San Diego State's Dan McGwire is enjoying the type of season Texas-El Paso quarterback Howard Gasser was probably hoping to have in 1990.

McGwire has passed for 3,166 yards and 25 touchdowns in 9 games. He will lead San Diego State against Gasser and the UTEP Miners in a Western Athletic Conference game Saturday.Meanwhile, Gasser made only his second start of the season in the Miners' 14-13 loss to Liberty Bowl-bound Air Force last week, completing 32-of-48 passes for 364 yards.

It was Gasser's first start since suffering a knee injury in the Miners' season opener against Brigham Young. He had seen limited action in three other games.

"I thought he played real well against the Air Force Academy," Miners head coach David Lee said. "He got his timing back and had a fine, fine game."

In other WAC contests, BYU hosts Utah State and Colorado State travels to Hawaii.

McGwire has his best game in two seasons with the Aztecs last week, passing for a career-high 530 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 40-34 victory over New Mexico.

McGwire ranks third nationally in passing efficiency and fourth in total offense.

"We all talk about Ty Detmer every week, but Dan McGwire has been awesome," Lee said. "He can stand up and throw over the top of people. He has the easiest, smoothest delivery of any quarterback I've ever seen. I'd be shocked if he doesn't get drafted in the first round."