Rio Grande Rivalry

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Comparison of the two universities

School University of New Mexico New Mexico State University
Logo NM Lobos Text Logo.png NM State.png
Ownership State of New Mexico (PED) State of New Mexico (PED)
Location Albuquerque, NM Las Cruces, NM
Conference Mountain West Western Athletic
Students 35,211 18,497
School Colors Cherry & Silver Crimson & White
Nickname Lobos Aggies
Mascot(s) Lobo Louie Pistol Pete
Football Stadium Branch Field Aggie Memorial Stadium
Basketball Arena The Pit Pan American Center
Rio Grande Rivalry is located in New Mexico
University of New Mexico
University of New Mexico
New Mexico State University
New Mexico State University
Locations in New Mexico

The Rio Grande Rivalry is an intercollegiate rivalry between The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. The rivalry began in 1894.

For many years the rivalry was often referred to as the "Battle of I-25" in recognition of the campuses both being located along that interstate highway.

Traditions[edit]

The University of New Mexico students in collaboration with their student government, ASUNM, celebrates the rivalry with the Red Rally, an annual event which takes place the Thursday evening before that year's rivalry football game, in which an effigy of an Aggie is set on fire.

New Mexico–NM State Rivalry (Football)
New Mexico lobos font.png NMstate logo.png
New Mexico Lobos New Mexico State Aggies

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 104
Series record New Mexico leads, 68–31–5
First meeting January 1, 1894
New Mexico 25, NM State 5
Last meeting October 5, 2013
New Mexico 66, NM State 17
Next meeting TBA
Largest win NM State, 110–3 (1917)
Longest win streak New Mexico, 18 (1938–1958)
Current win streak New Mexico, 1 (2012–present)
Trophy Rio Grande Rivalry

Sports[edit]

Football[edit]

The rivalry between New Mexico's only two NCAA Division I institutions dates back to Jan. 1, 1894 – eighteen years before New Mexico achieved statehood – when the schools met in a football contest in Albuquerque. While it is clear that New Mexico won that first game, school records seem to disagree on the score. According to New Mexico media guides the final score was 25–5 but according to New Mexico State media guides the score was 18–6. By the time New Mexico entered the union in 1912 UNM and New Mexico A&M (as NMSU was known prior to 1959) had already met on the gridiron six times. Beginning in 1993, the two universities played for the Maloof Trophy, but it was short-lived; the trophy was retired in 2000. Until 1937 the series was competitive with the Aggies holding a 15–12–4 lead over the Lobos. Since 1938 the Lobos have dominated the series 54–16–1 except during 1959–1968 when the Aggies won 7 of 10 meetings. The Lobos all-time advantage is 67–31–5, however the rivalry remains spirited. Most recently the Lobos defeated the Aggies 27–14 on September 22, 2012 in Las Cruces. The September 26, 2009 game when the Aggies won 20–17 in Albuquerque was the 100th time the teams had played each other.

Series[edit]

New Mexico victories are shaded ██ Silver. New Mexico State victories shaded in ██ Crimson.

Men's Basketball[edit]

New Mexico–NM State Rivalry
(Men's Basketball)
New Mexico lobos font.png NMstate logo.png
New Mexico Lobos New Mexico State Aggies

Sport(s) Men's Basketball
Total meetings 212
Series record New Mexico leads, 116–96
First meeting 1894
New Mexico 67, NM State 38
Last meeting December 17, 2013
NM State 67, New Mexico 61
Next meeting December 2014
Current win streak New Mexico State, 1 (2013–present)
Trophy Rio Grande Rivalry

The men's basketball series between the schools has been more competitive than football, although UNM holds the all-time advantage in that series as well. Currently the Lobos hold a 116–96 advantage all-time over the Aggies. The most recent meeting in the series was a 67–61 Aggies victory at The Pit in Albuquerque[1] on December 17, 2013, the second of two meetings for the 2013–14 season. The December 19, 2007 contest was the 200th all-time meeting between the schools.

The UNM–NMSU series is somewhat unique among non-conference rivalries in that the schools traditionally play a two game home-and-home series each season (another example of such a rivalry is the Nashville mid-major matchup between Belmont and Lipscomb). Most other rivalries in which the schools are not members of the same conference usually only meet once per season. Although a few individuals have proposed cutting the series back to a more conventional single annual meeting, fan sentiment at both schools remains strong for preserving the traditional two meetings per season format.

Women's Basketball[edit]

The women's basketball series between UNM and NMSU has been defined by extended streaks of dominance by one program over the other. Prior to the mid-1990s the Roadrunners (as NMSU's women's programs were known prior to 2000) were dominant, winning the first meeting by a 57–53 tally on February 1, 1974 and proceeding to win 24 of the first 35 meetings between the schools. Between 1985 and 1995 NMSU ran off a streak of 16 consecutive wins over their in-state rivals. This stretch also covered a two-year period in which UNM did not field a women's basketball team. However on November 24, 1996 UNM turned the tables on NMSU in a big way. The Lobos' 48–47 win on that day in Las Cruces started a 22-game winning streak by UNM over NMSU that continued unbroken, despite a few close calls, through the 2006–07 season. But on December 2, 2007 the Lady Aggies ended 11 years of frustration against their instate rivals by knocking off the Lady Lobos 58–42 at the Pan Am Center. The all-time series now stands at 47–22 in favor of UNM, after the Lady Lobos beat NMSU 65–60 on December 30, 2010, at The Pit in Albuquerque. Like the men's teams, the UNM and NMSU women also traditionally play two games per year against each other, one game in each city.

Rio Grande Rivalry Championship[edit]

The Rio Grande Rivalry is a series between New Mexico and New Mexico State.[2][3]

Rio Grande Rivalry
New Mexico (6) New Mexico State (0)
2007–2008
2008–2009
2009–2010
2010–2011
2011–2012
2012–2013
Season Year Champion Final Score Total Points
2007–2008 UNM 16.25–6.75 23
2008–2009 UNM 17.25–6.75 24
2009–2010 UNM 16.50–10.50 27
2010–2011 UNM 18.75–9.75 28.5
2011–2012 UNM 15.00–13.50 28.5
2012–2013 UNM* ongoing 27

(*)=while the competition is still ongoing, the University of New Mexico has an insurmountable lead, thus winning the 2012–2013 Rio Grande Rivalry.

Scoreboard 2007–2008[edit]

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Setp.4 Volleyball 1.50 NMSU 1.50 0.00
Sept. 8 Football 3.0 UNM 1.50 3.00
Sept.14–15 Men's Golf 1.50 UNM 1.50 4.50
Dec.2 Women's Basketball 1.50 NMSU 3.00 4.50
Dec.4 Men's Basketball 1.50 NMSU 4.50 4.50
Dec. 19 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 6.00
Dec. 21 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 7.50
Jan. 21 Women's Swimming 1.50 NMSU 6.00 7.50
Feb. 3 Women's Tennis 1.50 UNM 6.00 9.00
Feb. 22 Men's Tennis 1.50 UNM 6.00 10.50
March 18 Baseball 0.75 UNM 6.00 11.25
March 18 Baseball 0.75 UNM 6.00 12.00
March 25 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 6.75 12.00
March 26 Baseball 0.75 UNM 6.75 12.75
April 8 Softball 0.75 UNM 6.75 13.50
April 22 Softball 0.75 UNM 6.75 14.75
May 3–4 Don Kirby Invitational –

Women's Track & Field

1.50 UNM 6.75 16.25

Scoreboard 2008–2009[edit]

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Sept. 18–20 Women's Golf 1.50 UNM 0 1.50
Sept. 27 Football 3.00 UNM 0 4.50
Nov. 15 Men's Cross Country

NCAA Men's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 0 6.00
Nov.15 Women's Cross Country

NCAA Women's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 0 7.50
Nov. 28 Volleyball 3.00 NMSU 3.00 7.50
Dec. 4 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 9.00
Dec. 20 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 10.50
Dec 23 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 12.00
Dec 30 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 13.50
Jan. 28 Women's Swimming 1.50 NMSU 4.50 13.50
March 3 Baseball 0.75 UNM 4.50 14.25
March 8 Women's Tennis 1.50 UNM 4.50 15.75
March 10 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 5.25 15.75
March 15 Men's Tennis 1.50 UNM 5.25 17.25
March 24 Softball 0.75 NMSU 6.00 17.25
April 28 Softball 0.75 NMSU 6.75 17.25

Scoreboard 2009–2010[edit]

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Sept.11–12 Men's Golf 1.50 UNM 0 1.50
Sept. 14–15 Women's Golf

Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Ft. Collins, CO

1.50 UNM 0 3.00
Sept. 26 Football 3.00 NMSU 3.00 3.00
Oct. 13 Volleyball 3.00 UNM 3.00 6.00
Nov. 14 Men's Cross Country

NCAA Men's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 3.00 7.50
Nov. 14 Women's Cross Country

NCAA Women's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 3.00 9.00
Nov. 14 Women's Swimming & Diving 1.50 NMSU 4.50 9.00
Nov 17 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 10.50
Dec. 2 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 12.00
Dec. 5 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 13.50
Dec. 20 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 15.00
Feb. 19 Men's Tennis 1.50 NMSU 6.00 15.00
March 2 Baseball 0.75 UNM 6.00 15.75
March 3 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 6.75 15.75
March 9 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 7.50 15.75
March 10 Baseball 0.75 UNM 7.50 16.50
March 13 Women's Tennis 1.50 NMSU 9.00 16.50
April 6 Softball 0.75 NMSU 9.75 16.50
April 20 Softball 0.75 NMSU 10.50 16.50

Scoreboard 2010–2011[edit]

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Sept. 3 Women's Soccer 1.50 UNM 0 1.50
Sept. 13–14 Women's Golf

Ptarmigan Intercollegiate, Ft. Collins, CO

1.50 UNM 0 3.00
Sept. 14 Volleyball 3.00 UNM 0 6.00
Oct.1–2 Men's Golf 1.50 UNM 0 7.50
Oct. 9 Football 3.00 NMSU 3.00 7.50
Nov. 13 Men's Cross Country

NCAA Men's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 3.00 9.00
Nov. 13 Women's Cross Country

NCAA Women's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 3.00 10.50
Dec. 1 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 12.00
Dec. 4 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 13.50
Dec. 11 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 15.00
Dec. 30 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 16.50
Jan. 29 Men's Tennis 1.50 UNM 3.00 18.00
Feb. 5 Women's Swimming & Diving 1.50 NMSU 4.50 18.00
Feb. 11 Women's Tennis 1.50 NMSU 6.00 18.00
Feb. 22 Baseball 1.5 NMSU 7.50 18.00
March 8 Baseball 1.5 NMSU 9.00 18.00
April 4 Softball 0.75 UNM 9.00 18.75
April 19 Softball 0.75 NMSU 9.75 18.75

Scoreboard 2011–2012[edit]

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Sept. 12–13 Men's Golf

Simpson Invitational, Erie, CO

1.50 UNM 0 1.50
Sept. 25 Women's Soccer 1.50 UNM 0 3.00
Oct. 1 Football 3.00 NMSU 3.00 3.00
Oct. 4 Women's Volleyball 3.00 NMSU 6.00 3.00
Nov. 12 Men's Cross Country

NCAA Mountain Region Championships, Provo, UT

1.50 UNM 6.00 4.50
Nov. 12 Women's Cross Country

NCAA Mountain Region Championships, Provo, UT

1.50 UNM 6.00 6.00
Nov. 16 Men's Basketball 1.50 NMSU 7.50 6.00
Dec. 4 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 7.50 7.50
Dec. 28 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 7.50 9.00
Dec. 30 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 7.50 10.50
Feb. 4 Swimming & Diving 1.50 Tie 8.25 11.25
Feb. 5–7 Women's Golf

Wildcat Invitational, Tucson, AZ

1.50 UNM 8.25 12.75
Feb. 8 Men's Tennis 1.50 UNM 8.25 14.25
Mar. 6 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 9.00 14.25
Mar. 13 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 9.75 14.25
Mar. 14 Softball 0.75 NMSU 10.50 14.25
Apr.3 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 11.25 14.25
Apr. 10 Softball 0.75 NMSU 12.00 14.25
Apr. 21 Women's Tennis 1.50 NMSU 13.50 14.25
May 15 Baseball 0.75 UNM 13.50 15.00

Scoreboard 2012–2013[edit]

DATE EVENT Point Win UNM NMSU
Sept. 10–11 Women's Golf 1.50 UNM 1.50 0.00
Sept. 16 Women's Soccer 1.50 UNM 3.00 0.00
Sept. 22 Football 3.00 UNM 6.00 0.00
Sept. 28–29 Men's Golf 1.50 UNM 7.50 0.00
Oct. 23 Volleyball 3.00 NMSU 7.50 3.00
Nov. 9 Women's Cross Country 1.50 UNM 9.00 3.00
Nov. 9 Men's Cross Country 1.50 UNM 10.50 3.00
Nov. 20 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 12.00 3.00
Dec. 15 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 13.50 3.00
Dec. 18 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 15.00 3.00
Dec. 19 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 16.50 3.00
Feb. 2 Swimming & Diving 0.75
Feb. 22 Men's Tennis 1.50
March 30 Women's Tennis 1.50
April 1 Baseball 0.75
April 16 Baseball 0.75
TBA Softball 0.75
TBA Softball 0.75

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