EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Marcus Thomas threw a 27-yard touchdown to
Daniel Robinson on a halfback option in the fourth quarter as UTEP
rallied to beat SMU 24-21 on Saturday night.
Thomas' touchdown pass with 8:28 left capped an 87-yard drive
and put UTEP back on top after the Miners (3-2, 1-0 Conference USA)
blew a 17-0 halftime lead.
SMU (3-3, 1-1) scored 21 consecutive points in the second half
behind backup quarterback Corey Slater, who threw a 19-yard
touchdown to Bobby Chase and an 18-yard score to Emmanuel Sanders
in the third quarter.
Slater was filling in for starter Justin Willis, who was
suspended Friday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He
finished 10-of-20 for 132 yards and threw three interceptions.
SMU took a brief lead on Jonathan Lindley's 80-yard fumble
return with 11:54 remaining, but UTEP answered with the Robinson's
winning touchdown catch on the next drive.