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UTEP tops Louisiana Tech 19-3 to become bowl eligible

EL PASO, Texas — The UTEP Miners on Saturday night got their sixth win of the season, 19-3 over Louisiana Tech, to clinch bowl eligibility for the first time since 2014.

UTEP got off to a quick start with two touchdowns on their first two possessions in the first quarter. The Miners added a safety in the second quarter (UTEP has now scored safeties in back-to-back games) and their defense held Louisiana Tech to just a field goal for a 16-3 lead at halftime.

The Miners' defense also added three interceptions, including a pick from Tyson Wilson in the 4th quarter to thwart a potential Bulldogs' scoring drive.

Deion Hankins scored the game's lone touchdowns, with a 16-yard plunge up the middle on the game's opening drive.

After Justin Garrett returned an ensuing Louisiana Tech past midfield, Hankins added another from 4 yards out to put the Miners up 14-0.

The only scoring from either team in the second half came with a UTEP field goal in the third quarter for a 19-3 victory.

The Sun Bowl stadium crowd of 18,468 was the largest of the season for the now 6-1 (3-0 in Conference USA) Miners, off to their best conference start since 2008.

UTEP is off next weekend before a road clash at Florida Atlantic on Oct. 30, followed by a home game with UT-San Antonio on Nov. 6.

UTEP and UTSA currently are tied for the Conference USA West lead at 3-0 in the division standings, with the Nov. 6 winner earning the driver's seat to the C-USA Title.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

Nate Ryan

Nate Ryan is an ABC-7 sports anchor/reporter.



  1. I bet they’ll lose 4 of their last 5 games to finish 7-5. They’ll for sure lose 3 of those finishing no better than 8-4. Still pretty respectable considering what UTEP usually puts on the field. With the exception of the complete mess at Boise and those junk 21 points at the end of Bethane-Cookman, they aren’t giving up a lot of points. That’s pretty impressive.

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