- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

RUSTON, La. (AP) - Ryan Higgins passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 42 yards and another score, and Louisiana Tech beat UTEP 28-7 on Saturday night.

Higgins found Jarred Craft for a 17-yard score midway through the first quarter, then took the ball 22 yards to pay dirt later in the period to give Louisiana Tech (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) a 14-0 lead.

After scoreless second and third quarters, UTEP (1-4, 0-1) got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard pass from Ryan Metz to Hayden Plinke. Craft went 70 yards two plays later to build Louisiana Tech’s lead back to 14, 21-7.

Trent Taylor caught a 9-yard TD pass from Higgins with 1:29 left to round out the scoring.

Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz improved to 7-0 all time vs. UTEP - 4-0 with the Bulldogs, 2-0 at East Carolina and a win in his only game vs. the Miners while at South Florida.

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