Photo by Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post
El Paso, Texas– The UTEP Miners defeated Old Dominion Monarchs 28-21 Saturday night at the Sun Bowl to pick up their fourth victory of the season.
In the process, the Miners (4-1,1-0) also picked up their first conference victory in four years.
The Miners took a quick 3-0 lead after Old Dominion fumbled the ball on the opening possession of the game. UTEP went 33 yards on their first drive in seven plays to set up the 29-yard field goal for Gavin Baechle with 9:55 left in the first quarter.
The Miners went on to score two touchdowns on their next two consecutive possessions to jump out to a 17-0 lead. Quarterback Gavin Hardison threw touchdown passes to Justin Garrett and Tyrin Smith on those efforts, with both drives taking 14 plays each.
This would allow UTEP to take a 17-7 lead at halftime.
To start the third quarter, UTEP would tack on another field goal from 40-yards out to extend their lead to 20-7. The Monarchs would put up a fight of their own, scoring two touchdowns to take a 21-20 lead. The lead change in favor of the Old Dominion came on a blocked punt that was taken in for the touchdown by A.C. White.
The victory for the Miners came as a result of an 8-play, 63-yard drive that ended in a Deion Hankins 3-yard rush. Hardison found Garrett on the two point conversion to make the score 28-21.
After the match, the theme for Miners’ head coach Dana Dimel and his team were simply finding ways to win. He reminded them of this in his post game address to the team on the 50-yard line after the game was over.
Dimel said, “I think our team grew a lot (today), we’re still hanging in there, we’re still fighting, we’re still making plays…and then I just felt like the whole time that we were the better team and we were going to find a way to win the game and that’s a great feeling to start having. We’ve talked about expecting to win and that whole game our whole team expected to win.”
Up next for UTEP will be a road game against Southern Miss. next Saturday, kickoff is scheduled for 5 pm MT.
Author: Joe Rodriguez | Photos by Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post
Rodriguez is a life long El Pasoan. Joe has covered sports locally across the Borderland since 2007 for various media outlet both in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez as a personal passion as he is a professional in the world of healthcare (Physiatry). His favorite sports include soccer, auto racing, golf and horse racing.”