The UTEP Miners suffered one of their most embarrassing losses at home in program history as Army annihilated them 66-14 on Saturday afternoon.  The Black Knights played a flawless game, scoring on virtually every possession of the contest, and to add insult to injury, it was the second most points that the program has ever scored against a FBS/Division I team.

The Miners defense played horribly throughout the game, and were overwhelmed by the Black Knights' wishbone offense, as Army's triple option ground game accumulated 424 yards, and an astonishing 598 yards of total offense en route to the crushing victory.  The Miners never had a chance in this game due to the fact that the Black Knights dominated the time of possession.

To put it into perspective, Army scored on all 7 of their possessions going into the fourth quarter, there were 6 touchdowns scored in the third quarter alone.  Army's potent offense accounted for a whopping 4 TD's in the third quarter.  The Black Knights are now 3-0 on the season, but have only enjoyed one winning season since 1996.  Most people wouldn't have been able to figure that out based on how they performed at the Sun Bowl against the Miners.

Without question, Army played inspired football in memory of their teammate Brandon Jackson who was tragically killed in a car accident last Sunday in New York.  On a bright note, UTEP and the US Army put on a show for the ages at the Sun Bowl that included various festivities before, during and after the game.

A crowd of 37,893 witnessed history as UTEP faced Army for the first time in school history. (Photo by Brandon Cohn)
A crowd of 37,893 witnessed history as UTEP faced Army for the first time ever. (Photo by Brandon Cohn)

The crowd of 37,893 was treated to the likes of Apache helicopters flying over the Sun Bowl during the National Anthem, an American flag that was the size of the whole field, a parachute jump team delivered the game ball, special video tributes to the military throughout the game, and a halftime show that honored all branches of the armed forces which was brilliantly produced.  Although the crowd was solid, it still goes without saying that this game should have been sold out for a historic matchup of this magnitude.

UTEP is now 1-2 on the season, and will look to regroup next Saturday as they open C-USA play against Southern Miss.




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