AUSTIN – No. 14 Texas scored 45 first-half points as the Longhorns rode their furious start to a 59-3 victory over the UTEP Miners on Saturday night in Austin.
Sam Ehlinger completed 25-of-33 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns before exiting the game midway through the third quarter. He was 16-for-21 passing for 311 yards and four touchdowns through Texas’ first six drives, which produced five touchdowns.
The Longhorns (1-0) got on the board on the first play from scrimmage when Ehlinger hooked up with Joshua Moore for a 78-yard TD. Texas led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Miners (1-1) could only manage one first down in the first quarter but had more success moving the ball thereafter. UTEP picked up five first downs in the second quarter and got on the scoreboard with 4:37 remaining, when Gavin Baechle boomed a career-long 47-yard field goal to make the score 38-3.
The Miners marched to the Longhorn 19-yard line to open the second half, but Hardison’s pass to Walter Dawn in the corner of the end zone fell incomplete on fourth down.
Hardison completed 12-of-27 passes for 141 yards before Calvin Brownholtz took over at QB for the Miners late in the third quarter.
Moore had 130 yards receiving in the first half for Texas, and finished with 127.
The Longhorns finished with 689 yards of offense to the Miners’ 233.
The Miners will return to the Sun Bowl to host Abilene Christian next Saturday (Sept. 19) at 7 p.m. Five-game season ticket packages start as low as $52.50. Three-game mini plans are just $30 (North End Zone Reserved), $36 (Sideline Reserved) and $54 (Bronze Reserved). Fans can pick from any three games and save over single-game ticket prices.
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