EL PASO, Texas (AP) Sam Glaesmann threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Rice took an early lead and held it, beating UTEP 31-14 on Saturday night.
Glaesmann had 131 yards passing for the Owls (1-1, 1-0 Conference USA). Samuel Stewart ran for 89 yards on 16 carries and Nahshon Ellerbe ran for 63 yards and a score.
Will Harrison kicked a 36-yard field goal with 11:07 left in the first quarter and Glaesmann took it in from the 5 in the second to help give the Owls a 10-0 lead at the break.
Glaesmann threw a 52-yard touchdown to Aaron Cephus in the third quarter to stretch the Rice advantage to 17-0. UTEP finally scored on a 44-yard pass from Ryan Metz to Warren Redix, making it 17-7 with 3:47 left in the third but two more Owl touchdowns in the fourth sealed the win.
Metz threw for 203 yards and a score for the Miners (0-2, 0-1). He also ran for UTEP's only other score.
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