No. 13 Colorado St. 47, Texas-El Paso 9
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) _ Anthoney Hill threw two touchdown passes and E.J. Watson scored twice on 2- yard runs as No. 13 Colorado State drubbed Texas-El Paso 47-9 on Saturday.
The victory set up a Western Athletic Conference showdown next weekend between Colorado State (7-0, 5-0 WAC) and No. 21 Utah, which remained unbeaten by beating Hawaii 14-3.
From the opening kickoff, when UTEP’s Sam Rogers was tackled in the end zone for a safety, the Miners (3-4, 1-3) were ineffective against Colorado State, which racked up its 10th straight victory.
While Hill and the Rams’ prolific offense ran and passed for 585 yards, Colorado State held the Miners to 139 yards. UTEP’s Toraino Singleton was held to 27 rushing yards, 98 under his average.
Colorado State built a 28-3 halftime lead on Hill’s TD passes of 3 yards to Steve Hodge and 13 yards to Jeremy Burkett, Watson’s 2-yard TD run and field goals of 24 and 32 yards by David Napier.
Marshall Young’s 40-yard field goal with 35 seconds remaining in the half got the Miners on the scoreboard.
In the third quarter, Watson scored his second TD at 12:07 after Raymond Jackson picked off Shawn Grey’s pass at the UTEP 42. The Rams scored in three plays.
After Napier’s third field goal, Colorado State scored again on a 47-yard run by Renard Carn that made it 45-3. A holding penalty nullified Greg Myers’ 72-yard punt return.
UTEP’s Cedric Johnson blocked Matt McDougal’s punt and returned it 3 yards for the Miners’ first touchdown with 10:33 to play.
Colorado State got its second safety when Craig Mock sacked Grey in the end zone with 3:22 left in the game.