The first-team offense started out in a redzone session and ran a series of plays that began at the 20-yard line. Quarterback Graham Harrell looked sharp during the drill, completing his first four passes and finding receiver Eric Morris for a pair of touchdowns. On the opposite practice field, defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich's group worked on their goal line sets against the scout team offense. Safeties Joe Garcia and Darcel McBath recorded interceptions and the offense struggled against what was a steady pass rush from the starting front four.
The Raiders also spent time working on special teams, first with the field goal unit and then moving into their kickoff return and punt formations. During the field goal set, placekicker Alex Trlica was a perfect 2-for-2, converting a 42-yard kick for his long of the day.
The team will practice again Thursday afternoon, continuing to ready themselves for Saturday night's meeting, the first between the two schools in El Paso since 1963. Wide receiver Edward Britton, and El Paso native, will play his first collegiate game in his hometown. "It's pretty exciting. There are going to be a lot of people there watching me so hopefully I can take care of my responsibilities and help our team win." Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally on CSTV.