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UTEP-Texas at a glance

UTEP-Texas at a glance

---Associated Press


Texas-El Paso (1-2) at No. 2 Texas (3-0), 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Texas by 34.
Series Record: Texas leads 3-0.
Last Meeting: 2008, Texas 42, Texas-El Paso 13


What's at Stake
Colt McCoy needs a big game to re-establish his Heisman Trophy bonafides. Not that McCoy has been bad, it's just that he's lacking an electrifying game. He'll have his chance in big games later, but big stats now look good later. A Texas-El Paso victory would be similar to Stanford knocking off Southern California two years ago.


Key Matchup
UTEP linebackers vs. Texas receiver Dan Buckner. Buckner plays a "flex" position, which puts him closer to the ball and often matches him against linebackers and safeties. Buckner is big (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and fast and quickly becoming a favorite target for McCoy.


Players to Watch

Texas: RB Tre' Newton started the season absent from the depth chart. Now he's the No. 1 tailback after two good games. Newton gives the Longhorns the balance they need to open up the passing game for McCoy.


UTEP: QB Trevor Vittatoe. He's UTEP's career passing leader but could have a tough time staying upright against Texas' pass rush, which is quickly emerging into one of the best in the country.


Facts & Figures

McCoy already has half as many interceptions (four) as he did last season (eight) ... UTEP's Jeremy Springer was a backup QB last season. He moved to linebacker and is leading the Miners in tackles with 27 ... UTEP is 3-46 all-time vs. ranked opponents. They lost to a ranked Kansas team two weeks ago, now get Texas and then host No. 17 Houston on Oct. 3.

 

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