POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 1:26pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 6:48pm
Today at his weekly media press conference, UTEP Head Coach Mike Price did not elaborate on Senior Quarterback Trevor Vittatote's ankle injury, only saying it was not broken, and he is the toughest Quarterback he has ever coach. "He wouldn't ride a cart, he wanted to walk in the locker room, he had an x-ray in the 2nd half, and nothing broken. So don't bet against him playing against Tulsa. Against #15 Arkansas, football is a game of get ups, and we got knocked down but we got up, then we got knocked down but we got up, all the way to the last play of the game. We played as hard as we could possibly play for 60 minutes."
UTEP (6-5, 3-4 C-USA) closes out the 2010 regular season on Saturday at Tulsa (7-3, 4-2 C-USA). The Miners are playing for the 12th straight week since opening the regular season on Sept. 4 versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The last time UTEP concluded the regular season earlier than this date was in 1994, when the Miners wrapped up a 3-7-1 campaign with a 25-21 loss at New Mexico on Nov. 19. UTEP also played its final regular season game on Nov. 20 in 1999.
The Miners take their last shot at winning a Conference USA road game. UTEP is 0-3 away from home in league play and has dropped 10 consecutive conference road games dating back to a 40-37 double overtime triumph at Southern Miss on Oct. 4, 2008. The Miners are 1-13 in their last 14 C-USA road games. UTEP is in jeopardy of going winless on the road in conference play in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2001-02.
Last year UTEP snapped a 20-game losing streak in regular season finales with a 52-21 rout of Marshall in the Sun Bowl. The Miners haven't won consecutive regular season finales since 1982-83.