Utah 10, Texas-El Paso 9
EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ Utah’s Chris Yergensen kicked a 24-yard field goal and Txeas-El Paso’s Jason Gillespie missed a 47-yarder with 26 seconds to go, plays that made the difference as Utah beat UTEP 10-9 Saturday night in the Western Athletic Conference.
Keith Williams rushed for 142 yards, including a 65-yard dash to set up Yergensen’s field goal that broke a 7-7 tie with 9:03 left in the game.
Gillespie, who missed from 41, 44 and 49 yards, was wide right kicking into the wind inside the last minute.
Utah (7-4 overall, 4-3 WAC) went ahead 7-0 in the first quarter on a 22- yard pass from Frank Dolce to Bryan Rowley. Williams, who has gained 1,012 yards this season, carried six times on the drive for 32 yards.
Dolce left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle and didn’t return. He was replaced by Jason Woods.
UTEP (4-6-1, 2-5-1) tied the game in the second quarter on a 22-yard reverse by Ansel Littlejohn, whose 23-yard pass reception kept the drive going.
UTEP drove to the Utah 10 with less than three minutes to play, but turned the ball over on downs.
Rather than risk a block, Utah punter Steve Young intentionally stepped out of the end zone for a safety, UTEP got the free kick with 58 second s left and drove to the Utah 30 before Gillespie’s ill-fated field goal attempt.
It was the fifth time this season UTEP has lost a game on its final possession.