used back-to-back 13-yard plays to get to midfield and McMahon later found Rozner in the corner of the end zone for their sixth connection of the game.

McMahon was 21 of 31 with two touchdowns and one interception, and Rozner had 142 receiving yards and a score. Christian VanSickle made field goals of 43, 21 and 38.

Brownholtz was 7-of-10 passing for 56 yards and he carried it eight times for 64 yards for UTEP (4-6, 2-4). Gavin Baechle also made three field goals, with a long of 51.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UTEPRice
UTEP TD 11:41 Deion Hankins 2 yard TD run (Gavin Baechle Extra Point) 7 0
Rice FG 5:49 Christian VanSickle 43 yard field goal 7 3
Rice TD 0:33 Uriah West 1 yard TD run (Christian VanSickle Extra Point) 7 10
Second Quarter UTEPRice
UTEP FG 12:06 Gavin Baechle 46 yard field goal 10 10
Rice TD 10:26 TJ McMahon 2 yard TD run (Christian VanSickle Extra Point) 10 17
UTEP TD 3:04 James Tupou 7 yard TD pass from Gavin Hardison (Gavin Baechle Extra Point) 17 17
Rice FG 0:16 Christian VanSickle 21 yard field goal 17 20
Third Quarter UTEPRice
UTEP FG 3:55 Gavin Baechle 51 yard field goal 20 20
Rice TD 1:23 Jack Bradley 27 yard TD pass from TJ McMahon (Christian VanSickle Extra Point) 20 27
Fourth Quarter UTEPRice
UTEP TD 11:17 Calvin Brownholtz 25 yard TD run (Gavin Baechle Extra Point) 27 27
Rice FG 6:52 Christian VanSickle 38 yard field goal 27 30
UTEP FG 2:35 Gavin Baechle 32 yard field goal 30 30
Rice TD 0:25 Bradley Rozner 23 yard TD pass from TJ McMahon (Christian VanSickle Extra Point) 30 37
Team Stats
  UTEP Rice
First downs 16 21
  Rushing 6 8
  Passing 9 13
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 9-16, 56% 9-14, 64%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 36-154 32-168
Passing Yards 175 334
Return Yards 41 60
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-28-0 21-31-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-9 2-17
Punts 4 2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-24 5-40
UTEP Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Hardison 8 18 103 1 0
C. Brownholtz 7 10 72 0 0
Rice Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. McMahon 21 31 334 2 1
UTEP Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brownholtz 8 64 8.0 1
D. Hankins 9 42 4.7 1
R. Awatt 9 33 3.7 0
G. Hardison 6 11 1.8 0
R. Flores 2 8 4.0 0
T. Smith 1 -3 -3.0 0
Rice Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Otoviano 6 65 10.8 0
C. Montgomery 8 58 7.3 0
T. McMahon 10 23 2.3 1
L. McCaffrey 2 20 10.0 0
D. Connors 1 1 1.0 0
U. West 4 1 0.3 1
K. Campbell 1 0 0.0 0
UTEP Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Smith 6 79 13.2 0
T. Thompson 2 48 24.0 0
K. Akharaiyi 1 20 20.0 0
R. Flores 3 18 6.0 0
J. Tupou 2 10 5.0 1
J. Farr 1 0 0.0
0
Rice Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Rozner 6 142 23.7 1
I. Esdale 5 58 11.6 0
L. McCaffrey 4 43 10.8 0
C. Montgomery 1 35 35.0 0
J. Bradley 2 31 15.5 1
K. Campbell 1 13 13.0 0
D. Connors 1 7 7.0 0
B. Groen 1 5 5.0 0
UTEP Interceptions
Player Int Yards
I. Johnson 1 0
Rice Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UTEP Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sloan 4 175 43.8
Rice Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Hunt 2 71 35.5
UTEP Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Rice Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. McCaffrey 1 32 32.0
UTEP Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Dawn Jr. 2 22 11.0
R. Flores 1 19 19.0
Rice Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Connors 1 28 28.0
UTEP Missed FG
Player Length
Rice Missed FG
Player Length




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