Oct. 6, 2012
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EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Ja'Gared Davis stepped in front of a Nick Lamaison pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to help lead SMU to a 17-0 victory Saturday over UTEP.
Davis' touchdown came with 1:52 remaining in the first half. It was the last score of the night for SMU (2-3, 1-0 Conference USA) and was one of three forced turnovers by the Mustangs defense.
Zach Line barely missed his chance at a 17th career 100-yard rushing game as a Mustang, but was still a workhorse for SMU with 84 yards on 25 carries.
Garrett Gilbert completed 22 of 44 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown, finding Darius Johnson on a 40-yard strike at the 9:42 mark in the second quarter. Johnson had five catches for 82 yards including the score.
Defensive End Margus Hunt blocked a UTEP field goal attempt in the third quarter, extending his NCAA career record for blocked FG to 10.
The shutout was the second of the season for SMU. The Mustangs blanked Stephen F. Austin, 52-0 on Sept. 8 at Ford Stadium.
Jordan Leslie had seven catches for 80 yards in the loss for UTEP (1-5, 0-2).
SMU stays on the road next week, travelling to New Orleans, La. to take on Tulane on Oct. 13. Kickoff is set 12 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at smumustangs.com/tickets.