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North Texas 31, Texas-El Paso 13

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas - Austin Aune threw three touchdown passes, including two in a pivotal third quarter, and North Texas pulled away for a 31-13 victory over UTEP.

Aune, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 236 yards, connected with Tommy Bush for an 11-yard TD to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter.

Aune turned a 14-13 halftime lead into a 28-13 advantage for the Mean Green heading into the final quarter with scoring passes of 9 yards to Isaiah Johnson and an 11-yarder to Jake Roberts.

Gavin Hardison completed 21 of 48 passes for 293 yards. Hardison gave the Miners a 7-0 lead in the second quarter with a 32-yard scoring strike to Tyrin Smith, who had seven receptions for 127 yards. Gavin Baechle kicked two field goals in the period.

Ethan Mooney capped the scoring for the Mean Green with a 28-yard field goal in the final quarter.

UTEP outgained North Texas 400-399 on offense.


Scoring Summary
Second Quarter NorTxUTEP
UTEP TD 13:58 Tyrin Smith 32 yd pass from Gavin Hardison (Gavin Baechle kick) 0 7
NorTx TD 10:02 Tommy Bush 7 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 7 7
UTEP FG 5:14 Gavin Baechle 29 yd FG 7 10
NorTx TD 1:52 Oscar Adaway III 8 yd run (Ethan Mooney kick) 14 10
UTEP FG 0:07 Gavin Baechle 26 yd FG 14 13
Third Quarter NorTxUTEP
NorTx TD 10:27 Isaiah Johnson 9 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 21 13
NorTx TD 4:32 Jake Roberts 11 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 28 13
Fourth Quarter NorTxUTEP
NorTx FG 8:05 Ethan Mooney 28 yd FG 31 13
Team Stats
  North Texas UTEP
First downs 24 22
  Rushing 10 6
  Passing 12 12
  Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Efficiency 6-12, 50% 7-18, 39%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 2-6, 33%
Rushes-Yards 41-163 30-107
Passing Yards 236 293
Return Yards 16 22
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-29-0 21-48-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1--5
Punts 3 1
Punts-Average 34 45
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 6-65 5-50
Time of Possession 31:23 28:37
North Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Aune 16 29 236 3 0
UTEP Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Hardison 21 48 293 1 0
North Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Adeyi 17 80 4.7 0
I. Johnson 7 37 5.3 0
O. Adaway III 6 23 3.8 1
A. Aune 3 15 5.0 0
I. Ragsdale 7 10 1.4 0
UTEP Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Awatt 10 36 3.6 0
G. Hardison 10 29 2.9 0
D. Hankins 8 27 3.4 0
T. Wilson 1 14 14.0 0
C. Brownholtz 1 1 1.0 0
North Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Burns 3 72 24.0 0
J. Roberts 4 54 13.5 1
D. Ward 3 45 15.0 0
J. Maclin 2 25 12.5 0
Z. McMillan 1 16 16.0 0
I. Johnson 1 9 9.0 1
B. Jackson 1 8 8.0 0
T. Bush 1 7 7.0 1
UTEP Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Smith 7 127 18.1 1
R. Flores 8 122 15.3 0
K. Akharaiyi 3 29 9.7 0
J. Tupou 1 8 8.0 0
W. Dawn Jr. 1 6 6.0 0
R. Awatt 1 1 1.0 0
North Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UTEP Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rodriguez 3 102 34.0
UTEP Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sloan 1 45 45.0
North Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Burns 1 4 4.0
UTEP Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Jackson 1 12 12.0
UTEP Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Dawn Jr. 1 22 22.0
North Texas Missed FG
Player Length
UTEP Missed FG
Player Length
G. Baechle 41




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