UTEP falls to UTSA in Conference opener
El Paso, TX — Eric Soza completed 18-of-24 passes for 204 yards as UTSA won its first-ever Conference USA game, 32-13, over UTEP on Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.
The Roadrunners (2-2, 1-0 C-USA) had a big first half with 25 points and 303 yards of offense, and that held up as the Miners struggled to move the ball for most of the night. UTEP (1-2, 0-1 C-USA) finished with season lows for yards (218) and first downs (14).
The UTEP defense rallied to allow only 82 yards in the second half, but the Miners could muster only a 24-yard field goal by Jay Mattox with 39 seconds left in the third quarter that cut the lead to 25-13.
The Miners’ best scoring chance in the fourth quarter went by the wayside when a Jameill Showers run on fourth down came up a yard short of a first down at the Roadrunner 23-yard line.
UTSA put the game away with a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive, capped by a 17-yard touchdown run by David Glasco.
Showers completed 17-of-31 passes for 119 yards. UTEP wasn’t able to get the ground game going either, settling for 99 yards on 29 attempts.
UTSA marched 75 yards on seven plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 29-yard run by Brandon Armstrong at the start of the game. The Miners’ Autrey Golden knotted the score on a 100-yard kickoff return, but that turned out to be UTEP’s last touchdown of the game.
UTEP will make its first visit to Colorado State since 1995 next Saturday (Sept. 28) with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS Sports Network.