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UTEP set to grasp Rice, Miners glancing for initial C-USA win

For almost the fourth period in two months, UTEP will fiddle football on Saturday when they tour to Houston, Texas, in a matchup against Conference USA enemy Rice. This will caption UTEP’s fifth consecutive highway tournament.

Rice (1-2, 1-2) joins the tournament attending a 27-17 loss at North Texas last week, while the Miners had the week off after their tournament against UAB was discontinued due to favorable COVID-19 lawsuits within the Blazers enrollment. UTEP (3-4, 0-3) will be glancing to clasp a three-game losing stripe after road casualties at Louisiana Tech, Charlotte, and UTSA.

This weekend’s tournament marks the 24th conference all-time between the Miners and Owls with Rice overseeing the all-time sequel, 15-8. Last season, Rice toured to El Paso and contended a 30-16 coup over the Miners in the 2019 season culmination at Sun Bowl Stadium.

MINER NOTABLES

This weekend, UTEP will fiddle its fifth consecutive road tournament for the first period since the 1986 season, when they fiddled five consecutive on the road at NM State, Hawaii, #15 Iowa, Tennessee and New Mexico. When the Miners kick off against Rice, it will caption 69 days since UTEP has hosted a tournament, which is the lengthiest span in program past. The Miners were recently slated to host Southern Miss (10/17), North Texas (10/31), FIU (11/7) and UAB (11/20), but all four tournaments were discontinued or abolished due to COVID-19. The last period the Miners fiddled at the Sun Bowl was a 17-13 win over Abilene Christian on Sept. 19.

UTEP returners have been zooming past adversaries through the early seven tournaments with the Miners rated 8th nationally and 2nd in C-USA with a normal of 27.95 yards per return. The Miners have refunded 11 kicks 20+ yards, encompassing six rescues that have gone for 30+ yards. Separately, Duron Lowe now ranks 5th nationally with a normal of 32.4 yards per return. Lowe also had a 100-yard rescue for a touchdown versus LA Tech first this season. UTEP’s second-longest rescue of the season arrived on a 95-yard return by Walter Dawn that set up a touchdown versus UTSA.

UTEP jogging back Deion Hankins is now ranked 24th in the country and 4th in Conference USA with seven hurrying TDs on the season. He oversees the Miners with 99 carries for 493 yards and 7 TDs in six games fiddled this season.

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