San Diego St. 28, Texas-El Paso 21
EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ David Lowery threw two touchdown passes, including a 21-yarder that put San Diego State in front for good Saturday night on the way to a 28-21 victory over Texas-El Paso.
San Diego State (5-2) improved to 3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. UTEP (3-4-1 overall, 1-3-1 WAC) lost its third consecutive game.
The Aztecs, playing without freshman running sensation Marshall Faulk, got a boost from another freshman, third-string tailback Wayne Pittman. Faulk, who set a national record with 386 rushing yards in his second game, is out with broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Pittman, pressed into front-line duty when second-stringer T.C. Wright was hurt last week, stepped in Saturday night to score twice while running for 149 yards in 28 carries.
The Miners tied it with 9:21 remaining in the third quarter when Mike Perez threw a 32-yard pass to split end Glenn Bishop in the end zone.
Lowery marched the Aztecs 84 yards, the last 21 coming on a pass to halfback Larry Maxey. Lowery finished 21-of-34 for 296 and two touchdowns.
San Diego State built a 14-0 lead on Pittman runs of 5 yards in the first period and 4 yards in the second.
The Miners cut it to 14-7 when Perez scrambled 20 yards to the San Diego 31 and then pitched the ball to slotback Kenny Brown, who went the rest of the way to the end zone.
The Aztecs stretched the lead back to 14 points with 2:08 left in the half on Lowery’s TD pass to Darney Scott.
Perez completed four passes for 50 yards, the last a 17-yarder to split end Ansel Littlejohn to cut the San Diego State lead to 21-14 at halftime.
Perez completed 12 of 23 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns.