EL PASO, Texas -- Joe Banyard and Vernon Frazier combined for 183 yards rushing and four touchdowns Saturday, leading UTEP to a 31-10 season-opening victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Banyard finished with 94 yards and a pair of scores on 19 carries, while Frazier had 89 yards and two TDs on just six carries.
UTEP trailed 7-0 midway through the first quarter before Frazier scored from 33 yards out. Banyard added a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter to put the Miners up for good, 14-7.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff pulled within 14-10 on Chris Ewald's 38-yard field goal at the end of the first half, but UTEP scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to put the game away.
Trevor Vittatoe completed 17 of 27 passes for 229 yards for UTEP.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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