Texas-El Paso at Southern Mississippi

UTEP 34, Southern Miss. 33


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Autrey Golden returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Texas-El Paso defense held when it counted most to propel the Miners past Southern Mississippi 34-33 Saturday night.

After Golden's big return gave UTEP (3-8, 2-5 Conference USA) the 34-27 lead, the Golden Eagles (0-11, 0-7) responded with an 86-yard drive that cut the lead to one with 2:48 left. Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson opted for a two-point conversion attempt, but Arsenio Favor's pass was intercepted by Demarcus Kizzie in the end zone.

UTEP quarterback Blaire Sullivan finished with 155 yards on 9-of-15 passing and rushed for 98 yards and a score. Nathan Jeffery added 76 yards on the ground, including touchdown runs of one and three yards in the second quarter.

Favor, the fourth Golden Eagles' quarterback to start in 2012, completed 16 of 22 attempts for a season-high 374 yards and two touchdowns.

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Scoring Summary
USMDominique Sullivan 41 yd pass from Arsenio Favor (Corey Acosta kick)
UTEPSteven Valadez 29 yd FG
USMCorey Acosta 29 yd FG
UTEPNathan Jeffery 1 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
UTEPNathan Jeffery 3 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
USMDesmond Johnson 1 yd run (Corey Acosta kick)
UTEPSteven Valadez 26 yd FG
USMCorey Acosta 36 yd FG
UTEPBlaire Sullivan 9 yd run (Steven Valadez kick)
USMQuentin Pierce 81 yd pass from Arsenio Favor (Corey Acosta kick)
UTEPAutrey Golden 98 yd kick return (Steven Valadez kick)
USMArsenio Favor 2 yd run (failed 2pt pass)
Team Stats
First Downs1619
Third Down Efficiency7-144-10
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-1
Plays-Net Yards60-35960-532
Passing Yds189374
Kick Return Yds22294
Punt Return Yds00
Time of Poss.30:1329:47
Individual Stats
UTEP: Blaire Sullivan 19-98, Nathan Jeffery 21-76, Team 2--4
USM: Desmond Johnson 16-59, Jalen Richard 7-44, Arsenio Favor 13-42, Kendrick Hardy 2-13
UTEP: Blaire Sullivan 9-17-155-0, Jim Jones 1-1-34-0
USM: Arsenio Favor 16-22-374-1
UTEP: Michael Edwards 4-89, Jordan Leslie 2-41, Jim Jones 2-10, Autrey Golden 1-36, Devin Patterson 1-13
USM: Tracy Lampley 6-46, Quentin Pierce 2-125, Dominique Sullivan 2-87, Justin Sims 2-57, Francisco Llanos 1-41, Jeremy Hester 1-11, Desmond Johnson 1-5, Jalen Richard 1-2
Texas-El Paso5th Conference USA West2-64-8
Southern Mississippi3rd Conference USA West4-47-6

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