UTEP 35, New Mexico 19
EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ Patrick Bailey ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns as Texas-El Paso hammered New Mexico 35-19 in a season-opening Western Athletic Conference game Saturday night.
Bailey led a Miners rushing attack that gained 349 yards and Mike Perez completed 11 of 20 passes for 140 yards and a score. He also rushed for 43 yards.
Marcus Goodloe, implementing the Lobos’ new run-and-shoot offense, completed 16 of 33 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. But he was sacked five times and threw two interceptions, including one that led to a UTEP touchdown.
The Miners scored 32 unanswered points for a 32-7 halftime score.
Perez and Bailey proved to be a deadly combination in the first quarter.
Bailey capped long scoring drives with runs of three and eight yards for a 14-7 UTEP lead. His first score ended an 86-yard drive and the second capped a 75-yard drive.
The Miners put the game away in the second quarter. Perez drove UTEP 95 yards, hitting Ansel Littlejohn for a 17-yard touchdown, then guided the Miners 73 yards with Kevin Bogan taking it in from the 1.
Pat Cannon intercepted Goodloe at the New Mexico 19 and returned it 28 yards, setting up Kevin Caldwell’s 1-yard TD run.
New Mexico scored twice in the fourth quarter, on a 5-yard pass from Goodloe to Manley Woods and on a 2-yard run by Marcellus Davis.
Jeremy Leach, the backup, replaced Goodloe with 7 1/2 minutes remaining in the game. He completed seven of 12 passes for 111 yards. He had four completions for 64 yards during a 67-yard drive leading to Davis’ TD run, which pulled the Lobos to 32-19.