UTEP Football Falls at SMU in Injury Riddled Game


POSTED: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 9:55pm

UPDATED: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 10:36pm

The Miners fought valiantly, but perhaps, it was just not their day in a 28-17 loss at SMU.  Nick Lamaison did not start the game due to breaking team rules, but came in to play well, but hurt his shoulder and did not play the second half.  Lamaison watched from the sidelines as teammate Germard Reed, a defensive tackle, was hit in the back of the head and lay on the field for nearly 15 minutes.  Reed was taken off the field on a stretcher.  UTEP officials tell Newschannel 9 that Reed will have an MRI Sunday.  As for the game, turnovers plagued the Miners.  UTEP committed two turnovers late, which sealed the SMU victory. 

Here are some more notes from the game:

UTEP drops to 5-2 in Conference USA openers with back-to-back losses following five consecutive wins. The Miners are 2-5 in C-USA road openers. The Miners are now 8-11 all-time versus SMU, including 3-6 in games played in Dallas. UTEP has never beaten a June Jones-coached team on the road (0-5).UTEP coach Mike Price is 5-3 versus SMU including 4-0 at home and 1-3 on the road.UTEP was dealt its 12th consecutive C-USA road loss.Senior DB Travaun Nixon recorded an interception for the third straight game dating back to the 2010 season. Nixon has six picks in 14 games with the Miners.Redshirt freshman quarterback Jay Hall, a Dallas native, saw the first action of his career tonight after Nick Lamaison sustained a shoulder injury. Hall completed 8-of-20 passes for 130 yards.Senior RB Leilyon Myers was the Miners’ leading rusher for the second time after carrying the ball five times for 23 yards. He also paced UTEP with 71 yards on six attempts at Arkansas last season.The Miners rushed for 30 yards after opening the season with 36 yards against Stony Brook last week. It marks the first time in the modern era of football (since 1965) that UTEP has been held to less than 40 yards in consecutive games to start a season.Conversely, UTEP passed for 276 yards after throwing for 365 last week. The last time the Miners had 270+ yards passing in their first two games of the season was 1986.Senior Donavon Kemp has been the Miners’ leading receiver in each of the first two games after compiling 114 yards versus Stony Brook and 92 tonight. El Paso native Julio Lopez established career-highs for catches (five) and yardage (61).Through two games senior Vernon Frazier has seven kickoff returns for 218 yards, a 31.1-yard average. Frazier had a 50-yard kickoff return against Stony Brook and added a 43-yard return tonight.The Miner defense pitched a shutout in the second half (SMU scored one touchdown off a fumble recovery). In the second half the Mustangs were held to 132 yards of offense.The 17 points were the fewest scored by UTEP in a C-USA opener.

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