No. 8 Arkansas 39, Texas-El Paso 7
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ James Rouse, back as a starter, scored two first-quarter touchdowns and kicker Todd Wright helped Arkansas tie an NCAA record as the eighth-ranked Razorbacks beat Texas-El Paso 39-7 Saturday night.
Rouse, who had 48 yards on eight carries in the first quarter, started a tailback for the first time in almost a year. He scored on runs of 11 and 1 yards as the Razorbacks opened a 14-0 lead. He finished with 86 yards on 15 carries, only three in the second half.
Wright added field goals of 37, 47, 22 and 37 yards - giving Arkansas kickers 30 straight since early last season. Kendall Trainor made 23 in a row last year. The 30 straight ties a record set by Washington’s Chuck Nelson in 1981-82.
Arkansas (3-0) had 302 yards in the first half but lost three fumbles - its first lost fumbles of the year - all in UTEP territory. The Razorbacks’ defensive front overpowered the Miners and handed UTEP (1-4) 46 yards in losses in the first half. Arkansas wound up with 11 sacks of quarterback Howard Gasser for 81 yards, including four by Scott Long.
UTEP made 108 yards in the first half, including 65 on a touchdown drive and 40 on a last-second pass when Arkansas was protecting deep.
Rouse’s first touchdown, the 33rd of his Arkansas career, was his first since the fourth game of 1988. He hurt a knee two weeks later against Texas.
Freshman E.D. Jackson earned the starting job this year but he did not play against UTEP because of an injury.