Brigham Young 47, Texas-El Paso 16
PROVO, Utah (AP) _ Kalin Hall rushed for four touchdowns Saturday to lead Brigham Young to a share of the Western Athletic Conference title by beating Texas El-Paso 47-16 Saturday.
The Cougars had to wait several hours to learn that they would play in the Holiday Bowl. That scenario was assured when Wyoming beat San Diego State 43-38 later Saturday.
Hall, who battled an ankle injury much of the season, rushed for 108 yards for the Cougars (6-5, 6-2), who avoided their first losing season since 1973.
UTEP (1-11, 0-8) ended the year with 10 straight losses.
BYU opened the scoring on Joe Herrick’s 41-yard field goal with 10:25 left in the first quarter. Quarterback John Walsh added a five-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left.
Marshall Young’s 28-yard field goal with 7:44 left in the second quarter drew UTEP to 10-3, but BYU capitalized on Tyler Anderson’s 52-yard kickoff return as Hall scored on a nine-yard run a few moments later.
Walsh, who finished 19 of 29 attempts for 246 yards, got his TD pass with 5 seconds left in the first half on a 1-yard toss to Eric Drage. Tim Nowatzke set up that opportunity when he blocked a punt and BYU recovered on the Miner 29. Walsh passed 28 yards to Steve Christensen before connecting with Drage.
UTEP converted Quincy Goolsby’s interception into a touchdown early in the third quarter. The Miners went 41 yards in three plays, with John Haqq going the final four. That closed the margin to 24-10.
BYU increased its margin to 33-10 by quarter’s end on a 35-yard field goal and Hall’s one-yard run.
In the fourth quarter, Hall scored on runs of six and two yards while UTEP got a one-yard TD run from Ivory Durio.