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Antwon Blake's interception 13 seconds into Friday night's game against UCF matched the quickest Miner turnover since the 2009 Week 3 game against new Mexico State, when Clarence Ward intercepted a pass on the first snap 13 seconds into the game.
On the next play on Friday, quarterback Nick Lamaison threw a quick sideline pass to Mike Edwards for 8 yards.
"We practice plays we run in that situation and I didn't call it," coach Mike Price said.
For the booksVernon Frazier averaged 30.5 yards on 29 kickoff returns this season, ranking second best on UTEP's all-time list behind the 31.0 yards Marlon McClure averaged last year.
Frazier's 884 total return yards finished third on the all-time single season list.
Lamaison starts ...
After a little more subterfuge this week, Lamaison did get the start for UTEP at quarterback, though Carson Meger entered the game on UTEP's first drive of the second quarter when it got into a no-huddle look.
Meger also started the second half, though those were his only two series of the game.
... so does Warren
Dakota Warren, in his first game back since straining a groin, missed a 33-yarder in the second quarter.
It was his fourth consecutive miss, including a pair of extra points.
He later snapped his drought with a fourth-quarter extra point, which also snapped a streak of three consecutive UTEP games with a missed extra point.
That last extra point of the season hit both uprights before bouncing in.
Fake punt, again
For the third time this year UTEP successfully faked a punt from its own end of the field.
Late in the first quarter facing a fourth-and-three from the Miners own 27-yard line, Edwards carried 10 yards for a first down on the most complex of the three fakes.
The upback Blake took a direct snap, most of the team went left and Edwards took a handoff from Blake and ran to the right on a misdirection.
Knight marksBoth UCF starting quarterback Jeff Godfrey, and the man who logged most of the snaps, Jeff Bortles, finished in the top five on the Knights' school single-season accuracy list.
Godfrey finished the season at 69 percent (160-232) for third all-time, while Bortles finished at 68.2 percent (75-110) for fourth.
SnappedUCF came in second in the nation in time of possession after controlling the ball longer than 10 of its first 11 opponents.
And in an example of how deceiving that statistic can be, UTEP won it 32:58-27:02 on Friday.
The 24-point halftime deficit was the largest UTEP has faced since joining C-USA in 2004.
They trailed 30-7 at East Carolina in 2008.
Bret Bloomquist may be reached at email@example.com;546-6359.
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