EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Emeri Spence's late-game interception
secured a 44-38 win for Texas-El Paso over rival New Mexico State
on Saturday night.
The Miners (2-2) beat the Aggies (2-2) in a game in which the
Miners dominated early. It ended in an old-fashioned shootout.
The Miners, led by quarterback Jordan Palmer, scored on three of
their last four possessions to hold onto a lead that had been as
wide as 17 points in the first half. The Aggies, with the nation's
top passing offense, at one point tied it in the third quarter.
Palmer threw for 414 yards and three touchdowns with two
interceptions in a strong offensive showing.
Aggies quarterback Chase Holbrook threw for four touchdowns and
506 yards. He completed 48-of-78 attempts, a Sun Bowl record for a
The Miners had a 21-yard touchdown run by Marcus Thomas on
UTEP's first possession -- the first time all season the Miners put
points on the board in the first quarter. And they kept up the
pace, adding points in five of their seven first-half possessions.