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The UTEP Miners will take on the Boise State Broncos at 9 p.m. ET on Friday at home. Boise State should still be riding high after a big victory, while the Miners will be looking to regain their footing.
The game between UTEP and the New Mexico Lobos this past Saturday was not a total blowout, but with UTEP falling 27-10 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. QB Gavin Hardison had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he threw three interceptions with a passing completion percentage of only 44.44%.
Meanwhile, Boise State took their matchup against the UT Martin Skyhawks this past Saturday by a conclusive 30-7 score. Boise State can attribute much of their success to RB George Holani, who rushed for one TD and 110 yards on 24 carries in addition to snatching one receiving TD.
Special teams collected 12 points for the Broncos. K Jonah Dalmas delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
The Miners have to know they’ll be fighting an uphill battle given the 15.5-point spread they are up against. Neither team has fared well against the spread — they are 0-3, while Boise State are 0-2.
UTEP is now 1-3 while Boise State sits at 2-1. Two defensive stats to keep an eye on: UTEP enters the contest with only 172.8 passing yards allowed per game on average, good for 23rd best in the nation. As for Boise State, they rank 13th in the nation when it comes to yards allowed per game, with only 248.3 on average.
Difference in the game right now is this touchdown pass from Hardison to Ballard. 10-3 Miners on top of Boise State at the half. #RiseUp915 | #PicksUp pic.twitter.com/yxDcbe87So
UTEP outgained Boise State 148-53 in the first half and takes the lead into the locker room! #RiseUp915 | #PicksUp pic.twitter.com/Azc62TfXdG
At the break pic.twitter.com/AFoONraKUR
2Q | First career touchdown reception for Jeremiah Ballard comes on a 42-yard connection with Gavin Hardison!
Hardison ➡️ Ballard
Cal Wallerstedt has five tackles and just broke up a pass to end a Boise State drive. UTEP takes over at its own 28 tied 3-3 with six minutes left in the first half. #RiseUp915 | #PicksUp pic.twitter.com/91TBwYGZtr
👀 Look at him scramble. #RiseUp915 | #PicksUp https://t.co/KhFlocvUi2
Baechle evens things up early in the second quarter after a nice drive for the offense. #RiseUp915 | #PicksUp pic.twitter.com/BN6wqaEjzg
1Q | @gavinbaechle hits 35-yd FG to tie the contest
Gavin is 8-for-9 on FG this season; he leads @ConferenceUSA in made FGs
@PaydirtPete with broadcast legend @BabeLaufenberg !@UTEPFB @UTEPCheer @UTEPAthletics pic.twitter.com/0KSIj9nYsI
Tight game after a quarter. #RiseUp915 | #PicksUp pic.twitter.com/OsXu4DQjD5
After the first 15 in El Paso pic.twitter.com/hOCDQdFApy
1Q | Hardison is 5-5 for 41 yards to start the contest
.@JonahD17771252 puts 3 on the board to start the game 🤝 pic.twitter.com/O9BAGSos4e
1Q | Broncos get on the board – 24-yd FG
Your captains for today are:
7️⃣0️⃣ John Ojukwu
9️⃣9️⃣ Scott Matlock
3️⃣8️⃣ Demitri Washington
7️⃣ Latrell Caples
🐴 Boise State#RiseUp915 | #PicksUp pic.twitter.com/c1XwsNmBOr
Time to (c)lock in. #BleedBlue pic.twitter.com/m52TygfxzM
Kickoff in 90 minutes against Boise State in the Sun Bowl. #RiseUp915 | #PicksUp pic.twitter.com/6yJXWLrXo0
𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 📖https://t.co/3B4JgDVaXE#RiseUp915 🏈⛏ pic.twitter.com/RUgfAZRYNg
It’s @UTEPFB Gameday! @BroncoSportsFB is in the Sun Bowl for the first time in nearly two decades! Join former Miner Cole Freytag, @monstermedina1 & me for play-by-play coverage at 6 on your @UTEPFB home, @KLAQ 95.5 & the UTEP Miners app. pic.twitter.com/sjMuNnFriv
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