Sun Bowl




Ole Miss 7


UTEP Fight Song


EL PASO, Tex. (AP) - A vicious defense kept Mississippi in check Saturday until a slumbering offense awoke for two fourth quarter touchdowns and a 14-7 victory for the University of Texas at El Paso in the Sun Bowl game.


"We had heard a lot about their offense." Ole Miss Coach Johnny Vaught said, "But, someone neglected to emphasize their defense to us. Their defense is every bit as good as their offense."'


The Miners limited Mississippi to only 109 yards total offense, spotted Ole Miss a 7-0 halftime lead and then flashed back with two last period touchdowns.


"You guys played your hearts out," El Paso Coach Bobby Dobbs told his Miners, "and I'm the proudest guy in the world."


Quarterback Billy Stevens completed seven of eight passes on a 66-yard touchdown drive for El Paso's first touchdown. He passed five yards to flankerback David Karns for the TD, and Jerry Waddles kicked the extra point that gave the Miners a 7-7 tie early in the period.


Seven minutes later, 235-pound El Paso linebacker Fred Carr jarred the ball loose from Mississippi's Bow Bowen, and defensive tackle Dennis Bishop recovered for the Miners on the Ole Miss 22.


Fullback Larry McHenry carried four successive times, gaining 18 yards on one haul, before plunging across from four yards out to give the Miners the winning touchdown. Waddles again kicked the extra point.


A record crowd of 34,685 watched the 33rd annual classic which pitted the Rebels of the Southeastern Conference and the independent Miners, who join the Western Athletic Conference next season.


The stingy El Paso defense, which allowed six first downs, recovered two fumbles, intercepted a pass and didn't let the Rebels and intercepted a pass and didnít let the   Rebels' offensive unit past the El Paso 40-yard line except for Ole Miss' second-quarter TD.


The Ole Miss defense set up the Rebels' score when linebacker Mac McClure intercepted a Stevens pass and ran 49 yards to the El Paso one. After Ole Miss lost one yard on a play quarterback Bruce Newell ran around left end for the touchdown, and Van Brown kicked the extra point for the Ole Miss 7-0 halftime lead.


Stevens, voted the outstanding player of the game, was continually spilled for losses in the first 2 quarters but the senior quarterback, who was closing his collegiate career with a NCAA record 52 touchdown passes, completed 13 of 26 passes for 155 yards against Ole Miss.


It took a 4th-down pass from Stevens to halfback Paul White that carried 15 yards to the Rebel 22 to keep El Paso's first touchdown drive going. Karns caught two other passes on the drive, including an 18-yarder that set the ball up at the five.


Carr, named the most valuable lineman of the game, was in on five tackles while El Paso defensive halfback Eugene Epps made 10 unassisted tackles and intercepted a fourth quarter Ole Miss pass.


Paul White carries for UTEP.


Bruce Newell scores lone Mississippi touchdown.


Charlie West is corralled by Ole Miss.


The Rebels hammer White.


Attendance: 34,685


Scoring Summary


First Quarter

OM - Newell 1 run (Brown kick)


Fourth Quarter

UTEP - Karns 5 yard pass from Stevens (Waddles kick)

UTEP - McHenry 4 yard run (Waddles kick)


Individual Statistics



OM- Hindman 15-53

UTEP- McHenry 13-73, White 17-72



OM- Newell 12-23-71

UTEP- Stevens 13-26-155, Dawson 3-9-46



OM- Matthews 4-25, Haik 3-24

UTEP- Wallace 6-83, Karns 5-56, Jones 4-38