We're at the halfway point of the regular season. Here are our reporters' breakdowns on Heisman candidates, surprises, disappointments and what's in store for the rest of the season.
— Breon Heyward scooped up a fumble and raced 53 yards for a touchdown to spark UTEP to a 26-13 win over Southern Mississippi on Saturday night.
- UTEP punished over football, softball violations
- UTEP suspends football activities, cancels game
- UTEP-UAB to play earlier, relocate due to virus
- C-USA rebooks seven games postponed by virus
— Deion Hankins had a fourth-quarter touchdown run and UTEP held off Old Dominion 28-21 on Saturday night in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
— Gavin Hardison threw for 293 yards and a touchdown as Texas-El Paso erased a 13-3 first-half deficit by shutting out New Mexico in the second half to earn a 20-13 victory on Saturday night.
— Hank Bachmeier threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, and Stefan Cobbs added a special teams touchdown and a 61-yard scoring reception as Boise State defeated UTEP 54-13 Friday night.
— Gavin Hardison threw a career-high three touchdown passes, Willie Eldridge and Ronald Awatt each had over 100 yards rushing, and UTEP beat Bethune-Cookman 38-28 on Saturday night.
— Jacob Cowing had a career-high 158 yards receiving, including a 59-yard score, and UTEP opened the season with a 30-3 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday night.
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UTEP football coach Dana Dimel and former softball coach Tobin Echo-Hawk received one-year show-cause restrictions and the athletic department was placed on a year's probation Tuesday over NCAA violations in both programs.
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— Jaelon Darden had eight catches for 173 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to help North Texas beat UTEP 45-43 on Friday night.
UTEP suspended football activities Sunday and called off another game after "multiple members'' of the football team tested positive for COVID-19.
Due to conditions around the coronavirus pandemic, the UTEP-UAB game will be moved up a day to Nov. 20 and relocated to Midland, Texas.
Conference USA has rescheduled seven football games that were postponed earlier this season because of COVID-19 issues. All will be played the first two weeks of December.
The game between FIU and UTEP, scheduled for Saturday in El Paso, Texas, has been canceled.
The game between North Texas and UTEP scheduled for Saturday in El Paso has been postponed due to the spread of COVID-19 in the region.
Saturday's game between Southern Miss and UTEP has been postponed due to COVID-19 cases in the Golden Eagles program, the school announced Friday.