UTEP soccer secured a dominant win towards Florida Worldwide Saturday afternoon (40-6), together with a 38-0 mark at halftime, to enhance to 5-7 (3-4 C-USA) and preserve their bowl eligibility hopes alive.
In entrance of a quiet crowd of 10,758 on a cold afternoon sport, the Miners had been in a position to get promising manufacturing on the bottom, which featured 335 dashing yards, and held FIU to only 71 whole yards. Backup quarterback Calvin Brownholtz began on his senior day outing, finishing 12-of-18 passes with three whole touchdowns and 31 dashing yards. Gavin Hardison was injured towards Rice and was held out on this contest after going by way of warm-ups.
Now, the Miners will stay up for a season-finale highway sport at UTSA to try to earn bowl eligibility.
“Actually glad that the seniors completed this the way in which they did. Everybody bought to play within the sport,” stated Dana Dimel. “We’ve confirmed after we can play 60 minutes the way in which we would like, we’re a tricky out.”
Within the first half, the Miners bought off to an early 14-0 first quarter lead, catapulted off a gap sport landing drive capped off by a one-yard dashing rating from Brownholtz.
They constructed on their lead with 24 factors within the second quarter. It began off by a 43-yar dashing landing by hometown senior Rey Flores, to place the Miners up 21-0. Flores scored a pair of dashing touchdowns within the first half and led the workforce with 63 first half dashing yards. Brownholtz additionally flashed his passing skills by hitting wideout Kelly Akharaiyi for a 63-yard passing landing. Following an interception by senior linebacker Gary Theard, the Miners had been in a position to kick a area aim earlier than the half to steer 38-0.
Out of the half, each groups had been extraordinarily passive and could not discover a rating. UTEP drove twice inside FIU territory however got here up quick each instances within the second half. On one drive, Brownholtz was stripped and the fumble was returned for an 84-yard landing by FIU. The second time, UTEP went all the way in which all the way down to the FIU 1 yard line and could not punch it in on 4th and 1. Nevertheless, the protection pressured a security and earned two factors within the second half.
The Miner protection shut out FIU’s offense, not permitting a single offensive rating. They created one turnover, sacked the quarterback twice and racked up six tackles for losses. Linebacker Cal Wallerstedt led the way in which on protection with seven tackles and one deal with for loss.
Ysleta grad Flores completed with 13 carries, 128 yards, two touchdowns and 21 receiving yards. Operating backs Ronald Awatt (17 carries for 84 yards) and Deion Hankins (14 carries for 81 yards) shined within the win as properly. Wideout Kelly Akharaiyi led the receivers with three catches for 99 receiving yards and one landing.
Up subsequent: The Miners will journey to San Antonio to face the Roadrunners (9-2) on Saturday, November 26, with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. We may have MinerTalk following the season finale subsequent week on 600 ESPN El Paso.