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A Huge Win For the UTEP Football Team

UTEP's #21 Joe Banyard
The Miners are getting strong performances from their running game, including Joe Banyard. (Photo by Steve Kaplowitz)

The Miners gave their fans the type of performance they have been begging for yesterday afternoon in New Orleans. They dominated both sides of the ball, thoroughly destroyed their C-USA opponent, and ended a 12-game conference road losing streak against Tulane. The 44-7 final score not only evened UTEP’s record to 3-3 on the season, but it gave the team the kind of confidence it has lacked for some time.

Now, the Miners play four of their last six games at the Sun Bowl. It remains to be seen whether their fragile fan base will support Mike Price’s team, beginning with Saturday’s homecoming showdown against former WAC foe Colorado State. There is no reason why 40,000 fans should not pack the Sun Bowl to watch the Miners play the Rams.

If anyone has seen this group play this season, they would notice obvious differences from past UTEP teams. Despite being young and inexperienced, the Miners are hungry to win and have various leaders on both sides of the ball. This team does not play scared against better, more talented opponents. Head coach Mike Price is back to calling offensive plays from the sideline and seems to have found a new level of excitement on the sidelines. All in all, this is the best group of football players we have seen in El Paso since Price arrived almost 8 years ago.

I’m not saying this team will win its remaining six games and return to the postseason. I do believe this group will give everything they have on the field each game and ccontinue to surprise people this season. Even with all the criticism surrounding his decline as UTEP’s head coach, Mike Price seems to have his team in great position for the second half of the regular season. After 30 years as a college football head coach, Price wants to leave this UTEP program on a winning note. Right now, he is on his way to doing just that.

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