Kugler Looks In Mirror After Bulldogs’ Blowout
What Louisiana Tech did to the UTEP Miners Saturday looked worse than what Kansas State did the weekend before. "Blowout" doesn't begin to describe it. Miners head coach Sean Kugler acknowledges every aspect of the Bulldogs' 55-3 win. He also acknowledges that responsibility lies mainly with him.
Kugler also knows if he doesn't want running back Aaron Jones (63 yards rushing), Nathan Jeffery (23 yards) and Co. (81 team rushing yards!) to face eight- and nine-man boxes UTEP must throw the ball better.
Jameill Showers 15-of-28 performance will need to improve, something Kugler says is about more than just Showers. The Texas A&M transfer threw for only 143 yards and was intercepted three times.
UTEP turned the ball over five times to La. Tech and the Bulldogs made the Miners pay with points every single time.
When the lone bright spot the coach brings up was Mike Ruggles' punting...
It was just a nightmare of a game for UTEP in Ruston, LA. All the progress the Miners had made earlier in the season seemed to not be merely forgotten, but actively chucked out a window. Turnovers, line play, tackling, defensive cover, special teams -- nothing went well.
And so, UTEP's head coach says the team must turn the page, must improve. As the Miners ready for Saturday's homecoming game against Old Dominion, Kugler says the responsibility for doing that lies mainly with the man in the mirror.