EL PASO, Texas (Ticker) -- Jordan Palmer continued his hot
passing for Texas-El Paso (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP).
Palmer threw for a season-high 339 yards and five touchdowns as
the Miners won their seventh straight game by defeating SMU,
57-27, in a Western Athletic Conference game.
UTEP (8-2, 6-1 WAC) gained 528 yards and scored 45 consecutive
points after falling behind, 20-10, in the second quarter.
Palmer, the younger brother of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
Carson Palmer, has thrown for 1,323 yards and 19 touchdowns in
his last five games. He completed 20-of-27 passes against the
Palmer hit Casey Mauch and Chris Marrow with TD passes just
before halftime to give UTEP a 24-20 lead at intermission.
The Miners scored all 28 points in the third quarter. Palmer
tossed a pair of touchdowns to Johnnie Lee Higgins and one to
Jason Boyd, who had six receptions for 122 yards.
Defensive back Quintin Demps intercepted Tony Eckert in the
third quarter and raced 43 yards to the end zone to make it
Eckert was 7-of-13 for 76 yards and shared time with Jerad Romo,
who was 14-of-20 for 158 yards and was sacked five times.
UTEP tied the school record for longest winning streak after
dropping eight games by at least 28 points last season.
SMU (3-8, 3-5) lost in its bid for its first three-game win
streak since 1999.