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UTEP 34, Tulane 20

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Jordan Palmer threw for 230 yards and
three touchdowns, including two in the second quarter, as UTEP beat
Tulane 34-20 on Saturday night.

The Miners (4-2, 2-0 Conference USA) used a 21-point second
quarter to pull away from the Green Wave (2-4, 1-3). Palmer, who
completed 22-of-29 passes, connected with Joe Weston on a 19-yard
touchdown less than two minutes into the second quarter.

A 37-yard field goal by Tulane kicker Ross Thevenot made it a
10-3 game with 10:46 to go in the second quarter. But the Miners
scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the first half
to put the game away.

Palmer hit tight end Jamar Hunt with a 3-yard pass to go up by
two touchdowns with 3:21 left in the half. Two minutes later,
Johnnie Lee Higgins returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown,
putting UTEP up 24-3 at the break.

The Miners added 10 more points in the third quarter on a field
goal by Reagan Schneider and a 39-yard touchdown pass from Palmer
to Higgins.

Tulane outgained UTEP 481 yards to 365. But the Green Wave
committed five turnovers, including three lost fumbles.

Matt Forte led Tulane with 141 yards on 16 carries. Preston
Brown caught 11 passes for 98 yards.