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UTEP Gameday: Miners returns home to host Abilene Christian

The UTEP Football team returns home this week as the Miners play host to the Abilene Christian Wildcats on Saturday, September 19.

For the third week in a row, the Miners will face a team with a 0-0 record as Saturday will mark the season-opener for Abilene Christian. UTEP is 1-1 on the season after a season-opening win over Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 5 and last week’s road loss at #14 Texas.

Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. MT this Saturday at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. The game will be streamed on ESPN3 for subscribers with Erik Elken (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) and Mike Perez (analysis) on the call.



Date: Saturday, Sept. 19  |  Time: 7 p.m. MT  |  Location: El Paso, Texas  |  Venue: Sun Bowl Stadium


  • On Saturday, UTEP and Abilene Christian will meet on the gridiron for the sixth time in history in a series that dates back to 1942.
  • Abilene Christian holds a slight 3-2 lead over the Miners in the all-time series, but the series is dead-locked at 2-2 in games played in El Paso.
  • The first meeting between the Miners and Wildcats dates back to the 1942 season when UTEP defeated ACU, 20-14, in El Paso. The last time these two teams met was in 1959 when Abilene Christian captured a 28-22 win over the Miners.


  • When UTEP hosts Abilene Christian on Saturday, the Miners will be looking to post a 2-0 record at home for the first time since the 2010 season. That season, the Miners opened the campaign with a 31-10 victory over UAPB and followed up with a 42-10 win over NM State two weeks later. UTEP continued its winning ways at home that year as the Miners went on to post a 5-1 record in games played at the Sun Bowl.

  • UTEP sophomore WR Jacob Cowing is currently ranked 3rd in the nation and 1st in Conference USA in receiving yards after a fast start to the 2020 season. Cowing leads the Miners with 11 catches for 165 yards in two games. The Arizona native is averaging 15.0 yards per catch and 82.5 yards per game early on this season. As for senior WR Justin Garrett, he is currently ranked 12th nationally and fourth in C-USA with 9 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 12.2 yards per catch and 55 yards per game.

  • Sophomore QB Gavin Hardison enters this week ranked 5th among FBS quarterbacks in total passing yards. Through two games, Hardison is 29-of-55 passing for 353 yards and a touchdown. His 353 passing yards in two games also ranks first among Conference USA quarterbacks. The Hobbs, N.M., native has a 52.7 completion percentage and is averaging 176.5 yards per game going into Saturday’s game versus Abilene Christian.

Mobile Ticketing

UTEP is transitioning to mobile ticketing for all athletics events beginning this fall. The online ticketing process is simple and will apply to both season and individual game tickets.

Fans can go online, select “My Account,” log in and select the events that they want to manage. From this menu they can either add tickets to their Apple Wallet or save tickets to their phone. They will also be able to transfer the tickets to others. Tickets will be scanned from smartphones by security attendants as patrons enter Athletics facilities.

Parking passes will also be provided digitally through the UTEP ticket website this fall. Fans not in possession of a smartphone can call (915) 747-UTEP for assistance.

Clear Bag Policy

UTEP Athletics is implementing a clear bag policy for all six 2020 football home games, and continuing throughout the 2020-21 athletic year. The new policy is designed to expedite entry, increase safety and limit the physical contact associated with traditional bag searches. The policy will also help to enforce social distancing protocols at security checkpoints.

Ticket holders, including children, will be allowed to enter with bags provided they meet one of these specifications:

  • Bags (including clear backpacks) that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″x6″x12″
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bag approximately the size of a hand (4.5″ x 6.5″ or smaller), with or without a handle or strap. This can be carried separately or within a plastic bag
  • Medical bags that contain health necessary items are acceptable after proper inspection and approval from venue personnel/security

COVID-19 Fan Protocols

Click here to view the complete listing of all 2020 UTEP Football Fan Protocols.


Single-game tickets and parking passes to each of UTEP’s 2020 football home games are on sale now.

Due to reduced seating capacity in the Sun Bowl, ticket inventory is limited.  All seats will be reserved; there will be no general admission tickets for 2020.

All advance, prior to game day, ticket sales will be conducted via phone (915-747-UTEP), online or email ( In-person transactions will not be available.

When in-person sales resume, they will occur at the new Eisenberg Family Ticket Office, located in the Brumbelow Building (201 Glory Road, next to the Don Haskins Center). In-person sales will no longer take place at the University Ticket Center on Mesa Street.

In-person, game day ticket sales will be conducted at either of the Sun Bowl box offices (North or South entrances) beginning three hours prior to kickoff. However, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance of game day to ensure that seats still remain.

Season tickets and parking passes for the 2020 UTEP Football season are also on sale now and tickets start as low as $65 and donors to the Miner Athletic Club receive a complimentary season parking pass. Also available for purchase are the new premium seats in the Sun Bowl, which include outdoor club seats, loge boxes and indoor club seats.


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.

Twitter Updates: @UTEPFB   |   Live Stats

TV/Stream: ESPN3

PxP: Erik Elken

Analyst: Trevor Vittatoe

Radio: ESPN 600 El Paso

PxP: Jon Teicher

Analyst: Mike Perez

For more information, go online, call (915) 747-UTEP, or email