Louisiana Tech escapes UTEP 17-15

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Carlos Henderson caught a 54-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass from Jeff Driskel early in the third quarter and Louisiana Tech held off UTEP 17-15 Saturday night.

UTEP tackled Kenneth Dixon in the end zone for a safety in the third quarter, but the Miner's ensuing 8-play drive stalled out at Louisiana Tech's 48. On UTEP's first drive of the fourth, Jay Mattox kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 17-15.

Mattox missed a 32-yard field goal with 2:40 remaining and Louisiana Tech went three-and-out before a 61-yard punt by Gerald Shouse gave UTEP the ball at its own 17 with 44 seconds left. Seven plays later, Ryan Metz completed a 39-yard pass to Jaquan White at the Louisiana Tech 18 but time expired.

Driskel was 13-of-22 passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns for Louisiana Tech (8-3, 6-1 Conference USA). Henderson made three catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Metz threw for 121 yards with one interception for UTEP (4-7, 2-5).

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