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Top 5 moments in the Price era

Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:05

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1. On Oct. 3, 2009, the Miners faced the No. 12-ranked team in the nation and Conference USA rival Houston. The 3-0 Cougars entered the game as heavy favorites against 1-3 UTEP. The game turned out to be one for the ages as then running back Donald Buckram rushed for a career-high 262 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 58-41 victory for UTEP. Fans rushed the field after the game.

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2. Head football coach Mike Price took over a UTEP program in 2004 that had won six games in the previous three seasons combined. The Miners began the season 1-2 before going on a seven-game winning streak, finishing with a 8-3 regular season record. The team accepted a bid to the EV1.net Houston Bowl where they faced Colorado and fell 33-28 Dec. 29, 2004 in Reliant Stadium.

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3. This would be the first time Price experienced the I-10 rivalry between the Miners and NM State. UTEP fans were treated to a 45-0 win over the Aggies Oct. 2, 2004 at the Sun Bowl.

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4. Price’s first season at UTEP took the college football world by storm as the Miners earned a top 25 ranking in the Associated Press poll for the first time since 1988. UTEP was ranked No. 25 after beating San Jose State and improving to a 6-2 record.

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5. UTEP faced the Texas Longhorns Sept. 6, 2008 in front of a sell-out crowd of 53,415, breaking the previous record set in 2000. The Miners would fall 42-13 in a game televised on ESPN.

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