Miners Run Colorado State Ragged on Homecoming
Oct. 22, 2011
Vernon Frazier rushed for a career-high 167 yards and UTEP piled up 340 yards on the ground in a 31-17 Homecoming win over Colorado State on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.
The 340 rushing yards were the most for the Miners (4-3, 1-2 C-USA) against an FBS opponent in 20 years. The UTEP defense turned in a stellar effort as well, holding the Rams (3-4, 1-1 MWC) to 255 yards while collecting six sacks and 11 tackles for losses.
The Miners scored the game's first 14 points and didn't trail, although the Rams cut the deficit to 14-10 midway through the second quarter. But UTEP responded with 17 unanswered points, highlighted by an 83-yard scoring run by Frazier - the longest rushing play by a UTEP player since 1988.
Leilyon Myers supplemented UTEP's rushing attack by gaining a career-best 81 yards on 15 carries. Nick Lamaison scored the Miners' third rushing TD of the night on a 33-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Lamaison attempted just 15 passes and threw for 116 yards.
Defensive standouts for the Miners included Greg Watkins, who had two sacks, and Adrian James, whose 74-yard interception set up Dakota Warren's 36-yard field goal shortly before halftime. Colorado State rushed for 93 yards and passed for 162, as Pete Thomas completed 19-of-33 attempts.
The Miners will host Southern Miss next Saturday at 6 p.m.