POSTED: Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 8:36pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 1:47pm
UTEP improves to 16-8 in the month of October under head coach Mike Price, including 7-5 on the road.
New Mexico leads the series 42-31-3, including 26-10-1 in games played in Albuquerque. The Lobos are 16-6 versus the Miners at University Stadium. UTEP won for just the third time in its last 17 trips to Albuquerque. It marks the Miners’ first victory at New Mexico since 1998.
UTEP beats New Mexico and New Mexico State in the same season for the first time since 2005 and for the 23rd time in school history. Of the 23 sweeps, this year marks the 13th time that both of the wins have come by double digit points. UTEP has completed the sweep only seven times in 35 attempts since 1970.
The Miners are off to their best start since 2005 when they won eight of their first nine contests. UTEP has posted wins in at least four of its first five games for the 12th time in school history, joining the 1930, 1931, 1932, 1948, 1949, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1987, 1988 and 2005 squads.
UTEP’s three-game winning streak is its longest since 2008. The Miners haven’t won four games in a row since 2005.
The Miners won for just the second time in their last 10 road games dating back to the 2008 season.
UTEP is 3-0 this season when its opponent scores first.
The Miners had a field goal blocked for the first time since 2009 against SMU, and a UTEP opponent scored a touchdown off a blocked field goal for the first time in the Mike Price era.
The last time a UTEP opponent had a kickoff return for a touchdown was East Carolina in 2008 (40 yard kickoff return by Alex Taylor).
UTEP’s 24 points in the first half marked its most in the opening 30 minutes of a game since 2008 versus SMU (26).
The Miners scored 30+ points for the third time in five games and for the 47th time under coach Mike Price.
The 38 points are the fifth-most scored by a UTEP team versus New Mexico. In terms of games at New Mexico, it’s the third-highest point total (75 in 1967, 48 in 1950).
UTEP’s 96-yard drive in the second quarter was its longest since a 97-yard drive at Louisiana Lafayette in 2008.
Kris Adams now has 21 career touchdown receptions, putting him in sole possession of fourth place in school history behind Johnnie Lee Higgins, Jr. (32), Lee Mays (28) and Jeff Moturi (26).
Adams now has seven career 100-yard games, the eighth-top total in school history.
Adams’ 2,006 career receiving yards rank ninth in school history behind Chris Francies (2,022 from 2002-05).
Adams fell just four yards shy of his career high with five catches for 141 yards.
Trevor Vittatoe moved into third place on the all-time Conference USA passing TDs list with the 84th, 85th and 86th of his career. He trails only Houston’s Case Keenum (107) and Rice’s Chase Clement (99). He also moved into seventh place on the C-USA career total offense chart with 10,782 yards.
Vittatoe needs three passing touchdowns, 92 passing yards and 260 yards of total offense to break Jordan Palmer’s school records.
Leilyon Myers scored the first rushing TD of his UTEP career in the fourth quarter.
The interceptions by Drew Thomas and Greg Watkins were the first of their college careers.
UTEP has outscored opponents 56-6 in the third quarter this season.