POSTED: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 8:37pm
UPDATED: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 10:22pm
The Miners’ six-game home winning streak (dating back to 2009) was snapped, and UTEP fell to 4-1 at home this season. Tulane posted its first win in the Sun Bowl after UTEP won the first two games in the series in El Paso.
UTEP is 10-4 at home in October under coach Mike Price and 17-10 overall in the month. The Miners have lost back-to-back games in October for the first time since 2007.
The Miners drop to 13-15 versus C-USA West Division teams since joining the league in 2005, including 10-4 at home.
UTEP is now 8-6 under Mike Price when playing at home following a road loss, including 4-1 over the last two seasons.
Tonight’s game marked the first time under Mike Price that the Miners did not score 30 points or more the week after scoring 10 points or less.
The Miners allowed 14 points in the third quarter tonight after blanking each of their first four home opponents in the period. UTEP was outscored 14-7 in the third quarter tonight after holding a 66-13 scoring advantage in the period in the season’s first seven games.
UTEP is 4-1 this season when its opponent scores first.
UTEP’s 24:35 of possession was its fewest since compiling 21:14 in the 2008 season finale at East Carolina.
The 86-55 discrepancy in plays was the greatest in a UTEP game since Texas ran 83 plays to the Miners’ 51 in 2009 at Austin.
Donald Buckram’s rushing touchdown in the second quarter was his 21st as a Miner, tying him with Owen Price for sixth place on the school’s career list.
Trevor Vittatoe passed Cincinnati’s Gino Guidugli into fourth place on the all-time Conference USA passing list in the third quarter. Vittatoe now has 11,531 passing yards and Guidugli has 11,453.
Vittatoe tied Kansas’ Todd Reesing for 20th place on the all-time NCAA passing touchdowns list with 90. He also passed Cincinnati’s Guidugli and Georgia’s David Greene into 18th place on the all-time NCAA passing list with 11,531 yards.
Kris Adams’ touchdown catch in the fourth quarter extended his string of games with a catch to 32. It was the 25th TD reception of his career. Adams has scored eight touchdowns over the last six games.
Travaun Nixon’s third quarter interception was his third of the season, tying the most picks by a first-year UTEP player since fellow junior college transfer Adrian Ward also had three interceptions in 2003.
The last time UTEP had four players with double-digit tackles was at Houston in 2008. UTEP’s top three tacklers – Wiston Jeune (14), Antwon Blake (10) and Travaun Nixon (10) – all posted career-highs for stops.
The Miners posted a season-high seven pass break-ups, their highest game total since 2009 versus Tulsa (seven).
Marlon McClure posted a career-high 216 all-purpose yards tonight, bettering his previous best by one yard. He had 215 all-purpose yards at Houston earlier this year.