UTEP grinds out 27-10 victory over heavily favored Boise St.

Sep 23, 2022, 9:26 AM | Updated: 9:31 pm

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Gavin Hardison threw for one touchdown, Marcus Bellon returned a punt for another score and UTEP defeated Boise State 27-10 on Friday night.

Bellon’s 47-yard punt return gave a Miners a 20-10 lead late in the third quarter. The Miners iced the game with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that took 9:10 off the clock in the fourth quarter. Reynaldo Flores capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.

Although the Miners (2-3) outgained the Broncos 148-53 in the first half, UTEP didn’t take the lead until Hardison hit Jeremiah Ballard with a 42-yard touchdown pass with 2:10 remaining in the second quarter. It was the first career touchdown reception for Ballard, a redshirt freshman.

Hardison completed 10 of 11 passes for 123 yards. The Miners had 199 yards on the ground, led by Deion Hankins with 21 carries for 86 yards.

Gavin Baechle added two field goals for UTEP.

Boise State’s Hank Bachmeier completed only 13 of 34 passes for 93 yards. The Broncos (2-2) had 84 yards rushing and only 177 yards total offense.

UTEP, a 16 1/2-point underdog, controlled the ball for 40 minutes and 35 seconds.

It was UTEP’s first victory over Boise State. The Broncos lead the series 6-1.

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/ap_top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/mrxhe6f2

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Henderson leads Delaware over Saint Francis (Pa.)

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Nolan Henderson threw for four touchdowns, three to Chandler Harvin, and Delaware beat Saint Francis (Pa.) 56-17 on Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs. The Blue Hens (8-4), who gained an at-large berth and home game after going 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association, will play at top-seeded […]
14 hours ago
Associated Press

Holden scores 19, Towson beats South Alabama 62-60

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Cameron Holden’s 19 points helped Towson defeat South Alabama 62-60 on Saturday. Holden had nine rebounds, eight assists, and four steals for the Tigers (6-1). Nygal Russell scored 14 points while finishing 6 of 10 from the floor. Charles Thompson finished 4 of 10 from the floor to finish with nine […]
14 hours ago
Associated Press

Reed’s 4TDs send W. Kentucky past Florida Atlantic in OT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Austin Reed threw three touchdowns and ran for another and Western Kentucky denied Florida Atlantic bowl eligibility beating the Owls 32-31 in overtime on Saturday. The Hilltoppers (8-5, 6-2 Conference USA) entered bowl eligible but missed a chance to play UTSA in the conference title game when North Texas (7-5, […]
14 hours ago
Associated Press

Ahlers, Mitchell rally East Carolina past Temple, 49-46

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Keaton Mitchell ran for 222 yards and three touchdowns, and Holton Ahlers threw his third touchdown pass of the game with 1:11 left to lift East Carolina to a 49-46 win over Temple on Saturday. The victory gives East Carolina seven wins for the second straight season. Temple took the lead on […]
14 hours ago
Denmark's Christian Eriksen, center, reacts during the World Cup group D soccer match between Franc...
Associated Press

Denmark calls on Euro 2020, Eriksen experience at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Denmark has been here before. The Danes face a tense, must-win game at the World Cup to make it through to the knockout stage, similar to what they needed to do at last year’s European Championship. In fact, it was much worse at Euro 2020 when Denmark lost its first two […]
14 hours ago
Associated Press

Dubar scores 17 as Hofstra downs UNC Greensboro 65-53

LAVAL, Quebec (AP) — Darlinstone Dubar scored 17 points as Hofstra beat UNC Greensboro 65-53 on Saturday. Dubar added six rebounds for the Pride (5-2). Tyler Thomas was 5 of 11 shooting (2 for 6 from distance) to add 14 points. Amar’e Marshall was 2 of 4 shooting and 6 of 6 from the free […]
2 days ago
UTEP grinds out 27-10 victory over heavily favored Boise St.