UTEP Miners

UTEP Miners

About UTEP Miners

The UTEP Miners were first established in 1914 and represent the University of Texas at El Paso. Over the years, the program has produced dozens of players who have gone on to compete at professional level in the National Football League. Historically, the team's main rivals have been the New Mexico State Aggies. The rivalry between the two colleges is known as the Battle of I-10.

Having started life as an independent, the Miners became part of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1935 and remained in the league up until 1961. From 1962 until 1967, the team once again operated as an independent. Then, ahead of the 1968 season, they joined the Western Athletic Conference. Finally, in 2005, the team entered Conference USA, where they have competed ever since.

To date, UTEP have won two Conference Championships, with those wins coming in the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1956 and the Western Athletic Conference in 2000. The Miners have competed in a total of thirteen post-season bowl games and currently possess a 5-8 record, which includes defeats in each of their last five appearances. Their most recent bowl game victory came in the 1967 Sun Bowl, where they defeated the Ole Miss Rebels.

Notable players to emerge from the program include Tony Tolbert, Gary Keithley, Thomas Howard and Don Maynard. All four players went on to successful careers in the NFL. Don Maynard is a member of the AFL All-Time Team and went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Miners play their home games at Sun Bowl Stadium, which opened in 1963 and also plays host to the Sun Bowl Game. The venue has undergone renovations several times, most notab...