Posted On: 09/20/20 8:14 PM

Former Hobbs record-setting quarterback Gavin Hardison threw for 195 yards and led UTEP on three scoring drives as the Miners upended Abilene Christian, 17-13, Saturday night at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Hardison completed 15-of-25 passes as the Miners improved to 2-1 on the season for the first time since 2014. UTEP is 2-0 at home for the first time since 2010.

Hardison started slowly, completing just one of his first seven passes. However, he completed 14-of-18 passes for 180 yards over the final three quarters, and rushed for career long 14 yards gain in the second quarter.

Through the first three games, Hardison has completed 44-of-80 passes (55.0 percent) for 548 yards and one TD. He is averaging 182.67 passing yards per game.

The Miners turned defense into offense in the second quarter following a fumble recovery by junior defensive back Dennis Barnes. Hardison unloaded a 51-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Jacob Cowing to set up senior running back Josh Fields for a touchdown – his first since 2017 – giving the Miners the lead for the first time in the game, 7-3.

Cowing also set a career-high with eight receptions in his third career 100-yard game.

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