Head Coach Matt Wells, Linebacker Zach Vigil, Offensive Lineman Kevin Whimpey
Q: “Can you tell me about UTEP’s run game and and your rush defense?”
Head Coach Matt Wells, A: “Well first of all its Strength on Strength, our run defense has been good all year and what we like to pride ourselves on. But those two running backs are tough, they run with good vision and they are a reflection of their offensive line.
Linebacker Zach Vigil, A: “I think the Running Backs are very talented, and even though they aren’t the biggest guys they break a lot of tackles and they run hard.
Q: “How much of an advantage do you think it is to have so many of your guys play in a bowl game before?”
Head Coach Matt Wells, A: “I remember our first Bowl game and how excited the kids were and I know the kids now are just as excited, I don’t know if playing in four straight Bowl games gives us an advantage I think what it does is it gives our players a little more of what to expect and how to focus.”
Q: “How does UTEP’s defense stack up to other teams that you’ve seen this season?”
Head Coach Matt Wells, A: “Similar to a lot of teams that pressure quite a bit, they are very aggressive. They play very similarly to how we play, but structurally they are very different.”
Offensive Lineman Kevin Whimpey, A: “I like their defense a lot I think they are very quick and they are going to challenge us, I think they are coached well. They have great culture at UTEP and they are here to win the game just like we are.”
Q: “What has been the key to winning at the level you have been after playing with your fourth Quarterback?”
Head Coach Matt Wells, A: “It’s really simple, we’ve played elite defense, our receivers have stepped up, we run the ball better, and our Quarterback hasn’t screwed it up. Sometimes we coach our Quarterback before you win a game you have to be able to not lose a game.”
Head Coach Sean Kugler, Quarterback Jameel Erving, Defensive Back Wesley Miller
Q: “Matt Wells said its strength against strength, their rushing defense against your rushing offense. Can you talk about that?”
Head Coach Sean Kugler, A: “They are very physical up front, very difficult to run the ball against and they play the ball behind the scrimmage. We have to be able to run the ball efficiently, we are going to do what we do, and that’s run the football.”
Quarterback Jameel Erving, A: “We have responded to challenges before and this game is definitely going to be a challenge but I don’t see us going out there and doing anything other than what we do.”
Q: “What does this game mean to you as seniors?”
Jameel Erving, A: “Getting a win in this game will put a stamp on UTEP history, we haven’t won a game since 67. I’ve had a rough journey and after coming here with the season we’ve had, getting that win tomorrow will put a stamp on it.”
Wesley Miller, A: “This will be real special, getting a win here will bring it full circle for my career. I was here in 2010 when I redshirted and the attitude was totally different, we got complacent and ended up getting beaten pretty bad. So getting a win tomorrow will like I said ring my career full circle with a guaranteed winning season and hopefully a bowl victory.”
Q: “You have two players who have played in a bowl game while Utah State has dozens, how much of a disadvantage do you think that is?”
Head Coach Sean Kugler A: “It is if you let it, I know they have been to four straight so their players know what to expect. That is going to be our goal, there is no substitute for experience and they have that, but I know our players are excited and energized to be up here.”
Q: “Is the Bowl week what you thought it was going to be, harder with more distractions, or was it not as bad as what you envisioned coming into your first Bowl game?”
Head Coach Sean Kugler, A:“Coach Wells eluded to it earlier and it’s about blocking out distractions and I think our team has been very good at that all year. We came up here to get our work done but at night I wanted them to enjoy the festivities. This is something they are going to remember for the rest of their lives but I want them to remember that we are up here for one reason, and that is to win this game.”
Today started with a press conference at the Isleta Resort & Casino, followed by the kickoff luncheon. Hall of Famer Joe Theismann spoke to the media and crowd. The day ended with a battle of the bands and pep rally in Old Town Plaza. Our activities conclude with Fan Fest tomorrow at 9 a.m.
The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is running a three-day ticket sale Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Nov. 22, offering fans reduced-priced tickets and a chance to win VIP prizes.
Premium tickets, which are normally $40, are being offered for just $35. Each order will automatically be entered into a drawing for VIP prizes.
A full slate of conference games highlights Week 12 in the Pac-12. Washington and 13th-ranked UCLA get things started with a Friday night game on ESPN2 at the Rose Bowl. No. 4 Stanford, fresh off its victory over No. 6 Oregon last Thursday, must travel to resurgent USC in a primetime game on ABC. Utah and Washington State try to move closer to bowl eligibility as they travel to No. 6 Oregon and Arizona, respectively.
It’s a light week in Mountain West action as four league games comprise all the action. Colorado State tries to become bowl eligible by traveling to New Mexico, which must win out to reach a bowl game.
The biggest Pac-12 game of the regular season takes place Thursday night on The
Farm in Palo Alto as No. 3 Oregon travels to No. 5 Stanford. Meanwhile, for the second straight week the Mountain West has all but one team (Boise State) in action. A Friday-night matchup between Air Force and New Mexico gets things started at 7 on ESPNU.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is pleased to announce Joe Theismann as the featured guest speaker at the annual kickoff luncheon hosted by Isleta Resort and Casino. Tickets are available to the public for the luncheon, which will be attended by the participating teams on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There are 35 bowl games scheduled for the 2013-14 postseason equaling 70 slots. Currently, there are 21 bowl-eligible teams and seven have already been eliminated. For the Pac-12, three teams (Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford) already have the necessary six wins while the Mountain West has one team (Fresno State).
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Gildan New Mexico Bowl and ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today an extension with the Mountain West Conference. The 12-member league will continue to provide one of its bowl-eligible teams to the Albuquerque-based college football bowl game for the next six years, as it has since the Bowl’s inception in 2006.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: All action for the Mountain West and Pac-12 Conferences are slated for Saturday, Oct. 19. The Mountain West has just four league games on tap as Air Force, Hawai`i, San Diego State and San Jose State all have byes. Colorado State and Wyoming kick off at Noon MT and the Cowboys are looking for their fifth straight win in the series and to stay undefeated in league play.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The first game of the college football postseason will once again be the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, announced ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN. The annual bowl game will be played at University Stadium in Albuquerque on Saturday, Dec. 21, at noon MT/2 p.m. (ET) and televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Mountain West and Pac-12 face each other 11 times in the regular season before squaring off in the eighth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl. After week 1, the Pac-12 is undefeated at 5-0. The battle continues this week with Hawai`i at Oregon State, San Jose State at Stanford, and Arizona at UNLV.