UTEP's Price Talks OU Loss, Kicking and Ole Miss Preview
THE BASIC FACTS
- UTEP plays its first road game of the season on Saturday at Ole Miss.
- UTEP is facing a non-conference opponent in its road opener for the first time since 2009 (38-12 win at NM State).
- The Miners are 3-5 in road openers under coach Mike Price (lost 41-9 at Arizona State in 2004, won 34-17 at NM State in 2005, won 34-27 at San Diego State in 2006, lost 45-31 at Texas Tech in 2007, lost 42-17 at Buffalo in 2008, won 38-12 at NM State in 2009, lost 54-24 at Houston in 2010, lost 28-17 at SMU in 2012).
- UTEP is playing a road game versus a school from a BCS conference for the 17th time.
- The Miners are 0-16 all-time in road games versus BCS conference teams (lost 35-3 at Texas Tech in 1998, lost 47-28 at Oregon in 1999, lost 40-7 at Kansas State in 1999, lost 34-21 at Arizona in 1999, lost 55-14 at Oklahoma in 2000, lost 45-17 at Texas A&M in 2000, lost 56-7 at Alabama in 2001, lost 77-17 at Kentucky in 2002, lost 68-0 at Oklahoma in 2002, lost 42-7 at Arizona in 2003, lost 42-14 at Louisville in 2003, lost 41-9 at Arizona State in 2004, lost 45-31 at Texas Tech in 2007, lost 64-7 at Texas in 2009, lost 58-21 at Arkansas in 2010, lost 52-24 at USF in 2011).
- UTEP is 17-17 in non-conference games under Mike Price (includes three bowls) and 6-9 in road non-conference games.
- UTEP’s overall road record under Price is 15-31, including 7-23 since 2007.
- The Miners posted two road wins last season (NM State & Tulane) for the first time since 2008.
- UTEP has won its first road game of the season just three times in the last 22 years (beat NM State 34-17 in 2005, beat San Diego State 34-27 in 2006, beat NM State 38-12 in 2009). All three victories came under the direction of coach Mike Price.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
- UTEP opened its 95th season of football with a 24-7 loss to fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl last Saturday.
- The Miners trailed the Sooners 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter before yielding two late touchdowns.
- Sophomore RB Nathan Jeffery set a school record for rushing yards in a season opener with 177.
- UTEP ran for 207 yards but passed for only 48, its second-lowest tally in 98 games of the Mike Price era.
- The Miners were 0-for-3 on field goal attempts from 45, 31 and 41 yards.
- UTEP allowed less than 33 points to a Big 12 opponent for the first time in 12 matchups versus teams from the league.
- Ole Miss christened the Hugh Freeze era by dismantling Central Arkansas, 49-27, in Oxford.
- Sophomore QB Bo Wallace completed 20-of-24 passes for 264 yards for the Rebels, who piled up 565 yards of offense (330 passing, 235 rushing).
- Ole Miss sophomore receiver Donte Moncrief contributed eight catches for 104 yards.
- The Rebels trailed 20-14 at the break before erupting for 35 second-half points.
- Ole Miss drew 50,544 fans for its opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
UTEP VS. OLE MISS
- Second matchup between the Miners and the Rebels.
- The squads hooked up in the 1967 Sun Bowl, a game won by UTEP 14-7.
- That represents UTEP’s last bowl victory; the Miners are 0-5 since.
- The Miners outscored the Rebels 14-0 in the fourth quarter to squeeze out the win.
- UTEP’s Billy Stevens was named game MVP after engineering two touchdown drives in a seven-minute span of the final period.
- The winning score came on a four-yard TD run by Larry McHenry.
- UTEP is making its second visit to the state of Mississippi on Saturday. The Miners are 1-0 all-time in the Magnolia State with a 40-37 double overtime triumph at Southern Miss in 2008.
- This year’s matchup between the Miners and the Rebels came together when a scheduled UTEP game versus New Mexico fell through and both schools were looking for a game.