Storyline: It has been a tale of two seasons that have gone in opposite directions for Brigham Young and UTEP. BYU started the season losing four of its first five games, but recovered after winning five of its last seven. UTEP started the season winning five of its first six games, then derailed, winning only one of its final six contests. While BYU improved as the season progressed, UTEP barely limped into the postseason. BYU and UTEP have not met since BYU left the Western Athletic Conference in 1998. The Cougars have beaten the Miners in 25 of the previous 27 meetings. UTEP has not won a bowl game since the 1967 Sun Bowl—a 43 year drought. Mike Price needs this game bad as he has not produced a winning season since 2005 and is 40-44 in seven seasons at UTEP.
All-time Series: 28-7-1 BYU
Line: BYU by 11.5
|Overall Record||6-6||Overall Record||6-6|
|Conference Record||5-3||Conference Record||3-5|
|Bowl Record||10-17-1||Bowl Record||5-7|
|Last Bowl Win||2009 Las Vegas||Last Bowl Win||1967 Sun|