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UTEP Defense Dominates the Day at the Final Scrimmage

UTEP football camp 2016 came to a close as the Miners had their final scrimmage on Saturday morning in the Sun Bowl before taking the practice field next week to prepare for the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10 against rival NM State on Sept. 3.

Though the session opened with a Zack Greenlee 32-yard pass completion to Warren Redix, the defense kept the offense out of the end zone a good chunk of the morning. The Miners’ offense hit pay dirt once, a Tyrone Nelson 10-yard touchdown rush.

In four move-the-ball possessions (starting from the 25-yard line), the offense didn’t convert any of the drives into the scores. Greenlee moved the ball first, getting stopped at the opponent’s 44-yard line. Freshman Mark Torrez, out of Eastwood High School in El Paso, gained the most yards (69) on the offense’s fourth drive.

Sophomore defensive lineman Mike Sota tallied a defense-leading five tackles and a quarterback hurry. Leon Hayes, Lawrence Montegut, Cooper Foster, Makana Fraser and Foster Dixson each registered three tackles. Freshman defensive lineman Christian Johnson scored a touchdown for the ‘D’ on a forced fumble/fumble recovery near the end of the scrimmage. Gene Hopkins and Sky Logan notched a sack a piece.

The offense ran four other drives from the opponent’s 23-yard line. The first three were stopped, but Johnson led the drive that resulted in Nelson’s score.

Overall, the quarterbacks were 25-of-34 for 279 yards and an interception. Greenlee finished 6-of-8 for 85 yards, while Metz led in yards (112) on 10-of-13 passing. Johnson was 4-for-8 (47 yards) while Torrez was a perfect 5-for-5 (35 yards.)

As far as pass receiving, freshman Eddie Sinegal had a nice morning, leading the offense in catches (four) and yards (60), including a 29-yard reception. Jaquan White tallied three receptions for 45 yards. White registered a pair of 16-yard catches, both for first downs. In a quarterback-to-quarterback connection, Metz hooked up with Johnson on a pair of receptions for 29 yards. Augie Touris added a 30-yard catch from Metz.

The rushing attack went for 182 yards on 50 attempts and a score. Freshman Kevin Dove led the way with 50 yards on 12 carries, while Nelson gained 35 yards on 11 rushes. Freshman Quadraiz Wadley recorded 46 total yards.

During the final drive of the scrimmage, where the ‘young players’ saw action, Desmond Davis gained 27 yards on 3 attempts, including back-to-back first down runs of 11 and 14 yards. Orion Prescott, also on the final drive, added a catch for two yards and 10 yard on a pair of rushes.

The 2016 season opens against the Aggies on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Sun City. UTEP will then travel to Austin to take on Texas in week two (Sept. 10), following with a contest against Army in the Sun Bowl, a 5 p.m. kickoff.

UTEP Offense Impresses during Scrimmage on Final Day of Camp

The UTEP football team played its final scrimmage at Camp Ruidoso, as the offense made major improvements from last week’s scrimmage.

The team will travel back to El Paso on Sunday after 12 days of camp, have Monday off and will continue two-a-days this week.

The offense, which is running with a new offensive system, looked out of sync during last Tuesday’s scrimmage. But the squad worked during this past week to make the necessary adjustments for Sunday’s session.

“I thought (the scrimmage) went really well,” fourth-year head coach Sean Kugler said. “I thought all three quarterbacks in the move-the-ball segment did a great job and led the team for touchdowns. It was a good bounce-back segment for the offense.”

UTEP quarterbacks started the scrimmage 12-of-14 for 100 yards, as the field generals led their respective squads to the end zone on all three possessions.

Transfer Zach Greenlee went 2-for-2 on the first drive and ended the drive with a four-yard scramble to paydirt. Sophomore Ryan Metz went 4-for-4 on the second possession, as that concluded with an Orion Prescott 10-yard touchdown run. Sophomore Kavika Johnson led the offense on the third possession that resulted in a Sterling Napier 10-yard touchdown reception.

Overall, UTEP quarterbacks (Greenlee 7-7, 82 yards, 1 TD; Johnson 8-10, 71 yards; Metz 5-9, 39 yards; Mark Torrez 2-5, 9 yards) combined for 201 yards on 22-of-31 passing and a score. The offense also didn’t commit any turnovers during the scrimmage.

Aaron Jones sat the scrimmage out, as most of the players who suffered major injuries in 2015 did. But Jones’s backup’s grinded out yards with tough running.

Freshmen running backs Kevin Dove and Quadraiz Wadley impressed coaches and teammates with their aggressive rushing attack. Wadley ran for 63 yards on 10 carries, while Dove bruised his way to 62 yards on eight attempts. Prescott rushed for a pair of touchdowns on the day.

The defense, which has switched to a 3-4 set from the 4-2-5 set the last few seasons, did pick up their tempo later in the scrimmage. During the red zone portion, the defense stopped the offense on three of four attempts. During the two-minute drill session, the defense picked up a sack notched by Christian Richardson.

Senior defensive back Dashone Smith led the defense with six tackles, while sophomore defensive back Kalon Beverly tallied four stops. The defense combined for four hurries and a pair of pass breakups.

The offense concluded the scrimmage by picking up a first down – a Johnson completion to freshman wide receiver Eddie Sinegal – during the gotta have it portion (one play to get a first down on a fourth-and-five scenario). Sinegal hauled in four passes for 40 yards, while Tyler Batson recorded the same numbers. Plinke caught a pair of passes for 38 yards, while Cole Freytag tallied 27 yards on two catches.

The 2016 season will open at the Sun Bowl against I-10 rival NM State at 6 p.m. For season tickets call 915.747.6150

UTEP Football Single-Game Tickets Available Starting Monday

Single-game tickets to each of UTEP’s seven 2016 football home games will go on saleMonday at the University Ticket Center, located at 2901 North Mesa Street next to the Don Haskins Center.

Single-game tickets will also be sold at the UTEP Miner Store, located on the East side at 1452 Zaragoza Suite 500-A (note the UTEP Miner Store is closed on Mondays).

Tickets can be purchased at, with applicable service charges, beginning on Monday.

Prices start at just $12 per game.  As in years past, military discounts are available for all home games.

The UTEP Ticket Center phone number is 747-5234, and the UTEP Miner Store number is 747-8887.

UTEP Season Tickets are also on sale by calling 747-6150.  General admission season tickets are only $75, and family packs (two adults/two youth ages 12 and under) are $210.

The Miners will kick off the season versus I-10 rival NM State on Sept. 3, and will host Army on Sept. 17. UTEP’s other 2016 home opponents are Southern Miss (Sept. 24), FIU (Oct. 8), Old Dominion (Oct. 29), Houston Baptist (Nov. 5) and North Texas (Nov. 26).

UTEP Defense Dominates Tuesday Session at Camp Ruidoso

RUIDOSO, N.M. – The UTEP football team wrapped up its first scrimmage at Camp Ruidoso, as the defense dominated the Tuesday morning session.

Sophomore defensive lineman Mike Sota set the tone when he intercepted a Zack Greenlee pass on the third play of the scrimmage. Greenlee, a junior transfer, finished 7-for-11 for 77 yards and a touchdown. Sota also chipped in with a pair of tackles.

The scrimmage started with the offense taking the ball from its own 20-yard line and the defense preventing any touchdown celebrations. Alvin Jones and Nik Needham led the way with four tackles each, while Jones also recorded a tackle for loss. The defense also registered a pair of sacks (Nick Usher & Foster Dixon) and four quarterback hurries.

Another key defensive play was when sophomore Kavika Johnson found 5-foot-6 wide receiver Walter Dawn for a five-yard first down reception up the middle, but senior Brendon Royal forced a fumble that was recovered by freshman Kolbi McGary. Royal recorded a pair of stops and a pass breakup, while McGary tallied a trio of tackles. Walter, however, did score a touchdown (three-yard rush) later during the scrimmage.

The offense finally found paydirt on a trio of occasions during red zone situations. Sophomore Ryan Metz scrambled for an eight-yard score, sophomore Treyvon Hughes found the end zone on an eight-yard rush and Johnson found junior Tyler Batson for a 20-yard scoring reception. Johnson finished 5-of-10 for 85 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Johnson’s second touchdown was a seven-yard toss to junior Elliot Oldham during the two-minute drill session.

Greenlee went to senior wide receiver Cole Freytag for a seven-yard score also during the two-minute drill. Freytag led the scrimmage with three receptions for 31 yards. Batson tallied 44 yards on a pair of catches.

Freshman Mark Torrez saw action, as the Eastwood High School graduate was 2-for-2 for 100 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown pass to freshman running back Quadraiz Wadley.

Overall, UTEP quarterbacks finished 15-of-27 (56 percent) for 266 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. The offense rushed for 133 yards on 28 carries (4.75 avg.) and a pair of scores. Aaron Jones led the way with 48 yards on eight carries, while Hughes rushed for 35 yards on eight attempts.

The Miners will conclude camp at Ruidoso on Sunday, Aug. 14 after the second scrimmage of camp. Individual drills will begin at 8:45 a.m. MT, while the scrimmage will start promptly after.

UTEP Football Adds Three; Luna Earns Full Scholarship

RUIDOSO, N.M. – As Camp Ruidoso wrapped up day one, head coach Sean Kugler announced the additions of three transfers – linebackers Makana Fraser and Dante Lovilotte, and tight end Kent Taylor on Thursday.

Kugler was also pleased to announce that junior starting punter Alan Luna has earned a full scholarship for his final two seasons.

Fraser played in seven contests as a sophomore at Phoenix College. He registered 30 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Lovilette played in 11 games as a sophomore at Kilgore College. He led the defense with 95 tackles (59 solo), while adding 4.0 sacks, three interceptions (one for a pick six), four breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Taylor played in 11 contests, starting one at Kansas in 2015. He was KU’s leading tight end with 15 receptions for 179 yards and a score.

Luna, who played all 12 games as the starting punter in 2015, earned a full scholarship for his final two seasons with the Miners. In his first season with the Orange and Blue, Luna averaged 44.4 yards per punt (2,885 yards) on 65 boots. The native of El Paso earned All-Conference USA honorable mention for his stellar sophomore campaign and was on the 2015 Ray Guy Watch List.

Luna was also announced to the 2016 Dave Campbell’s Preseason All-Texas first team and 2016 Athlon Sports Preseason All-C-USA second team.

Luna is a General Business major with a 3.18 GPA.

The Miners will tackle a seven-game home schedule that features non-conference matchups with NM State (Sept. 3) and Army (Sept. 17).


43     Makana Fraser                    LB        6-0          225      Keaau, HI (Phoenix College)

PRIOR TO UTEP: Played in seven games as a sophomore … registered 30 tackles, five tackle for loss and a forced fumble  … led team with 16 tackles (10s/6a), four tackles for loss and a sack versus New Mexico Institute  … saw action in seven games as a freshman … notched 19 tackles and one fumble recovery … posted a season-best of six tackles (five assisted) versus Eastern Arizona College.

80        Kent Taylor               TE       6-5       240      Tampa, Fla. (Kansas)

PRIOR TO UTEP: Played in 11 games, starting one at Kansas in 2015 … KU’s leading tight end, caught 15 passes for 179 yards and a score … hauled in a career-high three passes for 28 yards at Texas  … scored a touchdown on a 15-yard grab against South Dakota State  … sat out season in 2014 at Kansas … did not see game action at Florida in 2013 … played in six contests in first season at Florida in 2012 … made first catch at Vanderbilt … scored a touchdown against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl … a consensus four-star recruit … rated as the no. 1 tight end in the nation by and … ranked the no. 10 player in the state of Florida by … named an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated… named first team all-conference during senior season after recording 30 catches for 480 yards with five touchdowns despite missing the first month of the season with a broken left hand.

PERSONAL: Son of Rob and Susan Taylor.

45     Dante Lovilette   LB    5-11     230      Port Arthur, Texas (Kilgore College)

PRIOR TO UTEP: Played in 11 games at Kilgore College in 2015 … led squad with 95 tackles (59 solo) … averaged 8.6 tackles per game … added 4.0 sacks (37 yards), three interceptions (one for a pick six), four breakups, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries … tallied a season-high 16 stops (12 solo) against Tyler Junior College … returned an interception 50 yards for a score during a 24-21 win against Trinity Valley C.C. … amassed 15 tackles (nine solo) with a sack (16 yards) and an interception during a win at Navarro College … registered 10 tackles and 2.0 sacks during a victory at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College … tallied 23 tackles in 10 games during freshman season (2014) … named second team All-District 21-5A at the ILB position at Port Arthur Memorial during senior season (2013).

UTEP Football To Start Camp Ruidoso on Thursday

The 2016 UTEP football season will begin when the team leaves on Aug. 3 to Ruidoso, N.M. for 12 days. The busses are expected to depart from the Larry K. Durham center at noon. The team will stay at the MCM Elegante Lodge & Suites.

There will be two scrimmages, the first on Aug. 9 and the second on Aug. 14. Both sessions will start at 9:45 a.m. The Community Day Barbeque with UTEP Football (fan day) will take place on Aug. 7 (4:30-6:30 p.m.) at the MCM Elegante Lodge & Suites.

Practice will officially commence the morning of Aug. 4. On Monday, players will be in full pads for the first time.

The first scrimmage will take place on Tuesday, while practice will resume in shorts at 3:45-5:15 p.m.

The second scrimmage will take place on Sunday (Aug. 14) at 9:45 a.m. and the team will depart Ruidoso following the session. The team will return to practice on Tuesday at Glory Field.

UTEP football season tickets are on sale now by calling (915) 747-6150. The Miners will tackle a seven-game home schedule that features non-conference matchups with NM State (Sept. 3) and Army (Sept. 17).

UTEP’s Laufasa Garners Polynesian College Player of the Year Watch List Honors

Darrin Laufasa was named to the 2016 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday.

The fullback is a three-year starter and recorded 183 rushing yards on 33 attempts and a touchdown last season. He rushed for a career-best 85 yards on eight carries (10.6 avg.), including a career-long 66-yard touchdown run during a come-from-behind overtime victory at rival NM State.

As a fullback, Laufasa has been a major player in protecting the quarterback and creating holes for the running attack. The senior has paved the way for Aaron Jones to gain over 800 yards and 1,300 yards in 2014.

The award is presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian college football player that epitomizes great ability and integrity.

UTEP will open the season at home against I-10 rival NM State on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. MT. Call 747-6150 today to purchase UTEP season tickets.

UTEP Athletics to Thank Fans with Season Ticket Pickup Event

UTEP Athletics and the Miner football team are grateful to the fans that purchase 2016 season tickets.  Next week, fans can pick up their tickets and receive a very special “thank you” for their support.

From Tuesday, Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 4, between the hours of noon and 7 p.m., UTEP cheerleaders and Paydirt Pete will be on hand at the UTEP Season Ticket Office.  Miner football players will be there onTuesday, Aug. 2 between 4 and 7 p.m. prior to departing for preseason camp in Ruidoso.

Fans can come purchase and/or pick up their tickets, take photos and receive a special gift from UTEP Athletics.  The UTEP Season Ticket Office is located in Brumbelow Building Room 109.

UTEP football season tickets start at just $75 and family packs (two adults/two youth ages 12 and under) are available for $210.  Call 747-6150 today to reserve your tickets for seven home games including I-10 rival NM State (Sept. 3) and Army (Sept. 17).

UTEP Sets the Stage for 26th Annual Minerpalooza Extravaganza

The University of Texas at El Paso’s largest tradition, Minerpalooza, will celebrate 26 years of Miner spirit with fun and entertainment for everyone on Friday, August 26th.

This year’s talent lineup includes headliner Sky (formerly of LMFAO); pop duo Nina Sky; local Spanish rock band SayVerse and the death-defying Motorcycle Globe of Death. Live entertainment will begin with local favorite Azucar followed by the UTEP Pantastics steel drum ensemble.

“Minerpalooza is one of the most exciting times for UTEP,” said Nicole Aguilar, director of UTEP’s Office of Student Life.“We really set the tone for the school year by celebrating what we know will be another great year, welcome all students coming back to campus and engage the greater community.

“With the variety of entertainment, food and attractions, there’s something for everyone. This is a great opportunity for students to see what UTEP is about and for the greater community to show their support.”

Additional festivities will include carnival-style games, inflatable jumping balloons inside Pete’s Playground, a variety of food vendors and food trucks, and a beer and wine garden. Kicking off the event, the UTEP Band and Cheerleaders will lead a pep rally featuring Paydirt Pete, student athletes and coaches.

Last year, approximately 20,000 people attended UTEP’s biggest and most anticipated tradition, and this year even more are expected to join in on the fun!

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information and updates, check out or contact the Office of Student Life at 915-747-5648.

What: UTEP’s Minerpalooza pep rally and party

When: 6 p.m. – midnight Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Where: Sun Bowl parking lot P-9, on the UTEP campus at the corner of Sun Bowl Drive and Glory Road

Five Miners Receive C-USA Preseason Honors

Five Miners earned a spot on the 2016 Conference USA Football preseason award list on Wednesday.

Leading the way on offense is Aaron Jones and Will Hernandez. Jones was recently named to the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award Watch List. The junior looks to make his return after suffering an ankle injury early in the season last year. Jones currently ranks eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list and has accounted for 20 touchdowns in 23 games.

Hernandez is a two-year starter for the Miners and looks to guide the offensive unit to another productive season. The unit is known for protecting the field, tying for sixth nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game.

On defense, captains Nick Usher and Alvin Jones garnered recognition. Usher will be making the move from defensive lineman to linebacker this season. Last season, the senior ranked second on the team in sacks with 3.5 for 21 yards. He also notched 46 tackles (27s/19a), 10 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, five quarterback hurries and a blocked kick.

In 2015, Jones led the team with 93 tackles (48s/45a), 14.5 tackles for loss (59 yards), 6.5 sacks (41 yards) and two safeties, while adding four quarterback hurries.

On special team, underclassman Warren Redix garnered punt returner honors. The all-around player was asked to step in on punt return late in the season and registered four punts for 24 yards.

UTEP will open the season at home against I-10 rival NM State on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. MT. Call 747-6150 today to purchase UTEP season tickets.

UTEP’s Jones Receives Doak Walker Honors

UTEP running back Aaron Jones was named to the 2016 Doak Walker Award Watch List on Thursday.

The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. This is the second straight year that the junior garners recognition on the watch list.

The El Paso native currently ranks eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list with 2,341-career rushing yards and has scored 20 total touchdowns in 23-career games. Last season, Jones started the first two games before a season ending injury. In the first half versus Texas Tech, he gained 139 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a program best 91-yard touchdown rush and added a 24-yard touchdown reception.

The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists on November 16, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the three finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 22. The committee will cast a second vote beginning Nov. 28 to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.

The recipient of the 2016 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas in early 2017.

UTEP will open the season on Sept. 3 at home versus I-10 rival NM State. Season tickets are on sale now for the Miners’ seven-game home schedule, which features a matchup with Army on Sept. 17. The UTEP season ticket office phone number is (915) 747-6150.

UTEP Football Season Tickets Now On Sale

With the 2016 UTEP football season is just a couple of months away, fans can now get on board for seven action-packed home games, at affordable prices.

The lowest season ticket price is $75 for general admission.  Family packs are also available for $210.  The family pack allows two adults and two youth (ages 12 and under) to attend every game.  That’s only $30 per family per contest!

New Family Pack accounts will also receive two free memberships to the Miner Kid’s Club presented by First Light FCU.

Benefits of Kid’s Club membership include an exclusive game day t-shirt, welcome pack with Miner giveaways, free entry to all regular season soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball home events, and free entry to one pre-selected regular season football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball home game.

In addition, there are special Kid’s Club days for each sport, members will get the chance to deliver game balls for each sport, and limited edition collector’s buttons will be given out at every home game.

Miner Kid’s Club membership is ordinarily $30 and $25 for additional siblings.

The Miner football team will open the season at home versus NM State on Sept. 3.  Other 2016 home games are Army (Sept. 17), Southern Miss (Sept. 24), FIU (Oct. 8), Old Dominion (Oct. 29), Houston Baptist (Nov. 5) and North Texas (Nov. 26).

Call 747-6150 today to purchase UTEP season tickets.

UTEP’s Jones Named to Maxwell Award Watch List

Aaron Jones was named to the 80th annual Maxwell Award watch list on Tuesday.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.

Jones is one of six Conference USA players receiving recognition on the watch list. The junior currently ranks eighth on the program’s all-time rushing list with 2,341-career rushing yards and has scored 20 total touchdowns in 23-career games. Last season, Jones started the first two games before a season ending injury.

In the first half versus Texas Tech, he gained 139 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a program best 91-yard touchdown rush and added a 24-yard touchdown reception.

UTEP will open the season at home against I-10 rival NM State on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. MT. Call 747-6150 today to purchase UTEP season tickets.

UTEP Football Players named to All Conference-USA Preseason Team

Ten Miners were selected to the Athlon Sports All-Conference USA Preseason Team on Friday.

On offense, Aaron Jones and Will Hernandez were tabbed second team honors. Jones started the first two games last season before suffering a season-ending injury. The captain ran for 139 yards on 17 carries, including a program-best 91-yard touchdown rush and added a 24-yard touchdown reception against Texas Tech. The junior also garnered C-USA honorable mention honors after only playing two games last season.

As a sophomore, Hernandez started all 12 games last year at the left guard position. He was named to Phil Steele’s 2015 Postseason All-Conference USA third team and earned a C-USA honorable mention. He was part of the unit that led C-USA in sacks allowed (12) and ranked tied sixth nationally in sacks allowed per game (1.0).

Also earning second team recognition are specialist Jay Mattox and Alan Luna. Mattox led UTEP with 68 points and connected on 15-of-19 field goal attempts and was 23-of-24 on PATs. Currently the senior ranks third amongst kickers in program history with 203 points and his 98-career PATs ranks second in school history.

Last season, Luna ranked tied second in C-USA and tied 16th nationally in punting average (44.4 yards per punt). The walk-on tallied 21 punts on 50-plus yards and 15 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Receiving third team honors are Alvin Jones and Hayden Plinke. Jones played and started in all 12 games last season. The linebacker led the team with 93 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two safeties and added four quarterback hurries.

Plinke played in 11 games and started in 10 before missing the last game of the season due to injury. He was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List and ranked second on the team in receptions (37) and receiving yards (405).

Garnering fourth team recognition are Jerome Daniels, Nick Usher, Devin Cockrell and Terry Juniel.

The Miners were picked to finish third in the league in the west division and were selected to challenge Southern Miss for the top spot. Both Steven Lassan and Mitch Light picked UTEP as the sleeper team. Lassan also designated Aaron Jones the comeback player of the year.

UTEP will kickoff the season at home on Sept. 3 against I-10 rival NM State at 6 p.m. MT.

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Two UTEP Football Road Games Picked Up for TV

Conference USA announced its preliminary 2016 football television schedule on Wednesday, and two of the Miners’ five road games have been selected for airing.

The Longhorn Network will carry UTEP’s road opener at Texas on Sept. 10 with a start time of 5 p.m. MT.

The Miners’ C-USA road opener at LA Tech on Oct. 1 will also be televised.  Kickoff is at 5 p.m. as well and the game will be shown on the American Sports Network.

The Conference USA championship game is on Dec. 3 and will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Additional Conference USA football television exposures will be released as soon as they are finalized.

UTEP will open the season on Sept. 3 at home versus I-10 rival NM State.  Season tickets are on sale now for the Miners’ seven-game home schedule, which features a matchup with Army on Sept. 17.  The UTEP season ticket office phone number is(915) 747-6150.

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