The Nevada Wolf Pack beat the UTEP Miners Saturday night by a final score of 37 – 21.
The UTEP Miners hosted the Nevada Wolf Pack out of the Mountain West Conference in front of a Sun Bowl crowd of 10,493.
UTEP started off strong with the defense holding the Wolf Pack to a quick 3 and out on Nevada’s first possession of the game.
The UTEP offense was clicking early as well.
UTEP quarterback Brandon Jones would get the start, but backup QB Kai Locksley would see some action as well.
On the Miners first possession of the game, the offense stormed down the field and capped it off with a touchdown following a 4 yard td run by UTEP running back Treyvon Hughes.
Miners would lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, but Nevada would get going in the second quarter.
The Wolf Pack would get their first touchdown of the game courtesy of a 5 yard td run by running back Toa Tua.
With the game tied at 7, UTEP head coach Dana Dimel would make a change at quarterback, putting in Kai Locksley.
But on Locksley’s first play of the game he would throw an interception.
The Miners defense would bail the offense out as UTEP would force a fumble and recover the ball.
Coach Dimel would put Jones back in at QB for UTEP’s ensuing drive.
Miners would March down the field and get their second touchdown of the game following a 6 yard td run by Hughes, his second td of the night.
UTEP would take a 14-7 lead, but Nevads would answer back on their next possession.
Nevada quarterback Cristian Solano would connect with wide receiver Elijah Cooks for a 28 yard td pass.
With the game tied at 14 and a little more than 3 minutes left in the half, UTEP would commit its second turnover of the night with Jones getting picked off by Nevada’s Tyson Williams.
Wolf Pack would take advantage and take its first lead of the game following a 20 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Solano to wide receiver Cooks.
Nevada would go into the half with a 21-14 lead.
In the 3rd quarter, UTEP would tie the game at 21 following a one yard td run by Locksley.
However, after the Wolf Pack would break the deadlock with a field goal to go up 24-21, Nevada’s run game would take over.
Nevada’s Kelton Moore would rush for 5 a yard touchdown to put the Wolf Pack up 30-21 (Missed PAT).
And with just 4 minutes to go in the 4th quarter Moore again would cushion that lead with a touchdown run from the one yard line.
Nevada would go on to win, 37-21.
UTEP ended the day with 278 total yards, but the 3 interceptions in the game were a factor.
Nevada would put together two touchdown drives off of those UTEP turnovers.
The Wolf Pack ended the night with 403 total yards, Nevada quarterback Cristian Solano had 182 yards passing and 102 yards rushing with 3 total touchdowns.
UTEP now with an overall record of 1-2, hits the road to take on Conference USA rival Southern Mississippi next Saturday.
Miners return home on October 5th when they face UT-San Antonio.