Postgame Notes- UTEP Football vs. Buffalo

Sept. 5, 2009

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UTEP Postgame Notes- Buffalo 23, UTEP 17

Miners vs. Buffalo Bulls

September 5, 2009


n  Tonight's attendance was 35,214.

n  UTEP drops to 0-2 versus Buffalo and 1-5 versus MAC schools.

n  Tonight's game was the 900th in school history.

n  UTEP is now 39-48-5 in season openers, including 32-18-3 in season openers at home.  The Miners are 3-3 in season openers under coach Mike Price.

n  UTEP is 7-4 in home non-conference games under coach Price, including 0-3 since the start of the 2008 season.

n  The Miners are now 8-2 all-time versus regular season non-conference opponents who travel 1,300 miles or more to play in El Paso.

n  First-time starters for UTEP tonight were both on defense - LE Aaron King and MLB Jeremy Springer.  Left safety Braxton Amy made his 15th career start and his first since the 2007 season.

n  The 309 yards allowed by the Miner defense marked the third-fewest surrendered by UTEP since the start of the 2007 season.  UTEP yielded 201 yards to SMU in 2008 and 284 to Texas Southern in 2007.

n  UTEP's 12 penalties were more than it had in any game last season (season high 11 versus Texas), and the most by the Miners since being assessed 12 penalties against Tulsa in 2007.

n  Senior WR Jeff Moturi extended his streak of games with a catch to 25 tonight.

n  Moturi now has 123 career catches, moving into a tie for ninth place on UTEP's all-time chart this evening.  Bob Wallace also had 123 career receptions.

n  Junior QB Trevor Vittatoe passed Billy Stevens into second place in school history with 6,608 passing yards.  Jordan Palmer is the all-time leader with 11,084 yards.

n  Vittatoe also passed Sammy Garza into second place in school history for completions with 497.  Palmer is first with 851 completions.

n  Junior QB Donald Buckram picked up his second career 100-yard rushing game with a career-high 108 yards on 14 carries.  Buckram had 107 yards rushing versus Tulane last season.  

n  Senior DB Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith was credited with a career-high 18 tackles tonight (previous best 14 twice, most recently at Houston in 2008).

n  Tonight marked only the sixth time in 61 games under Mike Price that the Miners didn't thrown for a touchdown in a game.  The others were Weber State and Arizona State in 2004, Houston in 2006, New Mexico in 2007 and New Mexico State in 2008.

n  UTEP hosts Kansas next Saturday (Sept. 12) at 5:30 p.m.  The Jayhawks are ranked 25th in this week's Associated Press poll.



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