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UTEP Football to Take on UCF, Will Honor Military on Saturday

Devin Patterson


Devin Patterson

Nov. 5, 2012

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THE BASIC FACTS

- UTEP takes on C-USA Eastern Division leader UCF on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.

- The Knights are a perfect 5-0 in C-USA action with an average margin of victory of 21.4 points.

- The Miners will be home for two of their final three games, including hosting Rice on Nov. 24. UTEP is 2-2 in the Sun Bowl this season.

- Each of UTEP’s last two home games will kick off at 5 p.m. MT.

- UTEP has been idle since Oct. 27, when it dropped a 45-35 decision at Houston.

- The Miners are 6-4 when coming off bye weeks under ninth-year head coach Mike Price, including 2-4 in their last six games.

- The Miners have struggled in the month of November under Price, posting a 10-21 record. UTEP has compiled a losing record in the month every year since 2006.

- UTEP has lost its first game in November in five of the last six years, but the lone victory, a 28-14 triumph over SMU on Nov. 6, 2010, clinched bowl eligibility.

 

HOW THEY GOT HERE

- UTEP committed six turnovers, leading to 31 Houston points, in a 45-35 loss to the Cougars on Oct. 27, 2012 at Robertson Stadium.

- The Miners trailed 45-7 early in the third quarter before mounting a furious rally led by third-string quarterback Blaire Sullivan.

- Sullivan led UTEP to four touchdowns in the final 21 minutes, pulling the Miners to within 10 points on a six-yard pass to Michael Edwards with 4:35 to play. Houston recovered the onside kick to quell the UTEP run.

- Sullivan completed 6-of-10 passes for 105 yards and two TDs, and rushed 10 times for 53 yards.

- Nathan Jeffery picked up his third 100-yard rushing game of the season for the Miners, gaining 137 yards on 33 carries with two TDs.

- The Miners lost despite having significant advantages in total offense (494 yards to 339) and time of possession (39:27 to 20:33).

- David Piland threw for 174 yards and two TDs for the Cougars, who had a balanced offensive attack with 165 yards rushing.

- Charles Sims rushed 12 times for 119 yards for Houston, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.

- UTEP fell to 0-4 all-time at Robertson Stadium and dropped its seventh consecutive game in the city of Houston, including losses to Rice during the 2007, 2009 and 2011 campaigns.

- UCF won its fifth straight game by cruising past SMU, 42-17, on Nov. 3 at Bright House Networks Stadium.

- It was the 200th victory in UCF football history.

- Latavius Murray rushed 23 times for 155 yards and two TDs for the Knights.

- Murray went over 2,000 yards rushing for his career (2,011) in the process.

- It marked the fourth straight game that Murray has produced multiple rushing touchdowns.

- UCF put the game away with 28 straight points beginning at the end of the first half, increasing a 14-10 lead to 42-10.

- The Knights held the Mustangs to 16 first downs and 259 yards of offense, including 133 passing.

- UCF sacked SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert three times, with two of the sacks being credited to senior DL Troy Davis.

- SMU had three-and-outs on four of its last six possessions.

- Blake Bortles completed 10-of-15 passes for 110 yards and two scores for UCF. The Knights gained 241 yards on the ground.

 

UTEP VS. UCF

- UCF has won two of the first three matchups between the schools.

- Neither team has won on the other’s home field.

- The Knights downed the Miners in Orlando during the 2007 (36-20) and 2011 (31-14) seasons, and were crushed by UTEP in the Sun Bowl (58-13) in 2008.

 

THE LAST MEETING

- With bowl eligibility on the line, UTEP fell behind 24-0 at halftime to UCF on Nov. 25, 2011 in Orlando and never recovered, dropping a 31-14 decision to the Knights.

- The Miners entered the fourth quarter trailing 31-0 before putting a couple of scores on the board. Nick Lamaison’s two-yard pass to Jordan Leslie capped a 14-play, 56-yard TD drive, and Joe Banyard’s seven-yard run for six points put the exclamation point on a 10-play, 84-yard drive.

- UTEP was held to 315 yards of offense, including 66 rushing.

- The Miners registered only 94 yards of offense in the first half with five first downs.

- The Knights posted 460 yards, including 249 rushing led by Latavius Murray, who gained a career-best 233 yards and scored two touchdowns.

- Lamaison completed 19-of-35 passes for 190 yards for UTEP.

- Donavon Kemp was the Miners’ leading receiver with two catches for 74 yards.

- UTEP’s first eight drives produced zero points with six punts, a missed field goal and a turnover.

 

UTEP vs. HOUSTON NOTABLES

- The Miners were held scoreless in the first quarter for just the third time this season (Ole Miss and SMU).

- UTEP’s 21 fourth quarter points were its most since Oct. 3, 2009 versus Houston (21) and tied the most in the period under coach Mike Price.

- Houston’s 35 points in the first 30 minutes were the most the Miners have allowed in a half since giving up 35 at Arkansas on Nov. 13, 2010.

- Houston’s 14 first quarter points were the most allowed by the Miners in the period in 2012.

- UTEP’s six turnovers marked its highest game total since Nov. 21, 2009 at Rice (six), and tied for the second-highest figure of the Price era. The Miners had seven giveaways at SMU on Nov. 26, 2005. UTEP also had six turnovers at Memphis on Oct. 1, 2005.

- The four interceptions were the most by a UTEP team since Sept. 26, 2009 at Texas and tied for the high total of the Price regime.

- The Miners fell to 1-17 in their last 18 C-USA road games.

 

IN THE RANKINGS

- Through the games of Nov. 3, UTEP rated in the top-50 nationally in net punting (tied for 26th, 39.5 avg.) and punt returns (35th, 10.7 avg.).

- Individually, Ian Campbell was 25th in punting (42.8 avg.), Autrey Golden was 32nd in kickoff returns (25.7 avg.), Michael Edwards was 42nd in punt returns (8.4 avg.), Horace Miller was tied for 42nd in sacks (0.7 avg.), Josh Fely was tied for 43rd in tackles (9.1 avg.) and Jordan Leslie was 44th in receiving yards per game (79.2).

- UCF holds top-50 FBS statistical rankings in kickoff returns (12th, 26.8 avg.), passing efficiency defense (20th, 111.46), punt returns (22nd, 12.2 avg.), sacks allowed (tied for 24th, 1.3 avg.), passing efficiency (25th, 150.67), scoring defense (25th, 20.9 ppg), scoring offense (28th, 36.7 ppg), pass defense (34th, 204.1 ypg), total defense (35th, 343.7 ypg), rushing defense (40th, 139.6 ypg), rushing offense (40th, 189.3 ypg), turnover margin (40th, 0.33), tackles for losses (41st, 6.3 avg.) and sacks (42nd, 2.2 avg.)

- The Knights’ Quincy McDuffie is second in the country in kickoff returns (38.8 avg.), and J.J. Whorton is 17th in punt returns (12.2 avg.).

- UTEP is third in Conference USA in passing efficiency defense (129.8), punt returns (10.7 avg.) & punting (39.0 avg.), as well as fourth in pass defense (239.4 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (28.9 ppg)

- In the C-USA individual statistics, Michael Edwards is third in punt returns (8.4 avg.), fourth in all-purpose yards (114.9 ypg) & fifth in receiving yards (78.0 avg.), Autrey Golden is fourth in kickoff returns (25.7 avg.), Jordan Leslie is fourth in receiving yards (79.2 avg.) and Josh Fely is eighth in tackles (9.1 avg.).

- UCF leads C-USA in scoring defense (20.9 ppg), pass defense (204.1 ypg), total defense (343.7 ypg), punt returns (12.2 avg.), passing efficiency (150.6) and passing efficiency defense (111.5).

 

CONFERENCE USA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

- Three Miners have been tabbed Conference USA Player of the Week this season. 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 (47-59 record) and 31st year as a collegiate head coach (176-181 mark).

- Price has the second-most wins by a UTEP coach with 47. 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 (255 victories), Texas’ Mack Brown (234), Nevada’s Chris Ault (231), South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (203) and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly (196).

- Price is coaching in his 107th game at UTEP on Saturday. 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).

 

THE OFFENSE

NOTABLES

- Ishmael Harrison’s 30-yard reception in the fourth quarter at Houston was a career long. Harrison also had a 17-yard catch in the game and finished with a career-best 47 receiving yards.

- Jim Jones completed 2-of-2 passes for 78 yards against the Cougars, including a 45-yard touchdown throw to Jordan Leslie. It represented the first two passes of his college career for Jones, a wide receiver. The 42-yard reception was the third-longest for Leslie this season.

- The Miners had over 400 yards for the third consecutive game versus UH, the first time they have achieved the feat since the first three games of the 2010 season.

- The Miners’ 35 points at Houston were their second-most this season. They put 41 points on the board against NM State on Sept. 15.

- UTEP scored 35 or more points in a road game for the 18th time under coach Mike Price at Houston.  The Miners are 11-7 in those games.

- The 494 yards of offense against UH were a season-high and the most for the Miners since Sept. 29, 2011 versus Houston (538).

- Against Houston, the Miners eclipsed 300 yards passing without an individual 200-yard passer for the first time since Sept. 28, 2002 at San Jose State. UTEP had 303 yards passing in that game led by Orlando Cruz with 147 yards.

- Prior to the setback at Houston, the last time UTEP lost a game where it had over 150 more yards of offense than the opposition was on Nov. 21, 2009 at Rice. The Miners dropped a 30-29 decision despite gaining 395 yards to the Owls’ 227.

- The 39:27 of possession time at Houston was the third-most for the Miners since 1980. They had 41:23 of possession time against Valdosta State on Sept. 16, 1995, and 41:03 at BYU on Nov. 3, 1984.

- With Jordan Leslie (79.2 ypg) and Michael Edwards (75.1 ypg), UTEP has two receivers averaging 70+ yards per game for the first time since 2000, when Lee Mays (99.8 ypg) and Brian Natkin (71.5 ypg) both turned the trick. Natkin is currently the Miners’ offensive line coach.

- UTEP has had three 20-point halves this season (27 in the first half against NM State, 24 in the first half versus Tulane, 28 in the second half at Houston).

- The Miners were a season-best 13-for-20 in third down conversions at Houston (65 percent).  Over the last two games, UTEP is 21-for-33 on third down (.636), compared to 28-for-103 (.272) in the first seven contests.  The Miners rank 92nd nationally in third down conversion percentage (.360).

 

LESLIE

- Jordan Leslie led UTEP in receiving for the fourth time this season against Houston and for the third time in four games, totaling 95 yards. He also achieved the feat versus NM State (147 yards), SMU (80 yards) and Tulsa (218 yards).

- Leslie leads the team in receptions (44), yards per catch (16.2 avg.), yards per game (79.2 avg.) and receiving yards (713). He has compiled 1,143 career receiving yards.

- Leslie registered the two longest catches of his career at Tulsa. He had a 61-yard reception in the fourth quarter and a 50-yard catch in the third quarter. His previous long reception coming into the game was a 45-yarder against the Golden Hurricane on Nov. 19, 2011 in the Sun Bowl.

- Leslie posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the third of his career versus the Golden Hurricane.

- With 218 yards at Tulsa, Leslie became the sixth UTEP player to post a 200-yard receiving game, joining Chuck Hughes (twice in 1965), Volley Murphy (at New Mexico in 1967), Bob Wallace (versus New Mexico State in 1967), Arnie Adkison (at Utah in 1987) and Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr. (versus New Mexico State in 2006).

- The 218 receiving yards by Leslie rank sixth in school history.

- Leslie is one of 17 players in the FBS to compile a 200-yard receiving game this year.

- Leslie’s 218 yards versus Tulsa are the eighth-most by an FBS player in 2012.

- Of Leslie’s 44 receptions, 39 have gone for first downs and five have resulted in touchdowns. Thirteen catches were more than 20 yards and nine were over 30.

- Five of Leslie’s seven career TD receptions have come in road games.

 

EDWARDS

- Michael Edwards registered his third multiple-touchdown performance of the season at Houston. Edwards also scored twice against Wisconsin and Tulane.

- Edwards has put together back-to-back games with multiple TDs for the first time in his college career. He hadn’t achieved the feat in three previous seasons at Mt. SAC (2008, 2010) and UTEP (2011).

- Edwards is averaging 75.1 yards per game in 2012. He ranks second on the team in yards per catch (14.7), receptions (41) and reception yards (601).

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

- Edwards has five of UTEP’s seven longest pass receptions 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 at Wisconsin 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).

 

ON THE RUN

- Nathan Jeffery registered the first multiple-touchdown performance of his UTEP career at Houston. Prior to this game, he had only one career rushing score, with it coming against Houston in 2011.

- Jeffery rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time in his career against the Cougars. His 137 yards marked his second-highest career total. He ran for 177 yards against Oklahoma in the season opener.

- Jeffery leads UTEP in rushing attempts (127) and rushing yards (551), while averaging 4.3 yards per carry and 68.9 yards per game.

- The Miners rushed for 217 yards versus Tulane, a season high and their most since Nov. 12, 2011 against East Carolina (241).

- Josh Bell leads the Miners with three rushing TDs.  His 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against Tulane was a career long.

 

A LOOK AT FRESHMAN RUNNING GAME

- Laquintus Dowell rushed for a career-high 72 yards against Tulane, the third-most by a freshman during the Mike Price era. The last time a UTEP freshman had more rushing yards was in 2008 versus UCF, when Vernon Frazier ran for 73 yards.

- The 72 rushing yards by Laquintus Dowell versus Tulane were the fewest to lead the Miners in a 200-yard rushing night since Joe Banyard ran for 64 yards and the Miners totaled 249 versus NM State in 2010.

- Autrey Golden ran for 69 and 52 yards respectively versus NM State and Ole Miss.

- Autrey Golden’s 26-yard run in the second quarter versus Tulane was a career long.

- Freshman RB Xay Williams rushed for a season-high 53 yards at Wisconsin.

- 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.

- QB Blaire Sullivan etched his name onto the list of top freshman rushing performances under coach Mike Price by rambling for 53 yards at Houston.

 

THE TIGHT ENDS

- Kevin Perry registered a career-long reception against Houston, a 34-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

- The three catches for Craig Wenrick versus Tulane were the most by a UTEP tight end this season and the most by a positional player since Eric Tomlinson registered three receptions versus East Carolina last season.

- Katrae Ford established career-highs for catches (two) and yardage (18) at Tulsa.

- Kevin Perry registered the second touchdown reception of his career in the first quarter against NM State.

- 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).

 

THE PASSING GAME

- Blaire Sullivan made his second career appearance at Houston. His first came against NM State on Sept. 15.

- Against UH, Sullivan became the first UTEP quarterback to pass for 100 yards and rush for 50 in a game since Trevor Vittatoe versus NM State on Sept. 18, 2010 (246 passing, 54 rushing).

- Sullivan completed his first career TD pass at Houston, a 16-yard completion to Michael Edwards. His second TD pass was also to Edwards, as was the two-point conversion.

- Sullivan was certainly in command of the offense against Houston. With Sullivan as the signal caller, UTEP’s offense reached paydirt four times in a little more than a quarter (20:49). Prior to Sullivan taking the reins of the offense, the Miners scored touchdowns just five times in the previous 10 quarters and a total of six in the last 14 periods.

- Carson Meger’s 61-yard completion to Jordan Leslie in the fourth quarter at Tulsa was a career long. His previous long was 45 yards against Tulsa on Nov. 19 of last year.

- Meger’s 257 passing yards versus the Golden Hurricane bettered his previous career-high of 240 yards at USF on Sept. 24, 2011.

- Nick Lamaison added 119 passing yards at Tulsa. The last time UTEP had one quarterback pass for 200+ yards and another throw for 100+ yards in the same game was against San Jose State on Nov. 8, 2003 (Orlando Cruz 237 yards, Jordan Palmer 112 yards).

- Nick Lamaison has connected on 118-of-230 passes for 1,437 yards with 10 TDs and nine interceptions this season. Carson Meger is 46-for-76 passing for 504 yards with one TD and three picks.  Blaire Sullivan has a 194.73 passing efficiency rating in limited duty (6-for-11, 105 yards, two TDs, 0 INTs).

- 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

- UTEP’s defense has used a pack mentality with everyone flocking to the ball. Four different players are pitching in at least six tackles per contest. Josh Fely (82-9.1), the injured Richard Spencer (36-9.0) & DeShawn Grayson (67-7.4) have set the tone by averaging better than 7.0 while Drew Thomas (57-6.3) is also in the vicinity of that cutoff. The last time UTEP had three individuals finish with 7.0+ tackles on average was in 2007. A total of three Miners achieved the feat from 2008-11.

- For the third straight game, senior LB Josh Fely registered double-digit tackles at Houston. He had 11 at Tulsa, 14 against Tulane and 10 at Houston. Fely has had 10 or more stops in four of the last five contests.

- Fely is on the path towards reaching triple digits in total tackles. He has registered 82 through nine contests, which projects out to 109 at year’s end. The last Miner to compile 100+ stops was D’amon Cromartie-Smith, who piled up 109 in 2009.

- Opponents have had 117 drives on the season, but only eight times have they managed to score on consecutive drives. Houston and Wisconsin achieved the feat twice while Ole Miss, NM State, Tulsa & Tulane did so once each.

- On more than half of the drives (63 of 117) this season, the opposition has been held to fewer than 30 yards. Houston fell shy of 10 yards on seven occasions, lifting UTEP’s seasonal sum to 34 such drives.

 

PATTERSON’S STOP TROOPS

- UTEP has ensured itself of a third straight season with six or more opponents falling shy of 30 points. The Miners hadn’t strung together three consecutive campaigns of that nature since current UTEP Director of Athletics Bob Stull patrolled their sidelines (1986-88).

- Ole Miss (538) is the only opponent to pile up 500+ yards of total offense. The last time a foe had only one such game in a season was in each of the first three years of the Mike Price era (2004-06).

- While Houston scored 45 points against the Miners, the defense had some nice moments. UTEP gave up a season-low 339 yards. That figure is the fewest in a game since the Miners kept Colorado State to 255 yards on Oct. 22, 2011. In terms of league road games, it was the best effort in almost two years. Marshall was held to 313 yards on Oct. 30, 2010.

- The 339 yards were the fewest given up in a loss since a 16-12 defeat at Marshall (313 allowed) on Oct. 30, 2010.

- 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.

 

ONE QUARTER AT A TIME

- UTEP’s defense has been locked in during the first quarter of games this season. Even after allowing 14 points at Houston, the Miners have conceded a total of 50 points in the first quarter (5.6 average). Oklahoma, Ole Miss, East Carolina & Tulsa managed a touchdown while SMU and Tulsa were held to a field goal. The defense blanked NM State. Wisconsin’s offense was held scoreless in the first frame but the Badgers tallied two points after returning a blocked extra point for the score.

- After allowing a combined 13 points in the second quarter against Tulsa and Tulane, the Miners let Houston put 21 on the board. The frame has been the most taxing for the defense on the campaign, with opponents scoring 97 points (10.2 average).

- A sign of a good defense is the ability to make adjustments at the half, and the Miners have done that throughout the season. UTEP has given up only 47 points in third quarter this year, the fewest of any frame. That works out to just 5.2 points per game allowed in that period. Thirty of those 47 points, though, have come in the past three games.

- Since the start of Conference USA action, UTEP’s defense has figured out how to play well in the fourth quarter. The Miners have yielded a total of 17 points in the period while keeping all five foes below 100 yards. UTEP conceded a sum of 49 points while allowing 138 yards on average in the final quarter of its four non-conference contests.

 

BRINGING THE PRESSURE

- UTEP has recorded four multi-sack games of the season, most recently registering a pair against Tulane. Overall the Miners have 13 sacks on the campaign, but their pursuit of a second straight 20+ sack season took a hit in the setback at Houston. If UTEP, which had 23 last year, finds a way to post seven in the final three games it will deliver back-to-back seasons of at least 20 sacks for the first time since a four-year run from 2003-06.

- Horace Miller’s third-quarter sack of Tulane’s Ryan Griffin elevated his total to 6.5. He is the first player with six or more sacks in a campaign since 2005 when Alex Obomese (6.5) and Chris Mineo (6.0) both achieved the feat. The last UTEP player with seven or more sacks in a season was Thomas Howard and Mineo (8.0 each) in 2004.

- UTEP’s defense has made life difficult for opposing receivers this year. The Miners have 43 pass break-ups through nine games. They’re on track to finish with 57 in the category, which would be their most since the millennium.

 

MINERS TAKE IT AWAY

- Opponents have had problems holding onto the ball in 2012. Foes have now fumbled 19 times on the year. That figure more than doubles the amount of opponent fumbles (nine) in 2011. It also projects to 25 fumbles, which would be the highest number in the category since foes had 30 in 2004.

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

- Freshman DB Shane Huhn had an interception against both Tulsa and 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.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

NOTABLES

- UTEP has registered 171 yards on 16 punt returns in 2012, averaging 10.7 per return compared with 18 returns for 71 yards (3.9 avg.) by the opposition.

- Michael Edwards leads the Miners in punt returns, covering 101 yards of real estate on 12 returns (8.4 avg.).

 

GOLDEN

- Autrey Golden’s 45-yard kickoff return in the first quarter against Houston was his third-longest of the season. He had returns of 96 yards and 46 yards versus East Carolina and NM State, respectively.

- With 591 yards in returns, Golden is on pace to tally 788 kickoff return yards this season. That would mark the fourth-top single season total in school history and the most-ever by a UTEP freshman, eclipsing the previous record of 641 yards by Marlon McClure in 2009.

- 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.

- 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

- Ian Campbell’s 67-yard punt in the third quarter at Houston tied his second-longest of the season. He had a 71-yard punt at Tulsa.

- Campbell’s 71-yard punt in the first quarter at Tulsa fell one yard shy of his career long of 72, set versus Rice on Oct. 9, 2010.

- Campbell has averaged 50+ yards on punts in five games at UTEP.

- For the season, Campbell has punted 52 times for 2,225 yards (42.8 avg.) with five touchbacks, 10 fair catches and 13 punts inside the 20.

- 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.

 

VALADEZ

- Sophomore Steven Valadez is second on the team in scoring, collecting 33 points after assuming field goal duty from injured senior Dakota Warren.

- Valadez has kicked off 32 times for 1,951 yards. He is averaging 61.0 yards per kickoff with a net average of 40.3 yards.

- Valadez kicked off five times for 324 yards against Tulane, with four touchbacks.

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

The Last Meeting
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November 25, 2011
Orlando, Fla.
UTEP's Season Ends With 31-14 Loss at UCF
Jordan Leslie caught a 2-yard pass from Nick Lamaison on a fourth-and-goal play and Joe Banyard added a 7-yard scoring run.