When UTEP discovered that Incarnate Word was on their schedule for their home opener, they circled that game and licked their chops assuming it would be an easy win.  Most fans probably didn't know that Incarnate Word even had a football team, after all, they've only been playing the sport since 2009.

The problem that the Miners faced was that the mighty Cardinals came to play and went toe-to-toe with UTEP for nearly three quarters before they pulled away for the 27-17 victory.  Freshman QB Ryan Metz maintained his composure throughout the contest, and did a superb job of managing the game by going 20-of-28 for 275 yards and throwing two touchdown passes.  Metz led the Miners to the comeback victory for the second consecutive week and evened their record at 2-2.

UTEP looked to be in danger of losing the game when Incarnate Word took a 17-10 lead midway through the third quarter thanks to Cardinals' quarterback Trent Brittain finding Jamari Gilbert for a 90-yard touchdown reception.  Gilbert torched the Miners' secondary by catching four passes for 154 yards.

A crowd of 22,322 watch UTEP vs. Incarnate Word. (photo by Brandon Cohn)

UTEP was resilient and scored the final 17 points of the game to get the win.  Defensively the Miners showed signs of improvement by scoring 10 points off of turnovers that included two interceptions, one which resulted in a 24-yard pick 6 by Kalon Beverly, and a blocked field goal attempt.  Despite the improvements, the Miners still have numerous defensive voids to fill entering conference play.  Incarnate Word continued the trend of teams exploiting the Miners' defense by accumulating 414 yards

Things will not get any easier for UTEP as they host UTSA next Saturday at the Sun Bowl on Homecoming.  It's quite evident that they better continue to score often because their defense will continue to give up big plays, just look at what Incarnate Word was able to do.