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¿Que Pasa? October 2006

Students Celebrate Halloween

Oct. 31, 2006

Dressed in outfits ranging from scary to silly, UTEP students embodied the Halloween spirit during this year’s costume contest at the Union Breezeway.

The winners were the Medical Professions Organization for its “Ready to Launch” Homecoming-themed outfit of a Miner cowboy riding a rocket; the American Chemical Society for its astronaut cowgirl; and the Pre-Pharmacy Organization for its superhero pharmacist.

Judges scored participants on originality, creativity and theme. The contest was sponsored by the Student Development Center.

Slide Show…

-Laura S. Ruelas
-Photos by J.R. Hernandez

Miners Store Welcomes Eastsiders

Oct. 31, 2006


Jade McDorman, 5, Madeline Chacon, 13, and William McDorman, 7, help UTEP President Diana Natalicio during the Miners Store's ribbon cutting ceremony.

The UTEP Miners Store on the city’s East Side held its grand opening celebration Saturday, Oct. 28.

The store “provides an outlet in these growing neighborhoods for UTEP fans to purchase the latest UTEP gear and tickets to University concerts and athletic events,” President Diana Natalicio said before the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Operated by UTEP’s University Bookstore and Ticket Center, the store opened Sept. 7 and has already exceeded $100,000 in sales.

The UTEP Miners Store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 1452 N. Zaragoza at Don Haskins.

For more information, call 915/747-8887 or visit www.utepbookstore.com

-Cindy Ramirez
-Photos by Chad Puerling
UTEP to Celebrate Homecoming 2006

Oct. 30, 2006


Miner pride will energize the campus this week as alumni return to celebrate Homecoming 2006, from Monday, Oct. 30 to Saturday, Nov. 4.

This year’s Homecoming theme is “Ready to Launch,” which is a nod to 2006 Distinguished Alumnus John “Danny” Olivas, a 1989 UTEP grad and NASA astronaut.

Olivas is scheduled to make his first-ever flight into space aboard the shuttle in February, 2007.

Also honored with the 2006 Distinguished Alumni award is the late Reese Rowling, a 1951 Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy graduate who co-founded one of Texas’ most successful oil and gas exploration companies.

Olivas will return to his alma mater this week to take part in several Homecoming activities, including a special lecture for the UTEP community at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in UGLC 106. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Another highlight of the week is the Homecoming parade, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the intersection of University and Oregon. Homecoming wraps up on Saturday, Nov. 4 when the Miner football team hosts Rice at the Sun Bowl. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Visit UTEP’s
Homecoming Web site for a full schedule of events.

--David Peregrino
--Horizons file photo

Audiences Demand "The Full Monty"

Oct. 26, 2006


The UTEP Dinner Theatre has extended its production of “The Full Monty” through Nov. 19 because of high demand.

Originally scheduled to run from Oct. 27-Nov. 12, “The Full Monty" is the first production of the 2006-07 season and has been selling out quickly.

"The Full Monty" is based on the book by Terrence McNally, which was later adapted to a 1997 British hit film of the same title. Set in Buffalo, N.Y., the comedy follows a group of unemployed steelworkers who create their own male-dancer group to earn money to support their families. As their friendships grow, so do their self-esteem and courage to face personal fears.

The show contains adult situations, language and partial nudity. Dinner performances are at 7 p.m., and special matinees are available.

Tickets are $9-$35 and are available at the UTEP Ticket Center and all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, call 915/747-6060 or 915/544-8444; or visit www.academics.utep.edu/udt

-Laura S. Ruelas
-Photo courtesy of the UTEP Dinner Theatre

MAES Miners in Houston

Oct. 26, 2006


Miner pride was in abundance at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Downtown Houston this past weekend.

A large contingent of UTEP alumni and students joined scores of engineers Saturday night for the “Medalla de Oro” ballroom gala, a highlight of the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists’ (MAES) 32nd Annual International Symposium and Career Fair.

MAES’ national president is Michael Acosta, the associate director of UTEP’s Institute for Policy and Economic Development.

Founded in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields, MAES has grown to a premier professional organization with chapters throughout the United States and Mexico.

For more information, visit www.maes-natl.org.

Photo Gallery: Miners at the MAES Medalla de Oro Gala

--David Peregrino
--Photo by J.R. Hernandez

Stones Rock Sun Bowl

Oct. 25, 2006


As the Rolling Stones took the stage at the Sun Bowl Stadium, a crowd of nearly 40,000 rose to their feet, ready to start it up with one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood energized the crowd for about two hours last week, playing their greatest hits from the past few decades.

As Jagger danced and made his way across the stage, fans opened their cell phones and lighted the stadium, singing along to their favorite songs. The set list included “Paint It Black,” “Brown Sugar,” “Satisfaction” and “Under My Thumb.”

Fans, young and old, were treated to blazing fireworks and the band’s special rendition of the Marty Robbins’ classic, “El Paso.”

The Dave Matthews Band opened the show. The band performed their chart-topping hits, featuring a unique mix of guitars, fiddles and saxophones. During the Stones set, Matthews provided back-up vocals for Jagger’s “Let it Bleed.”

The Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” tour continues through Nov. 22. Upcoming tour stops include Atlantic City, Vancouver, Las Vegas and Honolulu.

Closer to home, music fans are gearing up for Mercy Me on Thursday, Oct. 26 and André Rieu on Dec. 11 at the Don Haskins Center. For more information on upcoming concerts and events, visit

-Laura S. Ruelas
-Photo by Chad Puerling

Miners Fall to Cougars 34-17

Oct. 21, 2006

Miner quarterback Jordan Palmer completed 19 of 30 passes for 206 yards in the loss to the Houston Cougars.

A UTEP team that had become accustomed to winning over the past three weeks failed to deliver a knockout punch on the road Saturday. The University of Houston, down 17-10 at the half, came back to grab a 34-17 conference win over the Miners.

The Cougars' Kevin Kolb became Conference USA's all-time total offense leader after throwing for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Houston (5-3, 3-1 C-USA) snapped its three-game losing streak, while the Miners (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) suffered their first loss in four games.

UTEP controlled the first two quarters, racking up 203 yards and entering the locker room with a 17-10 lead. But the Cougars owned the second half, holding the Miners to only 33 yards and no scores for the remainder of the game.

UTEP will be on the road again for a Friday, Oct. 27 game against Tulsa. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. El Paso Time.

Photo Gallery: UTEP Alumni Association Tailgate Party

Photo Gallery: Miners Fall to Cougars in Houston

--David Peregrino
--Photo by J.R. Hernandez

Olivas Presented With University Flags

Oct. 21, 2006

From left: University of Houston President Jay Gogue, NASA astronaut Danny Olivas, and UTEP President Diana Natalicio.

During a break in the first half of the Miners' game against Houston, UTEP President Diana Natalicio and University of Houston President Jay Gogue presented NASA astronaut John "Danny" Olivas with university flags that Olivas will carry into space on a shuttle mission scheduled for February 2007.

Olivas earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from UTEP in 1989 and went on to earn a master's degree at the University of Houston.

Olivas was selected as a UTEP Distinguished Alumni for 2006 and will be honored during Homecoming Week, Oct. 30-Nov. 4. He also was a special guest at the Alumni Association's tailgate party before the game. For more information about Olivas and his upcoming mission to space, visit www.utep.edu/dannyolivas.

--David Peregrino
--Photo by J.R. Hernandez

Rolling Stones Ready to Rock

Oct. 20, 2006


Rolling Stones production manager Dale Skjerseth (left) and world tour
promoter representative, Tim McWilliams spoke about the tour and construction process during a press conference Oct. 19.

The excitement is nearing as fans of one of the biggest rock bands in history get ready to fill the Sun Bowl for tonight’s Rolling Stones concert.

The Stones and special guests the Dave Matthews Band will play to an expected crowd of nearly 40,000 people beginning at 6 p.m.

“We’re going to have a great show tonight. The fans will love it,” said Dale Skjerseth, production manager for the band.
The concert stage is 92-feet tall
and made from 300 tons of steel
and other production materials.

For the past week, a crew of more than 230 has been working day and night constructing the 92-foot tall stage. The stage towers over the Sun Bowl, meeting the peaks of the surrounding mountains.

The crew has dealt with challenging weather at previous tour stops: snow in Chicago and icy rains in Regina, Canada.

But the Sun City has been true to its name, a welcome change for tour promoters.

“The sunshine here has been good and the blue-skies are great. Everything is on schedule,” said Tim McWilliams, world tour promoter representative for Concert Productions International.

Tickets are still available and will be sold until 2 p.m. today at Ticketmaster outlets. Doors will open today at 4 p.m. for concertgoers.

For more information about the concert, read the Rolling Stones Survival Guide.

Click here for a concert parking map.

-Laura S. Ruelas
-Photos by Chad Puerling

Ballet Director to Retire

Oct. 18, 2006

Ingeborg Heuser, founder and artistic director of the UTEP Ballet, has announced her retirement after nearly 47 years with the university. Heuser’s final production will be the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” in December.

Before joining Texas Western College (now UTEP) in 1960, Heuser, a German native, spent more than a decade perfecting her craft with a ballet company in Berlin. She toured Europe and performed in six German and Italian movies.

She moved to El Paso in the mid-1950s and soon opened a private ballet school and formed the Ballet Centre Guild of El Paso. After seeing a performance by her company, then-chairman of the Music Department E.A. Thormodsgaard was impressed so much he established a ballet program at the university and hired Heuser to lead it.

The Texas Western College Civic Ballet made its debut at Magoffin Auditorium in 1960. The company later became the UTEP Ballet.

Heuser has inspired dancers and delighted audiences throughout her distinguished career. She has taught at the Berlin Academy and the National Ballet School in Rome, and in Mexico City, Houston and Los Angeles. Many of her students have achieved local, national, and international acclaim.


Today, one of the UTEP Ballet’s most popular and beloved productions is “The Nutcracker.” The UTEP Dinner Theatre teams with the company to produce the holiday show that attracts thousands of area school children, teachers and families each year.

“This show was my life. I love it and I will miss it greatly,” said Heuser.

This year’s production of “The Nutcracker” will be staged at the Downtown Plaza Theatre and will feature a live orchestra. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-16, with special matinees at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 23 at the UTEP Ticket Center, Plaza Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Prices are $25-$35. For more information, call 915/747-6060 or 915/747-5234.

-Laura S. Ruelas

Miners Fourth in Preseason C-USA Poll

Oct. 18, 2006

New Miner head coach Tony Barbee said the team's early-season drills will focus on defense.

The preseason Conference USA coaches' poll was released today, and the Miner men have been picked to tie for fourth in the conference this season.

Led by new head coach Tony Barbee, the Miners began practice for the 2006-07 season last week.


Seven-foot center Franklin Jones is one of the new faces on the men's team this year.

"We're not a big team, so we'll have to create a lot of offensive opportunities with our defense," said Barbee, formerly an assistant coach at Memphis. "Defense is where we're going to hang our hat."

The coaches picked Memphis to repeat as C-USA champs, with Houston second and UAB third. UTEP and Rice are tied for fourth, followed by Tulsa, UCF, SMU, Tulane, Marshall, Southern Miss and East Carolina.

The C-USA coaches' poll for the womens' teams was released last week, and UTEP was picked to finish 10th among 12 teams.

The Miner men will open the season with an exhibition game against Western New Mexico at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Don Haskins Center. The women will open their season at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 with an exhibition against the Houston Jaguars in the Don Haskins Center.

--David Peregrino
--Photos by J.R. Hernandez

Brainstorming with Principals

Oct. 18, 2006


College of Education Dean Josefina V. Tinajero (center)
listened to a roundtable discussion with UTEP faculty and
area prinipals at a "Breakfast with the Principals" event earlier
this week.

Principals from various El Paso schools met with representatives from the College of Education over breakfast Monday to talk about improving the university’s partnership with area schools.


More than 30 university and school administrators participated in roundtable discussions at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center to discuss strengthening the partnership initiatives and helping UTEP students succeed during their internships at area schools.


Participants also discussed the creation of a Teacher Preparation Council to continue increasing the number quality teachers. The event was sponsored in part by the Teachers for a New Era initiative and Project STEP UP.


– Laura Cruz
– photos by Chad Puerling

Education Hosts Graduate Fair

Oct. 17, 2006


Students interested in expanding their education and career path attended the College of Education’s Graduate Fair on Saturday, Oct. 14. 

Participants met with college dean Josefina V. Tinajero and the associate deans to learn about how a graduate degree can enhance more than 30 educational disciplines.


Representatives from the Graduate School, the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Scholarships were also available to help students learn more about the correct application forms and deadlines.


For more information, visit the College of Education Web site or call 915/747-5515.


– Laura Cruz

– file photo

Rain and Hail Can't Stop Miners

Oct. 16, 2006

Midfielder Leslie Platz had some fun during the brief hail storm that interrupted play Sunday.

After the skies cleared, the Miners poured in goals to take a 4-1 victory over Memphis.
The Miner soccer team swept Conference-USA Player of the Week honors on Monday, after a 3-2 win over UAB on Friday and Sunday's 4-1 victory over Memphis at University Field.

Junior Jami Tullius was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week, and junior goalkeeper Jessica Salvi was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Tullius scored twice in the Memphis game, while Salvi made a school-record-tying 15 saves.

Play was interrupted for about 15 minutes early in the second half by a fierce rain storm that dumped pea-size hail and sent players and fans scurrying for cover.

The Miners (13-4, 4-2) C-USA remain unbeaten at home this season and have won four in a row, including a victory over No. 17 Rice on Oct. 8.

The Miners will finish their five-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 21, when they host Colorado College at 7 p.m.

--David Peregrino
--Photos by Chad Puerling
Miners Sweep Three-Game Homestand

Oct. 16, 2006

UTEP wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins is third in the nation in receiving, with 103.8 yards per game.

The Miners played outstanding football Saturday night, forcing five turnovers in the defeat of the Tulane Green Wave 34-20 in the Sun Bowl. UTEP (4-2, 2-0 C-USA) had no turnovers in this last game of a three-game homestand. With prior victories over NMSU and SMU, this marks the Miners' first sweep of a three-game homestand since 1965.

The Miners are back on the road Saturday at Houston (4-3, 2-1 C-USA). The game will match up two of the C-USA's best quarterbacks. With 11,250 yards passing, Houston's Kevin Kolb ranks first among active NCAA I-A quarterbacks. Miner Jordan Palmer is ranked fourth with 9,162 yards passing.

Saturday's game will be broadcast in El Paso on Time Warner Cable Metrosports Southwest Channel 24. Kickoff is 5 p.m. El Paso time.

--David Peregrino
--File photo by J.R. Hernandez
College Recognizes Area Teachers

Oct. 13, 2006

(L to R) Melissa Lozano, Jessica Melendez-Carrillo,
Isabel Ruiz and Kandis Shugart received awards from the
College of Education at the second annual A Better
Beginning Conference.

Four local teachers were honored by the College of Education at the second annual A Better Beginning Conference for inspiring students and helping new teachers find success in the classroom.

Nolan Richardson Middle School teacher Melissa Lozano and Canutillo Elementary School teacher Jessica Melendez-Carrillo were presented with the Edward and Evelyn Schwartz Innovative Teacher Award. The award honors excellence in teaching by recent UTEP graduates.

Canutillo Elementary School teacher Isabel Ruiz and Clarke Middle School teacher Kandis Shugart were presented the Mentor Teacher Award. The award recognizes the professional support and mentoring offered by experienced teachers.

– Laura Cruz
– photos provided by the College of Education

U.S. Sen. Hutchison Visits UTEP

Oct. 11, 2006


From left:  UT System Board of Regents Chairman James Huffines, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof and UTEP President Diana Natalicio.

UTEP welcomed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof, and UT System Board of Regents Chairman James Huffines to campus on Wednesday.

Hutchison toured campus labs and research centers that will play a significant part in the newly established Center for Defense Systems Research at UTEP. Hutchison was instrumental in securing $1 million in federal funding for the new center.

Read more ...

--David Peregrino
--Photo by J.R. Hernandez
Miners Win C-USA Opener

Oct. 8, 2006

Despite wind, rain and an SMU team that refused to go quietly, the Miners won their Conference-USA opener, squeaking by the Mustangs 24-21 in the Sun Bowl Saturday night.

For the second week in a row, the Miners (3-2, 1-0) started off hot, shutting out SMU 17-0 by the end of the first half. But the Mustangs (3-3, 1-1) roared back in the third quarter with two unanswered TD passes. Then, early in the fourth quarter, Miner running back Marcus Thomas fumbled the ball, and SMU's Jonathan Lindley ran it back 80 yards for the score and SMU's first lead of the game.

Thomas found redemption on UTEP's following 87-yard drive in an unexpected way -- he threw a 27-yard TD pass to receiver Daniel Robinson to put the Miners up 24-17. UTEP's defense held tough for the remainder of the game, and the first conference win was soon in the books.

The Miners will attempt to sweep a three-game homestand for the first time since 1965 when the team hosts Tulane on Saturday, Oct. 14. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The Green Wave is 2-3 and 1-2 in C-USA after defeating Rice 38-24 Saturday in New Orleans.

--David Peregrino
--Photo by J.R. Hernandez
Miners Open C-USA Play Saturday

Oct. 6, 2006

Jordan Palmer (center) talks strategy with fellow quarterbacks Lorne Sam (3), Trevor Vittatoe (13), and Brandis Dew (7) during Thursday's practice at the Sun Bowl.

Riding a three-game winning streak, the SMU Mustangs (3-2) will travel to the Sun Bowl Saturday for the Miners' (2-2) Conference USA opener. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The teams last met Nov. 26, 2005 in Dallas, where SMU took advantage of UTEP's season-high seven turnovers to upset the Miners 40-27.

UTEP coach Mike Price hopes for a different outcome on Saturday, with the help of Miner fans' deafening roar. He's asking El Paso to sell out the Sun Bowl an unprecedented third time in a row.

"(SMU's) offensive line is big, solid, real good. Their defensive line is solid. They beat us to the punch and outplayed us last year, no question about it," Price said. "Their confidence level is very, very high. Their quarterback is a freshman. I think we can distract him with the 12th man. Wouldn't it be great to have three sellouts in a row ? We can do it. Our football team can do it, our fans can do it."

--David Peregrino
--Photo by J.R. Hernandez
Alumna Named Texas Teacher of the Year

Oct. 6, 2006


Dolphin Terrace Elementary assistant principal and UTEP alumna Dana Kristin Boyd was named the

2007 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Texas Education Agency this week.


Boyd, who received her bachelor’s in 1999 and a master’s in 2005 from UTEP, is the first black teacher ever to win the award. The award has been given every year since 1969.


She, along with Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year Nika Maples of Fort Worth, will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition next spring.

Boyd, who until recently was a second-grade teacher at Dolphin Terrace Elementary in Northeast El Paso, was selected from about 40 teachers across the state. The winners were selected by a panel of judges who evaluated the responses to essay topics such as philosophy of teaching, education issues, and trends and their personal teaching style.


All of Texas’ regional Teachers of the Year will be honored at a luncheon on Oct. 28 at the Marriott at the Capitol in Austin.

Each regional Teacher of the Year receives $500. Boyd and Maples will receive $5,000 and a technology package worth $15,000. The Texas Teacher of the Year is sponsored by the Texas Education Agency.


– Laura Cruz

– photo courtesy of Ysleta Independent School District

UTEP Names Distinguished Alumni

Oct. 5, 2006

Danny Olivas
Reese Rowling

UTEP alumni John “Danny” Olivas and Reese Rowling shared a passion for solving mysteries through science and engineering. This fall, the two share the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award.

A NASA astronaut, Olivas looks beyond the stars to unravel the secrets of the universe. The 1989 UTEP engineering grad will make his first flight into space in February 2007. He will join the crew of the shuttle mission STS-117 and work on the International Space Station.

A geologist at heart, Rowling searched deep in the earth to find oil and gas treasures. A 1951 graduate of the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now UTEP), Rowling had a distinguished career as co-founder and principal of Tana Oil and Gas Corporation, one of Texas’ most successful oil and gas exploration companies. Rowling is being honored posthumously. He died in 2001 at the age of 73.

Olivas and Rowling and their families will be honored during Homecoming Week activities Oct. 30 to Nov. 4.

Read more…

-Cindy Ramirez

UTEP Professor Named to State Council

Oct. 5, 2006



Health promotion professor Maria Duarte-Gardea, Ph.D., was appointed to the Texas Diabetes Council by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.


As a member of the council, Duarte-Gardea will work to address issues affecting people with diabetes in Texas. Her term expires Feb. 1, 2011.


The council also advises the state legislature on legislation regarding people with diabetes and the health care professionals who care for them. The council’s mission is to reduce the health and economic burdens of diabetes in Texas.


– Laura Cruz

Teacher Certification Program Celebrates 20 Years

Oct. 5, 2006

Teachers, mentors and principals involved in UTEP’s Alternative Teacher Certification Program celebrated the program’s 20th anniversary Sept. 27 at the El Paso Museum of Art.


Founded in 1986, the program is designed to help individuals who hold bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than education become teachers.


The program has produced more than 3,000 certified teachers and helped address the shortage of qualified teachers. For more information about the Alternative Teacher Certification Program, call 915/747-7605.


– Laura Cruz

– photo by Chad Puerling

Professor Named Health Educator of the Year

Oct. 5, 2006


Brenda Smith, Ph.D., was named Health Educator of Year for her career achievements in health education by the Paso del Norte Society for Public Health Education at its annual fall conference in September.


Smith’s accomplishments, which were noted at the award presentation, include helping establish the undergraduate and graduate Health Promotion programs at UTEP.


“When we began, the program had two or three students from the College of Education and two or three from the School of Nursing,” said Smith, who has taught at UTEP for about 20 years. “Now we have over 200 students studying health promotion.”


The Department of Health Promotion started with two faculty members. Today, it has 10 faculty members and is an accredited program.


Smith, a renowned health-education historian, also chartered the Eta Sigma Gamma – Gamma Lambda chapter of professional health educators at UTEP.


– Laura Cruz

Gala Honors Author, Alumnus

Oct. 3, 2006


 John Rechy
Author and UTEP graduate John Rechy was honored for his contributions to literature during a gala dinner on Friday, Sept. 29 sponsored by the El Paso Chapter of the UTEP Alumni Association.


The El Paso native said he was happy to be home and overjoyed with being honored. Nearly 100 attended the gala and were treated to Rechy’s personal tale of his life as a writer.


“When a critic has been particularly nasty to my writing, they forever have a place as minor character in my work,” Rechy said. He admitted that even family and friends end up in his stories as heroes and villains.


“(You) should allow your characters to spring to life and pursue them relentlessly,” he said.


He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Western College (now UTEP) in 1952. By 1963, he wrote his first novel, “City of Night.” It became an international bestseller and is now used as a teaching tool in contemporary literature courses throughout the country. He has written more than a dozen novels and his work has been translated into approximately 20 languages. PEN USA West and Triangle Publishing have each honored him with lifetime achievement awards.


As the evening came to a close, he offered advice to his fans and aspiring writers.


“In your life be kind; in your art be ruthless.”

On the Web: www.johnrechy.com

-Chad Puerling and Laura Ruelas

-Photo by Chad Puerling

Miners Edge Aggies

 Oct. 1, 2006

Wide receiver Chris Marrow led the Miners in singing the Isley Brothers' classic "Shout!" in celebration of the team's win over the Aggies Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.

UTEP held off a furious comeback by the NMSU Aggies to emerge with a 44-38 victory Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.

A sell-out crowd of 51,500 enjoyed a spectacular offensive shoot-out. Miner quarterback Jordan Palmer passed for 414 yards, and NMSU's Chase Holbrook put up 506 passing yards, setting a Sun Bowl record with 73 pass attempts and 48 completions.

The Miners (2-2) started hot, racking up 17 points in the first quarter. It looked like a blowout was in the works, but the Aggies (2-2) answered back with the NCAA's No. 1 passer Holbrook and his receiving corps.

Taking advantage of UTEP turnovers, the Aggies tied the game 31-31 in the third quarter and looked ready to deliver a knockout punch.

But UTEP snatched back the momentum with a field goal and a six-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to Johnnie Lee Higgins, who finished the game with 223 yards receiving.

The Aggies had another chance at victory after driving to UTEP's 47-yard line in the final seconds. But Miner linebacker Emeri Spence picked off Holbrook’s pass to end the game.

UTEP opens Conference C-USA play against SMU on Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Sun Bowl. SMU is 3-2 and 1-0 in C-USA. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Photo Gallery: Tailgating and Pregame Action
Photo Gallery: Battle of I-10

--David Peregrino
--Photo by J.R. Hernandez


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