UTEP hosted Old Dominion during their 85th Homecoming in front of an announced crowd of 19,254 fans on Saturday night at the Sun Bowl.  The Miners looked to carry over the momentum from their epic five overtime win at UTSA last week, but the Monarchs had other ideas as they rallied to defeat UTEP 31-21.

Following an Aaron Jones' five yard TD run with 6:24 remaining in the third quarter, the Miners led ODU 13-10 and were playing a solid game.  The Monarchs then went on a scoring frenzy as running back Ray Lawry added two touchdowns, and helped Old Dominion go on a 21-0 run to pull off the victory.

A small crowd was on hand for the Miners' Homecoming game vs. Old Dominion on 10/29/16. (Photo by Brandon Cohn)

On a positive note, Aaron Jones threw his first career TD pass to Hayden Plinke late in the second quarter, as he became the first Miner since Lorne Sam in 2007 to throw a touchdown, rush for a touchdown and catch a touchdown in a single season.  Jones finished the game with 94 yards, while Cole Freytag had a career best seven catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.  UTEP only committed two penalties for 10 yards, which was a season low, and won the time of possession 34:01 to 25:59.

UTEP's record drops to 2-6, 1-4 in C-USA, and they will host Houston Baptist in a rather winnable game next Saturday evening at the Sun Bowl.