Tulsa Pulls Away From UTEP with Big 3rd Quarter
The UTEP Miners fell in Tulsa Thursday night, 33-11. It was just 6-3 Tulsa at Halftime, but UTEP could not mount a comeback when starting quarterback Nick Lamaison went down with a hamstring injury in the third quarter. Trailing 13-3, backup quarterback Carson Meger was intercepted in the endzone on 4th and goal, then Tulsa's Ja'Terius Douglas ripped off an 81-yard touchdown run. UTEP never did recover, despite 218 yards receiving from Jordan Leslie. UTEP falls to 1-6 overall, and will host Tulane 6pm Saturday October 20 at the Sun Bowl.
UTEP Post-Game Notes
- Ian Campbell’s 71-yard punt in the first quarter fell one yard shy of his career long of 72, set versus Rice on Oct. 9, 2010.
- Campbell averaged 50.5 yards on six punts. He posted an average of 50+ yards for the fifth game in his career and the first time this season.
- For just the second time in seven games, an opponent scored on its opening possession as Daniel Schwarz kicked a 31-yard field goal. Ole Miss scored a TD on its first drive on Sept. 8.
- Prior to tonight, the last time the UTEP defense kept its opponent out of the end zone in the first half of a game was versus Colorado State on Oct. 22, 2011. The last time the Miners achieved the feat in a road game was at UAB on Oct. 16, 2010.
- It was the lowest scoring first half (both teams) in a UTEP game since the Miners led UAB 3-0 at the intermission on Oct. 16, 2010 in Birmingham.
- Jordan Leslie registered the two longest catches of his career tonight. He had a 61-yard reception in the fourth quarter and a 50-yard catch in the third quarter. His previous long reception coming into the game was a 45-yarder against Tulsa on Nov. 19, 2011 in the Sun Bowl.
- Leslie posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season and the third of his career.
- With 218 yards, Leslie is 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.
- Carson Meger’s 61-yard completion to Leslie in the fourth quarter was a career long, his previous long was 45 yards against Tulsa on Nov. 19 of last year.
- Six UTEP players posted career-highs in receiving yards tonight -- Leslie, Katrae Ford (18 yards), Ian Hamilton (23 yards), Ishmael Harrison (25 yards), Jim Jones (15 yards) and Felix Neboh (29 yards). Harrison recorded his first career catch.
- UTEP had 31 yards rushing, its lowest figure since Sept. 10, 2011 at SMU (30).
- The Miners (407 yards) eclipsed 400 yards of offense for the second time this season; the first time was versus NM State on Sept. 15 (487).
- The 376 passing yards were the most by a UTEP team since Nov. 28, 2009 against Marshall (517).
- Before reaching the end zone in the fourth quarter, the Miners had gone 10 straight periods without scoring an offensive touchdown, their longest streak this millenium. The previous long was a nine-quarter streak over three games (Tulsa, Boise State & Nevada) in 2002.
- DL James Davidson doubled his previous career high for tackles with eight on the evening.
- The Miners are 0-3 in conference play for the first time since 1996, when they went 0-8 in the WAC.
- UTEP lost its sixth straight game at Tulsa and falls to 8-13 all-time versus the Golden Hurricane.
- The Miners drop to 2-6 in non-Saturday C-USA games, including five straight losses.