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Miners Drop Second Straight After Rice Runs Them Over 31 – 14

Coming off a 49-point beatdown to nationally ranked Oklahoma, the UTEP Miners had little to show in their home opener, falling to Conference USA foe Rice 31-14.

The Miners were in a 17-0 deficit before finding the end zone late in the third quarter after quarterback, Ryan Metz, hit a wide open Warren Redix on a 44-yard play action pass for the touchdown.

That would be the lone highlight of the night for the Miners as Rice went on to add a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter halting UTEP’s comeback attempt.

“We couldn’t generate first downs, we were missing tackles,” UTEP head coach, Sean Kugler said. “It was still a 10 point game in the third quarter and they go on a 90-yard drive that was probably the back breaker right there.”

UTEP was held to 26 rushing yards on 24 attempts while Rice had their way gaining 306 yards on 49 rushes.

Rice went on to add injury to insult, forcing a couple of UTEP offensive linemen – center Derron Gatgewood and tackle Greg Long – to leave the game. Metz was also hurt in what is an apparent shoulder injury on his non-throwing arm.

Kugler did not have a total count on injured players following the game saying they were “very significant and some season ending.”

Junior wide receiver Kavika Johnson attributed the loss to the team’s lack of energy, saying that it “boils down to the individual” players.

“I just know that it’s up to us, the leaders, the captains to take charge of that…we have to come together as a team,” Johnson said. “It’s not the coaches, it’s not anybody else, it’s us–it’s our team and we have to demand that from each other.”

The Miners have a quick turnaround as they await Arizona on Friday, September 15 – a game that will compete with both high school football and the El Paso Chihuahuas playoff series.

“You go back to work, you find out about character of young men, find out about character of coaches,” Kugler said. “It’s two games into the season so you go right back to work and we don’t have much time to think about it because we have a PAC-12 team coming in here Friday night.”

ADDITIONAL MINER CONTENT: Herald Post Sports In-Depth

Monster’s Musings: Miners’ Woes Continue – Mando ‘the Monster’ Medina

Story in Many Pics: Miners Drop Home Opener to Rice 31-14 – Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta

Rice Spoils UTEP’s CUSA Opener – Staff Report

Story in Many Pics: Miners Drop Home Opener to Rice 31-14

Saturday night was UTEP’s Conference USA Opener, a home opener and a chance to show off their new helmet and uniform combination, but the Rice Owls crashed the party with a 31-14 victory.

“I don’t have a lot to say,” UTEP coach Sean Kugler said.  “We got beat soundly in all phases.  Hats off to Rice, they were the better team today, they were the more physical team today.  They ran the ball extremely well and we didn’t.  We dropped balls, we fumbled the ball, we didn’t tackle, we missed a lot of tackles in the backfield.  It was a poor effort on our part, and it starts with me.  Hats off to David Bailiff and his squad.”

Our very own Andres Acosta was there and brings your his view of the game in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

Rice Owls vs UTEP Miners, Sun Bowl Stadium, September 9th, 2017

Monster’s Musings: Miners’ Woes Continue

After a devastating loss to Oklahoma last week, The UTEP Miners were hoping to bounce back with a win over the Rice Owls.

Unfortunately for the 19,136 fans in attendance at the Sun Bowl on Saturday evening, they saw the Miners get dominated by the Owls with by a final score of 31-14.

UTEP wore an all-white uniform, that featured the debut of a very sweet looking white helmet with a navy and white pickaxe; sadly the new uniform didn’t make the Miners play better.

The stats don’t lie, after the 2nd quarter, the Miner offense – led by Ryan Metz only gained a total of 51 yards. That was not a misprint51 yards of total offense in the 1st half. Rice on the other hand gained 192 yards of total offense and had a 10-0 lead.

Things didn’t get better for the Miners in the 3rd quarter, as they couldn’t get anything going on offense and the defense gave up a 52 yard touchdown pass from QB Sam Glaesmann to WR Aaron Cephus, which was part of a 4 play 77 yard drive making the score 17-0.

To say that the Miner offense was struggling during this game is an understatement. Other than on the first drive of the game UTEP didn’t get past the 50 yard line until 5 minutes left to go in the 3rd quarter. And on the very next play on 4th and 1, Ryan Metz connected with Warren Redix for a 44 yard touchdown pass on a play action play which made the score 17-7.

But it was a little too late as Rice continued to dominate on the ground as they added another touchdown when WR Jordan Myers scored on a 3 yard run making the score 24-7

Bottom line is that UTEP needed to come in to this game and be competitive against Rice especially after they got trounced by Oklahoma and that’s not what we got.

The offense was nonexistent for most of the game the defense allowed Rice to average over 6 yards per carry and when the offense did decide to show up, it was a little too late.

Sure, the Miners added another touchdown towards the end of the game, but Rice added another one of their own.

The most shocking thing to me about the game was the crowd. Sure it was announced that there were 19,136 fans there but if you were at the game you know that’s not how many people were really there. I say realistically there was about 17,500 people at the Sun Bowl.

What concerns me is that the crowd looked liked what we’ve come to expect during the latter part of the year, but this was the Miners first home game!

UTEP needed a good showing tonight so fans could be jacked up about the Arizona Wildcats coming in to the Sun Bowl this Friday night. After what I saw I don’t know that many fans that think that the Miners will have a shot against the Wildcats and might decide to go see high school football or the El Paso Chihuahuas who are in the middle of a great playoff run.

The Miners can still fix the problems that they’re having, remember this was barley the 2nd game of the season, but they need to have a BETTER outing against Arizona or the season could be lost as far as the fans are concerned.

Author: Mando ‘the Monster’ Medina – El Paso Herald-Post Sports Columnist  | Previous stories HERE.

ADDITIONAL MINER CONTENT via Herald Post Sports In-Depth

Story in Many Pics: Miners Drop Home Opener to Rice 31-14 – Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta

Rice Spoils UTEP’s CUSA Opener – Staff Report

Miners Drop Second Straight After Rice Runs Them Over 31–14 – Daniel Ornelas

Rice Spoils UTEP’s C-USA Opener 31-14

Samuel Stewart rushed for 89 yards, and Rice piled up 306 on the ground to top UTEP, 31-14, in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.

The Owls (1-1, 1-0 C-USA) scored the game’s first 17 points and, after the Miners (0-2, 0-1 C-USA) drew within 10 late in the third quarter, put it away with a 10-play, 87-yard drive, capped by Jordan Myers’ three-yard scoring run.

Myers was one of three Owl backs to find the end zone, along with Sam Glaesmann and Nahshon Ellerbe who had scoring runs of five and three yards respectively.

Rice quarterback Glaesmann accounted for two touchdowns in all.  His 52-yard pass to Aaron Cephus early in the third quarter gave the Owls the 17-0 lead.

“I don’t have a lot to say,” UTEP coach Sean Kugler said.  “We got beat soundly in all phases.  Hats off to Rice, they were the better team today, they were the more physical team today.  They ran the ball extremely well and we didn’t.  We dropped balls, we fumbled the ball, we didn’t tackle, we missed a lot of tackles in the backfield.  It was a poor effort on our part, and it starts with me.  Hats off to David Bailiff and his squad.”

The Owls led by 17 three times at 17-0, 24-7 and 31-14.  UTEP pulled within 10 for the second time (24-14) on a one-yard run by Ryan Metz with 4:56 remaining but couldn’t recover the onside kick.

The Miners were flustered offensively for the most part with 229 yards on 57 plays (4.0 average).

“I don’t think it was so much scheme from them defensively, I don’t think we executed really well,” Kugler said.  “There were a couple of nice runs, and then we fumbled the ball.  I thought Ryan had some nice throws, and I don’t know how many drops he had tonight.  If I tally it up, I bet it would be close to 10.”

Rice gained 437 yards on 67 plays (6.5 average).

Rice had 192 yards at the half but UTEP was able to stay within striking distance at 10-0.  The Owls opted to go for it on fourth and one at the UTEP six-yard line late in the second quarter, but Glaesmann fumbled at the five and the Miners’ Nik Needham recovered to help keep it close.

Glaesmann finished 10-of-18 passing for 131 yards.

Metz completed 18-of-33 passes for 203 yards for the Miners.  He threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Warren Redix with 3:47 left in the third quarter.

Walter Dawn Jr. led UTEP with 24 yards rushing on nine carries, and Kavika Johnson was the top receiver with six catches for 67 yards.

Metz was sacked four times, and the Owls tallied eight tackles for losses with six quarterback hurries.  Treyvon Hughes and Dante Lovilotte led the Miner defense with 11 tackles apiece.  Alvin Jones had two quarterback hurries despite playing only the second half.

The Miners were a battered group at the end of the night.

“I can’t tally it up right now, but some very significant injuries and some season-ending injuries,” Kugler said.

The Miners will host the Pac-12’s Arizona Wildcats for the first time in 40 years on Friday (Sept. 15) at 8 p.m. MT.  “Military Night” festivities will feature a pre-game flyover and parachute team drop-in.  Tickets are available by calling (915) 747-5234.

“You go back to work and you find out about character of young men, you find out about character of coaches,” Kugler said.  “It’s two games into the season.  We’ll go right back to work.  We don’t have much time to think about it because we have a Pac-12 team coming in here Friday night.  You won’t see us dwelling on it.  We’ve got to get back right to work.”