Report Card: Ole Miss 28 UTEP 10
Saturday night’s UTEP loss to Ole Miss featured plenty of missed opportunities. Here is how I would grade the Miners for their performance in Oxford.
Quarterbacks: B- Nick Lamison and Carson Meger both completed nearly 70% of their combined passes, but only threw for one touchdown. Meger’s interception was a huge blow to the UTEP offense.
Running Backs: D Autrey Golden’s 52 yards was the only positive. It’s obvious the Miners need Nathan Jeffery to stay healthy.
Wide Receivers: B Mike Edwards and Jordan Leslie had 168 of UTEP’s 274 receiving yards.
Offensive Line: C Nick Lamison was sacked five times in the game and the line failed to open any holes for the running game.
Defensive Line: D The Rebels rushed for 332 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per rush.
Linebackers: B- A.J. Ropati forced another fumble that the Miners recovered. Aubrey Alexius also played well for the Miners.
Secondary: C+ The UTEP secondary was burned for two long touchdowns in the first half, the second one coming on a complete breakdown in the secondary. Richard Spencer was a monster with nine solo tackles and a forced fumble.
Special Teams: B- Another field goal miss for Dakota Warren, whose ailing back must be a bigger issue than originally thought. Steven Valadez did kick a 37-yard field goal. Ian Campbell was solid in the punting game, and the Miners did recover a fumble on a punt return, but failed to convert it into a score.
Coaching: C For the second straight week, Mike Price’s game-plan kept his team in the game against Ole Miss, but three missed scoring opportunities killed them. Specifically, UTEP’s failure to score after having 1st and Goal from the 8-yard line was a huge momentum swing in the game. Coach Price called four consecutive running plays, including a bizarre quarterback keeper on 4th down from the 1-yard line.