UTEP running back Aaron Jones had some extra motivation going into the season opener against New Mexico.
Jones told reporters that he had an in-home visit scheduled with New Mexico when he was a senior in high school, but the New Mexico coaches never showed up. This time around, revenge was sweet for Jones. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound sophomore from El Paso ran for a career-high 237 yards and three touchdowns in the Miners’ 31-24 road win.
“They called me and told me my senior year that they were going to do an in-home visit and they never showed up,'' Jones said after the win. ''They called and told me when they were coming, my mom cooked and they never showed up. So I have to take it to them.”
Jones’ 3-yard touchdown run with 2:18 to go ended up being the game-winner for the Miners, who are coming off a 2-10 season in 2013. Jones also scored on runs of 12 yards and 73 yards in the win.
As a true freshman in 2013, Jones ran for 811 yards and four scores on 5.2 yards per carry in just nine games. The 811 yards is a UTEP record for a freshman.
UTEP and Jones will look to build off the win Texas Tech makes the trip to El Paso next Saturday.
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