UTEP QB Gavin Hardison | Photo by Sam Roberts/CLT Athletics
UTEP returns to action this weekend as the Miners travel to take on North Texas in a unique “home” game on Friday, Dec. 11 at Apogee Stadium in Denton.
Despite the game being play in Denton, the Miners will be the designated home team for the game.
North Texas (3-5, 2-4) is coming off a 42-31 loss at home to LA Tech, while the Miners (3-4, 0-3) haven’t played since Nov. 14 following three straight cancellations due to COVID-19 related issues.
This weekend’s game marks the 28th meeting all-time between the Miners and Mean Green with North Texas leading the all-time series, 17-8-3. The Mean Green lead the series, 11-2-2, in games played in Denton.
UTEP (3-4, 0-3) vs. North Texas (3-5, 2-4)Date: Friday, Dec. 11 | Time: 4 p.m. MT
Location: Denton, Texas | Venue: Apogee Stadium
A MINER WIN WOULD…
- Give UTEP the most wins in a single season since 2014.
- Be the first conference win for UTEP since 2018 when the Miners took down Rice with a 34-26 victory in Houston.
- Although UTEP will be the home team versus North Texas, UTEP will be making its 5th straight road trip for the first time since 1986, when they played five straight games on the road at NM State, Hawaii, Iowa, Tennessee and UNM. When the Miners kick off vs. UNT, it will mark 82 days since UTEP has played in the Sun Bowl, which is the longest stretch in history. The Miners were previously scheduled to host Southern Miss (10/17), UNT (10/31), FIU (11/7) and UAB (11/20), but each game was postponed, canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19 issues. The last time the Miners played in El Paso was a 17-13 win over Abilene Christian on Sept. 19.
- With a win on Friday, UTEP would finish the regular season with a 4-4 overall record, marking the first time since the 2014 season that the Miners will have the chance to post a .500 or better record on the season. In 2014, UTEP ended the regular season with a 7-5 overall record and a 5-3 mark in Conference USA play. The Miners wrapped up that campaign with an appearance in the New Mexico Bowl, where UTEP fell to Utah State by a score of 21-6.
- UTEP running back Deion Hankins is currently ranked second in the country for rushing touchdowns by a freshman (7). He leads the Miners with 99 carries for 493 yards and 7 TDs in six games played this season.
- UTEP defensive end Praise Amaewhule enters the week ranked second in C-USA in total sacks with 7.0 on the season. Amaewhule is averaging 1.00 sack per game. the sophomore racked up 3.5 of his seven sacks in one game after a dominating performance against LA Tech (10/10). In 2019, Amaewhule was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team. He currently ranks sixth nationally in sacks per game.
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TV/Stream: ESPN3 (WATCH) PxP: Kyle Youmans Analyst: Hek’ma Harrison
Radio: ESPN 600 El Paso (LISTEN) PxP: Jon Teicher Analyst: Mike Perez
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