What We Saw: Old Dominion 31 UTEP 21

Following the Miners' biggest win of 2016, UTEP loses at homecoming to a much improved ODU team. At 2-6 the window is closing on UTEP hopes of a bowl game, but UTEP's last four all all VERY winnable games. After ODU it's go time. 

Here's what we saw:

- Ryan Metz is giving UTEP something at quarterback. It's a low bar, but with UTEP's QB performances for the first quarter of the season, Ryan Metz is giving the position a boost. Did he throw a pick? Yep. Is accuracy an issue? Sure. Is the UTEP's option? No doubt. 

- 9 Minutes. The Miners held a 13-10 late in the third when the wheals came off and ODU rattled off 21 straight in nine minutes to boat race UTEP. ODU's Ray Lawry was responsible for two of those touchdowns, one on a  40 yard run that included broken tackles and Miners left in his wake.  ODU's three scoring drives during that stretch went 7 plays 75 yards, 3 plays 68 yards, and 2 plays  73 yards. 

- The formula is there, but not perfected. UTEP's first two scoring drivers were each 13 plays, one covering 91 yards the other 75. Those two drives took almost 15 minutes of game time off the clock. Those are will breaking endeavors and if UTEP can bring that brute efficiency more consistently they'll be a handful for anyone. Last night, once ODU starts to make it's move, two of UTEP's three drives went for 3 and 5 plays respectively. When UTEP needed to slam the door on ODU, they couldn't and ODU took advantage. 

Three of UTEP's final four games are against Houston Baptist, FAU, and Rice. An FBS school and two teams who have combined for two wins. Then they get UNT at home. It may be crazy but UTEP can get to six wins with its remaining schedule. 

It all starts with HBU at the Sun Bowl next week. 

Posted on October 30, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up, UTEP.