Andres Acosta / El Paso Herald-Post
UTEP returns to the Sun City this weekend as the Miners play hosts to Louisiana Tech in a West Division matchup in Conference USA on Saturday night in El Paso.
“This week will be Military Appreciation Night for us here and we invite everybody from Fort Bliss to come on out and see the ball game,” head coach Dana Dimel said. “We are obviously very thankful for all the military does for us. It should be a good evening. We are playing LA Tech, who is a very good football team. Right now, they are on top of our conference and on a good run. They consistently have a good football team. It will definitely be a big challenge for us. Again, this is a game that we just have to control the things that we can control and make it a very competitive game to give ourselves a chance to win.”
The Miners and Bulldogs last met in 2018 in a game LA Tech won, 31-24, in Ruston. LA Tech leads the all-time series, 12-2-1, over UTEP, with the Bulldogs having won six straight over the Miners entering Saturday’s matchup.
In last year’s meeting between the two teams, the Bulldogs held the Miners inside the red zone on what would have been the game-tying scoring drive, securing a seven-point victory for LA Tech.
UTEP enters the week looking to snap a five-game winless streak as the Miners are aiming for the team’s first Conference USA win of the season. LA Tech comes to town riding a six-game winning streak, including a 3-0 mark in league play, while the Bulldogs currently sit atop the Conference USA West Division standings through seven games.
Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. MT on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Sun Bowl. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ for subscribers with Andy Morgan (play-by-play) and Trevor Vittatoe (analysis) calling all the action on Saturday night.
Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast on ESPN 600 El Paso to hear Jon Teicher (PxP), Bernie Ricono (analysis) and Mando Medina (sideline).
- UTEP enters the week ranked 12th in the nation after putting up near perfect numbers in the red zone through the first eight weeks of the college football season. The Miners enter Saturday’s home game versus LA Tech 17-for-18 inside the 20-yard line. In six games, UTEP has nine touchdowns (8 rushing) and eight field goals for a total of 85 points put on the board in the red zone thus far.
- Kicker Gavin Baechle enters Saturday’s game 8-for-9 on field goals this season, which makes him the first UTEP player to connect on at least eight field goals in a season since Jay Mattox in 2015. Additionally, Baechle is a perfect 10-for-10 on PATs this season and also has 24 kickoffs for 1,483 yards and an average of 61.8 yards per kickoff with 14 touchbacks.
- Senior running back Treyvon Hughes currently leads the Miners in touchdowns with six rushing scores in as many games, a mark that ranks fourth in Conference USA and 37th nationally. Hughes scored his first two TDs of the season in the 2019 season opener versus Houston Baptist, while he followed that performance with another pair of scores in UTEP’s home game versus Nevada. Following his performance against the Wolf Pack, Hughes became the first Miner to score multiple TDs in the first two home games of a season since Aaron Jones in 2014. Hughes also added touchdown runs against UTSA and FIU.
GAME DAY CENTRAL
Military Appreciation: UTEP will celebrate our nation’s military on Saturday with activities planned for pregame and halftime during the Miners’ Conference USA matchup versus LA Tech. A giant American flag will be displayed on the field during the national anthem prior to kickoff, while a re-enlistment ceremony will be held at halftime. There will also be static displays that include Army tanks and combat vehicles in the North Sun Bowl lot pregame and throughout the third quarter for fans to visit and take photos.
Pregame Activities: Prior to each home game this fall, team buses will drop off the Miners at the GR2 parking lot off of Glory Road. With the UTEP band, cheerleaders and spirit teams leading the way, the student-athletes will walk to their locker room in the Larry K. Durham Sports Center. Fans are invited to the drop-off point at 4 p.m. to cheer on the team as it starts the “Miner Walk.”
Also new in 2019 is a spectacular chrome pick that will be on display in the North concourse of the Sun Bowl Stadium, adjacent to the Durham Center. Fans can take pictures with the pick as a new UTEP game day tradition is forged.