Miners Look to Get Back on Winning Track at SMU
Nov. 9, 2009
UTEP (3-6, 2-3 C-USA) faces SMU (5-4, 4-1 C-USA) on Saturday at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. MST. The Miners need to win each of their remaining three games to get to six wins and secure bowl eligibility. SMU is tied with Houston for first place in Conference USA's West Division. The Mustangs can become bowl-eligible for the first time since 1997 with a victory over the Miners.
Saturday's game will be televised in El Paso on Time Warner Cable MetroSports Southwest Channel 24. C.J. Martin (play-by-play) and Bruce Wiseman (color) are the announcers. UTEP's English flagship radio station is KOFX 92.3 FM. Jon Teicher (play-by-play), Bernie Ricono (color) and Jeff Limberg (sideline) will have the call. The UTEP Spanish flagship is José 1650 AM (Omar Ropele/Mike Perez).
SMU leads the series 9-7, although UTEP has won five of the last six matchups between the state rivals including three straight. The Mustangs hold a 5-2 advantage in games played in Dallas. The Miners won at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in 2003 (21-19) and 2007 (48-45 in overtime).
Trevor Vittatoe threw for 410 yards and three TDs as UTEP cruised past SMU, 36-10, on Nov. 15, 2008 in the Sun Bowl. Kris Adams had a career-high 145 yards receiving and three touchdowns, and Jose Martinez tied the school record with five field goals as the Miners racked up 544 yards of offense. UTEP was stout defensively as well, limiting SMU to 201 yards of offense. On the first play of UTEP's first offensive series, Vittatoe completed an 85-yard pass to Adams for a score. The Miners scored the first 10 points of the game and didn't look back, building a 26-3 advantage at the half. UTEP forced six turnovers and received interceptions from Dustin Bell, Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, Nuuese Punimata and Melvin Stephenson II. SMU finished with 137 yards passing and 64 rushing.