Texas-El Paso 30, Utah 24
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ John Harvey rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns as Texas-El Paso defeated Utah 30-24, the Miners’ first Western Athletic Conference football victory at Utah in 20 years.
The victory improved UTEP’s record to 5-1 in the WAC and 7-2 overall, and kept the Miners in the running for the conference title.
The loss dropped the Utes to 2-4 in the WAC and 5-5 overall.
Harvey, who has rushed for 1,068 yards this season, scored on runs of 4, 5 and 19 yards. His last two touchdowns came in the second half as UTEP, despite having four passes intercepted and losing a fumble, rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit.
Utah managed only a 38-yard field goal by Scott Lieber in the final 30 minutes.
UTEP took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Pat Hegarty, who completed a 33-yard pass to Barry Parker on the first play of the game, found tight end Arnie Adkison for a 24-yard scoring pass. Adkinson caught 10 passes for 200 yards.
The Utes jumped right back, however, when Clifton Smith returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
Clarence Fields’ interception of a Hegarty pass at the Utah 23 set up quarterback Chris Mendonca’s 2-yard run that gave the Utes a 13-7 lead.
Harvey’s first touchdown capped an 88-yard drive and put the Miners ahead 14-13.
Late in the half, Utah drove 78 yards, getting the score when reserve quarterback Scott Mitchell passed 34 yards to Jeff Jenkins. Mitchell’s conversion pass to Carl Harry made it 21-14.
Harvey’s two scoring runs gave UTEP a 28-24 lead, and the Miners closed out the scoring by trapping Mitchell for a safety.