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UTEP to Take on Southern Miss in Final Road Contest

Blaire Sullivan


Blaire Sullivan

Nov. 12, 2012

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THE BASIC FACTS

The Last Meeting
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October 29, 2011
Sun Bowl
Southern Miss Defends Top-25 Ranking With 31-13 Win Over UTEP
Austin Davis threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns as no. 25 Southern Miss extended its winning streak to six games with a 31-13 victory over UTEP on Saturday in the Sun Bowl


- UTEP (2-8) plays its final road game of the season on Saturday against 0-10 Southern Miss.

- The Miners are 0-5 on the road this season and are trying to avoid going winless on the road for the first time since 2002, when they were 0-7 away from home.

- UTEP is 0-3 in Conference USA road games.  The Miners have won at least one C-USA road game in every season except 2009 and 2010, when they finished 0-4 in league road games.

- The Miners have lost 17 of their last 18 C-USA road games, the exception being a 44-7 triumph at Tulane on Oct. 15, 2011.

- The last time UTEP won its final road game of the season was in 1991 with a 41-24 victory at Hawaii.

- UTEP is 7-16 all-time versus Conference USA Eastern Division teams, including 2-9 on the road.  The wins came at UAB in 2006 (36-17) and Southern Miss in 2008 (40-37 in double overtime).  UTEP has lost its last six road games versus C-USA Eastern schools.

- This season, C-USA Western Division teams have posted a combined record of 7-7 against the East (Houston 1-1, Rice 1-2, SMU 2-1, Tulane 1-1, Tulsa 2-0, UTEP 0-2), including 2-5 on the road.  Tulsa has both of the road wins, beating UAB (49-42) on Sept. 29 and Marshall (45-38) on Oct. 6.

- The Miners have struggled in the month of November under coach Mike Price, posting a 10-22 record.

 

HOW THEY GOT HERE

- UTEP rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie the game at 24 with 6:49 remaining, but UCF drove 75 yards in three plays to beat the Miners, 31-24, last Saturday in the Sun Bowl.

- Latavius Murray's 46-yard TD run with 5:25 to play proved to be the winning score.

- Murray rushed 23 times for 117 yards for a UCF squad that compiled 188 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.

- Blake Bortles completed 16-of-27 passes for 214 yards with no interceptions for the Knights.

- UCF held UTEP to 346 yards of offense, including 79 passing.

- Miner freshman QB Blaire Sullivan, making his first career start, rushed 23 times for 74 yards and completed 5-of-11 passes for 79 yards.

- Nathan Jeffery had another big game for UTEP, rushing 24 times for 174 yards with a pair of TDs.

- Jeffery's 69-yard run tied the game in the fourth quarter before UCF rallied for its sixth consecutive win.

- The Knights remained unbeaten in C-USA action with a 6-0 mark, while UTEP dropped to 2-8 through 10 games for the first time since 2003.

- SMU dealt Southern Miss its 10th straight setback, 34-6, last Saturday in Dallas.

- The Golden Eagles are still seeking their initial victory under first-year coach Ellis Johnson, the former defensive coordinator at South Carolina.

- Garrett Gilbert passed for 249 yards and ran for 94 more to lead SMU.

- Zach Line added 92 yards as the Mustangs tallied 186 yards rushing.

- Three Southern Miss quarterbacks (Chris Campbell, Cole Weeks, Anthony Alford) combined to complete 14-of-31 passes for 127 yards with two interceptions.

- The Golden Eagles were limited to 178 total yards, including 51 rushing.

- Dominique Sullivan accounted for Southern Miss' lone score of the game when he reeled in a 15-yard TD pass from Campbell with 9:39 to go in the second period.  The extra point attempt was blocked.

 

UTEP VS. SOUTHERN MISS

- Southern Miss leads the series 3-2.

- The teams have met twice in postseason play.  The Miners beat the Golden Eagles 37-14 in the 1954 Sun Bowl, and Southern Miss, led by quarterback Brett Favre, returned the favor with a 38-18 victory in the 1988 Independence Bowl.

- Southern Miss has won two of the three matchups between the schools as Conference USA members.  Both wins came in El Paso, 56-30 during the 2007 season and 31-13 last year.  In 2008, Trevor Vittatoe's six-yard touchdown pass to Kris Adams lifted UTEP past Southern Miss, 40-37 in double overtime, at Hattiesburg.

 

CONNECTIONS

- Southern Miss head coach Ellis Johnson was defensive coordinator at the school in 1988, the year the Golden Eagles beat UTEP 38-18 in the Independence Bowl.  The Miners' head coach that year was Bob Stull, currently UTEP's Director of Athletics.

- Southern Miss offensive coordinator Steve Buckley was a GA at the school in 1988.

- Southern Miss defensive line coach Lorenzo Costantini played for Bob Stull at UTEP (defensive tackle) and was the Miners' strength & conditioning coach and defensive line coach from 1995-99.

- The Golden Eagles' defensive coordinator, Tommy West, was the head coach at Memphis (2001-09), Clemson (1993-98) and UT-Chattanooga (1992).  West was 4-0 against the Miners as a head coach (3-0 at Memphis, 1-0 at Clemson).

- Southern Miss has one Texas player on its roster in junior OL Ed Preston (Bacliff/Dickinson HS).

 

THE LAST MEETING

- No. 25 Southern Miss extended its winning streak to six games with a 31-13 victory over UTEP on Oct. 29, 2011 in the Sun Bowl.

- The game was tied at 10 at halftime, and UTEP pulled within 17-13 on a 47-yard field goal by Dakota Warren midway through the third quarter.

- The Golden Eagles put the game out of reach with a couple of fourth quarter touchdowns.  Southern Miss put together scoring drives of 98 and 82 yards in the final period.

- Austin Davis completed 17-of-31 passes for 190 yards and three TDs for the Golden Eagles, who also received 134 rushing yards from Jamal Woodyard.

- The stingy Southern Miss defense limited UTEP to 262 yards, including 68 rushing.  The Miners had rushed for 877 yards in their previous three games.

- Nick Lamaison completed 21-of-35 passes for 194 yards to lead the Miners.

 

UTEP vs. UCF NOTABLES

- The Miners scored on their first possession for the third time this season, and for the third time in five home games.  They also did so versus NM State (Sept. 15) and Tulane (Oct. 20).

- The blocked punt by Jordan Leslie in the second quarter was the second by a UTEP player this season.  Richard Spencer blocked a punt by Oklahoma's Tress Way in the season opener, which was returned by Nathan Jeffery for a touchdown.  The Miners have registered multiple blocked punts in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1991-92; they also had two in 2011.

- The Miners added a blocked field goal by A.J. Ropati in the third period.  UTEP has four blocked kicks this season (two punts/two field goals), its second-highest figure under coach Mike Price.  UTEP posted five blocked kicks in 2004.  The Miners' four blocked kicks this season have come in two games (two each versus Oklahoma and UCF).

- UTEP is 0-7 when trailing at the half this season.  Overall the Miners have lost 10 consecutive games when behind at the intermission since a 16-10 win at New Mexico State last season (UTEP trailed 7-6 at the midway point of that contest).

- Counting the four giveaways against UCF, UTEP has now turned over the ball 21 times in its last six contests.  In the first four games of the year, the Miners compiled a total of two turnovers.  UTEP opponents have scored 75 points off turnovers this season, including 68 in the last seven outings.

- The Miners dropped to 6-5 when coming off bye weeks under Mike Price, including 2-5 in the last seven occurrences.

- Home teams had been 3-0 in the series prior to UCF winning on the Miners' home field.

 

IN THE RANKINGS

- Through the games of Nov. 10, UTEP rated in the top-50 nationally in net punting (19th, 39.9 avg.), punt returns (41st, 10.1 avg.) and kickoff returns (45th, 22.7 avg.).

- Individually, Ian Campbell was 26th in punting (42.9 avg.), Autrey Golden was tied for 30th in kickoff returns (25.8 avg.), Josh Fely was tied for 39th in tackles (9.2 avg.), Jordan Leslie was 45th in receiving yards per game (76.4) and Michael Edwards was 49th in punt returns (7.6 avg.).

- Southern Miss is 35th in the country in tackles for losses (6.4 avg.) and 48th in kickoff returns (22.6 avg.).

- The Golden Eagles' Jamie Collins rates fifth in the FBS ranks in tackles for losses (1.8 avg.), and tied for 14th in sacks (0.9 avg.).

- UTEP is first in C-USA in punting (39.5 net avg.), fourth in kickoff returns (22.7 avg.), pass defense (236.9 ypg) & punt returns (10.1 avg.), and fifth in pass efficiency defense (130.1) & scoring defense (29.1 ppg).

- Southern Miss is second in C-USA in pass defense (227.7 ypg), fourth in rushing offense (160.2 ypg) and tied for fifth in sacks (18).

- In the C-USA individual statistics, Autrey Golden is tied for third in kickoff returns (25.8 avg.), Michael Edwards is fourth in punt returns (7.6 avg.), Jordan Leslie is fourth in receiving (76.4 ypg) and Ian Campbell is fifth in punting (42.9 avg.).

 

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 (47-60 record) and 31st year as a collegiate head coach (176-182 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 (235), Nevada's Chris Ault (231), South Carolina's Steve Spurrier (204) and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly (197).

- Price is coaching in his 108th 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

- The 11 pass attempts versus UCF were the fewest by a UTEP team since Sept. 14, 1996 versus New Mexico State (nine), and the second-fewest by the Miners since 1983.  The five completions were the fewest by the Miners since the 1984 season finale against Air Force (three).

- 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.

- 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.

 

LESLIE

- Jordan Leslie led UTEP in receiving for the fifth time this season against UCF.

- Leslie leads the team in receptions (46), yards per catch (16.6 avg.), yards per game (76.4 avg.) and receiving yards (764). He has compiled 1,194 career receiving yards.

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

- 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 12th-most by an FBS player in 2012.

- Of Leslie's 46 receptions, 41 have gone for first downs and five have resulted in touchdowns. Fourteen catches were more than 20 yards and 10 were over 30.

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

- Leslie has four of UTEP's five longest pass receptions this season.

 

EDWARDS

- Michael Edwards is averaging 67.8 yards per game in 2012. He ranks third on the team in yards per catch (14.5), and second in receptions (42) and reception yards (610).

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

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

- 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.

- 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

- The Miners rushed for 267 yards versus UCF, their top game total since 2011 versus Colorado State (340).

- The 69-yard run by Nathan Jeffery in the fourth quarter against UCF was his second-longest of the season.  He had a 71-yard run versus Oklahoma in the opener.  It marked the fifth-longest rushing play for the Miners under Mike Price, with all five coming in the last two seasons.

- Jeffery has four 100-yard rushing games this season, the most by a UTEP player since Donald Buckram had eight in 2009.  He is the first Miner with consecutive 100-yard games since Buckram had five in a row late in the `09 campaign.

- Jeffery's 175 yards rushing versus UCF fell two yards shy of his career-high 177 against Oklahoma earlier this year.

- Jeffery registered the second multiple-touchdown performance of his UTEP career against UCF. He also registered multiple TDs at Houston. Prior to the Houston game, he had only one career rushing score, with it coming against Houston in 2011.

- Jeffery leads UTEP in rushing attempts (150) and rushing yards (726), while averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 80.7 yards per game.

 

A LOOK AT FRESHMAN RUNNING GAME

- The 74 rushing yards by Blaire Sullivan against UCF were the fourth-most by a quarterback under Mike Price.  James Thomas II ran for 142 yards versus New Mexico State on Sept. 20, 2008.  Lorne Sam rushed for 106 and 82 yards against SMU and Tulsa, respectively, in 2007.

- Sullivan's 74 rushing yards versus UCF tied for the most by a freshman under Price.  Vernon Frazier rushed for 74 yards against New Mexico State in 2008. 

- The two-yard scoring run by Sullivan in the fourth quarter against UCF marked the first rushing TD by a UTEP quarterback since Tate Smith against Tulsa on Nov. 19, 2011.

- Sullivan also rushed for 53 yards at Houston.

- LaQuintus Dowell rushed for a career-high 72 yards against Tulane, the fourth-most by a freshman during the Mike Price era.

- 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.

- 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.

- Autrey Golden compiled a season-best 69 rushing yards versus NM State.

 

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 first collegiate start and his third career appearance against UCF.

- Against Houston, 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 141.16 passing efficiency rating in limited duty (11-for-22, 184 yards, two TDs, 1 INT).

- 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 has recovered a fumble in four straight games for the first time since 2009.  That ties the second-longest streak of the Mike Price era; the Miners had a five-game streak in 2007 and a four-game streak in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

- In their five home games this season, the Miners have recorded a total of 12 sacks.  In their five road games, they have totaled four sacks, including zero in each of the last three contests away from El Paso.

- Josh Fely (10 tackles) registered double-digit stops for the fourth straight game and the fifth time in the last six contests against UCF.

- 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 (92-9.2), the injured Richard Spencer (36-9.0) & DeShawn Grayson (74-7.4) have set the tone by averaging better than 7.0 while Drew Thomas (63-6.3) is also in the vicinity of that cutoff. The last time UTEP had at least three individuals finish with at least 7.0 tackles on average was in 2007. A total of three Miners achieved the feat from 2008-11.

- Shane Huhn posted a season-best 10 tackles in the setback to UCF.

- Fely is on the cusp of reaching triple digits in total tackles. He has made 92 through 10 games, which projects out to 110 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 131 drives on the season, but only 10 times have they managed to score on consecutive drives. Houston, UCF and Wisconsin achieved the feat twice while Ole Miss, NM State, Tulsa & Tulane did so once each.

- On more than half of the drives (72 of 131) this season, the opposition has been held to fewer than 30 yards. UCF fell shy of 10 yards on six occasions, lifting UTEP's seasonal sum to 40 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 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 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 by UH 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 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 Miners are 8-2 in C-USA games where they yield under 20 points.  UTEP is 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. Only Houston (14) has scored more than seven points in the quarter. Ole Miss, East Carolina, Tulsa & UCF 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. Overall the Miners have permitted just 57 points in the first quarter this year.

- Houston (21) and UCF (10) combined for 31 points in the second quarter of their respective games. The Miners had given up just 13 against Tulsa and Tulane. The frame has been the most taxing for the defense on the campaign, with opponents having scored 107 points (10.7 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. Tulsa (20) and Houston (10) have had the best luck in the period. The Miners have pitched shutouts in the frame five times overall, including three during Conference USA action. 

- UTEP yielded a total of 17 points while keeping its first five league opponents to fewer than 100 yards in the fourth quarter. UCF managed to get its offense going in the final frame, scoring a pair of touchdowns while gaining 108 yards.

 

 BRINGING THE PRESSURE

- Horace Miller's third-quarter sack of Tulane's Ryan Griffin elevated his total to 6.0. 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 47 pass break-ups through 10 games. They're on track to finish with 56 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 fumbled 20 times on the year. That figure more than doubles the amount of opponent fumbles (nine) in 2011. It also projects to 24 fumbles, which would be the highest number in the category since foes also had 24 in 2005.

- UTEP has recovered a fumble in four straight games for the first time since 2009.  That ties the second-longest streak of the Mike Price era; the Miners had a five-game streak in 2007 and a four-game streak in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

- 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 191 yards on 19 punt returns in 2012, averaging 10.1 per return compared with 20 returns for 63 yards (3.2 avg.) by the opposition. The Miners have been as effective on kickoff returns as well. The Miners are averaging 22.7 yards per return compared with 12.9 by the opposition.

 

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 618 yards in returns, Golden is on pace to tally 742 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 punted three times for 134 yards in UTEP's game against UCF.

- Campbell averaged 44.7 yards in the contest, including a net average of 47.3. Two of Campbell's three punts landed inside the 20 and one of his punts was for 56 yards.

- 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 55 times for 2359 yards (42.9 avg.) with five touchbacks, 10 fair catches and 15 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 has kicked off 37 times for 2,257 yards. He is averaging 61.0 yards per kickoff with a net average of 40.2 yards.

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