Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
Legion Field, Birmingham
Written by Nick Raffoul
The UTEP Miners will travel on the road to Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday afternoon as they prepare for a Conference USA tilt against the UAB Blazers.
The Blazers have clinched an invitation to a bowl game with six wins but they will need to bounce back from a pair of lackluster offensive showings over the past two weeks. UAB has mustered a total of nine points during that span, which has resulted in back-to-back losses for the Blazers, who come in with a 6-3 record and a 3-2 mark in conference play. Meanwhile, UTEP has won just one of their first nine games and the Miners remain without a conference victory with just three regular-season games left on the schedule. Can UTEP snap their eight-game losing streak on the road against UAB on Saturday afternoon?
Miners play well but drop eighth straight gameUTEP was unable to snap their season-long slide versus FBS competition last week, losing to Charlotte 28-21 to remain winless in C-USA play. The Miners blew a 14-point first-half lead, going scoreless in the second half, as the 49ers riled off 21 unanswered points to seal the Miners’ fate. Kai Locksley had one of his best games of the season, completing 15-of-20 for 215 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while also leading the team in rushing with 84 yards and a touchdown. Jacob Cowing caught six balls for a season-high 145 yards and Treyvion Hughes added 48 rushing yards and a score for the Miners, who were ultimately undone by a late-game interception by Locksley.
For the third consecutive game, Locksley served as the lone quarterback under center and performed well once again. Over the last four games, Locksley has completed 46-of-91 passes (50.5 percent) for 1,165 yards with three touchdowns and only one interception while adding two scores on the ground during that span as well. The senior signal-caller has thrown for 871 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions this season while adding 363 rushing yards and four scores on the ground for the season.
On defense, UTEP has surrendered 35.6 points and 434.3 yards of total offense per game, including 171.9 yards per game on the ground. The Miners have struggled defensively, giving up far too many big plays for the season. Last week, after the offense stalled on Charlotte’s five-yard line, UTEP’s defense was unable to come up with a big stop. Instead, they surrendered a 10-play, 95-yard drive that culminated in the game-winning score.
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