UTEP came oh, so close to knocking off two-time defending Conference USA champion WKU. But the Miners missed three field goals, and the Hilltoppers escaped with a 15-14 victory on Saturday night in the Sun Bowl.
As bit-chomping goes, you wouldn't think UTEP would be so ready to play a team it's beaten once in six years. But like a weekend hiker staring up at Mt. Everest, the Miners saw the mountaintop last weekend.