EL PASO, Texas -- Deion Hankins ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns to lead UTEP to a 24-14 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
Gavin Hardison was 17-of-28 passing for 212 yards and tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Justin Garrett that pulled the Miners to 14-10 late in the second quarter. Hankins ran for a 10-yard touchdown with 20 seconds remaining before halftime, and added a 4-yard scoring run with 3:50 left that capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive.
Trae Self threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Lawton Rikel for the Lumberjacks. Da'Leon Ward added a 1-yard TD run to put Stephen F. Austin up 14-3 early in the second quarter. Self finished 14 of 21 for 133 yards passing.
The attendance was 6,047 at the 51,500-seat Sun Bowl. There was no general admission seating. Tailgating was prohibited and masks inside the stadium were required.
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