Quick Takes: New Mexico State vs. UTEP

The Miners are 1-0 after taking the Shovel and Spittoon for the eighth straight year from New Mexico State, winning 38-22 at the Sun Bowl. That's a record for consecutive victories in the series.  UTEP led 24-3 at the half and never looked back. 

A few quick thoughts:

- Welcome back Aaron Jones. A year after an ACL injury, Jones roared back with 266 yards on 31 carries at eight yards a carry. Jones also broke free for a 75 yard touchdown to seal the victory for the Miners. 

- Jones was part of a pounding ground attack that compiled 344 rushing yards.

- Jones also added 43 receiving yards. 

- Zack Greenlee had a successful start to 2016 going 15-27 for 229 yards with 2 touchdowns and one sack.

- The Miners rushed for 5.6 yards a carry and the offensive line looked dominant. In pass protection the Miners allowed one sack and just five hits on the quarterback.  

- Alvin Jones played a very Alvin Jones type game with 12 stops including a tackle for a loss.

- New Mexico State is, well, New Mexico State, but this is still a big game and a big win. Aaron Jones performance gives the Miners a lot of hope. So did Greenlee's effort. Now comes a huge test in Austin agains the suddenly relevant Longhorns. 

Att. Gain Loss Net TD Long Avg.
Aaron Jones 31 266 17 249 2 75 8.0
Posted on September 5, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.