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Nation: UTEP's fifth straight win seals rarity

By wire services
Published October 31, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jordan Palmer threw two touchdowns and ran for one to help Texas-El Paso secure its second winning season in 16 years with a 38-20 victory over San Jose State on Saturday.

The Miners, 24th in the BCS standings under first-year coach Mike Price, matched their win total from the past three seasons combined in winning their third consecutive WAC road game and fifth overall.

Palmer, with 10 touchdowns in his past three games, completed his first eight passes in leading the Miners to two first-quarter touchdowns. His 38-yarder to Chris Francies set up Josh Chamois' 1-yard touchdown run. Howard Jackson's 44-yard run set up Palmer's 23-yard touchdown to Jayson Boyd that made it 14-0 seven minutes later.

Johnnie Lee Higgins caught a 9-yard touchdown early in the third for a 21-7 lead, his sixth straight game with a touchdown catch. UTEP then took a 31-7 lead before San Jose State scored twice in the fourth.

NAVY 34, DELAWARE 20: Aaron Polanco ran for three touchdowns and threw one for the Midshipmen. Navy has won seven straight at home, its last loss coming Nov.1 to Delaware. Polanco, the nation's top rushing quarterback entering the game, scored on runs of 22, 1 and 7 yards and finished with 64 yards on 15 carries. Navy led 14-10 at halftime and drove 99 yards in 12 plays, capped by Polanco's 1-yard run, to take a 21-10 lead with 6:28 left in the third.

NEW MEXICO 26, COLORADO ST. 17: DonTrell Moore ran for 154 yards and a touchdown and Wes Zunker kicked four field goals for the visiting Lobos. Moore has 577 yards and five touchdowns in three games against the Rams. Early in the fourth, Hank Baskett turned a 20-yard catch into a 69-yard touchdown after two Rams collided at midfield, giving New Mexico a 23-17 lead.

WYOMING 43, AIR FORCE 26: Ivan Harrison ran for two 1-yard touchdowns during the fourth for the host Cowboys. Wyoming had 559 total yards and the Falcons 420. Down 29-6, Air Force cut it to 29-19 on a 1-yard sneak by Adam Fitch. But Wyoming scored on consecutive drives, Harrison's run and Joseph Harris' 28-yard run.

N. ILLINOIS 38, BALL ST. 31 (OT): Garrett Wolfe rushed for 280 yards and three touchdowns, including the winning 9-yarder, for the visiting Huskies. The Cardinals tied it with 37 seconds left on a 1-yard run by Joey Lynch. After Wolfe's touchdown, Lynch's fourth-down pass was incomplete.

CENT. MICH. 24, W. MICH. 21 (OT): Ronald Budd's 25-yard field goal won it for the host Chippewas. Central Michigan's Kent Smith scored on a 4-yard run with 2:13 left. And after the Broncos fumbled, Smith tied it with 54 seconds left with a 9-yard pass to Asante White. Robert Menchinger missed a 40-yard field goal in overtime for Western Michigan.

BOWLING GREEN 41, E. MICHIGAN 20: Omar Jacobs passed for 333 yards and three touchdowns for the host Falcons. He threw touchdowns of 8, 12 and 24 yards in the first half. Mitch Crossley returned a fumble 30 yards 1:30 into the second half to make it 31-10.

KENT ST. 42, OHIO 16: Joshua Cribbs rushed for 223 yards and touchdowns of 58 and 9 yards and passed for 150 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown, for the host Golden Flashes. Rasheed McClaude's 1-yard run and David Alston's 3-yard run gave Kent State a 28-10 halftime lead. Cribbs then ran for scores in the third and fourth quarters.

MIDDLE TENN. 21, UTAH ST. 0: Clint Marks threw for 317 yards, including touchdowns of 58 and 42 yards to Kerry Wright, in the host Blue Raiders' first shutout in four seasons. Middle Tennessee got seven sacks and allowed 156 yards, 30 rushing.

TROY 47, IDAHO 7: DeWhitt Betterson rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries for the host Trojans. Betterson, who sat out the fourth, scored on runs of 8 and 56 yards, and Troy scored on Johnny Faulk's 79-yard fumble recovery, Leodis McKelvin's 60-yard punt return and Leverne Johnson's 24-yard interception return.

[Last modified October 31, 2004, 00:57:29]


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