EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Blake Bortles ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Latavius Murray rushed for a touchdown to break a fourth-quarter tie as Central Florida defeated UTEP 31-24 on Saturday night.
Bortles scored on 2-yard and 10-yard runs. He threw a 46-yard pass to Jeff Godfrey for a touchdown. Murray rushed 46 yards for a touchdown, breaking a fourth-quarter tie and giving the Knights (8-2, 6-0 Conference USA) the lead for good.
Bortles was 16 of 27 for 214 yards and was sacked three times. Murray had 23 carries for 117 yards.
Shawn Moffitt added a 30-yard field goal.
UTEP (2-8, 1-5) scored on its ground game. Jeffery Nathan rushed for two touchdowns, including a 69-yard run to even the score, 24-24, in the fourth quarter. Blaire Sullivan was 5 of 11 for 79 yards for the Miners. He also ran 2 yards for a touchdown.
Central Florida has won six consecutive games.