True freshman quarterback Garrett Simpson and the reserves rallied the UTEP offense from a slow start, then quarterback Nick Lamaison, receiver Jordan Leslie and tight ends Eric Tomlinson and Craig Wenrick took over on an eight-touchdown day.
Lamaison finished 12-of-13 passing for 160 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were to Leslie, who finished with four catches for 118 yards. The tight ends, playing with all four units, finished with seven catches for 97 yards.
Simpson was 9-of-15 passing for 125 yards, as he ended up getting half the reps after No. 3 Blaire Sullivan went down with an ankle sprain on his first play.
Xay Williams carried eight times for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Nathan Jeffery had a nifty 52-yard touchdown run for the starters against the first defense.