UTEP Football Set to Host Stony Brook in Season Opener
POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 9:14pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 9:41pm
UTEP kicks off its 94th season of football at home versus Stony Brook on Sept. 3. It marks the first-ever meeting between the Miners and the Seawolves. UTEP is 27-15 at home under coach Mike Price, including 5-1 last season. Last year's Miner team was the eighth to post five or more wins in the stadium since it opened in 1963. The 1965 (6-1), 1966 (5-1), 1967 (6-1), 1988 (6-0), 2000 (5-0), 2004 (5-1) and 2005 (5-1) squads also achieved the feat. UTEP has won eight of its last 10 games in the Sun Bowl dating back to the 2009 season. Following the opener, the Miners will play three straight road games before hosting Houston on Sept. 29.
UTEP's annual preseason pep rally, Minerpalooza, is celebrating its 21st anniversary. This year's event will be staged on Friday (Sept. 2) from 6 p.m.-midnight in the center of campus (University Avenue and Hawthorne Street). A Miner "Kick-Off Bash," featuring music, inflatable games and giveaways including appearances by the UTEP band, cheerleaders, Golddiggers and Paydirt Pete, will take place from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Geology lawn. Ticket prices for the Stony Brook game are $10, $15 and $20 (call 747-5234 to purchase tickets). The first 2,000 fans into the stadium will receive rally towels, and the first 3,000 will receive Koozies (UTEP drink holders). Both promotional items are courtesy of the AT&T Yellow Pages. The UTEP marketing department will also be giving away 10,000 Pete's Pennies (coupons for local businesses) and 5,000 schedule cards.
Stony Brook is a school of 24,594 located in Stony Brook, N.Y. The Seawolves are a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). They posted a 6-5 mark last season, including 5-1 in the Big South Conference (tied for first place). They have won back-to-back conference titles. Stony Brook returns 19 starters (eight offense/nine defense/two special teams) and 41 letterwinners. The Seawolves welcome back senior quarterback Michael Coulter, who threw for 1,811 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, and a pair of 1,000-yard running backs in junior Miguel Maysonet (1,128 yards, 12 TDs in 2010) and senior Brock Jackolski (1,029 yards, nine TDs). Senior Matt Brevi is the team's leading returning receiver after posting 39 catches for 668 yards and five scores a year ago. Stony Brook has a new defensive coordinator in Rob Neviaser, who spent the last three seasons at Rhode Island. Six of the top seven tacklers from 2010 return led by junior linebacker Craig Richardson (85 stops).