Football opens 2011 season at UTEP on Saturday

Senior Brock Jackolski caught a touchdown pass against South Florida last year
 
Senior Brock Jackolski caught a touchdown pass against South Florida last year
 
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Aug. 29, 2011

Stony Brook, N.Y. -

Kickoff
For a second straight season, the Stony Brook football team opens the season at an Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent as the Seawolves travel to face UTEP on Saturday. Fans can hear the game live on WUSB 90.1 and GoSeawolves.org, with Mike Solano, Curt Hylton and Jeff Bernstein providing the action.

The Series
UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) competes as a member of Conference USA. The Miners were 6-7 last season, advancing to the New Mexico Bowl where they lost to BYU, 52-24. UTEP returns only two starters on offense - Joe Banyard and Donovan Kemp, but welcomes back nine on defense, including senior linebacker Royzell Smith. The Miners play their home games in the 51,500-seat Sun Bowl, which has hosted a bowl game each year since 1936.

The Series
Stony Brook and UTEP will meet for the first time in any sport. Coincidentally, this will be the third time in the last four years that the Miners have opened the season against a team from New York. UTEP faced Buffalo, Stony Brook's opponent on September 10, to start the season in 2008 and 2009.

Looking ahead
The Seawolves will travel upstate to face Buffalo, which opens its season against Pittsburgh.