It wasn't pretty, but UTEP needs any momentum they can find, and tonight the Miners got it on Homecoming, defeating Tulane 24-20 at the Sun Bowl.
It may have come at a cost, UTEP starting quarterback Nick Lamaison left the game in the second quarter due to a leg injury. His status for Saturday at Houston is unknown as of Saturday night.
Lamaison was solid through the first quarter and a half, finishing 11-16 for 157 yards and two touchdowns, both to receiver Mike Edwards. Edwards had 7 receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns. UTEP was paced on the ground by running back LaQuintus Dowell with 11 rushes for 72 yards. Josh Bell added a rushing touchdown.
Next Saturday, UTEP is at Houston, 2:15pm MT kickoff.
UTEP Post-Game Notes
- The Miners scored on their first possession for the second time this season. They also scored a TD on their initial drive versus NM State on Sept. 15.
- Josh Bell’s 14-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was a career long (previous 11 yards at Tulsa on Oct. 11).
- Autrey Golden’s 26-yard run in the second quarter was also a career best (previous 22 yards at Ole Miss on Sept. 8).
- Michael Edwards registered the third multiple-touchdown performance of his UTEP career. He also reached the end zone twice at Rice last season, and at Wisconsin on Sept. 22.
- The Miners scored 20 points in a half for the second time this season as they put 24 on the board in the opening 15 minutes. UTEP tallied 27 points in the first half against NM State on Sept. 15.
- UTEP’s 17 second quarter points were a season high for the period. The Miners had scored a total of six points in the second quarter in their previous four games, and were held scoreless in the period in their last two contests (SMU, Tulsa). It marked the most second-quarter points for UTEP in a game since Nov. 5, 2011 at Rice (17).
- Horace Miller’s third quarter sack of Ryan Griffin was his sixth of the season. He is the first UTEP player with six or more sacks in a campaign since 2005 when Alex Obomese (6.5) and Chris Mineo (6.0) both achieved the feat.
- The three catches for Craig Wenrick were the most by a UTEP tight end this season and the most by a positional player since Eric Tomlinson registered three receptions versus East Carolina last season.
- LaQuintus Dowell rushed for a career-high 72 yards, the third-most by a freshman in a game during the Mike Price era. Dowell’s previous career best was 36 yards versus NM State on Sept. 15. The last time a UTEP freshman had more rushing yards was in 2008 versus UCF, when Vernon Frazier ran for 73 yards.
- The Miners rushed for 217 yards, a season high and their most since Nov. 12, 2011 against East Carolina (241).