New Mexico Bowl, BYU Vs. UTEP: Jake Heaps, Luke Ashworth Connect For 14-3 Cougars Lead

A second series for UTEP that begins with a 32-yard kickoff return from Marlon McClure ends abruptly with a three-and-out and a net loss of three yards on the possession. The Cougars go back to work with wee Jake Heaps at the helm, and mount a 12-play, 78-yard touchdown drive highlighted by an 18-yard catch by Cody Hoffman that culminates in a nine-yard touchdown catch by Luke Ashworth. With 4:49 remaining in the first quarter, BYU leads UTEP 14-0.

Marlon McClure maybe ought to be playing every position for the Miners, as he returns the ensuing kickoff for 72 yards and sets UTEP up deep in BYU territory. Trevor Vittatoe responds by promptly scrambling backwards for a 10-yard loss, and the Miners can't make up the distance.Dakota Warren edges a 52-yard field goal through the uprights, and UTEP's on the board. With 2:48 remaining in the first quarter, the Cougars lead the Miners, 14-3 in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl.

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