The biggest question mark heading into the UTEP Miners 2012 campaign was, "Who will carry the football?" The Miners graduated a their top two backs last year and needed to figure out who could run the football. Without hesitation, Coach Ryan Weaver put the burden squarely on the shoulders of a pair of true freshmen backs. And they proved capable as UTEP came out with a 37-21 victory. The bulk of the playing time went the freshman Josiah Young. Young, the highest rated recruit in UTEP history, carried the football 16 times for 124 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Young raced in from 40 yards out on his second career carry to get the scoring started. The other freshman, Ryan Joseph was almost equally impressive. He carried the ball 14 times for 98 yards and a pair of scores. Junior quarterback Carson Meger was effective hitting 11 of 23 passes for 142 yards. The big issue today was an alarming number of UTEP drops. UTEP receivers totalled 6 drops on the afternoon. The Miners defense was rock solid allowing only 211 yards of offense to the Lobos. They allowed 18 yards rushing and tallied 8 sacks on the afternoon. The first unit defense did not allow a single point. The Miners return to the SUn Bowl to take on another New Mexico school. The Aggies of New Mexico State come to town. They took the Miners to overtime a year ago.