Memphis 38

(2-10, 1-4 away)


(5-7, 3-3 home)

9:00 PM ET, November 25, 2006

Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX

1 2 3 4 T
MEM 0 10 7 2138
UTEP 3 3 0 1319

Top Performers

Passing: J. Palmer (UTEP) - 307 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Doss (MEM) - 28 CAR, 82 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: D. Robinson (UTEP) - 6 REC, 112 YDS, 2 TD

Memphis 38, UTEP 19

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Joseph Doss ran for three touchdowns and Memphis, formerly winless in Conference USA this season, denied UTEP a sixth victory for bowl eligibility with a 38-19 win Saturday night.

Memphis (2-10, 1-7 Conference USA) won for the first time in nine games and earned its first road win this season.

UTEP (5-7, 2-3) led only once and finished the season losing five of its last six, costing the Miners a chance at three straight bowl seasons for the first time in school history.

Memphis quarterback Martin Hankins completed 16-of-26 passes for 218 yards. Doss rushed for 82 yards and Duke Calhoun caught five of Hankins' passes for 129 yards.

Jordan Palmer led UTEP with 307 yards and a touchdown to Daniel Robinson, who also caught a second score from Kyle Wright.

UTEP's Reagan Schneider kicked a career-best 56-yard field that give the Miners their only lead, 3-0, with 1:58 left in the first quarter.

But Memphis countered quickly, taking the lead on a 2-yard Doss touchdown run early in the second quarter. The Tigers went on to build a 10-6 lead at halftime and steadily pulled away.