UTEP is scoring plenty of points to win football games; this many would have certainly averted all those 1- or 2-win seasons from the 1980s to just about now.
Here 30, there 30. Almost every week 30 for UTEP.
So why can't Coach Mike Price have a defense in his fifth year? What's with a 3-5 record with all those points virtually every week?
Let's talk smack here: You can bet that the offensive guys are a tad ticked at the defensive guys. That's not nice for the lockerrom atmosphere. This will be a coaching challenge - keep the team together. It's a tough challenge. Lots of coaches couldn't do it around here in past years.
They score. UTEP scores. They score ... and they score the most. At least there's a "UTEP scores" these days. But that defense is awful.
And the scoring is so fast that there are tennis volleys that go on longer than the Miner defense.
On Saturday, Rice beat the Miners 49-44, and UTEP wasn't even close to winning. Rice is no great shakes. This isn't like UTEP played some money game against a big-name opponent. Last week the Miners gave up 77 to Tulsa. Tulsa is no great TV team, either. Tulsa is just good in Conference USA this year. But 77?
Things are bad in Utepia. It's becoming clearer and clearer that the Miners can't recruit enough good players to put an ample contingent on offense AND on defense. Recruiting has always been a problem at UTEP. But that's an age-old story around here.
Price, in five years, is on his second defensive coordinator - and has a relatively new staff after back-to-back 4-win seasons. It's not working. This year is worse than ever on defense. It should be getting better, but it's not.
The miracle won't be if UTEP pulls out a good season in its last three games. The miracle will be that UTEP doesn't collapse.