New Mexico Bowl

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New Mexico Bowl
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico Bowl logo starting 2011.jpg
The new logo for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Stadium University Stadium
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
Operated 2006–present
Conference tie-ins MWC, Pac-12
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (2006–10)
Payout US$912,500 [1]
Sponsors
Gildan (2011-present)
2012 matchup
Nevada vs. Arizona (Arizona 49–48)
2013 matchup
Washington State vs. Colorado State (Colorado State 48–45)

The New Mexico Bowl (officially known since 2011 as the Gildan New Mexico Bowl for sponsorship reasons) is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually since 2006 at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since its founding, the bowl has been typically scheduled before Christmas as one of the first of the season. In 2011, clothing manufacturer Gildan became the first title sponsor for the game.

As of 2013, the New Mexico Bowl features a team from the Mountain West Conference and a team from the Pacific-12 Conference, provided both conferences have enough bowl eligible teams. If one or both conferences does not, the bowl selection committee chooses an at-large team from another conference.[2] From 2006 to 2010, a team from the Mountain West played a team from the Western Athletic Conference.

ESPN, whose ESPN Regional Television division (also known as ESPN Plus) supervises the bowl activities as one of the six bowl games they run, is the television home for the game.[3] The game is the only annually nationally televised sporting event in the state of New Mexico. The 2006 contest was the first bowl game played in New Mexico, seeing the San Jose State Spartans defeat the New Mexico Lobos 20-12. The current champions of the New Mexico Bowl are the Arizona Wildcats who beat the Nevada Wolf Pack 49–48 in the 2012 game. The game was the highest-scoring and closest New Mexico Bowl of all-time and ended with two Arizona touchdowns in the final 42 seconds of play.

The New Mexico Bowl trophy is a 20-inch piece of Zia Pueblo pottery, painted with Pueblo symbols, the New Mexico Bowl logo, football players, and the logos of the competing teams. The Zia symbol, a Zia Pueblo symbol that is used in the state flag, is incorporated into the bowl game logo. The most valuable player trophies are crafted from traditional leather shields.[4]

The New Mexico Bowl stays active in the offseason among the nation and the local community. The bowl co-sponsors the Presbyterian Ear Institutes' Run To Break The Silence, a 5K, 10K and 20K fun run at Sandia Resort and Casino. They also team with NCAA Football to put on a free clinic for area youth coached by both New Mexico and New Mexico State coaches.[5]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning Team Losing Team Article
December 23, 2006 San Jose State 20 New Mexico 12 article
December 22, 2007 New Mexico 23 Nevada 0 article
December 20, 2008 Colorado State 40 Fresno State 35 article
December 19, 2009 Wyoming 35 Fresno State 28 (2OT) article
December 18, 2010 BYU 52 UTEP 24 article
December 17, 2011 Temple 37 Wyoming 15 article
December 15, 2012 Arizona 49 Nevada 48 article
December 21, 2013 Colorado State 48 Washington State 45 article

MVPs[edit]

Year Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
2006 James Jones San José State WR Matt Castelo San José State LB
2007 Donovan Porterie New Mexico QB Brett Madsen New Mexico LB
2008 Gartrell Johnson Colorado State RB Tommie Hill Colorado State DE
2009 Austyn Carta-Samuels Wyoming QB Mitch Unrein Wyoming DE
2010 Jake Heaps BYU QB Andrew Rich BYU FS
2011 Chris Coyer Temple QB Tahir Whitehead Temple LB
2012 Matt Scott Arizona QB Marquis Flowers Arizona LB

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Colorado State 2 2–0
T1 New Mexico 2 1–1
T1 Wyoming 2 1–1
T1 Fresno State 2 0–2
T1 Nevada 2 0–2
T6 Arizona 1 1–0
T6 BYU 1 1–0
T6 San Jose State 1 1–0
T6 Temple 1 1–0
T6 UTEP 1 0–1
T6 Washington State 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Mountain West 5 3 .625
MAC 1 0 1.000
Pac-12 1 1 .500
Western Athletic 1 3 .250
Conference USA 0 1 .000

Game records[edit]

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 52, BYU vs. UTEP 2010
Fewest points allowed 0, New Mexico vs. Nevada 2007
Total Points 97, Nevada vs. Arizona 2012
Largest margin of victory 28, BYU vs. UTEP 2010
Smallest margin of victory 1, Arizona vs. Nevada 2012
First downs 39, Nevada vs. Arizona 2012
Rushing yards 404, Nevada vs. Arizona 2012
Passing yards 410, Washington State vs. Colorado State 2013
Total yards 659, Nevada vs. Arizona 2012
Individual Player, Team Year
Points scored 18, Cody Hoffman,BYU & Kapri Bibbs,Colorado State 2010,2013
Passing touchdowns 6, Connor Halliday, Washington State 2013
Rushing yards 285, Gartrell Johnson, Colorado State 2008
Passing yards 410, Connor Halliday, Washington State 2013
Receiving yards 179, Austin Hill, Arizona 2012

Attendance[edit]

Year Attendance Teams
2006 34,111 New Mexico vs. San Jose State
2007 30,223 New Mexico vs. Nevada
2008 24,735 Colorado State vs. Fresno State
2009 24,898 Wyoming vs. Fresno State
2010 32,424 BYU vs. UTEP
2011 25,762 Temple vs. Wyoming
2012 24,610 Arizona vs. Nevada
2013 27,104 Washington State vs. Colorado State

Television coverage[edit]

Former logos[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]