It was homecoming at Marshall, where the Thundering Herd played host to Texas El Paso in a Conference USA game, and Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was in attendance to take in all the festivities. Tron Martinez's one-yard scoring run with 1:47 remaining gave Marshall a 16-12 victory and dealt a blow to the Miners' hopes of becoming eligible for a bowl.
Texas El Paso is 5-4 and must beat either Southern Methodist, Arkansas or Tulsa to reach the magic sixth victory currently needed to play in a bowl. The Miners have lost three in a row in what could be Mike Price's final season as coach.
The Miners are coming off a 54-24 loss at Houston, but that was likely the toughest game among the first eight. Texas El Paso, which beat Arkansas Pine Bluff in its opener, plays host to rival New Mexico State on Saturday night in the Battle of I-10. Games against Memphis, New Mexico, Rice, Alabama Birmingham and Tulane follow, and the team could be no worse than 6-2 entering its final four games against Marshall, Southern Methodist, Arkansas and Tulsa.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one poster each day until our supply is exhausted.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the year. We're in the home stretch, so if you haven't seen your team's poster on the site, now is the time to send it in. Email: jayzuma (at) gmail.com.
Last year, the site displayed 69 posters. This is poster No. 77 for 2010. Thanks to Joe!
Mike Price got off to a roaring start, winning 16 games in his first
two seasons as coach of the Miners. But his past three teams have combined to win only 14. The problem is a lack of defense. In 2008, Texas El Paso gave up an average of 37 points a game. That makes it tough to win, even when the offense averages 32.92. The Miners will be challenged early, with six 2008 bowl teams in the first seven games. Survive that and Texas El Paso could return to postseason play. Thanks to Joe!