UTEP Football At Southern Miss Postgame Notes
Oct. 4, 2008
UTEP at Southern Miss- October 4, 2008- UTEP Postgame Notes
UTEP stands at 2-0 in conference play for the third straight year, marking just the second time in school history that the Miners have done so. The Miners also achieved the feat from 1948-50, when they were members of the Border Conference.
The Miners improve to 3-0 all time in double overtime games. UTEP defeated Houston, 44-41, on Sept. 16, 2005, at the Sun Bowl. The Miners knocked off Rice, 35-28, on Nov. 13, 2004, in El Paso.
UTEP’s past two Conference USA road openers have gone to overtime. The Miners emerged with a 48-45 win at SMU on Sept. 29, 2007. Coincidentally, that contest was the last time UTEP had won on the road prior to today.
Sophomore Kyle Petersen had a punt blocked for the first time in his UTEP career in the first quarter. It came on his 70th attempt as a Miner.
Sophomore WR Kris Adams recorded his first career double-digit touchdown game as a Miner, with the latter coming in double OT to propel UTEP to the win. He also had a 10-yard score in the second quarter, marking his second straight week with a TD reception.
UTEP’s first scoring drive of the game was its longest of the season in terms of plays, totaling 15 for 76 yards. The Miners had a 13-play touchdown drive at Buffalo and a 13-play scoring drive that ended in a field goal versus Texas.
Senior DB Josh Ferguson’s 50-yard kickoff return in the first quarter was a career long (previous long 37 yards at Buffalo earlier this year) and the second-longest kickoff return by a Miner player in 2008 (longest 52 yards by Jeff Moturi at Buffalo). Ferguson also had a 50-yard kickoff return to start the second half.
Sophomore RB Donald Buckram’s rushing TD in the second quarter was the first of his career. He did reach the end zone off an 80-yard pass from Jordan Palmer at UAB in 2006.
Junior DB Clarence Ward recorded the first interception of his collegiate career in the fourth quarter.
UTEP led at the half in a road game for the first time since enjoying a 14-9 advantage at the intermission at New Mexico State on Sept. 15, 2007.