V 3.5.2   October   30,   2010
UTEP's offensive line is parting the sea for UTEP running back Joe Banyard.   Photo: File I-10 Rivalry: Brax - VPC
UTEP Falls to Marshall 16-12

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UTEP QB Trevor Vittatoe races down the sideline.
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A fter a huge Homecoming victory over Rice where the Miners played well on both sides of the field; UTEP suffered its third straight loss putting it's all but assured... a month ago... bowl berth in doubt. The Miners now hold on to a chance for post-season play but now they have to beat either of these much higher ranked teans: SMU, Tulsa and Arkansas from the SEC.

The Miners were holding onto a 5-1 record as they demolished the Rice Owls in the Sun Bowl for UTEP's Homecoming crowd. But, then the rollercoaster ride started its decent. And fall quickly it did. The Miners were within one win of clinching a bowl eligibility for the 2010 season in each of its last three games... but, they fell short.

After scoring 44-points against Rice, the Miners only scored 6-points on the road against Univeristy of Alabama @ Birmingham - UAB. Then coming home to the friendly confines of the Sun Bowl the Miners laid an egg against Tulane falling 34-24 as the Miners could not stop the Green Wave ground game. And in what some fans belived would be the last chance to make it to a six-game win season UTEP would have to beat Marshall.
UTEP Cheerleaders were having a great time and the crowd of nearly 40,000 did to thanks to their energy and the Miners smooth driving offense.
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Going into the game, Marshall had a 1-6 record overall but that is deceiving. Marshall's losses include defeats by recently # 1 ranked Ohio State, West Virginia, and the three leading teams in the East Division of the C-USA: Southern Mississippi, East Carolina and University of Central Florida. The only tough team that the Miners had to face thus far this seaason was Houston, and they got blown out. In fact, the Miners did not have to play any of the East Division leaders... and, UTEP have not yet faced SMU and Tulsa in the West.

The Miners did not get that 6th win against Marshall. They were nipped at the wire by Marshall 16-12 as the Thundering Herd scored the winning touchdown with just 1:47 left in the game to take the lead. The Miners had just taken the lead 12-7 on a Kris Adams touchdown reception and with 5:26 to go in the game, UTEP coach Mike Price decided to go for a 2-pt. conversion. But, instead of a 14-7 lead, Marshall intercepted the pass and scored on a 100-yard return to bring the Thundering Herd to within 3-points at 12-9.

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