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Texas-El Paso 27, Boise State 10

Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas - Gavin Hardison threw for one touchdown, Marcus Bellon returned a punt for another score and UTEP defeated Boise State 27-10.

Bellon's 47-yard punt return gave a Miners a 20-10 lead late in the third quarter. The Miners iced the game with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that took 9:10 off the clock in the fourth quarter. Reynaldo Flores capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Although the Miners (2-3) outgained the Broncos 148-53 in the first half, UTEP didn't take the lead until Hardison hit Jeremiah Ballard with a 42-yard touchdown pass with 2:10 remaining in the second quarter. It was the first career touchdown reception for Ballard, a redshirt freshman.

Hardison completed 10 of 11 passes for 123 yards. The Miners had 199 yards on the ground, led by Deion Hankins with 21 carries for 86 yards.

Gavin Baechle added two field goals for UTEP.

Boise State's Hank Bachmeier completed only 13 of 34 passes for 93 yards. The Broncos (2-2) had 84 yards rushing and only 177 yards total offense.

UTEP, a 16 1/2-point underdog, controlled the ball for 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

It was UTEP's first victory over Boise State. The Broncos lead the series 6-1.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BoiseUTEP
Boise FG 6:57 Jonah Dalmas 24 yd FG 3 0
Second Quarter BoiseUTEP
UTEP FG 13:35 Gavin Baechle 35 yd FG 3 3
UTEP TD 2:10 Jeremiah Ballard 42 yd pass from Gavin Hardison (Gavin Baechle kick) 3 10
Third Quarter BoiseUTEP
Boise TD 13:01 Stefan Cobbs 15 yd pass from Hank Bachmeier (Jonah Dalmas kick) 10 10
UTEP FG 3:01 Gavin Baechle 25 yd FG 10 13
UTEP TD 1:01 Marcus Bellon 47 yd punt return (Gavin Baechle kick) 10 20
Fourth Quarter BoiseUTEP
UTEP TD 4:25 Reynaldo Flores 3 yd run (Gavin Baechle kick) 10 27
Team Stats
  Boise State UTEP
First downs 14 17
  Rushing 6 12
  Passing 7 5
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-12, 33% 8-15, 53%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 19-84 54-199
Passing Yards 93 123
Return Yards 40 57
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-34-0 10-11-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1--15
Punts 6 4
Punts-Average 44.3 38.5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-21 5-40
Time of Possession 19:25 40:35
Boise State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Bachmeier 13 34 93 1 0
UTEP Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Hardison 10 11 123 1 0
Boise State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Holani 16 75 4.7 0
H. Bachmeier 1 8 8.0 0
A. Jeanty 1 3 3.0 0
UTEP Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Hankins 21 86 4.1 0
R. Awatt 17 52 3.1 0
R. Flores 9 41 4.6 1
G. Hardison 7 20 2.9 0
Boise State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Caples 4 32 8.0 0
S. Cobbs 5 31 6.2 1
B. Bowens 2 17 8.5 0
T. Hopper 1 11 11.0 0
M. Lauter 1 2 2.0 0
UTEP Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Ballard 4 64 16.0 1
T. Smith 2 25 12.5 0
R. Flores 2 17 8.5 0
R. Awatt 1 9 9.0 0
M. Bellon 1 8 8.0 0
Boise State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
UTEP Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Boise State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Ferguson-Reynolds 6 266 44.3
UTEP Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Sloan 4 154 38.5
Boise State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Holani 1 -2 -2.0
UTEP Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Bellon 2 57 28.5
Boise State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Wright 2 42 21.0
UTEP Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Boise State Missed FG
Player Length
UTEP Missed FG
Player Length




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