LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Eric Soza threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for another to help Texas-San Antonio beat New Mexico State 35-14 on Saturday night as both opened Western Athletic Conference play.
Soza was 19 of 32 for 269 passing yards and gained 55 rushing yards, including a 33-yard touchdown run. Soza's passing touchdowns included an 82-yard throw to Kenny Bias and a 48-yard pass to Evans Okotcha.
Andrew Manley was 21 of 40 passing for 276 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions for New Mexico State (1-4, 0-1 WAC). Trevor Walls caught an 8-yard pass to help the Aggies score first. Austin Franklin had seven catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. Germi Morrison picked up 30 rushing yards on eight carries.
This is Texas-San Antonio's (5-0, 1-0) first season in the Western Athletic Conference after playing as an FCS independent last season.
|NMEXST||Trevor Walls 8 yd pass from Andrew Manley (Tyler Stampler kick)|
|TXSA||Evans Okotcha 48 yd pass from Eric Soza (Kristian Stern kick)|
|TXSA||Eric Soza 33 yd run (Kristian Stern kick)|
|TXSA||Kenny Bias 82 yd pass from Eric Soza (Kristian Stern kick)|
|TXSA||Cole Hicks 15 yd pass from Eric Soza (Kristian Stern kick)|
|NMEXST||Austin Franklin 41 yd pass from Andrew Manley (Tyler Stampler kick)|
|TXSA||Evans Okotcha 9 yd run (Kristian Stern kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||6-12||8-17|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||2-3|
|Kick Return Yds||27||78|
|Punt Return Yds||28||5|
|Time of Poss.||31:39||28:21|
|TXSA: Eric Soza 8-55, David Glasco 11-36, Evans Okotcha 9-29, Brian Vaughn 2-15, Team 1--1, Kam Jones 1--5|
|NMEXST: Germi Morrison 8-30, Robert Clay 6-20, Joseph Matthews 1-20, Tiger Powell 8-18, Travaughn Colwell 1-4, Team 1--1, Andrew Manley 8--17|
|TXSA: Eric Soza 19-32-269-0|
|NMEXST: Andrew Manley 21-40-276-2|
|TXSA: Kam Jones 4-39, Kenny Harrison 4-29, Aaron Grubb 3-27, Kenny Bias 2-88, Evans Okotcha 2-49, Cole Hicks 2-23, David Glasco 1-8, Marcellus Mack 1-6|
|NMEXST: Austin Franklin 7-105, Kemonte' Bateman 7-88, Jerrel Brown 3-56, Perris Scoggins 3-19, Trevor Walls 1-8|
|Texas-San Antonio||2nd Conference USA West||6-2||7-5|
|New Mexico State||1st FBS Independents||0-0||2-10|