LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Records never seem to matter in rivalry games, and Saturday's Battle of I-10 was once again proof of that.
UTEP and NMSU entered the contest with an overall record of 1-9, but in this year's Battle of I-10 it was NMSU that had the home field advantage.
The Aggies erupted for 23 fourth-quarter points, capitalizing on some late UTEP turnovers, to down the Miners by a final score of 44-35.
UTEP quarterback Kai Locksley had a career game with 358 yards passing and 103 yards rushing.
But it was his interception and fumble in the fourth quarter that led to 10 critical points for the Aggies.
The Miners tacked on a couple of late touchdowns but weren’t able to get closer than eight points.
UTEP also had a hard time containing NMSU running back Jason Huntley.
Huntley had 14 carries for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns.
UTEP racked up a season-high 557 yards of offense to NMSU’s 441.
UTEP's overall record falls to 1-10, while NMSU's improcve to 2-9.
The Miners will conclude the 2019 season at home against Rice on “Senior Day” next Saturday (Nov. 30) at 1 p.m.
Meantime, the Aggies will wrap their season on the road at Liberty University.