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Texas-El Paso 30, New Mexico State 3

Associated Press

LAS CRUSES, N.M. - Jacob Cowing had a career-high 158 yards receiving, including a 59-yard score, and UTEP opened the season with a 30-3 victory over New Mexico State.

Cowing's yardage came on just five catches, including one for 72 yards, as he finished with his sixth career 100-yard game. Gavin Hardison was 11-of-16 passing for 249 yards and an interception.

UTEP rolled to a 20-3 halftime lead with Hardison throwing for 154 yards, 104 to Cowing, before the duo combined for their long score just over a minute into the second half. Ronald Awatt and Deion Hankins rushed for touchdowns and Gavin Baechle kicked three field goals.

The Miners, 3-5 last fall, returned all 11 starters on offense and eight on defense as they outgained the Aggies 452-190.

New Mexico State didn't play in 2020 and split two games in the spring. The Aggies were playing at home for the first time since a 44-35 victory over the Miners on Nov. 23, 2019.

This was the 98th meeting between the programs, the first coming in 1914.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UTEPNMSt
UTEP TD 10:37 Deion Hankins 5 yard TD run (Gavin Baechle Extra Point) 7 0
UTEP FG 9:09 Gavin Baechle 34 yard field goal 10 0
UTEP TD 1:49 Ronald Awatt 34 yard TD run (Gavin Baechle Extra Point) 17 0
Second Quarter UTEPNMSt
NMSt FG 13:48 Ethan Albertson 27 yard field goal 17 3
UTEP FG 0:00 Gavin Baechle 27 yard field goal 20 3
Third Quarter UTEPNMSt
UTEP TD 13:48 Jacob Cowing 59 yard TD pass from Gavin Hardison (Gavin Baechle Extra Point) 27 3
UTEP FG 4:02 Gavin Baechle 33 yard field goal 30 3
Team Stats
  UTEP New Mexico State
First downs 20 20
  Rushing 9 6
  Passing 8 5
  Penalty 3 9
3rd Down Efficiency 3-12, 25% 3-15, 20%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 2-6, 33%
Rushes-Yards 42-203 34-101
Passing Yards 249 89
Return Yards 6 37
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-20-2 9-33-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 3-20
Punts 2 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 12-140 8-80
UTEP Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Hardison 11 16 249 1 1
C. Brownholtz 0 4 0 0 1
New Mexico State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Johnson 8 24 82 0 0
W. Eget 1 9 7 0 0
UTEP Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Awatt 11 74 6.7 1
Q. Wadley 6 51 8.5 0
D. Hankins 11 50 4.5 1
C. Brownholtz 5 14 2.8 0
I. Bravo 3 7 2.3 0
W. Eldridge 4 4 1.0 0
J. Tupou 1 2 2.0 0
G. Hardison 1 1 1.0 0
New Mexico State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Price 9 37 4.1 0
O. Samuels 9 28 3.1 0
J. Johnson 12 16 1.3 0
W. Eget 3 13 4.3 0
A. Escobar 1 7 7.0 0
UTEP Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Cowing 5 158 31.6 1
J. Garrett 4 74 18.5 0
Q. Wadley 1 11 11.0 0
W. Dawn Jr. 1 6 6.0 0
New Mexico State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Gicinto 2 31 15.5 0
O. Samuels 2 20 10.0 0
I. Garcia-Castaneda 2 20 10.0 0
J. Price 2 11 5.5 0
J. Wyatt 1 7 7.0 0
UTEP Interceptions
Player Int Yards
New Mexico State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. McCullough 1 37
D. Bowles 1 0
UTEP Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sloan 2 84 42.0
New Mexico State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Carlson 4 192 48.0
UTEP Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Garrett 2 6 3.0
New Mexico State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UTEP Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
New Mexico State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
UTEP Missed FG
Player Length
New Mexico State Missed FG
Player Length
E. Albertson 38




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