Scores

Final

UTEP 45

(4-1, 2-1 C-USA)

Tulane 21

(2-3, 1-2 C-USA)

8:00 PM ET, October 14, 2005

Joe Aillet Stadium, RUSTON, LA

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 7 17 7 1445
TULN 7 7 7 021

Top Performers

Passing: L. Ricard (TULN) - 376 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: M. Thomas (UTEP) - 12 CAR, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Brown (TULN) - 5 REC, 93 YDS, 2 TD

UTEP pulls away from 'home team' Tulane

RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Jordan Palmer threw three touchdown passes, and Texas-El Paso scored the final 21 points to beat Tulane 45-21 on Friday night in a Conference USA game at Joe Aillet Stadium.

Tulane (2-3, 1-2 C-USA) played its fourth "home" game at its fourth stadium. The Green Wave, who normally play home games in the Louisiana Superdome, were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and are currently being hosted by Louisiana Tech.

Trailing 24-14, Tulane pulled within three when Preston Brown caught a 3-yard TD pass from Lester Richard with 10:46 left in the third quarter. After Tulane forced UTEP (4-1, 2-1) to punt on the next possession, the Green Wave fumbled on their first play and the Miners' Jeremy Jones returned it 25 yards for a TD to make it 31-21.

UTEP put the game away in the fourth quarter as Palmer connected with Casey Mauch for a 1-yard TD, and Marcus Thomas had a 9-yard TD run. Palmer finished with 278 yards and threw two scoring passes to receiver Lee Higgins.

Richard completed 29 of 52 passes for 376 yards, the second best total of his career, and threw for three touchdowns with no interceptions.

Thomas had 12 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown to go with five receptions for 110 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
TULN
1st Downs1719
Total Yards427429
Passing278381
Rushing14948
Penalties9-1007-51
3rd Down Conversions8-1611-22
4th Down Conversions0-02-4
Turnovers03
Possession30:0429:56

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Palmer22/322788.730-
TulaneC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Elliott1/451.300-
Ricard29/523767.230-

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas12937.8147
Austin6345.7026
TulaneCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson12252.1013
Forte8253.109

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Higgins99510.6222
Thomas511022.0060
TulaneRECYDSAVGTDLG
Terranova810312.9125
Davis77610.9030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPTULN
TD6:56TYLER EBELL 1 YD RUN (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 90 yards.
70
TD3:48PRESTON BROWN 64 YD PASS FROM LESTER RICARD (JACOB HARTGROVES KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 77 yards.
77
SECOND QUARTERUTEPTULN
TD13:36JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS 12 YD PASS FROM JORDAN PALMER (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 33 yards.
147
FG9:55REAGAN SCHNEIDER 44 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 34 yards.
177
TD3:17BUBBA TERRANOVA 14 YD PASS FROM LESTER RICARD (JACOB HARTGROVES KICK)
Drive info: 16 plays, 73 yards.
1714
TD2:31JOHNNIE LEE HIGGINS 22 YD PASS FROM JORDAN PALMER (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 35 yards.
2414
THIRD QUARTERUTEPTULN
TD10:46PRESTON BROWN 3 YD PASS FROM LESTER RICARD (JACOB HARTGROVES KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yards.
2421
TD8:07JEREMY JONES 25 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)3121
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPTULN
TD14:24CASEY MAUCH 1 YD PASS FROM JORDAN PALMER (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 90 yards.
3821
TD10:34MARCUS THOMAS 9 YD RUN (REAGAN SCHNEIDER KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 42 yards.
4521