Scores

Final

UTEP 44

(2-2, 1-1 home)

9:00 PM ET, September 30, 2006

Sun Bowl, EL PASO, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 0 20 11 738
UTEP 17 14 0 1344

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 506 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Thomas (UTEP) - 18 CAR, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Harris (NMSU) - 10 REC, 129 YDS, 1 TD

UTEP 44, New Mexico State 38

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Emeri Spence's late-game interception secured a 44-38 win for Texas-El Paso over rival New Mexico State on Saturday night.

The Miners (2-2) beat the Aggies (2-2) in a game in which the Miners dominated early. It ended in an old-fashioned shootout.

The Miners, led by quarterback Jordan Palmer, scored on three of their last four possessions to hold onto a lead that had been as wide as 17 points in the first half. The Aggies, with the nation's top passing offense, at one point tied it in the third quarter.

Palmer threw for 414 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in a strong offensive showing.

Aggies quarterback Chase Holbrook threw for four touchdowns and 506 yards. He completed 48-of-78 attempts, a Sun Bowl record for a UTEP game.

The Miners had a 21-yard touchdown run by Marcus Thomas on UTEP's first possession -- the first time all season the Miners put points on the board in the first quarter. And they kept up the pace, adding points in five of their seven first-half possessions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NMSU
UTEP
1st Downs3320
Total Yards573537
Passing506414
Rushing67123
Penalties6-509-82
3rd Down Conversions8-172-7
4th Down Conversions2-40-0
Turnovers23
Possession33:0526:55

Passing Leaders

New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Holbrook48/735066.941-
UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Palmer18/2641415.932-

Rushing Leaders

New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams15906.0019
Nwoko111.011
UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas18814.5121
Sam5428.4016

Receiving Leaders

New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris1012912.9144
Williams10686.8118
UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Higgins722331.9371
Hunt26231.0055

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNMSUUTEP
TD12:11MARCUS THOMAS 21 YD RUN (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 84 yards.
07
TD7:57JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS 71 YD PASS FROM JORDAN PALMER (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 84 yards.
014
FG0:14REAGAN SCHNEIDER 46 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 12 yards.
017
SECOND QUARTERNMSUUTEP
TD10:31CHRIS WILLIAMS 18 YD PASS FROM CHASE HOLBROOK (RYAN BOWLING KICK)
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards.
717
TD9:46JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS 31 YD PASS FROM JORDAN PALMER (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 69 yards.
724
TD6:10CHRIS NWOKO 1 YD RUN (RYAN BOWLING KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 87 yards.
1424
TD5:41QUINTIN DEMPS 91 YD KICK RETURN (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)1431
TD0:29JEREMIAH WILLIAMS 29 YD PASS FROM CHASE HOLBROOK (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards.
2031
THIRD QUARTERNMSUUTEP
TD5:19A.J. HARRIS 19 YD PASS FROM CHASE HOLBROOK (A.J. HARRIS 2PT PASS FROM CHASE HOLBROOK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 19 yards.
2831
FG3:27MATT PRATT 41 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, -11 yards.
3131
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUUTEP
FG13:44REAGAN SCHNEIDER 20 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 84 yards.
3134
TD7:51JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS 6 YD PASS FROM JORDAN PALMER (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 84 yards.
3141
TD5:43DEREK DUBOIS 21 YD PASS FROM CHASE HOLBROOK (MATT PRATT KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 79 yards.
3841
FG2:18REAGAN SCHNEIDER 28 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 61 yards.
3844