Arkansas has only played UTEP twice and won easily both times. This happened most recently in 2010, when the Hogs blew out the Miners on Senior Night, November 14, by a score of 58-21.
The highlight of this game has to be RYAN MALLETT 14-YARD TOUCHDOWN SCRAMBLE. It really happened. The one play took about three minutes of game time, but Mallett finally fell into the end zone. Quality blocking on that play.
Mallett also threw five touchdowns on only 215 yards. The six total touchdowns tied Arkansas' single-game record.
The second half of 2010 for Knile Davis is vastly underrated. He was putting up Heisman quality numbers just about every week. Against UTEP, he ran for 182 yards on just 11 carries, including a 70-yard touchdown.
It was the last game in Razorback Stadium for Mallett and tight end D.J. Williams, who caught five of Mallett's passes and scored two touchdowns. He eventually won the Mackey Award that year for the nation's best tight end. Gotta pad your stats a bit in these types of games to win those awards.
However, it looked initially like the Miners came to Fayetteville to put up quite a fight. As great as the 2010 team was, this was a Bobby Petrino defense we're talking about (hey, Darius Winston had an interception! So did Tremain Thomas, but he had lots of them. DARIUS WINSTON INTERCEPTION). UTEP scored first on a quick, 6-play touchdown drive, and retook the lead when they returned the kickoff following Arkansas' first score to the house. But that's where the fun ended for UTEP. Arkansas scored six more touchdowns and tacked on a field goal before the Miners scored again at the end of the game.
I'm willing to bet UTEP won't score 21 again this year.
It was a pretty routine non-conference walk-through for Arkansas on their march to the Sugar Bowl.
Interestingly, the two times Arkansas played UTEP, the Hogs ended up winning 10 games both seasons, 1989 and 2010. Could that happen for a third time?