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The Stat Shack: Examining How UTEP Ranks Statistically Through the Seasons 1st Quarter

It's time to take another look at how UTEP's season is shaping up statistically.  The weeks are flying by and we're through the first quarter of the season.  Memphis had some talent on defense, and the Tigers forced the Miners to win with special teams and defense.  Here's where UTEP ranks right now on offense.

UTEP's 2010 Team Offense Statistics Through Week 4

Offense Actual NCAA Rank C-USA Rank C-USA Leader
Rushing Offense 175 44 6 Tulsa
Passing Offense 246.5 39 5 Tulsa
Sacks Allowed 1.25 34 5 Marshall
Total Offense 421.5 39 5 Tulsa
Scoring Offense 28.25 59 5 Houston

Defensively, we're definitely starting to see some improvement.  The Miners now have the nations 82nd ranked total defense, up 8 spots from last week.   We saw some very real defensive progress last week when it comes to getting defensive penetration.  UTEP is still last in the C-USA in tackles for loss and sacks but know that the Miners had more TFL's against the Tigers (7) than they did in the previous three ball games (6).  The Miners also doubled their sack total when they picked up 2 against the Tigers. The Miners are now 2nd in the C-USA in interceptions with 6.

UTEP's 2010 Team Defense Statistics Through Week 4

Defense Actual NCAA Rank C-USA Rank C-USA Leader
Rush Defense 156 71 8 SMU
Pass Defense 223.5 74 5 UCF
Sacks 1 103 12 Marshall
Tackles for Loss 3.25 114 12 Tulane
Total Defense 379.5 82 6 UCF
Scoring Defense 21.75 56 3 UCF


Individual Ranks



  • Trevor Vittatoe:  TV is ranked 28th in the nation, third in the C-USA, in Total Offense.  TV is averaging 264.5 ard per game.
  • More TV:  Vittatoe is also ranked 63rd in the nation in Passing Efficiencty (130.02).  
  • Joe Banyard:  Banyard is the 95th most productive rusher in the nation (60.00 ypg)
  • Kris Adams:  Kris' pace slowed with his injury last week, but he's still ranked 58th in the nation in recieving yards per game at 69.5.
  • Travaun Nixon:  Travaun is ranked 20th in the nation in interceptions (.67 per game)
Special Teams
  • Marlon McClure:  Marlon is ranked 10th in the nation in punt return average and 18th in kickoff returns.  Marlon is averaging 17 yards per punt return and just under 30 per kickoff return.  He's the C-USA's best punt return man and second best kickoff returner.
  • Dakota Warren:  Last week's here is ranked 96th in the nation in scoring (7.25 per game)
  • Another shout-out  to Marlon McClure who is ranked 13th in the nation in all purpose yards.  Again, that's best in the C-USA.