The UTEP Miners used a hard-fought first half to put away the NMSU Aggies in the 90th annual Battle of I-10, winning on Saturday night, 41-28.
The Aggies looked more in sync in the second half, especially on defense, but the Miners never trailed and continued to push towards a victory, their first of the season. Both teams are now 1-2.
Quarterback Andrew Manley led the Aggies in passing, going 20-for-47 with 290 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Germi Morrison led the Aggies on the ground with 76 yards on 12 carries, while fellow junior Tiger Powell also rushed 12 times, for 49 yards and a score.
UTEP’s quarterback, Nick Lamaison, threw for 300 yards and four TDs, while Jordan Leslie led the Miners in receiving with seven catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.
The Aggies posted some big receiving numbers of their own – Austin Franklin caught seven balls for 107 yards and two TDs, while Kemonte Bateman also caught seven passes for 115 yards and one touchdown.
Jeremy Harris and George Callender each recorded nine tackles for the Aggie defense, while Harris also broke up a pass. Defensive lineman Desmond Anaya led the Aggies with two sacks.
Richard Spencer and AJ Ropati each had 11 tackles for UTEP; Spencer also had an interception early in the game.
The Miners travel to Wisconsin next week, while the Aggies face another rival when the New Mexico Lobos come to Las Cruces.