UCF 31, UTEP 14

Latavius Murray rushed for a career-high 233 yards and scored

three times to help Central Florida rout Texas-El Paso 31-14 on

Friday night in the season finale for both teams.

Murray, a junior tailback, scored on runs of 38 and 40 yards and

caught a 6-yard pass from freshman quarterback Blake Bortles as the

Knights (5-7, 3-5 Conference USA) stopped a three-game losing

streak.

UTEP avoided a shutout with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Jordan Leslie caught a 2-yard pass from Nick Lamaison on a

fourth-and-goal play and Joe Banyard added a 7-yard scoring

run.

The Miners (5-7, 2-6) needed a win to become bowl eligible.

UCF led 24-0 after its most dominating first-half performance of

the season. Murray had 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns by

halftime and the Knights’ defense limited UTEP to five first downs

and 94 yards total offense in the first two quarters.