UTEP (2-7, 1-4 C-USA) will host UCF (7-2, 5-0 C-USA) on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at 5 p.m. MT in the Sun Bowl. Series Record: UCF leads 2-.1
Saturday is “Military Night” in the Sun Bowl. Live music in the Gameday Zone, located in the center of campus, starts at 3 pm. It’s “Take a Kid to the Game Night,” sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers. Fans can purchase one adult bronze reserved or general admission ticket and receive a youth ticket free in the same section. Sodexho will also be offering a family food special with four hot dogs and four soft drinks for $25.
THE BASIC FACTS
- UTEP takes on C-USA Eastern Division leader UCF on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.
- The Knights are a perfect 5-0 in C-USA action with an average margin of victory of 21.4 points.
- The Miners will be home for two of their final three games, including hosting Rice on Nov. 24. UTEP is 2-2 in the Sun Bowl this season.
- Each of UTEP’s last two home games will kick off at 5 p.m. MT.
- UTEP has been idle since Oct. 27, when it dropped a 45-35 decision at Houston.
- The Miners are 6-4 when coming off bye weeks under ninth-year head coach Mike Price, including 2-4 in their last six games.
- The Miners have struggled in the month of November under Price, posting a 10-21 record. UTEP has compiled a losing record in the month every year since 2006.
- UTEP has lost its first game in November in five of the last six years, but the lone victory, a 28-14 triumph over SMU on Nov. 6, 2010, clinched bowl eligibility.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
- UTEP committed six turnovers, leading to 31 Houston points, in a 45-35 loss to the Cougars on Oct. 27, 2012 at Robertson Stadium.
- The Miners trailed 45-7 early in the third quarter before mounting a furious rally led by third-string quarterback Blaire Sullivan.
- Sullivan led UTEP to four touchdowns in the final 21 minutes, pulling the Miners to within 10 points on a six-yard pass to Michael Edwards with 4:35 to play. Houston recovered the onside kick to quell the UTEP run.
- Sullivan completed 6-of-10 passes for 105 yards and two TDs, and rushed 10 times for 53 yards.
- Nathan Jeffery picked up his third 100-yard rushing game of the season for the Miners, gaining 137 yards on 33 carries with two TDs.
- The Miners lost despite having significant advantages in total offense (494 yards to 339) and time of possession (39:27 to 20:33).
- David Piland threw for 174 yards and two TDs for the Cougars, who had a balanced offensive attack with 165 yards rushing.
- Charles Sims rushed 12 times for 119 yards for Houston, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.
- UTEP fell to 0-4 all-time at Robertson Stadium and dropped its seventh consecutive game in the city of Houston, including losses to Rice during the 2007, 2009 and 2011 campaigns.
- UCF won its fifth straight game by cruising past SMU, 42-17, on Nov. 3 at Bright House Networks Stadium.
- It was the 200th victory in UCF football history.
- Latavius Murray rushed 23 times for 155 yards and two TDs for the Knights.
- Murray went over 2,000 yards rushing for his career (2,011) in the process.
- It marked the fourth straight game that Murray has produced multiple rushing touchdowns.
- UCF put the game away with 28 straight points beginning at the end of the first half, increasing a 14-10 lead to 42-10.
- The Knights held the Mustangs to 16 first downs and 259 yards of offense, including 133 passing.
- UCF sacked SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert three times, with two of the sacks being credited to senior DL Troy Davis.
- SMU had three-and-outs on four of its last six possessions.
- Blake Bortles completed 10-of-15 passes for 110 yards and two scores for UCF. The Knights gained 241 yards on the ground.
UTEP VS. UCF
- UCF has won two of the first three matchups between the schools.
- Neither team has won on the other’s home field.
- The Knights downed the Miners in Orlando during the 2007 (36-20) and 2011 (31-14) seasons, and were crushed by UTEP in the Sun Bowl (58-13) in 2008.