NCAAF Game Recap - Texas-El Paso at Texas Tech
Sat Sep 7, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

Sep 7, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Texas-El Paso (1-1)

0

0

0

3

3

Texas Tech (2-0)

7

14

10

7

38

Bowman throws 3 TDs, Texas Tech tops UTEP 38-3 with strong D
Sun Sep 8, 2019 1:15 AM

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman wasn't happy about several errant passes in a sluggish showing against outmanned UTEP, including a bad overthrow to a wide open receiver that forced a punt.

The sophomore also saw the bright side to having to leave the field: The Texas Tech defense would be coming back out.

Bowman threw three touchdown passes, two to T.J. Vasher, and the Red Raiders rode another strong defensive performance under first-year coach Matt Wells to a 38-3 victory over the Miners on Saturday night.

The Red Raiders allowed just 131 yards total offense for UTEP (1-1), the fewest they had given up since setting the school record by limiting Northwestern State of the FCS to 84 yards in the 2012 opener. It was Texas Tech's eighth straight win against UTEP, going back to 1963.

"Obviously we never want to punt but to walk off the field and know, probably like they are not going to score, they are definitely not going to score," Bowman said.

"For them to have our back like that on offense just makes it more of, `OK, we can try to make this throw because we know they are going to the field and they are going to make a stop in the next possession.' So it definitely opens up a lot more for us and gives us a little bit more confidence."

Texas Tech (2-0) cruised despite a slow start from Bowman's unit a week after he had the most yards passing in the nation. The sophomore was 30 of 45 with an interception for 260 yards after throwing for 436 yards in a 45-10 win over FCS team Montana State in Wells' debut.

Vasher had team highs of six catches and 78 yards, with a 13-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead and a punctuating 30-yarder over the shoulder as he crossed the goal line for a 31-0 lead late in the third quarter.

Dalton Rigdon took a screen pass 49 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, while Armand Shyne and Ta'Zhawn Henry each had a touchdown rushing. The Red Raiders rushed for 160 yards a week after getting their most on the ground in a season opener since 2000 with 255.

The Miners changed quarterbacks at halftime, replacing Brandon Jones with Kai Locksley. But it didn't make much difference. Jones was 4 of 12 for 21 yards with minus-1 yard rushing, and Locksley finished 3 of 7 for 33 yards with 21 yards on the ground.

UTEP avoided getting shut out for the third time in 14 games under coach Dana Dimel on Gavin Baechle's 45-yard field goal with 5:32 remaining.

"I'm really proud of our defense," Wells said. "Wish we could have got a shutout. I'm not sure we didn't coach a little harder on the last two series."

THE TAKEAWAY

UTEP: The Miners have to feel a little better about themselves a week after barely winning at home against Houston Baptist, an FCS school with just one victory each of the past two seasons. The defense kept Bowman from getting too comfortable and frustrated the Texas Tech offense at times.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders figure to be way higher in the NCAA's defensive rankings than they're used to after giving up an average 210 yards through two games. But they're still looking to force their first turnover after what would have been an interception return for a touchdown by Zech McPhearson in the fourth quarter was negated by an offside penalty.

"We're going to continue to coach it, continue to demand it," Wells said. "The takeaways will come. We'll get them. When they come, they will come in bunches."

PACE OF PLAY

The Red Raiders backtracked offensively with just 78 plays for 424 yards after saying they wanted to speed things up from the 95 plays for 691 yards they had against Montana State. But that didn't mean Bowman was disappointed with the pacing.

While there were several plays when Texas Tech didn't snap the ball until the waning seconds of the 40-second play clock, the Red Raiders opened with a 50-yard scoring drive that included nine plays in just 137 seconds.

"The first drive was the fastest we've ever gone," Bowman said. "I think we were snapping it with 33, 32, 31 seconds on the clock."

UP NEXT

UTEP: Nevada at home Sept. 21.

Texas Tech: Visits Arizona next Saturday in the first meeting between the schools in 30 years. They were in the Border Conference together from 1932-55.

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Passing

UTEP Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Locksley 7 3 42.9 0 33 25 0 57.4
B. Jones 12 4 33.3 0 21 13 0 42.4
TxTch Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Tyner 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
A. Bowman 46 31 67.4 3 277 49 1 96.0

Rushing

UTEP Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Hughes 10 27 2.7 7 0
J. Fields 14 27 1.9 8 0
TxTch Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Thompson 8 45 5.6 16 0
A. Shyne 8 45 5.6 20 1

Receiving

UTEP Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Cooper 2 26 13.0 25 0
J. Trussell 1 13 13.0 13 0
TxTch Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Rigdon 5 83 16.6 49 1
T. Vasher 6 78 13.0 30 2

Fumbles

TxTch F FL
A. Bowman 1 0

Returning

UTEP KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
W. Dawn Jr. 2 20.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
J. Garrett 0 - 0 0 1 5.0 0 5
TxTch KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Frye 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0
T. Henry 1 28.0 0 28 0 - 0 0

Punting

UTEP Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Crawford 10 398 39.8 57
TxTch Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. McNamara 4 188 47.0 55

Takeaways

UTEP Int Yds InTD
Y. Ross 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

UTEP TxTch
Points For 3 38
Total Yards 131 424
Rushing Yards 77 143
Passing Yards 54 281
Passing Completions / Attempts 7/19 32/48
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/0
First Downs 11 27
Penalties - Yards 9/76 4/50
Time Of Possession 9:09 51:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/15 8/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 10/40 4/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UTEP TxTch
TxTch 3:46 TD Ta'Zhawn Henry 5 yd run (Trey Wolff kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter UTEP TxTch
TxTch 4:19 TD T.J. Vasher 13 yd pass from Alan Bowman (Trey Wolff kick) 0 14
TxTch 13:25 TD Dalton Rigdon 49 yd pass from Alan Bowman (Trey Wolff kick) 0 21
3rd Quarter UTEP TxTch
TxTch 3:34 FG Trey Wolff 45 yd FG 0 24
TxTch 12:15 TD T.J. Vasher 30 yd pass from Alan Bowman (Trey Wolff kick) 0 31
4th Quarter UTEP TxTch
TxTch 2:09 TD Armand Shyne 7 yd run (Trey Wolff kick) 0 38
UTEP 9:28 FG Gavin Baechle 45 yd FG 3 38

Game Information

Stadium: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas
Attendance: 56,957
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