Louisiana Tech 38, Texas-El Paso 35

Updated: October 12, 2003, 1:39 AM ET

EL PASO, Texas -- Luke McCown climbed to eighth on the all-time NCAA yards-passing list after throwing for 328 yards and two touchdowns to lead Louisiana Tech to a come-from-behind 38-35 victory over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night.

McCown, who completed 22 of his 40 passes, improved his career yardage total to 11,221, passing such notable quarterbacks as Drew Brees, Alex Van Pelt, Eric Zeier and Peyton Manning.

"To be honest, it doesn't mean a whole lot to me," McCown said. "Seeing my name on a list doesn't mean a lot, it's all about winning football games. It's all about coming from behind to win football games."

Louisiana Tech (3-3l, 1-2 WAC) fell behind 28-13 with 1:09 left in the second quarter when quarterback Orlando Cruz scored on a 5-yard run for UTEP (2-5, 1-1).

"We were simply able to make plays in the second half," said Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell. "A win like this should help us for the rest of the year, I hope it helps us."

Eric Newman's 46-yard return on the ensuing kick gave the Bulldogs the ball on the UTEP 39-yard line. Four plays later, Ryan Moats scored on a 1-yard run with 00:23 left to cut the UTEP lead to 28-20.

"That score right before the half was huge. It gave us some momentum going into halftime," McCown said.

Louisiana Tech tied the score at 28-28 with 9:19 remaining in the third quarter on Moats' 35-yard run and two-point conversion on a pass from McCown to Moats.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game on a 48-yard touchdown pass from McCown to D.J. Curry with 00:32 left in the third quarter.

Moats led the bulldogs with 118 yards rushing on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

"I'm happy with the win but not too happy," Moats said. "We have to forget about this pretty quickly and start getting ready for Hawaii."

Curry led Louisiana Tech with seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns while Chris Norwood caught five balls for 102 yards.

Howard Jackson led UTEP with 141 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Jackson also caught three passes for 51 yards.

"I wanted it bad for our kids," said UTEP coach Gary Nord. "They (Louisiana Tech) are a very good team. You don't go to East Lansing and have five turnovers and still beat Michigan State without being a good team."

Cruz completed 18 of 33 passes for 285 yards and had two interceptions.

Josh Scobee kicked three field goals for the Bulldogs, from 53, 39 and 44 yards out.

Louisiana Tech totaled 27 first downs and gained 493 total yards. UTEP had 21 first downs and 535 total yards.

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