On a chilly Saturday night at the Sun Bowl, the UTEP Miners were hoping to get their first victory of the year but, sadly that was not the case. The Miners fell to the UTSA Roadrunners 31-14
The Miners gave fans some hope that they might be able to get a victory when they scored 14 unanswered points in the second quarter to make the game 17-14 at halftime.
If it wasn’t for QB Zach Greenlee throwing an interception at the Roadrunner 5 yard line in the first quarter, the score might have been tied at halftime. But the sad truth is that – once again – mistakes cost the Miners dearly.
In the third quarter, the Miner team that played so well earlier, couldn’t get anything done offensively and the defense gave up another touchdown making the score 24-14.
Even though the Miners were only down 10 points, it felt like they were down by 30 points.
The 4th quarter only got worse after Greenlee threw a pick six that made the score 31-14. Then, a holding penalty cost the Miners a 82 yard touchdown run by Kevin Dove. The only positive thing that happened in the fourth quarter is that the Miners were able to force a fumble and recover it, stopping another sure-fire score by UTSA.
Now I can bore you with a bunch of stats, I can tell you that the Miners looked like a really good football team in the 2nd quarter, but I won’t.
As painful as it is to write this sentence, the plain truth is that this team is bad, really bad.
The Mike Price experiment worked for one game, just one game, and now UTEP looks like the team that forced Sean Kugler to pack his bags and leave town. And the sad thing is that I don’t know how this team gets fixed.
It’s getting very hard for fans to watch UTEP play this way.
Fans were leaving the game when the score was 24-10; like I said earlier, even though it was only 10 points, the fans knew this Miner team doesn’t have it in them to come back.
The announced attendance was around 19,400 but realistically there were about 17,000 Miner faithful there.
And it’s sad because, as I watched the game from the stands – and not from the sidelines or the press box – I saw that Miner fans want UTEP to succeed. They cheered for them every opportunity they got and in the end they left disappointed again.
The hope that the Miners gave the fans in the second quarter – and the last time they played in the Sun Bowl – is starting to fade away. The Miners are now 0-8 this season and it doesn’t look like it’s gonna get any better anytime soon.
I hope I’m wrong though, I hope the Miners prove me wrong and get a victory next week against Middle Tennessee but with the way this team is playing, I’m hoping against hope.