Football

The Primer: UTEP Miners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

We start looking to Texas Tech’s next game as we look at how the UTEP Miners played in week 1 against Arkansas.

Date: September 12, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys: UTEP Miners
Location: Jones AT&T Stadium | Lubbock, Texas
Weather: Sunny, High 81, Low 59
TV/Stream: FOX Sports Net and FoxSportsGo (complete channel listing via LSUFootball.net)
Radio: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App
Vegas: Texas Tech by 16 (via OddsShark)

Last Week: UTEP lost to Arkansas 48-13 (ESPN), thanks in part to an offense that really couldn’t get going, only 146 passing yards and only 58 yards rushing. Pat of the problem was that UTEP lost 2 fumbles and threw an interception while Arkansas didn’t manage a turnover. The Arkansas defense was very good, allowing UTEP to only average 1.7 yards a carry. Arkansas took advantage of some pinpoint passing from Brandon Allen, who completed 14 of 17 for 308 yards and 4 touchdowns. UTEP also gave up 182 yards on the ground. Aaron Jones continues to be the workhorse of the Miners’ offense, rushing 15 times for 70 yards and catching 6 passes for 83 yards. Texas Tech might want to make sure he’s covered.


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What’s at Stake: UTEP is most likely looking to shore up a rough outing against Arkansas, trying to get that offense on track, in particular the running game. You’d guess that would be a priority. Texas Tech will look to

Three Key Players:

  1. WR Autrey Golden (5-11/180): I totally missed Golden when I did my summer preview, but aside from being a receiver where he caught 31 passes last year, Golden is a terrific returner. He returned 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns and has returned 6 touchdowns in his career.
  2. RB Aaron Jones (5-10/190): Jones was “the offense” last year as the Miners, running for 1,321 yards and 14 touchdowns, 11 running and 3 receiving. He was fantastic, just truly fantastic. Against the Razorbacks Razorbacks, he had over 150 yards receiving and rushing and the best offensive threat. Golden averaged 21.7 yards a kickoff return
  3. DL Roy Robertson-Harris (6-7/255): Robertson-Harris was really good last year, notching 36 tackles and 3.5 sacks. This past week, Robertson-Harris had just 2 assisted tackles, including half a tackle for a loss.

Miscellaneous: Don’t look now, but Mack Leftwich is the starting quarterback and he’s sorta tiny, 5-10/190, but he actually throws a really nice ball, or at least he did in high school, and he really looked pretty good in his high school tape. He’s a better passer than Jameill Showers was last year (at least on film in high school), but let’s wait to see how that translates . . . Dashone Smith led the Miners with 5.5 tackles, including 1 TFL . . . UTEP did not register any pass break-ups. Not a one . . . A ton of defensive players saw time on Saturday, so that high tackle of 5.5 was just about it, 7 players had 2.5 to 2 tackles, 2 players had 1.5 tackles and 10 players had 1 tackle . . . It looks like Leftwich checked down to Jones quite a bit with Jones catuching so many passes, he’ll have to look down the field a bit more . . .

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