Southern Methodist at Texas-El Paso

SMU 17, UTEP 0


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).

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Scoring Summary
SMUChase Hover 19 yd FG
SMUDarius Johnson 40 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Chase Hover kick)
SMUJa'Gared Davis 30 yd interception return (Chase Hover kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2213
Third Down Efficiency8-195-15
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-3
Plays-Net Yards80-37269-285
Passing Yds234178
Kick Return Yds071
Punt Return Yds418
Time of Poss.37:522:55
Individual Stats
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 Methodist1st American Athletic West0-00-0
Texas-El Paso1st Conference USA West0-00-0

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