Contact Us

UTEP Gets Their Second Win Of The Season Against FIU On Senior Night

UTEP vs. FIU during the second quarter. (photo by Brandon Cohn)

Coach Kugler and UTEP fans can now breathe a sigh of relief as the Miners won their first home game of the season against FIU on Saturday night.  The win couldn’t have come at a better time for numerous reasons. 

To begin with it was the Miners final home game of the season, without question it would have been a real embarrassment if they had gone winless at the Sun Bowl.  The victory over FIU ended a 7 game losing streak, but more importantly sent off 14 seniors off with a found memory of their time at UTEP.  The Miners played their most complete game of the season, and finally performed well on the defensive side of the ball by only allowing FIU to gain 200 yards of total offense.  Their defense even got a safety in the third quarter when Horace Miller tackled Silas Spearman in the end zone.

The Miners racked up 407 yards of offense and dominated the game on the ground by accumulating 327 rushing yards.  Nathan Jeffery and Blaire Sullivan both rushed for over 100 yards.  UTEP quarterback Mack Leftwich threw the ball sparingly but was efficient by passing for 80 yards with 1 touchdown and most importantly, he didn’t make any mistakes.  The Miners went on to win the game 33-10 and are now 2-8 on the season.  They will play their final two games on the road at Tulane and Middle Tennessee.

Miners former defensive coordinator Andre Patterson hugs one of his former players. (photo by Brandon Cohn)

Following the game I caught up with UTEP’s former defensive coordinator Andre Patterson who is the Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line coach with FIU.  Patterson said it was nice to come back to play his former team on senior night  He also noted, ”I’ve been with these kids since they were freshman, and it was nice to see them play their final game here.”

Coach Kulger was quite pleased with his team’s performance and had this to say when I asked him about the victory,

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

It was nice to see UTEP actually celebrate a victory at home for a change, especially on senior night.  Now we shall see if they can carry the momentum over from the victory and win on the road.

 

 

 

 

More from Team 600

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://krod.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 600 ESPN EL PASO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 600 ESPN EL PASO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!