There’s nothing more entertaining than an embittered out-of-town beat writer. Seriously. And to watch Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times squirm as the visiting Miners let UB run roughshod over a “new defensive scheme” was pure comedy.
Before Bloomquist finished his story, he stole the floor with the following observations:
• With one catch for minus-two yards, UTEP’s Chris Day managed to put himself in worse statistical shape for his senior year than the previous three seasons combined. Day had no catches in three years.
• Giving up 34-or-more points was something UTEP hadn’t done in 10 months — since their last game of the 2007 season. And then, they’d done it nine straight times.
• The Miners had co-leaders in solo tackles on Thursday — Josh Ferguson (six), and the goal line (six).
• At one point, Drew Willy’s quarterback rating was more than 260 and he’d only attempted 14 passes. Then, Willy hit Naaman Roosevelt for a seven-yard completion. “That just knocked 10 points off his QB rating,” Bloomquist said.
He’s a funny guy. And those who sat close by appreciated his candor.