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UTEP 52, Texas Southern 12

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Marcus Thomas rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead Texas-El Paso to a 52-12 victory against Texas Southern on Saturday night.

The Miners (2-2) scored on their first five possessions and led 38-0 at halftime.

Thomas had UTEP's first 100-yard rushing performance in 16 games. He scored on a 15-yard run on UTEP's first possession then zigzagged his way 27 yards for a touchdown with 5:50 left in the first half. That was Thomas' last carry.

Miners quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, playing just a quarter and a half, completed 10 of 16 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Jeff Moturi, seeing about the same amount of action as Vittatoe, caught two passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas Southern (0-4) of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) scored in the third quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tino Edgecomb to Williams Osborne.

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