NCAA Game Summary - New Mexico State at Texas El-Paso|
(Saturday, September 20th)
Final Score: New Mexico State 34, Texas-El Paso 33
El Paso, TX (Sports Network) - Chase Holbrook completed 29-of-39 passes for
329 yards and five touchdowns to lead the New Mexico State Aggies to a 34-33
victory over the Texas-El Paso Miners in non-conference action.
Chris Williams caught seven passes for 119 yards for New Mexico State (1-1).
James Thomas ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on only 19 carries in the
loss for Texas-El Paso (0-3).
Texas-El Paso led 10-0 after the first quarter. Jose Martinez opened the
scoring with a 44-yard field goal, and Anthony Morrow intercepted a Holbrook
pass on the ensuing possession and raced 27 yards for a touchdown.
Holbrook made up for his mistake in the second quarter, throwing back-to-back
touchdown passes to give his Aggies a 14-10 lead. After a 36-yard strike to
Marcus Anderson, the signal caller hit Anderson again for an 11-yard
Thomas answered back for UTEP, giving the Miners a 17-14 advantage with 6:48
remaining in the first half on a 44-yard touchdown scamper.
Holbrook then fired a 27-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Harris with just over
four minutes left in the opening half, giving the Aggies a 21-17 lead.
In the final minute of the first half, Martinez connected on a 36-yard field
goal, and the Miners trailed 21-20 at intermission.
Once again, a Holbrook mistake hurt the Aggies in the third quarter. The
quarterback fumbled the football and it was recovered by UTEP's Robert
Soleyjacks, who rumbled 24 yards for a touchdown. That big defensive play gave
the Miners a 27-21 edge.
Fortunately, Holbrook continued to fight and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to
Wes Neiman on the ensuing drive. That toss put the Aggies ahead once again by
a 28-27 margin.
Thomas opened the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown run to put the
Miners back in front by a score of 33-28. Unfortunately for UTEP, its two-
point conversion attempt failed, as a run by Thomas was stuffed.
With 11:21 left in the game, Holbrook hit Anderson with a 15-yard touchdown
pass to put the Aggies up by the slimmest of margins, 34-33. Although a two-
point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, the New Mexico State defense
stiffened and preserved the one-point victory.
The teams combined for seven turnovers, including four by the winning Aggies.
UTEP has now lost its last nine outings, while New Mexico State halted a six-
game losing skid with the triumph.
09/21 01:23:12 ET