GAMEDAY College Football

Texas-El Paso 41, Charlotte 35

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gavin Hardison threw three touchdown passes, including two to Tyrin Smith, Tyrice Knight and Jadrian Taylor each returned a fumble for a score and UTEP beat Charlotte 41-35.

UTEP (3-3, 1-1 Conference USA) won in the Eastern time zone for the first time in program history (1-26-1).

Chris Reynolds threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Grant DuBose that capped the game's opening drive and gave Charlotte (1-5, 0-2) a 7-0 lead with 9:48 left in the first quarter. UTEP answered with a 15-play, 75-yard drive that culminated when Smith caught his first TD, a 17-yarder, and Gavin Baechle kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Miners the lead for good midway through the second quarter. Hardison hit Trent Thompson for a 26-yard score with 33 seconds left in the half and Knight's 13-yard fumble return for a touchdown 13 seconds later gave UTEP 24-7 lead at the break.

Reynolds threw third-quarter TD passes of 23 yards to Elijah Spencer and 2 yards to DuBose to pull the 49ers to 24-21 but Smith scored on a 58-yard catch-and-run and Baechle kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it a three-point game going into the fourth quarter.

Charlotte, on its next drive, had a first-and-goal from the 2 but, after an incomplete pass, ChaVon McEachern fumbled near the goal line and Taylor scooped and scored on a 100-yard return to make it 41-21 with 13:36 to play.

Reynolds completed 21 of 37 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns with an interception for Charlotte.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UTEPChar
Char TD 9:48 Grant DuBose 23 yd pass from Chris Reynolds (Antonio Zita kick) 0 7
UTEP TD 2:01 Tyrin Smith 17 yd pass from Gavin Hardison (Gavin Baechle kick) 7 7
Second Quarter UTEPChar
UTEP FG 8:03 Gavin Baechle 22 yd FG 10 7
UTEP TD 0:33 Trent Thompson 26 yd pass from Gavin Hardison (Gavin Baechle kick) 17 7
UTEP TD 0:20 Tyrice Knight 13 yd fumble return (Gavin Baechle kick) 24 7
Third Quarter UTEPChar
Char TD 11:37 Elijah Spencer 23 yd pass from Chris Reynolds (Antonio Zita kick) 24 14
Char TD 11:03 Grant DuBose 2 yd pass from Chris Reynolds (Antonio Zita kick) 24 21
UTEP TD 8:34 Tyrin Smith 58 yd pass from Gavin Hardison (Gavin Baechle kick) 31 21
UTEP FG 0:36 Gavin Baechle 29 yd FG 34 21
Fourth Quarter UTEPChar
UTEP TD 13:46 Jadrian Taylor 100 yd fumble return (Gavin Baechle kick) 41 21
Char TD 9:27 Victor Tucker 6 yd pass from Chris Reynolds (Antonio Zita kick) 41 28
Char TD 3:11 Shadrick Byrd 13 yd run (Antonio Zita kick) 41 35
Team Stats
  UTEP Charlotte
First downs 20 27
  Rushing 14 8
  Passing 6 15
  Penalty 0 4
3rd Down Efficiency 3-11, 27% 5-11, 45%
4th down efficiency 3-3, 100% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 45-252 27-96
Passing Yards 173 346
Return Yards 42 86
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-14-0 22-39-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--4 5--40
Punts 3 3
Punts-Average 46 41
Fumbles Lost 3-1 3-2
Penalties - Yards 10-99 8-74
Time of Possession 33:40 26:20
UTEP Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Hardison 10 14 173 3 0
Charlotte Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Reynolds 22 38 346 4 1
J. Foster 0 1 0 0 0
UTEP Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Hankins 20 112 5.6 0
R. Awatt 13 88 6.8 0
G. Hardison 5 50 10.0 0
C. Brownholtz 3 4 1.3 0
R. Flores 1 3 3.0 0
Charlotte Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Byrd 13 80 6.2 1
H. Rutledge 3 35 11.7 0
V. Tucker 1 11 11.0 0
C. McEachern 5 10 2.0 0
J. Foster 1 -7 -7.0 0
C. Reynolds 4 -33 -8.3 0
UTEP Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Smith 4 106 26.5 2
R. Flores 3 31 10.3 0
T. Thompson 1 26 26.0 1
K. Akharaiyi 1 6 6.0 0
D. Hankins 1 4 4.0 0
Charlotte Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Spencer 7 160 22.9 1
G. DuBose 6 55 9.2 2
E. Minter Jr. 2 44 22.0 0
H. Rutledge 1 38 38.0 0
S. Byrd 3 30 10.0 0
V. Tucker 3 19 6.3 1
UTEP Interceptions
Player Int Yards
I. Johnson 1 0
Charlotte Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UTEP Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sloan 3 138 46.0
Charlotte Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rice 3 123 41.0
UTEP Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Bellon 2 1 0.5
Charlotte Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. DuBose 2 11 5.5
UTEP Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Flores 1 18 18.0
W. Dawn Jr. 1 14 14.0
T. Smith 1 9 9.0
Charlotte Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Byrd 4 75 18.8
UTEP Missed FG
Player Length
Charlotte Missed FG
Player Length




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