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Miners Look to Bounce Back at Tulsa

Jim Jones


Jim Jones

Oct. 8, 2012

Game 7: Tulsa Game Notes

THE BASIC FACTS

The Last Meeting
Tulsa57
UTEP28
November 19, 2011
Sun Bowl
Tulsa Foils Senior Day for UTEP
Joe Banyard rushed 20 times for 91 yards and a touchdown for the Miners (5-6, 2-5).


- UTEP takes on Tulsa on Thursday at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

- The Miners are appearing on national television for the fourth time in their first seven games.  Thursday's contest will be carried on FOX Sports Network.

- UTEP is playing its second C-USA Thursday game.  The first was a 49-42 loss to Houston on Sept. 29, 2011 in the Sun Bowl.


 

 

- The Miners are 2-4 in non-Saturday C-USA road games with three straight losses.  All six games were played on Fridays (won 45-21 at Tulane on 10/14/05; lost 30-20 at Tulsa on 10/27/06; won 36-17 at UAB on 11/10/06; lost 53-21 at East Carolina on 11/28/08;  lost 54-24 at Houston on 9/10/10; lost 31-14 at UCF on 11/25/11).

- UTEP is 19-13 in October under coach Mike Price, including 8-7 on the road.

- Fifty-three percent (8-of-15) of the Miners' road wins under Price have come in the month of October.

- UTEP has won its first road game in the month of October in five of the last nine years and three of the last four.  The Miners did not play a road game in October in 2007.

- UTEP is 6-23 in C-USA road games.

 

HOW THEY GOT HERE

- UTEP was dealt its third straight loss by SMU, 17-0 on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.

- The Miners suffered their first shutout defeat since 2003 (34-0 versus San Diego State) and first shutout in a home conference game since 1996 (30-0 versus SMU).

- UTEP dropped to 1-5 for the first time since the 2002 season.

- It was UTEP's second straight loss in a C-USA home opener following six consecutive wins.

- Garrett Gilbert completed 22-of-44 passes for 234 yards to lead the Mustangs.

- SMU had two receivers with 75+ yards (Darius Johnson 82, Jeremy Johnson 76), and Zach Line rushed 25 times for 84 yards.

- Ja'Gared Davis added a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Mustangs.

- Two quarterbacks saw extensive action for the Miners with Nick Lamaison completing 9-of-23 passes for 131 yards with two interceptions, and Carson Meger completing 7-of-16 passes for 47 yards with one pick.

- Nathan Jeffery accounted for 67 of UTEP's 107 rushing yards.

- Tulsa moved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in league play with a 45-38 win at Marshall on Saturday.

- It was the Golden Hurricane's seventh consecutive C-USA road victory.

- Cody Green's four-yard TD pass to Jordan James capped a six-play, 66-yard drive, giving Tulsa the lead for good with 8:25 to play.

- Tulsa prevailed despite trailing the total offense category, 572 yards to 340.

- The Golden Hurricane forced three turnovers, leading to nine points.

- Tulsa also received a 95-yard kickoff return for a score by Trey Watts.

- The Golden Hurricane had two players with 100+ yards on kickoff returns in Watts (144) and Demarco Nelson (111).

- Watts also rushed 18 times for 111 yards.

 

UTEP VS. TULSA

- Tulsa leads the series 12-8.

- The Miners are 3-4 versus the Golden Hurricane since joining Conference USA, including 0-3 on the road.

- The combined score of the three games in Tulsa as C-USA members has been 138-83 in favor of the Golden Hurricane.

- The Golden Hurricane has won six of 10 matchups between the schools at Tulsa.

- UTEP's last win at Tulsa came on Oct. 7, 2000 (40-7).  Since then the Miners have dropped five in a row on the Golden Hurricane's home field.

- UTEP has been outscored by a total of 195-118 in its last five trips to Tulsa.

- From 1988-2000, UTEP posted a 4-1 mark at Tulsa but has gone 0-5 since.

- The home team had won seven straight games in the series prior to Tulsa prevailing at UTEP last season, 57-28.

 

THE LAST MEETING

- G.J. Kinne threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, powering Tulsa to a 57-28 win at UTEP on Nov. 19, 2011.

- After UTEP whittled a 21-6 deficit down to 21-15 late in the second quarter, the Golden Hurricane exploded for 29 unanswered points to go ahead 50-15 late in the third period.

- The run of four straight touchdowns included a 94-yard kickoff return by Trey Watts and a 34-yard interception return by Shawn Jackson.

- Tulsa had 300 yards passing and 200 rushing.  UTEP finished with 429 yards of offense (266 passing, 163 rushing) and two turnovers, leading to 14 points by the opposition.

- Carson Meger started at quarterback for the Miners for the injured Nick Lamaison and completed 20-of-34 passes for 204 yards and a pair of picks.  Jay Hall (3-for-7, 27 yards) and Tate Smith (3-for-5, 35 yards) also saw action.

- Jordan Leslie posted seven catches for a season-high 119 yards for UTEP, and Joe Banyard rushed for 91 yards and a score.

- The Golden Hurricane defense tallied eight tackles for losses and four sacks.  UTEP had no sacks.

 

Connections

- Tulsa has a total of 26 Texas players on its 2012 roster.  UTEP has one Oklahoma native in OL Trint Jenkins, who attended Victory Christian High School in Tulsa.  Jenkins is redshirting this season.

- Players in the depth charts from the same hometowns include UTEP sophomore K Steven Valadez, Tulsa senior LB DeAundre Brown and Tulsa junior RB Ja'Terian Douglas, who all hail from Arlington.

 

UTEP vs. SMU NOTABLES

- The Miners were limited to fewer than 300 yards of offense in a C-USA game for the seventh time.  UTEP finished with 285 yards.  The other such occurrences came versus Houston in 2006 (236), Tulsa in 2006 (293), Memphis in 2010 (288), UAB in 2010 (229), Tulane in 2010 (286) and Southern Miss in 2011 (262).

- UTEP has been whistled for a total of 49 penalty yards in its last two games.  That's the third-fewest for the Miners in a two-game stretch under coach Mike Price.  They compiled 25 penalty yards versus Houston (15) & Tulane (10) in 2011, and 41 penalty yards versus Boise State (15) & NM State (26) in 2004.

- UTEP's four-game winning streak versus SMU in the Sun Bowl was ended as the Mustangs posted their first victory in the venue since 2002.  It was also UTEP's first loss to SMU at home since joining Conference USA.

 

IN THE RANKINGS

- Through the games of Oct. 6, UTEP held national top-50 statistical rankings in net punting (24th, 39.8 avg.), punt returns (40th, 10.6 avg.), turnover margin (tied for 41st, 0.33) and kickoff returns (43rd, 23.0 avg.).

- Individually, Autrey Golden was 18th in kickoff returns (28.3 avg.), Horace Miller was tied for 28th in sacks (0.8 avg.), Ian Campbell was 47th in punting (41.8 avg.) and Michael Edwards was 49th in receiving yards per game (77.3).

- UTEP is tied for first in C-USA in red zone defense (.667); second in punt returns (10.6 avg.); tied for second in turnover margin (0.33); fourth in passing efficiency defense (126.9), punting (39.5 avg.) & scoring defense (27.0 ppg); and fifth in kickoff returns (23.0 avg.), pass defense (236.7 ypg) & sacks (11).

- In the C-USA individual statistics, Horace Miller is tied for first in sacks (0.8 avg.); Michael Edwards is second in punt return average (7.8) and third in all-purpose yards (117.8 avg.); Autrey Golden is third in kickoff returns (28.3 avg.); Ian Campbell is fourth in punting (41.8 avg.); Nathan Jeffery is fourth in rushing (77.4 avg.); Drew Thomas is tied for fourth in fumble recoveries (0.3 avg.); and Shane Huhn is tied for fifth in interceptions (0.3 avg.).

- Tulsa ranks first nationally in sacks (4.5 avg.) and tackles for losses (9.8 avg.).  The Golden Hurricane is sixth in kickoff returns (29.4 avg.), 11th in rushing offense (245.7 ypg) & sacks allowed (0.7 avg.), 12th in scoring offense (42.5 ppg), 28th in rushing defense (115.3 ypg) and 33rd in total offense (457.8 ypg).

- Tulsa's Trey Watts is fourth in the NCAA in kickoff returns (34.6 avg.) and tied for 10th in all-purpose yardage (170.0 avg.).  Alex Singleton is tied for ninth in scoring (11.0 ppg).

- The Golden Hurricane leads C-USA in scoring offense (42.5 ppg), rushing offense (245.7 ypg), rushing defense (115.3 ypg), kickoff returns (29.4 avg.) and sacks (27).

- Tulsa's Trey Watts is the C-USA leader in kickoff returns (34.6 avg.) and all-purpose yards (170.0 avg.).  Alex Singleton is first in scoring (11.0 ppg).  DeAundre Brown and Jared St. John are tied for first in sacks (0.8 avg.).

 

CONFERENCE USA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

- Three Miners have been tabbed Conference USA Player of the Week. Sophomore RB Nathan Jeffery garnered offensive honors on Sept. 3 following his performance against Oklahoma, and senior QB Nick Lamaison earned the honor on Sept. 17 for his play against NM State.  Freshman RB Autrey Golden was the special teams winner on Oct. 1 for his performance against East Carolina.

 

Mike Price

- Mike Price is in his ninth year as UTEP's head coach (46-57 record) and 31st year as a collegiate head coach (175-179 mark).

- Price is tied with Mike Brumbelow for the second-most wins by a UTEP coach with 46.  Mack Saxon ranks first with 66 victories.

- Price and Mike Brumbelow are the only coaches in school history to lead the Miners to three bowl games.

- Price is the sixth-winningest active head coach in the FBS behind Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer (254 victories), Texas' Mack Brown (231), Nevada's Chris Ault (230), South Carolina's Steve Spurrier (202) and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly (192).

- Price is coaching in his 104th game at UTEP on Thursday.  Only Mack Saxon (118) has coached more games with the Miners.

- Price and Saxon (13 seasons) are the only men to coach the Miners for more than seven seasons.

 

Captains

- UTEP's 2012 captains are OL Eloy Atkinson (offense), DB DeShawn Grayson (defense) and DB Adrian James (special teams).

Coaching Changes

- New to the UTEP staff in 2012 are offensive line coach Brian Natkin, tight ends coach Chad Raymond and safeties coach Tom Williams.

- Natkin played for the Miners from 1997-2000 and became UTEP's only unanimous All-American in 2000.  He led all tight ends nationally with 64 catches for 787 yards that year.

- Raymond was also a member of Mike Price's staff as a program coordinator from 2008-10.

- Williams was the head coach at Yale from 2009-11 and was also a defensive assistant with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-08.

 

THE OFFENSE

NOTABLES

- The Miners have outscored their opponents 40-26 in the first quarter this season. UTEP has scored first in four of six games.

- UTEP has outscored the opposition by a combined 64-43 in the first and third quarters.  The Miners have been outscored by a total of 119-38 in the second and fourth periods.

- UTEP's struggles on third down continued versus SMU. The Miners were 5-of-15, although they did tie their season high with five conversions.  For the season UTEP is 25-for-89 (.281) on third down, 118th in the FBS.

- The Miners have been more successful at picking up manageable third downs, checking in at 46.7 percent (14-of-30) when facing third and five or shorter. 

- While some teams use draws or short passing routes when facing tough third-down situations, UTEP has taken the approach of going for a big play. Thirty-six of its failed conversions when faced with third and six or worse have come on incomplete passes. All four times this season that the Miners have picked up a first down on a third and 10 or worse, they did so by gaining 20+ yards. Additionally, there were three times that the Orange and Blue gained 10+ yards in the situation but fell short of a first down.

- Sophomore WR Devin Patterson established a UTEP high with 45 yards receiving.  His previous best was 19 yards versus NM State on Sept. 15.

- Seven Miners have registered their first career receptions in 2012 -- TE Katrae Ford, WRs Ian Hamilton, Jim Jones and Felix Neboh, and RBs Laquintus Dowell, Autrey Golden and Xay Williams.

 

LOOKING GOOD LESLIE

- Sophomore WR Jordan Leslie (80 yards) led the Miners in receiving for the sixth time against SMU.  He achieved the feat four times last year and versus NM State earlier this season.

- Leslie also tied his career-high with seven catches against the Mustangs.

- Leslie has compiled 369 receiving yards in 2012, averaging 13.7 yards per catch and 61.5 yards per contest. He compiled 430 yards in 12 contests during his freshman campaign.

- Of Leslie's 27 receptions, 19 have gone for first downs and three have resulted in touchdowns. Seven catches were over 20 yards and three were over 30.

- Eight of Leslie's 19 "money receptions" have come on first down.

- Leslie's touchdown at East Carolina was the fifth of his career. He has three TDs this season, one more than he had in 12 games as a freshman.  Four of his five career TD receptions have come in road games.

- Leslie became the first UTEP receiver to record touchdown catches in consecutive games since 2010 after scoring twice against NM State.

- Leslie posted a career-high 147 yards receiving versus NMSU.  His previous high was 119 yards versus Tulsa on Nov. 19, 2011.

 

EDWARDS-LAMAISON COMBINATION REVIVED

- Despite posting one catch for nine yards against SMU, senior WR Michael Edwards is UTEP's go-to receiver. Edwards is averaging 77.3 yards per game in 2012 and leads the squad in receptions (28), reception yards (464) and average per catch (16.6).

- Edwards posted his second straight 100-yard receiving game and his third in a UTEP uniform at East Carolina (130 yards).  Edwards tallied 151 yards at Wisconsin the previous week.

- Edwards is the first UTEP receiver with consecutive 100-yard games since Kris Adams did so versus New Mexico and Rice in October of 2010.

- Edwards has the five longest pass receptions for the Miners this season -- 62 at Wisconsin, 40 at East Carolina, 39 at Wisconsin, 36 versus NM State and 35 at East Carolina.

- The 62-yard touchdown pass from Nick Lamaison to Edwards in the fourth quarter versus the Badgers marked the third time that the combination has hooked up for a score of 50 yards or more.  The other such occurrences came last year at Rice (74 yards & 50 yards).

- Edwards scored a touchdown for the second straight week in the first quarter at Wisconsin off a 39-yard pass from Nick Lamaison. It marked the first time that Edwards reached the end zone in consecutive games since joining the Miners for the 2011 season.

- Edwards became the second Miner in 2012 to score a TD in consecutive games at Wisconsin. Jordan Leslie also reached paydirt in back-to-back contests (at Ole Miss and NM State). Kris Adams was the last UTEP wide receiver prior to this season to acomplish the feat. He did so against Tulane and Marshall in 2010.

 

ON THE RUN

- Sophomore Nathan Jeffery leads UTEP in rushing attempts (76) and rushing yards (387), while averaging 5.1 yards per carry and 77.4 yards per game.

- Three different players have led the Miners in rushing in six games: Nathan Jeffery versus Oklahoma (177 yards), at East Carolina (134 yards) & against SMU (67 yards), Autrey Golden at Ole Miss (52 yards) & versus NM State (69 yards), and Xay Williams at Wisconsin (53 yards).

- Sophomore RB Nathan Jeffery picked up his second career 100-yard rushing game with 27 carries for 134 yards at East Carolina.  Jeffery ran for 177 yards in the season opener versus Oklahoma.

- Sophomore RB Josh Bell registered two rushing touchdowns against NM State. Bell is the first UTEP player to record multiple rushing touchdowns in a game since Leilyon Myers versus Tulsa on Nov. 19, 2011.

 

A LOOK AT FRESHMAN RUNNING GAME IN 2012

- Freshman RB Autrey Golden ran for 52 and 69 yards respectively versus Ole Miss and NM State.  Those totals rate sixth and third among freshmen running backs under Mike Price.

- Freshman RB Xay Williams rushed for a season-high 53 yards at Wisconsin.  It marked the fifth-most rushing yards by a freshman in the Mike Price era (2004-present).

- Freshman RB LaQuintus Dowell ran five times for 36 yards against NM State. It marks the 12th-best effort by a freshman in the Mike Price era.

- The touchdown run by Xay Williams in the third quarter at Wisconsin was the first of his career.  He became the first UTEP freshman to post a rushing score since Nathan Jeffery did so against Houston on Sept. 29, 2011.

 

THE TIGHT ENDS

- Tight ends caught three passes on UTEP's initial offensive drive of the second half against SMU after totaling one reception in the previous 11 quarters of play dating back to the NM State game on Sept. 15.

- Junior Kevin Perry registered the second touchdown reception of his career in the first quarter against New Mexico State, and the first by a UTEP tight end in nine games.

- Sophomore Craig Wenrick added a touchdown catch in the third quarter versus NMSU, giving the Miners multiple tight ends with touchdown receptions in a game for the first time since Oct. 18, 2008 at Tulsa (Elijah Goldtrap & Jamar Hunt one each).

- UTEP tight ends recorded season-highs for catches (four) and yardage (26) against NM State.

 

THE PASSING GAME

- Of the 16 passes completed by UTEP's signal callers versus SMU, nine were for first downs and seven were for more than 10 yards.

- Junior QB Carson Meger saw his most extensive action of the season against the Mustangs, completing seven of 16 attempts for 47 yards. Meger has appeared in five games and is 16-of-31 for 134 yards.

- Senior QB Nick Lamaison completed nine of 23 passes for 131 yards against SMU.  In 2012 he has connected on 88-of-177 passes for 1,085 yards with eight TDs and five interceptions.

- Lamaison threw his first interception of the season on his 146th pass attempt in the fourth quarter at East Carolina.

- In the first four games of the season, Lamaison had seven touchdown passes and no interceptions.  In the last two games he has had one touchdown pass and five picks.

- After throwing for 200+ yards in three straight games (Ole Miss/NM State/Wisconsin), Lamaison has been held under 150 in the last two outings.

- The 22 pass completions by Nick Lamaison at Wisconsin marked the second-top total of his career. His career-best was 24 completions against Stony Brook last year.

- Nick Lamaison set a UTEP high with four touchdown passes against NM State (previous high three on three occasions last season).

 - Lamaison recorded the second 300-yard passing game of his career versus NM State (first was 365 yards versus Stony Brook on Sept. 3, 2011).

 

DEFENSE

NOTABLES

- While the fourth quarter has been a challenge at times for UTEP this year, the Miners are making some progress in the period. The Miners have kept the past three foes to fewer than 100 yards in the period. Wisconsin gained 99 yards in the final stanza, East Carolina was held to 88 yards in the frame and SMU managed 95 over the final 15 minutes. The Miners allowed 150.6 yards on average in the period during the first three games of the year.

- Only four times this season have opponents scored on consecutive drives. Wisconsin achieved the feat twice, while Ole Miss and NM State did so once each.

- UTEP's defense has done a great job of swarming to the ball with four different players contributing at least six tackles per game. The injured Richard Spencer (36-9.0) & Josh Fely (47-7.8) have been the best at better than 7.0. A total of three players achieved the feat from 2008-11.

 

PATTERSON'S STOP TROOPS

- UTEP has allowed less than 30 points in five of its first six games for the second time in three seasons since Andre Patterson took over as defensive coordinator.  The Miners achieved the feat five times from 1970-2009 (1971, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2005).

- UTEP yielded a season-low 372 yards to SMU.  It marked the fewest yards surrendered by the Miner defense since Nov. 12, 2011 versus East Carolina (254).

- The 372 yards were the fewest given up by UTEP in a loss since Oct. 30, 2010 at Marshall (313 allowed in a 16-12 defeat).

- UTEP pitched a second-half shutout versus SMU for the first time since Oct. 15, 2011 at Tulane.

- UTEP has now held four C-USA opponents scoreless in the second half since joining the league in 2005 (Marshall in 2005, Tulane in 2008, Tulane in 2011, SMU in 2012).

- The last time UTEP lost a game where it allowed 17 points or fewer was on Oct. 30, 2010 at Marshall (16-12).  The Miners are now 8-2 in C-USA games where they yield under 20 points.

- UTEP is now 20-2 under coach Mike Price in games where it has allowed less than 20 points.

- Senior LB Josh Fely has a shot to reach triple digits in tackles. He has 47 in a half-season's worth of games. The last Miner to post 100+ stops was D'amon Cromartie-Smith, who piled up 109 in 2009.

- Senior safety Richard Spencer was lost for the season after sustaining a torn ACL at Wisconsin.  In the last two games, DB DeShawn Grayson (East Carolina) and LB Josh Fely (SMU) have worn Spencer's #24 jersey in honor of their fallen teammate.

 

Strong Start from the Defense

- The Miners have yielded just 26 points in the first quarter of games this year. Oklahoma, Ole Miss and East Carolina each were held to seven points and SMU had a field goal.  The defense pitched a shutout in the opening period against NM State. Wisconsin was also blanked by the stop troops but did score a pair of points after returning a blocked extra point for a score.

- The biggest reason for the success in the first quarter has been the opposition's inability to move the ball. UTEP has conceded only 85.2 yards on average in the opening frame, by far the lowest figure of any quarter this season. Factoring into that readout was keeping NM State to 16 yards, the best effort of any quarter this year.

 

Making Adjustments

- Good defensive units make adjustments at the half, and UTEP has shown that ability thus far in 2012. Opponents have managed only 17 points in the third quarter this year. Only New Mexico State and East Carolina got into the end zone. Oklahoma had a field goal while Ole Miss, Wisconsin and SMU were shut out.

- UTEP has kept the opposition in check from a yardage standpoint in the third period as well. Foes have accounted for 94.8 yards per game in the third quarter this year, with the efforts the past three games helping that figure. Wisconsin (73 yards), East Carolina (78) and SMU (65) all fell shy of 80 yards of total offense. The only other time the opposition has failed to crack that figure in a quarter this season was in the opening period against NM State (16 yards).

 

BRINGING THE PRESSURE

- UTEP has done a good job of getting to the quarterback this season, with 11 sacks to this point. That projects to 22 takedowns by year's end. The Miners compiled 23 sacks a year ago. The last time UTEP had back-to-back campaigns of at least 20 sacks was during a four-year stretch from 2003-06.

- The sack by senior DL Horace Miller in the second quarter against SMU was his fifth of the season, tying his total for the entire 2011 campaign in a half-season's worth of games.

- Miller is on track for a big year, with his current pace working out to 10 sacks. That figure would fall just shy of the single-season school standard (11.0), set by Melvin Besses in 1979.

- Opposing receivers have been hearing footsteps this season, and for good reason. UTEP has 31 pass break-ups through six games. That puts the Miners on track to finish with 62, which would be their most since recording 79 during the 2000 WAC Championship season.

 

MINERS TAKE IT AWAY

- Opponents have had problems holding onto the ball in 2012. Foes have fumbled 12 times, which already eclipses the total (nine) from the 2011 season. The inability to secure the ball has the opposition on a projected path of 24 fumbles. That would be the highest number since 2005 when foes also had 24.

- Senior DB Drew Thomas had an interception while also recovering a fumble at Wisconsin. The last player to pull off that double was Quintin Demps against Tulsa on Oct. 6, 2007.

- Drew Thomas logged the first double-digit tackle game of his career with 12 stops versus SMU.  His previous career-high was eight stops at Wisconsin on Sept. 22.

- Sophomore DB Shane Huhn picked off a pass for the second straight game versus SMU.  He is the first UTEP freshman with multiple interceptions in a season since Quintin Demps had two in 2004.

- Huhn became the first UTEP freshman to log an interception in consecutive games since Robert Rodriguez had one each versus New Mexico and Texas Southern to start the 2001 season.  Rodriguez is currently the Miners' linebackers coach.

- Huhn made his first career start at strong safety at East Carolina.  Huhn is the third freshman to start for the Miners this season (RBs Autrey Golden & Xay Williams are the others), and the first freshman to start on defense since Wesley Miller earned six starts at strong safety a year ago.

- In two starts Huhn has contributed 16 tackles, including a career-high nine at East Carolina, while filling in for the injured Richard Spencer.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

NOTABLES

- UTEP has registered 138 yards on 13 punt returns in 2012, averaging 10.6 per return compared with 14 returns for 37 yards (2.6 avg.) by the opposition.

- Michael Edwards leads the Miners in punt returns, covering 86 yards of real estate on 11 returns (7.8 avg.).

- UTEP's specials teams know how to put the pressure on its opponents, who have converted just 2-of-9 field goals in 2012.

 

GOLDEN IS GOLDEN ON SPECIAL TEAMS

- Freshman RB Autrey Golden leads the Miners in kickoff returns, registering 12 for 340 yards (28.3 avg.).

- The 96-yard kickoff return by Golden in the fourth quarter at East Carolina was the seventh-longest in school history and the longest by a UTEP player since Quintin Demps had a 100-yard return at UCF in 2007.

- The 157 kickoff yards for Golden versus the Pirates were the most by a UTEP player since Vernon Frazier had 177 against Houston last season.

- Golden's kickoff return was the longest by a UTEP freshman since Howard Jackson had a 100-yard return in the final game of the 2001 season against Nevada.

 

CAMPBELL RETURNS AS SPECIAL TEAMS STANDOUT

- Punter Ian Campbell was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award last year.

- Campbell has punted 39 times for 1,629 yards to average 41.8 yards per attempt in 2012.

- Campbell punted seven times for 301 yards at Ole Miss, including four that landed inside the Rebel 20-yard line. It marked the first time since 2006 (Ryan Hotchkiss versus SMU) and the second time under Mike Price that a punter landed four punts inside the 20.

- Campbell's long punt of 67 yards against Oklahoma tied for his third-best career effort. Campbell's long was a 72-yard boot versus Rice in 2010.

 

VALADEZ FILLING IN CAPABLY AT KICKER

- Sophomore Steven Valadez leads the Miners in scoring, collecting 21 points after assuming field goal duty from injured senior Dakota Warren.

- Valadez has kicked off 20 times for 1,250 yards. He is averaging 62.5 yards per kickoff with a net average of 40.2 yards.

- Valadez kicked off seven times for 439 yards versus NM State, including six touchbacks.

 

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