New Mexico Grinds Out 42-35 Win Over UTEP
Sep 7, 2013
Kasey Carrier rushed for 291 yards, and New Mexico gained 395 on the ground in a 42-35 overtime win over UTEP on Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.
The Lobos squared their record at 1-1 while spoiling the head coaching debut of UTEP's Sean Kugler.
New Mexico punted just once on the night, late in the third quarter, while putting together three touchdown drives of 70 yards or more. The Lobos finished with 483 yards of offense.
The Miners nearly matched them yard-for-yard but came up short on fourth and one at the UNM four-yard line in overtime. Nathan Jefferywas stopped just short of the first down. Officials ruled no gain and following a challenge by Kugler, the call was upheld.
Earlier, Carrier gave New Mexico the lead for good on a 21-yard scoring scamper on third and six in the extra session.
UTEP was playing catch-up for most of the game but rallied to take its first lead, 28-21, on a 65-yard run by El Paso native Aaron Joneswith 6:13 to play in the third quarter. New Mexico rallied with back-to-back TDs before Jones knotted the score on an eight-yard run with 1:19 to play in regulation.
Jones finished with 127 yards rushing, the most by a UTEP freshman since 1996.
Jameill Showers'Miner debut was also a success, as the quarterback set career-highs for passing attempts (20), completions (15) and yardage (119) with no interceptions.
His counterpart, UNM's Clayton Mitchem, finished 4-of-7 passing for 88 yards, but the Lobos rode the ground game to their first victory in El Paso - and the state of Texas, for that matter -- since 1997.
UTEP will play its second straight rivalry game at NM State next Saturday (Sept. 14) at 6 p.m. MT.