Air Force 48, UTEP 6
Air Force 48, UTEP 6
Aug. 31, 1985
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) _ Quarterback Bart Weiss ran for a first-quarter touchdown and passed 60 yards to halfback Kelly Pittman for another as Air Force crushed turnover- and penalty-prone Texas-El Paso 48-6 Saturday in the college football opener for both teams.
Weiss' scoring run and his long pass to Pittman put the Falcons ahead 14-0 less than seven minutes into the Western Athletic Conference game.
Two subsequent UTEP turnovers set up Air Force field goals, and late in the first half A.J. Scott intercepted a Sammy Garza pass to set up another Falcon score - a 1-yard plunge by Randy Jones - for a 27-0 halftime bulge.
Pittman ran 10 yards for a third-quarter touchdown, and the Air Force second- and third-team offensive units each contributed another score in the second half. UTEP pass-interference, face-mask and personal-foul penalties contributed to the final two AFA scores.
Jeff Remo, UTEP's backup quarterback, got the Miners' lone score early in the final period. He ran 10 yards on a keeper with 12:18 left, but was sacked on the two-point conversion attempt.
The Falcons, their wishbone attack apparently in mid-season form, scored on their first three possessions.
After a short, 20-yard punt by UTEP's Henry Castellanos, Weiss ran 32 yards on the Falcons' second play from scrimmage, setting up his own 5-yard scoring run with 11:31 left in the opening period.
Another short punt, this one of 29 yards, gave AFA good field position again, and Weiss immediately hit a wide-open Pittman at the UTEP 30-yard line, and Pittman outran the Miner defense into the end zone.
Two plays later, Miner running back John Harvey fumbled at the UTEP 26, and Tom Ruby kicked a 31-yard field goal for a 17-0 first-period lead.
A fumble by UTEP's Vic Stagliano at the Miner 32 set the stage for another Ruby field goal of 27 yards in the second quarter.
Scott's interception was followed three plays later by Jones' score for the 27-0 lead at intermission. On the first play of that series, Jones caught a 30-yard pass from Weiss. He fumbled the ball forward 8 yards, where it was recovered by a teammate.
Hugo Castellanos missed a 37-yard field-goal try as time expired in the half. The Miners' only other scoring threat in the half ended just inches short of the goal line, when Garza was stopped on a fourth-and-one play.
Weiss unloaded a 40-yard pass to Ken Carpenter early in the third quarter, and Pittman followed with his 10-yard run for a 34-0 lead.
Another fumble by Stagliano at midfield set up backup quarterback Brian Knorr's 25-yard sweep around left end to make it 41-0.
The Miners put together their first sustained drive of the game late in the third quarter, reaching the AFA 29. They were forced to punt, but an Air Force fumble on the return gave UTEP possession at the AFA 26. Six plays later, Remo dashed for a score.
Backup fullback Grant Morris capped the scoring on a 2-yard run with 10:24 left.