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New Mexico State @ UTEP
Current Records: New Mexico State 0-2; UTEP 0-1
Last Season Records: UTEP 7-6; New Mexico State 2-10
The New Mexico State Aggies and the UTEP Miners are even-steven against one another since September of 2015 (3-3), but not for long. The Aggies are on the road again Saturday and play against UTEP at 9 p.m. ET Sept. 10 at Sun Bowl. Both of these teams will be looking for a pick-me-up after considerable defeats in their previous games.
A victory for New Mexico State just wasn’t in the stars last Thursday as the squad never even grasped a temporary lead. They played a game they are hoping to forget as they lost a 38 to nothing blowout to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. New Mexico State was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 24 to nothing. No one had a standout game offensively for New Mexico State, but they got scores from WR Kordell David and QB Gavin Frakes.
Meanwhile, UTEP was expected to have a tough go of it last week, and, well, they did. They have to be aching after a bruising 45-13 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. The Miners were down 42-10 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. QB Gavin Hardison had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: he passed for 244 yards on 42 attempts.
With both teams hitting sour notes in their previous games, they will no doubt be looking to produce a better outcome in this one. Giving up five turnovers, the Aggies had had trouble holding onto the ball. We’ll see if UTEP can exploit that vulnerability.
UTEP and New Mexico State both have three wins in their last six games.
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