Scores

Final/OT

UTEP 48

(3-2, 1-2 away)

SMU 45

(1-4, 1-2 home)

4:30 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX

1 2 3 4 OT T
UTEP 0 14 14 14 648
SMU 7 21 7 7 345

Top Performers

Passing: J. Willis (SMU) - 259 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Thomas (UTEP) - 35 CAR, 207 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: Z. Sledge (SMU) - 5 REC, 125 YDS, 1 TD

UTEP 48, SMU 45, OT

Associated Press

DALLAS (AP)-Marcus Thomas rushed for 207 yards and scored on a 10-yard run in overtime to lead UTEP to a 48-45 overtime victory over Southern Methodist on Saturday.

UTEP (3-2, 1-0 Conference USA) trailed by 21 points in the first half and by 14 in the fourth quarter before rallying to force overtime.

Thomas Morstead of SMU kicked a 23-yard field goal before Thomas scored his third touchdown of the game to hand the Mustangs (1-4, 0-1) their third straight loss.

Thomas had TD runs of two, 11 and 10 yards.

The Miners tied the game with seven seconds remaining.

Trevor Vittatoe capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jake Sears to even things at 42.

Vittatoe, who passed for 255 yards and two scores, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Moturi to narrow SMU's lead to 42-35 with 9:43 left in the game.

SMU quarterback Justin Willis was 15-of-28 passing for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Willis threw a 38-yard TD pass to Zach Sledge with 14:45 left to put the Mustangs ahead 42-28.

The Mustangs seized early momentum when they scored twice in six seconds.

Cedric Dorsey had a 50-yard touchdown run with 3:01 remaining in the first half. Then Wilton McCray intercepted a Vittatoe pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to give SMU a 28-7 advantage.

Thomas' 11-yard scoring run brought UTEP within 28-14 at halftime.

Lorne Sam had a 31-yard touchdown run to bring the Miners within a touchdown early in the second quarterback, and Sam added a 12-yard run to tie the score at 28 with 6:49 left in the third.

Sam rushed for 106 yards on just nine carries.

James Mapps, who rushed for 149 yards, put SMU ahead on its next possession with a 1-yard scoring run.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTEP
SMU
1st Downs3229
Total Yards558516
Passing250259
Rushing308257
Penalties9-1004-34
3rd Down Conversions7-137-13
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers22
Possession34:1625:44

Passing Leaders

UTEPC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Vittatoe17/332557.721
SMUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willis15/282599.321

Rushing Leaders

UTEPCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas352075.9327
Sam910611.8231
SMUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mapps261495.7221
Dorsey56312.6150

Receiving Leaders

UTEPRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sam58817.6036
West37525.0034
SMURECYDSAVGTDLG
Sledge512525.0150
Sanders69515.8048

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTEPSMU
TD02:38James Mapps 2 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 84 yds, 2:20
07
SECOND QUARTERUTEPSMU
TD12:01Vincent Chase 4 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 76 yds, 3:45
014
TD08:20Marcus Thomas 2 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 77 yds, 3:36
714
TD03:01Cedrick Dorsey 50 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 89 yds, 2:31
721
TD02:55Wilton Mccray 23 Yd Interception Return (Thomas Morstead Kick) 728
TD00:57Marcus Thomas 11 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 64 yds, :00
1428
THIRD QUARTERUTEPSMU
TD14:18Lorne Sam 31 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 41 yds, :44
2128
TD06:49Lorne Sam 12 Yd Run (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 90 yds, 5:47
2828
TD02:34James Mapps 1 Yd Run (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 87 yds, 4:15
2835
FOURTH QUARTERUTEPSMU
TD14:45Zack Sledge 38 Yd Pass From Justin Willis (Thomas Morstead Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 38 yds, :07
2842
TD09:43Jeff Moturi 17 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 79 yds, 5:02
3542
TD00:07Jake Sears 9 Yd Pass From Trevor Vittatoe (Jose Martinez Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 66 yds, 3:27
4242
OVERTIMEUTEPSMU
FGThomas Morstead 23 Yd
Drive: 7 plays, 19 yds, :00
4245
TDMarcus Thomas 10 Yd Run
Drive: 3 plays, 25 yds, :00
4845