EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Ja'Gared Davis stepped in front of a Nick Lamaison pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to help lead SMU to a 17-0 victory Saturday over UTEP.
Davis' touchdown came with 1:52 remaining in the first half. It was the last score of the night for SMU (2-3, 1-0 Conference USA) and was one of three forced turnovers by the Mustangs defense.
Zach Line barely missed his chance at a 17th career 100-yard rushing game as a Mustang, but was still a workhorse for SMU with 84 yards on 25 carries.
Garrett Gilbert completed 22 of 44 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown, finding Darius Johnson on a 40-yard strike at the 9:42 mark in the second quarter. Johnson had five catches for 82 yards including the score.
Jordan Leslie had seven catches for 80 yards in the loss for UTEP (1-5, 0-2).
|SMU||Chase Hover 19 yd FG|
|SMU||Darius Johnson 40 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)|
|SMU||Ja'Gared Davis 30 yd interception return (Chase Hover kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||8-19||5-15|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||0-3|
|Kick Return Yds||0||71|
|Punt Return Yds||4||18|
|Time of Poss.||37:5||22:55|
|SMU: Zach Line 25-84, Luke Seeker 4-28, Rishaad Wimbley 3-15, Billy Dugal 1-6, Garrett Gilbert 3-5|
|UTEP: Nathan Jeffery 20-67, Nick Lamaison 6-28, Michael Edwards 1-9, Carson Meger 1-5, Laquintus Dowell 1-0, Autrey Golden 1--2|
|SMU: Garrett Gilbert 22-44-234-1|
|UTEP: Nick Lamaison 9-23-131-2, Carson Meger 7-16-47-1|
|SMU: Jeremy Johnson 8-76, Darius Johnson 5-82, Keenan Holman 5-47, Der'rikk Thompson 2-17, Zach Line 2-12|
|UTEP: Jordan Leslie 7-80, Devin Patterson 2-45, Craig Wenrick 2-21, Malcolm Trail 2-7, Eric Tomlinson 1-11, Michael Edwards 1-9, Felix Neboh 1-5|
|Southern Methodist||5th American Athletic||4-4||5-7|
|Texas-El Paso||7th Conference USA West||1-7||2-10|