UTEP Gets Past SJSU 38-20
UTEP’s Jordan Palmer completed 16 of 22 passes for 218 and two touchdowns, while Howard Jackson rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries as the Miners got past San Jose State 38-20 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., Saturday.
The Miners caused five turnovers and racked up 372 total yards. The UTEP defense limited the Spartans to 305 yards on offense, including 132 yards on the ground.
UTEP (6-2, 4-1 WAC) scored the game’s first 14 points. Josh Chamois reached the end zone on a one-yard run with 13:24 remaining in the first quarter, and Palmer hit Jayson Boyd for a 23-yard touchdown with 6:19 left in the period.
San Jose State (2-5, 1-3 WAC) drew to within 14-7 on a nine-yard run by Tyson Thompson with 4:43 to go in the first quarter.
The Miners led 14-7 at the break despite giving up 205 yards of offense to the Spartans, including 122 rushing. San Jose State lost two fumbles in the opening half, including one at the Miner one-yard line.
UTEP, which had the ball for 3:16 in the second quarter, ended the half with 201 yards of offense. Palmer completed his first eight pass attempts before being picked off by Brian Nunez in the final seconds of the half.
Following the Howard pick, UTEP moved 60 yards on seven plays, capped off by Palmer’s nine-yard pass to Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr. for a score.
The Miners capitalized on Moss’ interception with Reagan Schneider’s 20-yard field goal.
UTEP led 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter after limiting San Jose State to seven yards in the third period.
The lead grew to 31-7 just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter, when Howard recovered a fumble by Thompson in the end zone. Jeremy Jones forced the fumble for the Miners.
After the Spartans closed to within 31-13, Jackson’s 80-yard kickoff return set up Palmer’s sixyard TD run for a 38-13 advantage.
The Miners are idle next week and will host Rice and SMU in back-to-back home games beginning on Nov. 13.