The first game of the season seems just like yesterday. Oklahoma strolled in to El Paso, Texas for a late night opener against the mighty UTEP Miners.
This game was added late to the schedule due to Texas Christian’s move to the Big 12. It ended up being a much more challenging game than OU would have liked.
The Sooners handed the Miners an underwhelming 24-7 loss. It was not pretty, but the “bright side” was the defense not allowing any offensive touchdowns.
Not that UTEP turned out to be some high-powered offense. After their loss to Oklahoma, the Miners really failed to accomplish anything all season.
Their marquee win came against 2-10 Tulane, which was one of three games won by the Miners. The rest were pretty bad.
UTEP was knocked around in Conference USA, though, they did stay somewhat competitive with your 2012 Big Ten Champions Wisconsin Badgers.
That Nathan Jeffery kid who lit up the Sooner run defense finished the year with 897 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
The offense was just never there for UTEP, who had the 102nd worst scoring offense in the nation.
The Miners obviously did not become bowl eligible with their three wins, so do not be flipping through the bowl schedule for where UTEP landed.
Though, they were able to avoid finishing at the bottom of their conference. However, they were very close to earning bottom-feeder status of C-USA.
So were the Miners a big help to OU’s resume? Not really. However, the Sooners did not really have much of a choice here.
The Miners will not return the favor of going to Norman any time soon, but I doubt anyone from either OU or UTEP is losing any sleep over not playing each other.
Next up in our “Where Are They Now?” series: Kansas State. Because Florida A&M doesn’t deserve any more attention than they got when they visited the Sooners in Norman.