The 2013 season comes to an end this Saturday as UTEP ends their 2013 schedule with their seventh road game against Middle Tennessee State. Lets take a look how the teams stack up statistically.
Middle Tennessee State
Current Record: 7-4 overall, 5-2 in C-USA play
Head Coach: Rick Stockstill, 50-48 overall and at MTSU, 8th year
Last Week: W, 42-21 @ So. Miss
Passing: Logan Kilgore, 178-295-10 1964 yards, 14 TD's
Rushing: Jordan Parker, 138 carries 656 yards 5 TD's; Reggie Whatly 91 carries 622 3 TD's
Receiving: Tavarres Jefferson, 39 catches 496 yards 4 TD's; Marcus Henry, 33 catches 460 yards 2 TD's
Sacks: Leighton Gasque 5.0 sacks
Interceptions: Kevin Byard 5 interceptions
|Offense 3rd Down %||45%|
|Offense Red Zone %||76%|
|Defense 3rd Down %||48%|
Key Stat: MT's 30 turnovers and 15 fumble recoveries, both are ranked 3rd nationally
The Blue Raiders are in the midst of a four game winning streak. A huge last second win against Marshall sparked the late season run. While their defensive stats won't tell it, this is a tough defense. MT has forced 30 turnovers this season, that ranks them 3rd nationally. They also have four interceptions returned for touchdowns this season, Kevin Byard has 326 interception return yards for his career. They have also rode an impressive streak of 24 interceptions in their last 16 games as a program.
Logan Kilgore is third in school history is passing yards, though MT has a dynamic duo in the backfield. Kilgore has struggled at times, though is just a winner and competes hard. UTEP will have its hands full with the physical offensive line and physical running style.
Current Record: 2-9 overall, 1-6 in C-USA play
Head Coach: Sean Kugler, 2-9 overall, 1st year
Last Week: L, 45-3 @ Tulane
Passing: Jameill Showers, 107-88-4 1263 yards 11 TD's (injured)
Rushing: Aaron Jones 155 carries 811 yards 4 TD's
Receiving: Jordan Leslie 42 catches 599 yards 7 TD's
Sacks: James Davidson 4.0 sacks
Interceptions: Dashone Smith 2 interceptions
|Offense 3rd Down %||40%|
|Offense Red Zone %||67%|
|Defense 3rd Down %||44%|
Key Stat: 9 losses
UTEP was already thin at running back, and with Autrey Golden being questionable, the Miners have only one left in Nathan Jeffery. After a nice 33-10 win against FIU, the Miners came out flat and got flattened last week in New Orleans.
No red-shirts will be pulled as Coach Kugler is still finding the pieces for the future on defense. The Miners have been outscored 424-244, and 142-55 in the second quarter. Which UTEP team will showed up?
MT 45 UTEP 17
UTEP Miners at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Sat Nov. 30 1:45 PM MDT Floyd Stadium
Radio: The Fox 9.23-FM
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