EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Jordan Palmer threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the second quarter, as UTEP beat Tulane 34-20 on Saturday night.
The Miners (4-2, 2-0 Conference USA) used a 21-point second quarter to pull away from the Green Wave (2-4, 1-3). Palmer, who completed 22-of-29 passes, connected with Joe Weston on a 19-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the second quarter.
A 37-yard field goal by Tulane kicker Ross Thevenot made it a 10-3 game with 10:46 to go in the second quarter. But the Miners scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the first half to put the game away.
Palmer hit tight end Jamar Hunt with a 3-yard pass to go up by two touchdowns with 3:21 left in the half. Two minutes later, Johnnie Lee Higgins returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown, putting UTEP up 24-3 at the break.
The Miners added 10 more points in the third quarter on a field goal by Reagan Schneider and a 39-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to Higgins.
Tulane outgained UTEP 481 yards to 365. But the Green Wave committed five turnovers, including three lost fumbles.