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2014 New Mexico Bowl Recap

Utah State defeats UTEP 21-6


When a team is down to its fifth quarterback, it generally means that winning any game, let alone a bowl game, is going to be a much tougher task. But, thanks to the Vigil brothers, Utah State was able to secure a third straight bowl win.

Zach and Nick Vigil combined for 16 tackles and sophomore Nick Vigil also scored on a 3 yard run in the third quarter to stretch the Aggies lead to 14-3.

Kent Myers through for 68 yards and rushed for 70 yards in the first half, but his day ended early due to injuries and Utah State was forced to put in receiver/fifth string quarterback Ronald Butler.

Butler stepped in and did not disappoint. He ran the ball twice for 69 yards on some well-designed runs.

From that point on, the Aggie defense made sure that the game did not get any closer than 14-6.

UTEP was constantly under pressure in the pass game, quarterback Jameill Flowers only threw for 126 yards and one interception. The lack of a pass game made it difficult to open up the running game.

Miners running back Aaron Jones was held to only 88 yards and 3.5 yards per carry after averaging 112 yards per game and being ranked 23rd in the country in rushing.

The miners kept it close throughout the game, but ultimately the Vigil brothers and 75 penalty yards halted any hope for a UTEP comeback.

"We shot ourselves in the foot because we didn't execute this game at all in the run game," Showers said. "They had too much penetration up front. That was pretty much the tale of the game."

The win moved Utah State to 4-5 in bowl games and gave UTEP a 5-9 bowl record.


By Nikolai Gionti
DFN Sports Guest Writer

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