Battle of I-10 Mid-Week Reading Material - UTEP vs. NMSU

Sept 8, 2012; Oxford, MS, USA; UTEP Miners running back Autry Golden (29) carries the ball as Mississippi Rebels defenders tackle him at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Looking for information on this weekend's UTEP vs. New Mexico State football game? We've got you covered right here with all your mid-week reading material for this week's 2012 Battle of I-10. Have a read.

UTEP, NM State To Tangle for 90th Time on Saturday - University of Texas at El Paso Official Athletic Site
UTEP hosts NM State in the 90th matchup of the I-10 rivalry series. - The series is the longest running in UTEP football history. - The winner of the game takes possession of a pair of traveling trophies, the silver spade and the brass spittoon. - UTEP is pursuing a fourth straight win over NMSU. The Miners haven't beaten the Aggies four consecutive times since a run of six victories in a row from 1986-91.

Mike Price Media Luncheon Quotes (9/10/12) - University of Texas at El Paso Official Athletic Site
"He's our starting tailback and we missed him. I thought Autrey Golden played very well. Xay Williams can play better than that. He tripped a couple of times. We would've done better if we had Nathan Jeffery in the game. He was hurt and injured and we don't play hurt and injured players. If he could've played, we would've played him. I don't save anybody for next week."

UTEP football: Miners offense focuses on fixing its flaws - El Paso Times
If UTEP could copy and paste its first two games into one, the offense could mostly feel good about itself. The Miners ran the ball effectively against Oklahoma, threw it well against Ole Miss and seem to have the personnel to be their usual effective self. What UTEP has yet to do this year is score with regularity and that comes down to a staggering inefficiency in the red zone. The Miners have been inside the 20-yard line four times this year and have three points, ranking them 119th out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams, and the reality is worse than that. Against Oklahoma, UTEP had trips to the Sooner 22, 24 and 42 end in zero points.

UTEP football notes: LB Irving returns after 3 weeks - El Paso Times
Middle linebacker Jamie Irving returned to practice after missing three weeks with back spasms and said he expects to play against New Mexico State. The starter in 2010, Irving missed all of last year with two shoulder surgeries, but was projected to be this year's starter before his back problems.

Aggies/Miners Renew Rivalry for 90th Time - - The Official Website of New Mexico State Athletics
Saturday's game between New Mexico State and UTEP is the 90th meeting between the two schools. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (MT) start at the Sun Bowl, Sept. 15 in El Paso, Texas. This season NM State is sitting at 1-1, 0-0 while the Miners are 0-2, 0-0 after falling to No. 5 Oklahoma to open the season and SEC power Ole' Miss this past week.

A pivotal matchup awaits Aggies and Miners - Las Cruces Sun-News
The rivalry alone would make this weekend's New Mexico State at Texas-El Paso football game one of great importance. Against one of the Aggies chief rivals - the Miners or New Mexico Lobos hold that top billing - in a city located just south of Las Cruces, when these two teams meet this Saturday at 6 p.m. it will be a critical contest for both outfits and communities.

What's Up in Sports: Miners, Aggies renew rivalry - What's Up: Sports
The UTEP Miners and the NMSU Aggies, who both suffered lopsided losses last week, return to their cozy southwestern surroundings this Saturday as they renew their I-10 rivalry at 6 p.m. at the Sun Bowl. This year’s game marks the 90th time UTEP (0-2) and NMSU (1-1) have faced each other on the football field. The Miners, who won last year’s encounter 16-10, hold the all-time series advantage, 52-35-2.

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