|Date of game: 11/15/2014
Recap: Texas-El Paso vs. North Texas
El Paso, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Nathan Jeffery carried the ball just seven times, yet scored three rushing touchdowns, as the Texas-El Paso Miners dominated the North Texas Mean Green, 35-17, in Conference USA action at Sun Bowl Stadium.
Jeffery went for 46 yards on the ground for the Miners (6-4, 4-2 CUSA) as the team generated a hefty 351 yards and five touchdowns on 46 rushing attempts overall. Aaron Jones carried the ball 16 times, resulting in a game-high 177 yards and two more scores for the hosts.
UTEP quarterback Jameill Showers converted 8-of-11 passes for 87 yards. With the victory the Miners, winners of four of the last five, became bowl eligible.
As for the Mean Green (3-7, 1-5), losers in five of the last six, they were led by Andrew McNulty who connected on 15-of-27 for 101 yards and a score, although he was also sacked three times and had one pass picked off.
The Miners scored 28 unanswered points in the first half as Jeffery delivered touchdown runs of 31 and two yards in the opening quarter, followed by a 42- yard TD by Jones and Jeffery's five-yard score in the second to give the hosts a commanding 28-0 lead at the break.
North Texas finally broke through in the third quarter when Trevor Moore knocked through a 37-yard field goal, capping a nine-play, 55-yard drive to open the second half.
UTEP responded six minutes later with a 54-yard TD run by Jones, moving the lead to 35-3.
In the fourth the Mean Green made the score look a little more respectable as McNulty and Jeffrey Wilson combined on a 29-yard TD pass play and then the running back took the initiative with a two-yard scoring run, but by then it was too little, too late.
The Miners finished the night with 438 yards of total offense, North Texas 201 yards as both teams ran the same number of plays from scrimmage (57).Game Notes