Scores

Final

UTEP 33

(0-3, 0-2 home)

9:05 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Sun Bowl, EL PASO, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 0 21 7 634
UTEP 10 10 7 633

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 329 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Thomas II (UTEP) - 19 CAR, 142 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Anderson (NMSU) - 5 REC, 70 YDS, 3 TD

New Mexico St. 34, UTEP 33

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas -- Chase Holbrook passed for 329 yards and five touchdowns to lead New Mexico State to a 34-33 win Saturday over UTEP.

Holbrook connected with wide receiver Marcus Anderson on three scores, including the go-ahead touchdown with 3:12 to go in the game. Anderson finished with five catches for 70 yards.

Holbrook has 1,269 passing yards in three games against the Miners (0-3).

With the win, NMSU (1-1) snapped a six-game losing streak, while UTEP extended its losing skid to nine games. It was the Aggies' first win in the Sun Bowl since 1994.

In the second quarter, NMSU went up 14-10 on a pair of passing scores from Holbrook to Anderson.

UTEP quarterback James Thomas II answered with a 44-yard scoring run, but NMSU went ahead 21-17 on a 27-yard touchdown reception by A.J. Harris.

UTEP's Jose Martinez kicked a 36-yard field goal to make it 21-20 with 3:05 remaining in the half.

The Aggies took a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter, until Thomas stretched into the end zone from a yard out and put UTEP back up 33-28.

NMSU went ahead for good on Holbrook's final touchdown pass to Anderson. The Aggie defense forced a UTEP fumble, then stopped the Miners on a fourth-and-11 in the final minute.

UTEP' top two running backs were out with injuries and starting quarterback Trevor Vittatoe left the game for good with an ankle injury after the third series.

Thomas led UTEP with 142 yards rushing and two scores, becoming only the third Miner quarterback to eclipse the 100-yard mark since 1982.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NMSU
UTEP
1st Downs2221
Total Yards366372
Passing32995
Rushing37277
Penalties6-505-45
3rd Down Conversions5-127-17
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers43
Possession26:0133:59

Passing Leaders

New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook29/393298.452
UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Thomas II8/15604.000

Rushing Leaders

New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Colston8212.6015
Perez22010.0014
UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas II191427.5244
Frazier14745.3018

Receiving Leaders

New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams711917.0043
Anderson57014.0336
UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Adams24723.5023
Davis3227.3011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNMSUUTEP
FG02:55Jose Martinez 44 Yd 03
TD02:45Anthony Morrow 27 Yd Interception Return (Jose Martinez Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERNMSUUTEP
TD11:36Marcus Anderson 36 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 710
TD08:48Marcus Anderson 11 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 1410
TD06:48James Thomas Ii 44 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick) 1417
TD04:02A.J. Harris 27 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 2117
FG00:57Jose Martinez 36 Yd 2120
THIRD QUARTERNMSUUTEP
TD09:13Robert Soleyjacks 24 Yd Fumble Return (Jose Martinez Kick) 2127
TD07:35Weston Neiman 17 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Kyle Hughes Kick) 2827
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUUTEP
TD14:33James Thomas Ii 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2833
TD11:21Marcus Anderson 15 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3433