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UTEP returns to the gridiron this weekend after three of the team’s last four games have been either postponed or canceled.
In what will be UTEP’s fourth straight road game, the Miners travel to take on UTSA on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
UTSA (4-4, 2-2) also had last week off after its game against Rice was postponed due to COVID-related issues. UTEP (3-3, 0-2) enters the game looking to snap a 2-game skid, while UTSA has lost four of its last five games after a 3-0 start to the 2020 season.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. MT this Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
This weekend’s game marks the eighth meeting all-time between the Miners and Roadrunners on the gridiron. Although UTSA is ahead, 5-2, in the all-time series, UTEP leads the series in games played in San Antonio with a 2-1 record in the Alamodome. Last season, the Roadrunners traveled to El Paso and took home a 26-16 victory.
UTEP (3-3, 0-2) at UTSA (4-4, 2-2)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 14 | Time: 1 p.m. MT | Location: San Antonio | Venue: Alamodome
TV/Stream: ESPN+ (WATCH) – PxP: Mike Lefko | Analyst: LaDarrin McLane
Radio: ESPN 600 El Paso (LISTEN) – PxP: Jon Teicher | Analyst: Mike Perez
A MINER WIN WOULD…
- Give UTEP the most wins in a single season since 2014.
- Be the first conference road win for UTEP since 2018 when the Miners took down Rice with a 34-26 victory in Houston.
- Improve UTEP’s record to 3-1 over UTSA in games played in San Antonio.
- Snap a 3-game losing streak to the Roadrunners.
- This weekend, UTEP will play its fourth straight road game for the first time since the 1986 season, when they played five straight on the road at NM State, Hawaii, #15 Iowa, Tennessee and New Mexico. When the Miners take on UTSA this Saturday, it will mark nearly two months (55 days) since UTEP has played a home game, which is the longest stretch in program history. The Miners were previously scheduled to host Southern Miss (10/17), North Texas (10/31) and FIU (11/7), but all three games were postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 issues with each opponent. The last time the Miners played at the Sun Bowl was a 17-13 win over Abilene Christian on Sept. 19.
- Through the first five games of the 2020 season, the UTEP defense is showing drastic improvements from previous years. With the exception of the game at Texas (9/12), the Miners are allowing just 18.4 points per game. UTEP is currently ranked 17th nationally in rushing defense and 21st in the country in total defense.
- In UTEP’s game at LA Tech on Oct. 10, sophomore DE Praise Amaewhule caused trouble for the entirety of the game. Amaewhule recorded career-highs for tackles (5), sacks (3.5), TFL (3.5) and pass breakups (4). He currently ranks second in C-USA in sacks (7.0), averaging 1.17 sacks per game. The 3.5 sacks Amaewhule recorded vs. LA Tech set a new school record for single-game sacks. His four pass breakups tied for the second-most in school history.
- UTEP WR Jacob Cowing is currently ranked 25th in the nation and 2nd in Conference USA in receiving yards six games into the 2020 season. Cowing leads the Miners with 34 receptions for 515 yards in six games. The Arizona native is averaging 15.1 yards per catch and 85.8 yards per game this season. As for WR Justin Garrett, he is currently ranked 44th nationally and 6th in C-USA with 31 catches for 445 yards and 3 TDs. He is averaging 14.4 yards per catch and 74.2 yards per game.
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