Tough Pill To Swallow

UTEP (3-3, 3-0) trailed 21-17 late in the fourth quarter, but it took the Miners only 2 plays and 44 seconds to steal a hard-fought victory from Tulane (2-4, 1-2) 24-21. Jeff Moturi capped the drive, catching a 68 yard scoring strike from Trevor Vittatoe. Tulane running back Andre Anderson had his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing performance with 255 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 carries.

The Miners opened the scoring when Landon Goodwell caught a one yard pass from Trevor Vittatoe only 3:27 into the contest. Andre Anderson then scored on a 72 yard run with 2:53 left in the opening quarter. Anderson then scored from one yard out with 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Vittatoe found Daniel Palmer from 8 yards out to tie things up at 14 with 9:00 remaining in the first half. Kevin Moore put the Green Wave up 21-14, finding Anderson from 28 yards out.

In the second half, UTEP cut the Green Wave lead to 4 when Jose Martinez kicked a 28 yard field goal with 2:01 remaining in the third quarter. The Green Wave squandered a big opportunity when Ross Thevenot missed a 45-yard field goal, wide left with 10:29 left in the game, setting the stage for Vittatoe and Moturi's heroics.

Tulane rushed for 319 yards, averaging 8.4 yards per carry, but the Green Wave's pass offense was anemic only mustering 94 yards on the night. Kevin Moore finished 10-for-20 with 80 yards and one touchdown and no interceptions. Anderson also led the Green Wave in receiving with 4 catches for 30 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Corey Sonnier led Tulane with 13 tackles and two pass breakups.

Tulane returns to action Saturday, October 25th against Rice in the Louisiana Superdome. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.


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