Sims' 3 TDs lift Houston over Rice 45-35

Sims' 3 TDs lift Houston over Rice 45-35
October 27, 2012, 9:05 pm
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Houston quarterback David Piland scrambles with the ball against UTEP during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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HOUSTON (AP) Charles Sims rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns as Houston defeated UTEP 45-35 Saturday.

Sims scored on runs of 43, 6 and 1 yards as the Cougars (4-4, 3-1 Conference USA) built a 45-7 lead before UTEP (2-7, 1-4) scored the final 28 points of the game.

David Piland added 174 yards passing and two TDs while completing 16 of 30 passes for Houston.

UTEP (2-7, 1-4) got 137 yards rushing and two TDs from Nathan Jeffery. The Miners used four quarterbacks after starter Nick Lamaison went 8 for 18 with four interceptions - one a 97-yard return by Houston's D.J. Hayden for a score. UTEP also lost two fumbles and was sacked five times.

As a team, the Miners threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns while piling up 494 yards of offense - most of it coming after the game had already been decided.