UTEP at Houston Gameweek Reading Material

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Here are some articles concerning this Saturday's Conference USA matchup between the UTEP Miners and Houston Cougars in Houston, TX.

This week the Miners play the Houston Cougars in a game that has become somewhat of a rivalry for the two teams. However, with the Cougars bolting for the Big East next year, this will be the last conference matchup between the two teams.

Texas-El Paso (2-6) at Houston (3-4) (ET) - KansasCity.com
The Houston Cougars look to rebound as they return home to Robertson Stadium to host a Conference USA bout with the Texas-El Paso Miners. UTEP finally ended a four-game losing slide and earned its first win in league action last week with a 24-20 triumph over the Tulane Green Wave. Coach Mike Price underwent the second longest losing streak of his tenure with the program as it team was bested by Wisconsin, East Carolina, SMU, and Tulsa prior to last week.

UTEP football notebook: QB Nick Lamaison expected to start Saturday - El Paso Times
Nick Lamaison, coming back from a hamstring injury, took a significant number of first-team reps Wednesday and coach Mike Price went ahead and proclaimed him the likely starter. Backup Carson Meger did take most of the first-team reps, which was in line with how last week was handled when Lamaison was also dealing with the hamstring.

UH quarterback Piland ‘ready to play’ vs. UTEP | Cougars | a Chron.com blog
Houston quarterback David Piland went through practice Wednesday for a second straight day and said he has no lingering effects from the concussion he suffered last week against SMU. "I’m fine and ready to play," Piland said in his first comments since being injured.

Miners face a familiar foe in Houston - Sports - The Prospector - University of Texas at El Paso
After a much needed homecoming win, the Miners will attempt to get their first road win of the season against the Houston Cougars Oct. 27, at the Robertson Stadium. "It is the most important game that we are playing, there is no question about it," UTEP head coach Mike Price said. "Everyone is going to play as hard as they can and as long as they can. I’ll guarantee it." The Cougars lead the series between the two schools 5-4 all-time, and 5-2 since UTEP joined Conference USA in 2005.

UTEP football senior CB buckles down to get on field - El Paso Times
Almost 200 football players were on the sidelines last week when UTEP played Tulane, each one with a story. As it evolved, an incredible moment came before the ball was even kicked off, when captains from each team met for the coin toss. Representing UTEP was standout center Eloy Atkinson, star safety DeShawn Grayson, and backup senior cornerback Terr'l Mark, a former walk-on who wasn't even eligible until this year. Up in the Sun Bowl stands, though, there were a few people who knew what the moment meant to that backup cornerback who cleared so many hurdles just to put on a UTEP uniform.

What's Up in Sports: Price's last stand - What's Up: Sports
College football teams that open the season 1-6 quickly face the inevitable fact that any dreams they had of ending the year at a postseason bowl game are over. But don’t dare tell that to Mike Price. To the UTEP head coach, last Saturday’s 24-20 victory over Tulane was just a prelude of things to come.

This week: Houston vs. UTEP | Cougars | a Chron.com blog
UTEP snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday’s win against Tulane. … Coach Mike Price, who is in the final year of his contract, is on the hot seat after six consecutive losing seasons. UTEP ranks among the nation’s worst in scoring offense at 17.1 points per game.

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