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Gallery+Video+Story: NM State Rides Big Fourth Quarter to 44-35 Win Over UTEP

LAS CRUCES  – NM State erupted for 23 fourth-quarter points, capitalizing on some late UTEP turnovers, and beat the Miners 44-35 on Saturday afternoon at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The Aggies (2-9) won their second consecutive game while topping UTEP (1-10) in the Battle of I-10.

The teams combined for 42 points in the wild final period.  But after the Miners went ahead 22-21 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Kai Locksley to Jacob Cowing with 14:55 remaining, the Aggies scored 16 unanswered points to pull in front 37-22.

Locksley had a career game with 358 yards passing and 103 yards rushing.  But his interception and fumble in the fourth quarter led to 10 critical points for the Aggies.

The first half was a showcase for NMSU’s Jason Huntley, who rushed six times for 167 yards including runs of 39, 53 and 57 yards.  NM State took a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter on Huntley’s 39-yard touchdown run.  The Miners tied it up early in the second quarter on Treyvon Hughes’ 12th rushing touchdown of the season, an 11-yard dash into the end zone.

UTEP took its first lead when Gavin Baechle converted a 34-yard field goal with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter.  They extended their advantage to 13-7 on a 21-yard field goal by Baechle with 1:29 on the clock.  But the Aggies regained the lead as Huntley busted loose for the 53-yard rushing score shortly before halftime.

The third quarter was relatively uneventful as Baechle converted his third field goal and Huntley picked up his third rushing TD of the game.  NMSU held a slim 21-16 lead heading into the final period.

After the Miners went ahead for the last time, quarterback Josh Adkins led the Aggies on a nine-play, 69-yard drive and found Tony Nicholson for a seven-yard touchdown.  The two-point conversion attempt was no good, but NMSU led 27-22 and wouldn’t trail again.

Locksley’s first turnover of the game, an interception into the hands of Rashie Hodge, Jr., led to a 53-yard field goal by the Aggies’ Dylan Brown.  Then, on the next series, Locksley was sacked, the ball was pried loose and Matthew Young returned it 19 yards for a TD and a 37-22 lead.

The Miners tacked on a couple of late touchdowns but weren’t able to get closer than eight points.

UTEP racked up a season-high 557 yards of offense to NMSU’s 441.  Adkins threw for 175 yards for the Aggies, and Huntley rushed for 191 yards.

Justin Garrett had 101 receiving yards for UTEP and Hughes went over 1,000 yards rushing for his career, finishing with 60 yards on the ground.

The Miners will conclude the 2019 season at home against Rice on “Senior Day” next Saturday (Nov. 30) at 1 p.m.  Fans can receive one youth ticket (ages 12 and under) for free with the purchase of an adult ticket.  Tickets, starting at $12, are available by calling 747-5234 or by going online.

Gallery by Ruben R. Ramirez | Video Clips by Johnny Yturales – El Paso Herald Post | Video Highlights by UTEP

Miners, Aggies to face off in annual Gridiron Battle of I-10

The annual gridiron edition of the “Battle of I-10” will kick off this weekend when UTEP makes the short trip to Las Cruces on Saturday to take on New Mexico State in non-conference action.

“This is always a big game for everybody involved in El Paso, everyone involved in the program and everyone who cares about our program,” head coach Dana Dimel said.

“This is a big game and it will be a fun challenge. New Mexico State had a nice win last week and did some positive things both offensively and defensively. They are a football team that is hot from that win last week and they are obviously a much better football team than their record indicates. They have a lot of talented players with good athleticism and they are coached extremely well. This is always a fun game for our guys. We’ve been getting ready to have an exciting weekend with our guys and we are ready to play a really good football game and try to get better every day.”

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. MT on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces.

The Miners and Aggies have previously met 96 times on the gridiron in a series that dates back to 1914. UTEP leads the all-time series, 57-37-2, over NM State.

The Aggies have won two straight in the series, including a 27-20 win over UTEP last season in El Paso.

PREGAME NOTES

  • The winner of the annual matchup between UTEP and NM State will take home a pair of traveling trophies. The older of the two is known as the Silver Spade. It is a replica of an old prospector’s shovel found in an abandoned mine in the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces and has been traded between the schools since 1955. A second trophy is officially titled the Mayor’s Cup, but is commonly referred to as the Brass Spittoon and was added in 1982.

  • This Saturday’s annual matchup between UTEP and NM State will mark the first time since 1969 that the two teams have met on the gridiron in the month of November. The Nov. 23 kickoff is also the latest the Miners and Aggies have faced off since 1960 when the two squads played on Nov. 26 in a game NM State won, 27-15, in Las Cruces.

  • On offense, the Miners are led by senior running back Treyvon Hughes, who has 137 carries for 593 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in 10 games, which ranks second in C-USA and 19th nationally. Hughes is averaging 59.3 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry this season. Hughes has scored a touchdown in all but three games this season, including scoring in five of the last six games.

  • Kicker Gavin Baechle enters Saturday’s game 9-of-10 on field goals and a perfect 19-of-19 on PATs, making him second on the team in scoring behind only Treyvon Hughes. Baechle’s nine field goals makes him the first Miner kicker since 2015 to connect on at least nine field goals in a season. The last UTEP kicker to do so was Jay Mattox, who was 15-of-19 on field goals in 2015.

  • Defensively, UTEP’s leading tackler this season is senior safety Michael Lewis, who has 81 total tackles (47 solo) to go along with an interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Justin Rogers leads the Miners with three fumble recoveries this season, while he also had an interception versus LA Tech (10/26) to make it four straight years he has recorded an interception for the Miners. Rogers is ranked second on the team with 64 total tackles (43 solo).

The game will be broadcast on FloFootball with Adam Young (play-by-play) and Danny Knee (analysis) calling all the action on Saturday afternoon. Fans can also watch the game via FOX Sports Arizona Plus and FOX Sports Go.

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).

Miners fall at UAB 37-10; Hardison gives UTEP offense a spark

Sophomore quarterback Gavin Hardison gave UTEP a lift against the nation’s sixth-ranked defense, but the Miners were unable to overcome a rough start and dropped a 37-10 decision at UAB on Saturday afternoon.

After Kai Locksley opened the game with four incompletions and an interception on the Miners’ first three drives he was replaced by Hardison, who saw his first action of the season.  Hardison came on for the final series of the first quarter with the Miners behind 17-0.

Two field goals later, UTEP trailed 23-0 and Hardison went to work.  He completed 3-of-5 passes for 60 yards on the next drive and led the Miners to their first touchdown.  He hooked up with Alan Busey for an eight-yard score with seven seconds remaining in the first half.  It was Hardison’s first TD pass as a Miner and Busey’s first TD reception.

After six fruitless possessions to open the game, Hardison led the Miners into Blazers territory on five consecutive series.  Following the touchdown drive, Hardison directed the Miners to the Blazer five-yard line, but his fourth-down pass to the right corner of the end zone was out of Tre’shon Wolf’s reach.

UTEP trailed 23-7 at the time.  The Miners’ next two drives stalled at the UAB 23 and 38, respectively, but produced a 41-yard field goal by Gavin Baechle.

Meanwhile, quarterback Dylan Hopkins spearheaded a Blazer rushing attack that put up 353 yards.  His 78-yard run set up Jermaine Brown Jr.’s six-yard TD, which increased UAB’s lead to 30-7 late in the third quarter.  Following Baechle’s field goal, Hopkins took to the air to connect with Myron Mitchell on a 40-yard TD pass, making the score 37-10.

Hardison got the Miners to the Blazer three-yard line in the final minutes, but his fourth-down pass intended for Justin Garrett in the end zone was incomplete.

Hopkins rushed 14 times for 163 yards for UAB (7-3, 4-2 C-USA), and Brown added 116 yards on 22 carries.

Hardison, the transfer from New Mexico Military Institute, finished 16-for-37 passing for 222 yards.  Five of his completions went to Jacob Cowing, who had 85 receiving yards.

With Denzel Chukwukelu serving a half-game suspension, senior Stephen Forester made his first career start at linebacker and was a star on defense for the Miners.  He posted career-highs across the board with 11 tackles (11 solo), two tackles for losses, a sack and a quarterback hurry.

UTEP (1-9, 0-7 C-USA) will match up with NM State in the Battle of I-10 next Saturday (Nov. 23) at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces.  Kickoff is at 2 p.m. MT.  The teams will meet for the 97th time overall.  It’s the latest Battle of I-10 since a Nov. 26, 1960 matchup in Las Cruces.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling (575) 646-2770 or (575) 646-1420.  Miner fans should request tickets in sections Q and R, which are the designated UTEP sections.

The UTEP Alumni Association will sponsor a tailgate party from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on game day at La Posta de Mesilla, 2410 Calle de San Albino in Mesilla.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online by Nov. 20.

The Miners will conclude the 2019 season at home against Rice on “Senior Day” Nov. 30 at 1 p.m.  Tickets for that game are available by calling 747-5234 or by going online.

UTEP travels to Birmingham to Face UAB

The UTEP Football team will hit the road this weekend as the Miners travel to take on UAB in Conference USA action this Saturday, November 16 with kickoff set for 11 a.m. MT at Legion Field in Birmingham.

“As we move forward to this week’s ball game, it will be a challenge for us, but it’s one that we are excited about,” head coach Dana Dimel said. “We played this team really competitive last year and they had 37 seniors that they lost, so we feel like we can definitely go down to Birmingham and have a very competitive game. Hopefully, games like this that we just lost the way we lost it where we played well enough to win, will give us that catapult in confidence that we need to win some games down the stretch.”

The Miners and Blazers have previously met six times on the gridiron, with UAB leading the all-time series, 5-1, over UTEP. The Blazers have won four straight in the series, including a 19-0 win over UTEP last season in El Paso.

The game will be streamed on ESPN3 with Curt Bloom (play-by-play) and Chad Pilcher (analysis) calling all the action on Saturday afternoon. 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).

PREGAME NOTES

  • Freshman wide receiver Jacob Cowing set a UTEP freshman record with 145 yards receiving on six catches in last Saturday’s game versus Charlotte. Cowing’s previous best was 70 yards receiving versus Louisiana Tech on Oct. 26. Cowing is the first UTEP freshman to post a 100-yard receiving game since Eddie Sinegal recorded 102 yards at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 1, 2016.

  • Offensively, the Miners are led by Treyvon Hughes, who has 127 carries for 567 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in nine games, which ranks second in C-USA and 14th nationally. Hughes is averaging 63.0 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry this season. Hughes has scored a touchdown in all but two games this season, including scoring in each of the last five games.

  • Through the first nine games of the 2019 season, UTEP has proven to be one of the nation’s best teams when it comes to fourth down success. Entering the week, the Miners are ranked sixth nationally in fourth down conversion percentage (.824) after successfully converting 14 of 17 fourth-down attempts up to this point of the season. UTEP’s fourth down percentage is also the best among any Conference USA team.

  • UTEP’s leading tackler this season is senior defensive back Michael Lewis, who has 73 total tackles (41 solo) to go along with an interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Justin Rogers leads the Miners with three fumble recoveries on the season, while he also had an interception this season to make it four straight years he has recorded an interception for the Miners. Rogers is ranked second on the team with 61 total tackles (40 solo).

Gallery+Story: Miners fall to Charlotte 28-21

Charlotte erased a 21-7 halftime deficit by scoring 21 unanswered points over the final two quarters, escaping El Paso with a 28-21 win over UTEP on Saturday afternoon in the Sun Bowl.

The red-hot 49ers (5-5, 3-3 C-USA) won their third consecutive game behind quarterback Chris Reynolds, who completed 24-of-35 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns.  Reynolds was 14-of-21 for 213 yards in the second half in leading the 49ers to their first road win of the season.

Over the last 30 minutes, Charlotte posted 297 yards to UTEP’s 127.  The Miners (1-8, 0-6 C-USA) were limited to five first downs in the second half while being kept off the scoreboard, but the game’s outcome was undecided until the final minute.

With the Miners trailing 28-21, quarterback Kai Locksley led the offense to the Charlotte 20-yard line.  But on second and nine, his pass was intercepted by 49er linebacker Henry Segura and Charlotte ran out the final 1:03 on the clock.

Reynolds also burned the Miners with his legs, rushing 18 times for 91 yards.  Cameron Dollar had nine catches for 157 yards for Charlotte.

Locksley completed 15-of-20 passes for 215 for UTEP, and Jacob Cowing set a UTEP freshman record with 145 yards on six receptions.  The Miners enjoyed success running the football with 37 carries for 174 yards, as Locksley picked up 84 yards on 15 rushing attempts.

The Miners got the fast start that they needed, building a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.  Locksley was 6-for-6 passing on UTEP’s first two drives as he rushed for one touchdown and passed for another.

Charlotte made it a 14-7 game when Reynolds hit Tyler Ringwood for a 16-yard touchdown pass.  But the Miners reinstated the two-touchdown lead right before halftime behind Treyvon Hughes, who scampered three years into the end zone to put the exclamation point on a 10-play, 81-yard drive.

The 49ers started their comeback with a 45-yard field goal by Jonathan Cruz.  Then, Ishod Ringer rushed for a three-yard TD and the ensuing two-point conversion was good, pulling Charlotte within three points (21-18) with 4:48 remaining in the third period.

Later, Cruz kicked a 34-yard field goal and the game was deadlocked at 21 heading to the fourth quarter.

Charlotte took its first lead of the game with 7:06 to play, when Reynolds connected with Jacob Hunt for a 19-yard TD.  Charlotte scored on its first four possessions of the second half, while UTEP’s five second-half drives ended with three punts, a loss of downs and the interception.

On their game-winning drive, the 49ers traveled 95 yards on 10 plays and converted two third downs.  Charlotte was 5-of-8 on third down conversions in the second half

UTEP will play back-to-back road games at UAB (Nov. 16) and NM State (Nov. 23) prior to closing out the season at home against Rice on Nov. 30.  Tickets to the Rice game are available by calling 747-5234 or by going online.

Next week’s matchup at UAB will be streamed on ESPN3 beginning at 11 a.m. Mountain time.

Photo gallery by Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post

UTEP, Charlotte Set for first meeting on the Gridiron

UTEP returns home this Saturday when the Miners host East Division foe Charlotte for the first time ever on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso.

Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. MT Saturday, November 9 at the Sun Bowl.

“Getting into these last four games, we are planning on playing some of our younger players now in the ball game coming up this week,” head coach Dana Dimel said at his weekly press conference.

“We will start using the four games they have available to them for a redshirt season. We are playing Charlotte this week, which will be a big test for us because they are on a nice roll. When they came from behind and got that win against North Texas, I think they gained a lot of momentum and came out and played a really good ball game against Middle Tennessee. They are executing their offense at a very high level. It will be a test for our defense.”

The Miners and 49ers have never met on the gridiron, making Charlotte the only school in the league UTEP has not faced in football. Charlotte officially joined the FBS subdivision and Conference USA on July 1, 2015 after the program was brought back in 2013.

UTEP enters the week looking for the team’s first Conference USA win of the season, while Charlotte has won back-to-back C-USA games (vs. North Texas; vs. Middle Tennessee) for the first time since 2016.

The 49ers have scored 10 touchdowns over the last two weeks and had three different 100-yard rushers.

PREGAME NOTES

  • Through the first eight games of the 2019 season, UTEP has proven to be one of the nation’s best teams when it comes to fourth down success. Entering the week, the Miners are ranked second nationally in fourth down conversion percentage (.875) after successfully converting 14 of 16 fourth-down attempts up to this point of the season. UTEP’s fourth down percentage is also the best among any Conference USA team.

  • Sophomore Duron Lowe provided a spark of energy for the Miners early in the second quarter of last Saturday’s game at North Texas when he went untouched and returned a kickoff the full 100 yards to cut the North Texas lead to 10. Lowe became the first Miner since Autrey Golden in 2014 to return a kickoff for a touchdown in a game. Overall, Lowe had five kick returns for 204 yards in Saturday’s game, which is the second-most in UTEP history. His performance against North Texas earned him Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week accolades for the week of Nov. 4.

  • Senior running back Treyvon Hughes has been a bright spot for the Miners this season with a total of 10 rushing touchdowns on the season, making him the first UTEP player to rush for 10 or more touchdowns in a season since Aaron Jones had 17 in 2016. Most recently, Hughes had three touchdowns in UTEP’s road game at North Texas, including a career-long 42-yard rushing touchdown against the Mean Green. His three-touchdown game marks the third time this season Hughes has rushed for multiple scores in a game.

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 afternoon.

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 falls to North Texas 52-26

DENTON, Texas – The first 29 seconds of the game spelled doom for UTEP as the Miners fell to North Texas, 52-26, on Saturday in front of an announced attendance of 22,548 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas.

North Texas improved to 4-5 on the season, including a 3-2 mark in league play, while the Miners dropped to 1-7 overall.

The Mean Green found themselves up by a pair of touchdowns just 29 seconds into the game after a 63-yard kick return led to a UNT score, followed by a UTEP fumble on the ensuing kickoff resulted in another touchdown for the home team.

Treyvon Hughes was a bright spot for the Miners with three rushing touchdowns and 97 yards on the ground. His three touchdowns give him 10 on the season, making him the first UTEP player to rushing for 10 or more touchdowns in a season since Aaron Jones had 17 in 2016.

UTEP totaled 285 yards of offense on Saturday with 166 of those coming on the ground, while North Texas racked up 479 yards of total offense with 332 of those coming through the air.

Down 14-0 before the offense took the field, the Miners rallied to put together a 65-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Treyvon Hughes, his eighth of the season, to cut the lead in half.

North Texas extended the lead to 21-7 later in the first half when Mason Fine found Jyaire Shorter for a 48-yard strike to make it a two-score game with just over four minutes left in the first quarter.

After nearly an hour-long first quarter, North Texas opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 44-yard field goal by Ethan Mooney, but the Miners responded in a big way on the ensuing kickoff.

UTEP received a spark of energy early in the second quarter when Duron Lowe returned a kickoff exactly 100 yards to cut the North Texas lead to 10, while becoming the first Miner since Autrey Golden in 2014 to return a kickoff for a touchdown.

North Texas resumed the scoring three minutes later after an 11-play, 72-yard scoring drive was capped off by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Fine to Jaelon Darden. Those two connected once again later in the quarter for another 6-yard score to put the Mean Green on top, 38-14, at the half.

Both teams held each other scoreless for most of the third quarter, but with just over a minute left in the period, Hughes broke away for a career-long 42-yard rushing touchdown, his second of the day and ninth of the season. It marked the third game this season Hughes has rushed for multiple scores.

UNT added a 20-yard touchdown pass from Fine midway through the fourth quarter, while UTEP wrapped up the scoring late in the game with a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Hughes, his third and final of the day.

Hughes’ touchdown made it an 18-deficit for the Miners, but North Texas responded almost immediately with a 71-yard kickoff return, which set up Fine’s six touchdown pass of the day to extend the North Texas lead to 45-20.

In addition to Hughes’ big day on the ground, the Miners were led by Justin Garrett, who had a career-high 11 catches for 77 yards. His 11 catches tied him for ninth in program history for most catches in a single game by a Miner.

Duron Lowe’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was just one of many impressive returns by him on the day. Lowe had five kick returns for 204 yards, which gives him the second-most return yards in UTEP history.

Kai Locksley was 17-for-29 passing for 119 yards, while he also rushed for 37 yards on 14 carries. For North Texas, Mason Fine completed 24 passes on 39 attempts, while he totaled 332 passing yards and seven touchdowns for the Mean Green. Darden was on the receiving end of three of Fine’s touchdown passes.

The Miners return to action next Saturday when Charlotte comes to town for the first ever meeting between the two programs. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. MT on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Tickets start at just $12 and are available by calling 747-5234 or by visiting www.utepminers.com/tickets.

For complete coverage of UTEP Football, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPFB (Twitter/Instagram) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics.

UTEP travels to take on North Texas in Divisional Play

UTEP heads to the Metroplex this weekend when the Miners travel to face North Texas in a West Division matchup in Conference USA.

“North Texas has a very good offense,” head coach Dana Dimel said. “They have been good in the conference for the last three or four years and it is going to be a big test for us. It will be a challenge for us, but again, I think that in a lot of ways we are getting closer and we just have to play better defensively, eliminate the mistakes on offense, continue to be balanced with what we are doing offensively, and continue to throw the ball downfield like we did last week.”

The Miners and Mean Green last met in 2018 in a game North Texas edged UTEP, 27-24, in El Paso.

North Texas leads the all-time series, 15-8-3, over UTEP, with the Mean Green having won the last two meetings over the Miners entering Saturday’s matchup. The last time the Miners defeated North Texas was the 2016 season when UTEP won, 52-24, at the Sun Bowl.

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. MT on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas.

The game will air on NFL Network with Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Ben Leber (analysis) and Ashley Stroehlein (sideline) calling all the action on Saturday afternoon.

Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast on ESPN 600 El Paso to hear Jon Teicher (play-by-play), Bernie Ricono (analysis) and Mando Medina (sideline).

Gallery+Story: Miners fall to C-USA West leaders LA Tech 42-21

J’Mar Smith completed 29-of-35 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns, as LA Tech maintained its first-place standing in Conference USA’s West Division with a 42-21 win over UTEP on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.

The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-0 C-USA) scored half of their points off three fumbles by the Miners (1-6, 0-4 C-USA) in building a 42-7 lead.  The UTEP offense came alive in the fourth quarter as starting quarterback Kai Locksley rushed for a one-yard TD, and connected with Jacob Cowing on a 54-yard pass for another score.

Locksley set UTEP highs with 17 completions, 30 pass attempts and 227 passing yards.

Smith completed 20 of 23 passes for 220 yards in leading the Bulldogs to a 28-7 halftime lead.  At one point, he connected on 13 straight attempts.  UTEP’s Locksley, meanwhile, got off to a hot start of his own.  He went 6-for-6 on UTEP’s second drive of the game, leading to a five-yard TD run by Treyvon Hughes.

Locksley was 8-for-9 passing for 92 yards in the first half but had a crucial fumble inside the Bulldog 10-yard line with the Miners down 14.  LA Tech converted two first-half turnovers by the Miners into 14 points.

LA Tech turned another miscue by the Miners into seven points late in the third quarter.  Locksley was sacked by Bulldog cornerback Amik Robertson.  The ball was pried loose and recovered by LA Tech at the UTEP 26-yard line.  Six plays later, Justin Henderson ran for his second touchdown of the night, putting the Bulldogs up 42-7.

The Miners scored their second TD early in the fourth quarter when Locksley’s one-yard quarterback sneak capped a 15-play, 81-yard drive.  The big play of the sequence was a 21-yard pass from Locksley to Tre’Shon Wolf to convert a fourth and one.

UTEP’s 21 points matched its high against an FBS opponent this season.  The Miners topped the 300-yard mark (325) for the first time since the season opener against Houston Baptist.

UTEP fell just shy of hitting the 100-yard rushing mark, gaining 98 yards on 34 carries.  Hughes rushed 13 times for 60 yards, and Josh Fields gained 52 yards on seven attempts including a season-long 30-yard run.  The aerial attack was bolstered by Cowing and Jacob Garrett, who established UTEP bests with 70 and 60 receiving yards, respectively.

While the Miners were hurt by turnovers, they weren’t victimized by penalties.  Their three penalties for 30 yards were both season lows.

Smith completed 29 passes to eight different receivers, as Cee Jay Powell led the way with six catches for 85 yards.  Henderson rushed 17 times for 65 yards.  LA Tech finished with 490 yards of offense and 29 first downs.

Michael Lewis paced the UTEP defense with a career-high 14 tackles.  The Miners were able to get to Smith in the second half as Denzel Chukwukelu and Adrian Hynson both registered sacks.

The Miners will be on the road for three of the next four games, starting next Saturday (Nov. 2) when they play at North Texas.  The game will be televised on the NFL Network with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m. MT.

UTEP’s next home game is on Nov. 9, when the Miners will square off against the Charlotte 49ers for the first time.  Early kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.  Tickets start at just $12 and are available by calling 747-5234 or by visiting the UTEP Miners website.

Photo gallery by Andres Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

Miners Host LA Tech for Military Appreciation Night Saturday

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).

PREGAME NOTES

  • 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.

FIU Beats UTEP behind Jones’ big plays 32-17

MIAMI – Anthony Jones had a 65-yard run and a 61-yard catch, both late in the game, keying FIU’s 32-17 win over UTEP on Saturday night at Riccardo Silva Stadium.

The Miners (1-5, 0-3 C-USA) trailed 18-7 before FIU quarterback James Morgan connected with Jones on the 61-yard pass play.  It was the final play of the third quarter.  Two plays later, Jones ran for a three-yard TD, putting the Panthers ahead 25-7.

After UTEP made it a two-possession game (25-10) on a 23-yard field goal by Gavin Baechle, Jones broke loose for the 65-yard run, setting up Napoleon Maxwell’s 10-yard rushing score and a 32-10 cushion.

The two big plays were back breakers for a UTEP defense that allowed only 209 yards the rest of the night.  FIU (4-3, 2-2 C-USA) entered the game coming off consecutive 40-point performances against UMass and Charlotte.  The Panthers had averaged 539 yards in their previous three contests.

Against UTEP, FIU finished with 335 yards.  The Miners were held to 283 yards.

Brandon Jones quarterbacked the Miners in the first half.  He completed 5-of-9 passes for 34 yards with an interception.

The Miners outplayed the Panthers in the first quarter and took a 7-3 lead after 15 minutes.  Treyvon Hughes’ one-yard touchdown run capped an impressive 13-play, 75-yard drive that ate over seven minutes off the clock.

FIU scored 15 points in a little more than four minutes to start the second period.  A nine-yard touchdown pass from Morgan to Shemar Thornton put the Panthers back in front, 10-7.  On the Miners’ next play from scrimmage, a fumbled snap led to a safety and a 12-7 FIU lead.  The Panthers marched to the UTEP 17-yard line on their next series and cashed in with a 34-yard field goal by Jose Borregales.

Borregales added a 46-yard field goal with 4:48 remaining in the quarter, and the 18-7 lead held up at halftime.

Locksley came on for the second half and completed 7-of-12 passes for 117 yards.  He also rushed 12 times for 63 yards.  UTEP scored a late touchdown off a 34-yard pass from Locksley to Jacob Cowing.

The Miners gained 219 of their 283 yards on the three scoring drives.  UTEP dominated the time of possession line (37:08 to 22:52), but was whistled for 10 penalties totaling 106 yards.

Hughes added 51 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Miners.  The freshman Cowing scored his first touchdown in the Orange and Blue.

Jones rushed 15 times for 102 yards for the Panthers, who ran for 185 yards as a team.  Morgan completed 9-of-17 passes for 150 yards.

Josh Caldwell was UTEP’s top defender with a career-high tying seven tackles.

UTEP will return to action at home versus LA Tech next Saturday (Oct. 26).  The Miners will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces on Military Night, featuring static displays around the stadium and an enlistment ceremony at halftime.  Kickoff is at 6 p.m. MT.  Tickets start at just $12.

Discounted tickets are available for all military personnel by visiting any UTEP Ticket Center location or by calling 747-5234.

UTEP heads east for conference clash with FIU

UTEP will travel across two time zones this weekend as the Miners head to Miami for a matchup against East Division foe FIU on Saturday.

“I have been very pleased with the way the guys are playing and the type of effort they are putting in, how much they care, and I like the mentality of our football team,” head coach Dana Dimel said.

“FIU is a team that has a lot of speed on offense and defense. They are a really athletic team that had a good season last year and started off this year with some struggles early, but now, I think they have caught a little bit of momentum and rhythm to what they are doing. I think they do a nice job of using their talent-set on offense. They are very, very sound defensive football team that lines up and plays fast, aggressive and does some good things on defense. It will be a definite challenge for us.”

The Miners and Panthers last met in 2016 in a game FIU won, 35-21, in El Paso. FIU leads the all-time series, 2-1, over UTEP, with the Panthers winning the only meeting between the two teams in Miami during the 2015 season.

FIU has won the previous two meetings over the Miners in 2015 and 2016.

The game will be streamed on ESPN+ for subscribers with AJ Ricketts (play-by-play) and Kenny Kelly (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 (play-by-play), Bernie Ricono (analysis) and Mando Medina (sideline).

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. MT on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami.

PREGAME NOTES

  • UTEP enters the week ranked 17th in the nation after putting up near perfect numbers in the red zone through the first seven weeks of the college football season. The Miners enter Saturday’s road game at FIU 15-for-16 inside the 20-yard line.
  • In five games, UTEP has eight touchdowns (7 rushing) and seven field goals for a total of 75 points put on the board in the red zone thus far.
  • Offensively, the Miners are led by Treyvon Hughes, who has 64 carries for 314 yards and five rushing touchdowns in as many games, which ranks third in C-USA and 40th nationally. Hughes is averaging 62.8 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry this season.
  • Brandon Jones leads the way in the passing game for UTEP after going 42-of-78 with 594 passing yards and two touchdowns. Tre’Shon Wolf is UTEP’s leading receiver through five games with 16 catches for 218 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions.
  • On defense, UTEP’s leading tackler is senior defensive back Michael Lewis, who has 38 total tackles (22 solo) to go along with one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Justin Rogers leads the Miners with two fumble recoveries on the season, while he is also second on the team with 31 total tackles (16 solo).
  • Graduate transfer Ykili Ross enters Saturday’s game with two interceptions on the season, which ranks first on the team.

Gallery+Story: Roadrunners use running game to top UTEP 26-16

Sincere McCormick and Lowell Narcisse both went over the century mark in rushing, leading UTSA to a 26-16 victory at UTEP on Saturday night.

McCormick gained 189 yards on 22 carries, and Narcisse added 115 yards on 19 attempts as the Roadrunners (2-3, 1-1 C-USA) compiled 320 yards on the ground and spoiled the Miners’ (1-4, 0-2 C-USA) 88th Homecoming game.

Kai Locksley made his first start of the season at quarterback for the Miners.  He completed 2-of-8 passes for 41 yards and rushed 13 times for 17 yards.  Brandon Jones came on late in the third quarter with the Miners trailing 16-3.

The Miners started the drive at their own 45-yard line after UTSA failed to convert a fourth down conversion.

UTEP took advantage of the excellent field position, as Jones led the Miners to their first touchdown of the night.  He went 2-for-2 passing on the drive, rushed once for four yards, and handed off to Treyvon Hughes for an eight-yard rushing TD that made the score 16-10.

The Miners forced a three and out and had momentum in their favor heading to the fourth quarter.  But their next couple of drives stalled behind a series of penalties.  Meanwhile, Hunter Duplessis kicked a 43-yard field goal, extending the Roadrunners’ lead to 19-10.

UTSA put the game away when McCormick broke free for a 51-yard rushing touchdown and a 26-10 lead with 4:02 to go.

The Miners continued to move the ball with Jones under center, as they put together a 15-play, 50-yard touchdown drive.  Tre’Shon Wolf’s two-yard touchdown reception from Jones sliced the deficit to 10 (26-16) with 44 seconds remaining.  But UTEP was unable to convert the two-point conversion to make it a one-possession game.

Wolf had a big night for the Miners with nine catches for 91 yards.  Jones finished 14-of-22 passing for 140 yards.  Treyvon Hughes rushed 10 times for 62 yards and a score.

UTSA finished with 366 yards of offense while holding UTEP to 280.  The Roadrunner defense tallied nine tackles for losses, four sacks and seven pass breakups.  The defensive standouts for UTSA were Trevor Harmanson (three tackles for losses), Cassius Grady and SaVion Harris (two passes deflected apiece), and Jarrod Carter-McLin (two sacks).

Adrian Hynson and Michael Lewis both had 10 tackles for the Miners.  The tally for Hynson was a career high.

The Miners are idle next week and will return to action on Oct. 19 at FIU.  The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and will kick off at 5 p.m. MT.

UTEP’s next home game is scheduled for Oct. 26 against LA Tech.  The Miners will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces on Military Night, featuring static displays around the stadium and an enlistment ceremony at halftime.  Kickoff is at 6 p.m. MT.

Tickets start at just $12.  Discounted tickets are available for all military personnel by visiting any UTEP Ticket Center location or by calling 747-5234.

Gallery by Johnny Yturales, Photographer, El Paso Herald Post

UTEP Hosts Roadrunners for Homecoming

UTEP returns to the Sun Bowl this Saturday, October 5, as the Miners host Conference USA rival UTSA for the team’s annual Homecoming game.

“We all know this is a big game for us with another University of Texas school,” head coach Dana Dimel said earlier in the week. “We are excited to play them. It will be a good second conference game for us and one that should be fun to watch. We have some incentives to get the fans to come to the ball game. This is a big rivalry game for us just because of the proximity and it being with a University of Texas school. It is really an important game for us. It should be a fun environment and our guys are looking forward to the opportunity.”

Both UTEP and UTSA enter the game with identical 1-3 records and 0-1 marks in Conference USA play. The Miners and Roadrunners both won their season-opening games against Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word, respectively.

UTSA is coming off a bye week after dropping the league-opener on the road at North Texas the week prior. Last week, UTEP fell to Southern Miss, 31-13, in Hattiesburg.

Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. MT on Saturday 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).

PREGAME NOTES

  • UTEP is currently one of only eight FBS teams in the nation to put up perfect numbers in the red zone through the first five weeks of the college football season. The Miners enter Saturday’s home game versus UTSA a perfect 12-for-12 inside the 20-yard line. In four games, UTEP has six touchdowns (6 rushing) and six field goals a total of 59 points put on the board in the red zone thus far.

  • A season ago, UTEP and the Roadrunners faced off in San Antonio when UTSA edged the Miners, 30-21, in the Alamodome. UTSA enters Saturday’s game having won two straight over the Miners, while the Roadrunners lead the all-time series, 4-2. UTSA also owns a perfect 3-0 record in games played in El Paso, while UTEP leads, 2-1, in San Antonio.

  • UTEP tight end Jess Trussell continues to be a go-to target for the Miners on offense through the first four games of the 2019 season. Trussell has caught a pass in four consecutive games for the Miners, including a long reception of 37 yards against Nevada (9/21). He had a pair of 13-yard receptions in the first two games of the season and continued his strong play to start the season with three catches for 53 yards against the Wolf Pack. Last week against Southern Miss, Trussell had three catches for 33 yards. Before becoming a Miner, Trussell transferred from Purdue, where he had no catches in 22 games for the Boilermakers from 2016-18.

 

GAME DAY CENTRAL

Fans can score a “Winning Combo” and enjoy the game, a hot dog and soft drink for just $15. The “Winning Combo” can be purchased at any UTEP Ticket Center location, or by calling (915) 747-5234.

The main UTEP Ticket Center is at 2901 North Mesa next to the Don Haskins Center, and the Eastside UTEP Ticket Center is at 1452 Zaragoza Suite A-500.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Patrons who purchase the “Winning Combo” for $15 will receive a ticket to the football game and a voucher for a free regular hot dog and medium fountain soft drink, redeemable at any concession stand on game day.

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.

Treyvon Hughes: Playmaker Extraordinaire

Growing up, some kids choose to play football.  Others, like Treyvon Hughes, take up the sport because their mama tells them to.

“When I was in second grade, my mom basically forced us to play football or basketball,” the UTEP senior running back said.  “The sport didn’t matter.  She just wanted us to get out of the house and do something, instead of playing video games.”

Shetara Dickerson just wanted to make sure her son was keeping busy and staying out of trouble.  Little did she know that little Treyvon would fall in love with the sport and, a decade later, he would make it his livelihood at UTEP.

Treyvon Hughes’ football career has taken a long and winding road.  He bounced around between offense and defense in high school, preparing him for a future of bouncing around between offense and defense at UTEP.  But finally, right now in 2019, he has settled in as the Miners’ starting tailback, and is off to a stellar start in his final year with the Orange and Blue.

Hughes treated his mother and his father, Jasper Hughes, with respect during his formative years.

“It was always ‘Yes, Ma’am’ and ‘Yes, Sir,” he said.  “They were pretty religious.  My grandparents on my dad’s side were actually pastors.  And on my mom’s side, my uncle and aunt were pastors.  So I had to go to church every week.

“We didn’t have chores.  We really didn’t have a curfew, either, but we had to be in before the streetlights [turned on].”

Hughes’ football career continued at Waxahachie [Texas] High School.  He played running back as a member of the freshman team.  He moved up to the varsity team as a sophomore and made the switch to linebacker.

As a junior, he played primarily running back and rushed for 1,461 yards and 16 touchdowns, on his way to earning first team All-District honors.  After his junior season, he started getting contacted by college recruiters.

“It was then that I realized, ‘Oh man, I guess I really have a shot at a college scholarship,'” he said.

But before he could figure out where he wanted to go, Hughes moved in with his dad and transferred to Hebron High School in Carrollton.

He piled up another 1,445 rushing yards with 14 rushing touchdowns as a senior, including six games with 120 yards or more on the ground.  Meanwhile, his college search was underway.

“My first offer was from Iowa, and then Northern Colorado,” he said.  “I took visits to Iowa, Northern Colorado at UTEP.  Iowa was a good school – a Big Ten school – but I just didn’t really like it there.  I felt like the people had a lot of animosity.  So I didn’t know if I really fit in.  Northern Colorado was a nice school with nice coaches, but my grandparents really talked me out of that one.  And then they told me, ‘Just go to UTEP.’  So I came here, and I had L.A. (Dowell) and Josh Bell as my hosts.  They showed me a great time, I had fun, and everybody was really welcoming.  I think that is what ultimately persuaded me to come here.”

Hughes played sparingly at running back as a freshman, then redshirted his second year at UTEP.  He moved to linebacker for his sophomore campaign, but it was actually his idea to make the switch to defense.

“I got injured after my freshman year, and I was like ‘Man, maybe if I just go out there and make tackles, I won’t hurt myself again,” he said.  “I just kept thinking about it.  I mentioned it to coach [Sean Kugler] a few times.  And at the beginning of the spring, coach called me into his office and said ‘If you want to do it, go ahead.’  I said ‘All right, I’ll give it a try.'”

In the back of his mind was something his high school coaches had told him when he originally moved from offense to defense.

“They would say ‘Go out there and be an athlete and make tackles,'” he said.  “So that’s what I tried to do, just make plays.”

Hughes made plenty of plays during his sophomore season, tallying 40 tackles and earning six starting assignments.  But prior to his junior year, the Miners landed a new head coach in former Kansas State assistant Dana Dimel.

Dimel needed a big body at the heart of a ball control offense, and at 6-1, 235 pounds, Hughes fit the bill.  He returned to running back, rushed for 320 yards as a junior, and this year, became the Miners’ featured back.

Hughes was asked if he prefers playing on offense or defense.

“It just depends,” he said.  “I like running the ball and scoring touchdowns.  But on defense, you don’t get hit as much.  So it can vary, honestly.  Basically, whatever position I’m playing right now is the position that I love.”

He has forged close relationships with his Miner teammates.

“The guys that I hang out with the most are Walter Dawn, Q [Quardraiz] Wadley and Josh Fields,” he said.  “Those are the guys that I gravitate towards, as well as Chris Richardson and Ron Awatt.  I usually stick with that group.”

He has also developed a tight bond with the UTEP coaches.

“I love the coaching staff,” he said.  “I think they’ve brought out some leadership qualities that I didn’t know I had.  [Running backs] coach [Reggie] Mitchell has gotten me to talk to the other guys a lot more.”

He sees the UTEP offense progressing from game to game, and credits the line for its success.

“We have [Derron] Gatewood and Greg Long back, so they really help me out a lot,” he said.  “Without them, I wouldn’t have the yards or the type of season I’ve had.

“I’m frustrated with how we played against Texas Tech, but you have to move on.  Since then, we’ve talked about being fast and physical, and we’ve tried to bring that mentality into every game.”

Hughes is on a fast track to receive his Masters of Leadership Studies in December of this year.  He’s waiting to see whether his future will feature the extension of his football career, or a joining of the work force.

“Depending on what type of season I finish with, I’ll try to keep playing,” he said.  “At first I wanted to work in the FBI, but now it’s more up for grabs.  I’m even thinking about getting into coaching.”

Perhaps Hughes will wind up working for the FBI and coaching.  After all, his time at UTEP has shown that he’s capable of doing just about anything.

Author: Jeff Darby – UTEP

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