Is it a whole lot better when your college football team loses again, and has a 2-8 record, but isn't getting blown out by four touchdowns like before Coach Mike Price almost a decado ago - and all the way back for about three decades?
On Saturday, UTEP lost to Central Florida 31-24, but never really threatened to beat this team that played inspired only when it had to and won its sixth game in a row, and is now 8-2.
Answer to above question: No. Gotta win to have a successful program, or the fans here won't buy tickets. Again Saturday, UTEP never had the power. And Blaine Sullivan became the the third quarterback this season who is not the answer after he saw his first action of the season in the last game, doing well in a loss at Houston.
The telling point Saturday was UTEP having a 10-7 lead late in the first half, but then, in about 30 seconds of clock time just before halftime, went off the field with a 17-10 deficit. Ten Central Florida points in a half minute. Killer!
On this night Central Florida only did welll when it had to - when UTEP became UTEP of the past.
But it wasn't a blowout against a Conference USA leader. That shows the team hasn't givven up. It just shows it is not good enough to win games.