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New Mexico Bowl: Utah State's defense take care of UTEP

Utah State wins its third straight bowl game after topping UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl.

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Points were at a premium in the New Mexico Bowl as Utah State came away with a 21-6 victory over UTEP. The Aggies defense was just too good as they kept the Miners out of the end zone all afternoon, and held the UTEP offense to 275 yards on the afternoon. Fifty-three of those yards came when Miners quarterback Jameill Showers evaded pressure and flung a pass deep to Ian Hamiltion who made a nice catch.

The only other exciting play was this touchdown run by Aggies quarterback Kent Myers.

Another interesting moment in the game came when Myers left for the locker room just before the half, and for those who are not aware Myers is the Aggies fourth-string quarterback. Wide receiver Ronald Butler came in to relieve Myers and he promptly took a quarterback draw 61 yards and nearly scored on a touchdown pass.

Myers came back into the game to start the third quarter, and for the day he went just 5 of 12 for 68 yards and rushed for another 70, not his best day.

Linebackers Zach Vigil and Nick Vigil played together for the last time in college and they led the Utah State defense in shutting down a potent UTEP running game to only 99 yards. Nick also made an appearance at running back and scored on a 3-yard rush, and overall had eight carries for 34 yards. Zach was named the defensive player of the game with nine tackles, a pass break up and a quarterback hurry.

This game was far from exciting but Utah State got the job done to win their third-straight bowl game.

Here is the post game audio of Utah State head coach Matt Wells.