Colorado State pulls away from UTEP, 59-42

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FORT COLLINS |  Garrett Grayson and Kapri Bibbs accounted for six touchdowns as Colorado State held off UTEP and prolific Jameill Showers, 59-42 on Saturday.

Colorado State running back Kapril Bibbs runs for a touchdown against UTEP in the fourth quarter of Colorado State's 59-42 victory in an NCAA college football game in Fort Collins, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado State running back Kapril Bibbs runs for a touchdown against UTEP in the fourth quarter of Colorado State’s 59-42 victory in an NCAA college football game in Fort Collins, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Grayson passed for three TDs and a career-high 307 yards. UTEP’s Showers passed for 365 yards and five TDs as he rallied the Miners (1-3) in the second half.

Colorado State (2-3) jumped out early on Grayson TD passes of 22 and 5 yards in the opening quarter. But the Rams needed a sack on Showers for a safety to halt a 21-point UTEP rally that tied the game 28-28 late in the third quarter. Three plays after Showers was sacked in the end zone, Grayson found Rashard Higgins down the right side for a 56-yard scoring play, making it 37-28.

Bibbs rushed for a game-high 147 yards and his final two scores, in the fourth quarter, kept UTEP at bay.