The Miners of the University of Texas El Paso strolled into the Big Easy earlier in the week preparing for the highly anticipated matchup between Conference USA West foe Tulane. They would eventually finish the game, but not after a slew of issues that slowed down the game. The story should have been about what happened on the field, but it wasn't. With time expiring in the first quarter and a 7-0 lead by the Miners, the lights at the Superdome went out and the teams were left in the dark. After a lengthy delay and discussion with NCAA commissioner and UNLV head coach Heath Hale, the game eventually resume from that point. Then with time expiring in the third quarter and UTEP clinging to a 24-14 lead with Tulane facing a third and goal, the lights would again go out. By this point, it was so late in the evening that the game would be postponed. Tulane head coach Tanner Maluchnik would become so disgusted with the events that he would throw his headset on the ground and storm off of the field. The teams would wake up the next day and due to a seldom known quirk in the NCAA rulebook, the game would have to be replayed. This time around however, Coach Maluchnik was no where to be found. Rumors are swirling that he was spotted in a bar on Bourbon Street with UL-Lafayette head coach and alcoholic Bulldog playing Beer Pong while watching his team on tv mumbling something about EA servers. At press time, Coach Maluchnik was unavailable for comment. The Miners of UTEP woke up the next morning, walked into the Superdome and quickly dismantled the Green Wave. The final score was 27-0. The story of the game and now the story of the season is the defense of the UTEP Miners. Defensive Coordinator Andre Patterson put in a gameplan that would limit Tulane to 2 first down and 56 yards of offense. After allowing 103 points in their first three games, the Miners defense has allowed 17 points in their last three games. This quick turnaround has Coach Patterson popping up on the radars of some larger schools. When asked to comment on the events of the week, Coach Ryan Weaver said this, "This is not the way I wanted to play this game, Coach Maluchnik is a great guy and a great competitior. In fact, I am off to Bourbon Street to track down Tanner and buy him a few beers so he can drink his anger away. This game is behind us and we now look forward to hosting Colorado State next week."