Recap: New Mexico St vs. Texas-El Paso
Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) - Texas-El Paso ran for 293 yards and five touchdowns as the Miners posted a 42-21 win over the New Mexico State Aggies in the 91st edition of the Battle of I-10 rivalry.
Aaron Jones led the way for the Miners (1-1) with 97 yards and a score on 22 rushing attempts, followed by Darrin Laufasa who contributed another 74 yards and a couple of TDs on only nine carries as the team snapped a two-game slide and picked up the first win for new head coach Sean Kugler.
Quarterback Jameill Showers converted 18-of-28 pass attempts for 253 yards and a score, shaking off an interception and three sacks, while also being credited with 24 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.
The Aggies (0-3) tried to capitalize on the combined passing of King Davis III and Andrew McDonald who converted 14 of their 25 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort. Brandon Betancourt turned his three receptions into 72 yards and a score for the hosts.
Both teams scored on their first plays from scrimmage, as Showers connected with Kevin Perry on a three-yard TD pass just 10 seconds in, following a fumble by NMSU on the opening kickoff. Luckily for the Aggies, they responded on their next opportunity as McDonald hooked up with Jerrel Brown on a lengthy 81-yard TD to tie the score at 7-7 at the 14:33 mark.
The squads again traded touchdowns not long after, with Showers hitting the end zone on a 12-yard run and McDonald combining with Perris Scoggins on a 20- yard scoring strike to make the score 14-14 less than six minutes into the meeting.
UTEP registered the only points of the second quarter on an eight-yard TD run by Jones, giving the visitors a 21-14 edge at the break.
Midway through the third frame the Aggies attacked with another big play, this time on a 72-yard touchdown pass from Davis III to Betancourt to again knot the score.
From there the game belonged to the Miners as they closed out with three unanswered touchdowns, beginning with a 54-yard scamper by LaQuintus Dowell barely a minute after NMSU tied the game. In the fourth, Laufasa posted touchdown runs of 17 and 45 yards to put the game out of reach.
New Mexico State controlled the ball for just over 18 minutes in the contest and converted only 1-of-7 on third down.
With the setback the Aggies, who are now coached by Doug Martin, have now dropped 14 consecutive decisions since posting a 49-19 win over Sacramento State in the 2012 season opener. The losing streak is the second-longest in the nation, behind only Southern Miss which has bowed in 15 straight outings.Game Notes