Scores

Final

UTEP 24

(1-2, 0-2 away)

New Mexico St 29

(2-1, 2-0 home)

8:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM

1 2 3 4 T
UTEP 7 7 10 024
NMSU 6 3 20 029

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 434 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Buries (HOF) - 15 CAR, 77 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Williams (NMSU) - 9 REC, 221 YDS, 2 TD

New Mexico St. 29, UTEP 24

Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Chase Holbrook threw two of his three touchdown passes to Chris Williams, one going for 82 yards and other 59, leading New Mexico State to a 29-24 win over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night.

The Aggies (2-1) broke a three-game losing streak in the Interstate 10 rivalry and gave coach Hal Mumme's his first victory over the Miners (1-2) in his three seasons at New Mexico State.

Holbrook finished with 434 yards passing, completing 36 of 48 attempts with one interception.

Williams caught nine passes for 221 yards, and it was the big plays to the 5-foot-8, 157-pound receiver that put New Mexico State ahead early in the fourth quarter and, ultimately, for good.

The Aggies, mistake-prone much of the night, finally got on track in the fourth period when Holbrook threw in the left flat to Williams, who faked a defender and found an open lane for an 82-yard TD play and a 23-17 lead.

UTEP's Fred Rouse returned the ensuing kickoff 67 yards, and on the next play Trevor Vittatoe threw a 25-yard strike to diving Jeff Moturi in the right corner of the end zone to put the Miners up 24-23.

Five plays later, Williams beat two defenders and Holbrook found him for a 59-yard TD pass, giving New Mexico State a 29-24 lead with 11:40 to play. The Aggies tried for a 2-point PAT, but Holbrook was stopped at the goal line.

The Miners reached New Mexico State's 43 on their final possession, but Vittatoe's fourth-down pass fell incomplete. The Aggies took over and, after a key first down, ran out the clock.

Mumme raised a towel in jubilation as the final seconds ticked off and students stormed the field in celebration.

It was a nice finish for the Aggies after several frustrating moments. Williams dropped a sure TD pass in the first half, and tight end Nick Cleaver had another TD throw go off his hands.

The ball went the arms of Quintin Demps, who caught it 4 yards into the end zone and ran it all the way back for a UTEP touchdown in the first quarter.

Vitattoe, a redshirt freshman, was 15-of-27 for 261 yards and one TD.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
NMSU
1st Downs1325
Total Yards345547
Passing266434
Rushing79113
Penalties9-723-15
3rd Down Conversions6-1410-17
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers22
Possession27:1432:46

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe15/272619.711
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook36/484349.031

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas21743.5112
Buckram3103.306
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buries15775.1111
Glynn11595.4021

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moturi610517.5139
Rouse27638.0061
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams922124.6282
Dubois89912.4034

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPNMSU
TD11:34Justine Buries 1 Yd Run (Pat Blocked) 06
TD03:59Quintin Demps 100 Yd Interception Return (Jose Martinez Kick) 76
SECOND QUARTERUTEPNMSU
TD06:50Marcus Thomas 12 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick) 146
FG01:40Paul Young 37 Yd 149
THIRD QUARTERUTEPNMSU
TD11:40Brandon Perez 2 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick) 1416
FG07:45Jose Martinez 22 Yd 1716
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPNMSU
TD13:49Chris Williams 82 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick) 1723
TD13:27Jeff Moturi 25 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick) 2423
TD11:40Chris Williams 59 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2429