Battle of I-10

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New Mexico State – UTEP rivalry
"The Battle of I-10"
(1914–present)
2014 Battle of I-10 logo.jpg
Teams New Mexico State Aggies
UTEP Miners

Basketball Series NMSU leads 106–100 (NMSU records)

NMSU leads 105–102 (UTEP records)

Last Winner NMSU (2013)
Current Win Streak 3 – NMSU – (2013)

Football Series UTEP leads 55–35–2
Last Winner UTEP (2014)
Current Win Streak 6 – UTEP – (2009–2014)

NMSU Logo UTEP Logo
New Mexico State UTEP
Battle of I-10 is located in New Mexico
New Mexico State University
New Mexico State University
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Texas at El Paso
Locations of NMSU and UTEP

The Battle of I-10 is a college rivalry between The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and New Mexico State University (NMSU). It is called the Battle of I-10 because the two universities are located along Interstate 10 connecting El Paso and Las Cruces.

Football[edit]

The 97 year-old series between the UTEP Miners and the NMSU Aggies has had many exciting finishes in its storied history. Although UTEP holds the series lead at 52–35–2, largely due to dominance in the series from the 1920s to the 1960s, UTEP's advantage is just 22–19 since 1969.

The winner of the annual matchup receives a pair of traveling trophies. The older of the two is known as the Silver Spade. It is a replica of an old prospector's shovel found in an abandoned mine in the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces and has been traded between the schools since 1955. A second trophy, officially titled the Mayor's Cup but commonly nicknamed the Brass Spittoon, was added in 1982.

Due to the close proximity of the campuses it was natural for a rivalry to develop. The Texas College of Mines played its first ever game against a collegiate opponent versus New Mexico A&M in 1914 and, with few exceptions, including during World War I and World War II, the teams would meet again every year. Following World War II the series resumed on an annual basis from 1946 until 2001, when UTEP's administration made the controversial decision to cancel their scheduled trip to Las Cruces in favor of scheduling an additional home contest against a Division I-AA opponent. The schools agreed to meet again in 2002 (a 49–14 NMSU win, their biggest blowout of the Miners since 1922), but did not play again until 2004 in El Paso when the Miners exacted revenge for their blowout loss two years prior with a 45–0 pasting of the Aggies, the most lopsided result in the series in 55 years. The blowout marked the beginning of a three game winning streak for UTEP in the rivalry. The tide of the series then seemingly turned back in the Aggies' favor, as NMSU defeated UTEP the next two years, their first back-to-back wins over UTEP since 1994 and 1995. The Aggies edged the Miners 34–33 on September 20, 2008 at the Sun Bowl for their first win in El Paso since 1994. However the most recent three games in the series have gone back to the Miners, with UTEP defeating NMSU at Aggie Memorial Stadium 38–12 on September 19, 2009 (only their second win in the Mesilla Valley since 1991), topping the Aggies 42–10 at the Sun Bowl on September 18, 2010, and again defeating the Aggies 16–10 on September 17, 2011 in Las Cruces for their first back-to-back road wins in the series since winning four straight games in Las Cruces between 1986 and 1991.

Notable statistics[edit]

  • As of 2011, the home team has won 54 of 89 times (.607 winning percentage).
  • From 1920 to 1951 UTEP hosted 22 of 28 games.
  • Before 1927 NMSU dominated the first 10 games with a record of 8–1–1.
  • From 1927 to 1967 UTEP dominated the series with a record of 29–7–1.
  • NMSU's back-to-back victories in 1960–1961 were its first since 1937–1938.
  • As of 2011, UTEP has won on the road 17 times, while NMSU has won on the road 16 times.
  • There have been 2 ties in the series, once in El Paso in 1925 and once in Las Cruces in 1952.
  • UTEP has played host to 52 games in the series. UTEP has won the game 52 times.
  • NMSU has played host to 37 games in the series. NMSU has won the game 35 times.
  • The September 26, 1998 game at Aggie Memorial Stadium set the all-time attendance record for any football game at the stadium with 32,993 in attendance.
  • The September 25, 1999 game at Sun Bowl Stadium set a new attendance record for that stadium with 52,247 which surpasses all Sun Bowl games and NFL Exhibition games ever played there. However, since then 2 regular session UTEP games have surpassed that attendance.[1]
  • The two most lopsided victories in the rivalry occurred in 1922 and 1948.
    • 1922 – NMSU 64, UTEP 0
    • 1948 – UTEP 92, NMSU 7

Game results[edit]

NMSU victories are shaded in ██ crimson. UTEP victories are shaded in ██ orange.

Note: UTEP was known as the Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy prior to 1949 and Texas Western College from 1949–1967, and NMSU was known as New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts prior to 1960. Both schools are listed under their modern abbreviations for all games.

Year Site Winning team Losing team Series
1914 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 19 UTEP 0 NMSU 1–0–0
1915 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 33 UTEP 0 NMSU 2–0–0
1916 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 6 NMSU 3 NMSU 2–1–0
1920 El Paso, TX NMSU 12 UTEP 7 NMSU 3–1–0
1921 El Paso, TX NMSU 13 UTEP 0 NMSU 4–1–0
1922 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 64 UTEP 0 NMSU 5–1–0
1923 El Paso, TX NMSU 23 UTEP 2 NMSU 6–1–0
1924 El Paso, TX NMSU 19 UTEP 0 NMSU 7–1–0
1925 El Paso, TX NMSU 6 UTEP 6 NMSU 7–1–1
1926 El Paso, TX NMSU 10 UTEP 8 NMSU 8–1–1
1927 El Paso, TX UTEP 19 NMSU 7 NMSU 8–2–1
1928 El Paso, TX UTEP 6 NMSU 0 NMSU 8–3–1
1929 El Paso, TX UTEP 8 NMSU 0 NMSU 8–4–1
1930 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 25 NMSU 8 NMSU 8–5–1
1931 El Paso, TX UTEP 20 NMSU 0 NMSU 8–6–1
1932 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 31 NMSU 6 NMSU 8–7–1
1933 El Paso, TX UTEP 9 NMSU 0 Tied 8–8–1
1935 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 7 UTEP 0 NMSU 9–8–1
1936 El Paso, TX UTEP 27 NMSU 7 Tied 9–9–1
1937 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 14 UTEP 0 NMSU 10–9–1
1938 El Paso, TX NMSU 13 UTEP 9 NMSU 11–9–1
1939 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 34 NMSU 0 NMSU 11–10–1
1940 El Paso, TX UTEP 40 NMSU 26 Tied 11–11–1
1941 El Paso, TX UTEP 24 NMSU 13 UTEP 12–11–1
1942 El Paso, TX UTEP 61 NMSU 6 UTEP 13–11–1
1946 El Paso, TX NMSU 14 UTEP 6 UTEP 13–12–1
1947 El Paso, TX UTEP 26 NMSU 0 UTEP 14–12–1
1948 El Paso, TX UTEP 92 NMSU 7 UTEP 15–12–1
1949 El Paso, TX UTEP 69 NMSU 7 UTEP 16–12–1
1950 El Paso, TX UTEP 40 NMSU 0 UTEP 17–12–1
1951 El Paso, TX UTEP 41 NMSU 7 UTEP 18–12–1
1952 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 20 UTEP 20 UTEP 18–12–2
1953 El Paso, TX UTEP 39 NMSU 10 UTEP 19–12–2
1954 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 12 NMSU 7 UTEP 20–12–2
1955 El Paso, TX UTEP 41 NMSU 6 UTEP 21–12–2
1956 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 51 NMSU 7 UTEP 22–12–2
1957 El Paso, TX UTEP 42 NMSU 12 UTEP 23–12–2
1958 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 17 UTEP 16 UTEP 23–13–2
1959 El Paso, TX UTEP 20 NMSU 15 UTEP 24–13–2
1960 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 27 UTEP 15 UTEP 24–14–2
1961 El Paso, TX NMSU 42 UTEP 6 UTEP 24–15–2
1962 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 21 NMSU 0 UTEP 25–15–2
1963 El Paso, TX UTEP 14 NMSU 13 UTEP 26–15–2
1964 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 13 UTEP 7 UTEP 26–16–2
1965 El Paso, TX UTEP 21 NMSU 6 UTEP 27–16–2
1966 El Paso, TX UTEP 28 NMSU 14 UTEP 28–16–2
1967 El Paso, TX UTEP 46 NMSU 24 UTEP 29–16–2
1968 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 30 NMSU 14 UTEP 30–16–2
1969 El Paso, TX NMSU 41 UTEP 38 UTEP 30–17–2
1970 El Paso, TX UTEP 21 NMSU 14 UTEP 31–17–2
1971 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 14 NMSU 7 UTEP 32–17–2
1972 El Paso, TX UTEP 21 NMSU 20 UTEP 33–17–2
1973 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 27 UTEP 23 UTEP 33–18–2
1974 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 14 UTEP 13 UTEP 33–19–2
1975 El Paso, TX NMSU 31 UTEP 24 UTEP 33–20–2
1976 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 13 UTEP 10 UTEP 33–21–2
1977 El Paso, TX UTEP 23 NMSU 21 UTEP 34–21–2
1978 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 35 UTEP 32 UTEP 34–22–2
1979 El Paso, TX NMSU 14 UTEP 13 UTEP 34–23–2
1980 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 6 UTEP 3 UTEP 34–24–2
1981 El Paso, TX NMSU 14 UTEP 7 UTEP 34–25–2
1982 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 20 NMSU 17 UTEP 35–25–2
1983 El Paso, TX UTEP 20 NMSU 9 UTEP 36–25–2
1984 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 27 UTEP 16 UTEP 36–26–2
1985 El Paso, TX NMSU 22 UTEP 20 UTEP 36–27–2
1986 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 47 NMSU 33 UTEP 37–27–2
1987 El Paso, TX UTEP 37 NMSU 0 UTEP 38–27–2
1988 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 42 NMSU 9 UTEP 39–27–2
1989 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 29 NMSU 27 UTEP 40–27–2
1990 El Paso, TX UTEP 27 NMSU 24 UTEP 41–27–2
1991 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 22 NMSU 21 UTEP 42–27–2
1992 El Paso, TX NMSU 30 UTEP 24 UTEP 42–28–2
1993 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 31 UTEP 14 UTEP 42–29–2
1994 El Paso, TX NMSU 23 UTEP 22 UTEP 42–30–2
1995 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 45 UTEP 17 UTEP 42–31–2
1996 El Paso, TX UTEP 14 NMSU 7 UTEP 43–31–2
1997 El Paso, TX UTEP 24 NMSU 16 UTEP 44–31–2
1998 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 33 UTEP 24 UTEP 44–32–2
1999 El Paso, TX UTEP 54 NMSU 23 UTEP 45–32–2
2000 El Paso, TX UTEP 41 NMSU 31 UTEP 46–32–2
2002 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 49 UTEP 14 UTEP 46–33–2
2004 El Paso, TX UTEP 45 NMSU 0 UTEP 47–33–2
2005 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 34 NMSU 17 UTEP 48–33–2
2006 El Paso, TX UTEP 44 NMSU 38 UTEP 49–33–2
2007 Las Cruces, NM NMSU 29 UTEP 24 UTEP 49–34–2
2008 El Paso, TX NMSU 34 UTEP 33 UTEP 49–35–2
2009 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 38 NMSU 12 UTEP 50–35–2
2010 El Paso, TX UTEP 42 NMSU 10 UTEP 51–35–2
2011 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 16 NMSU 10 UTEP 52–35–2
2012 El Paso, TX UTEP 41 NMSU 28 UTEP 53–35–2
2013 Las Cruces, NM UTEP 42 NMSU 21 UTEP 54–35–2
2014 El Paso, TX UTEP 42 NMSU 24 UTEP 55–35–2

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Basketball[edit]

The NMSU and UTEP men's basketball programs share remarkably similar histories and have played an extremely competitive series of games against one another. The programs both experienced their greatest national prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when both schools were led by young up-and-coming coaches who would eventually win more than 700 games (Don Haskins at UTEP, Lou Henson at NMSU) and appeared in the NCAA Tournament's Final Four within four years of each other. UTEP (then still known as Texas Western) won the 1966 national title while NMSU advanced to the 1970 national semifinal before falling to UCLA, but won the consolation game to finish the season third in the nation. Both programs returned to national prominence in the early 1990s with the Aggies and Miners both advancing to the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet Sixteen" in 1992. NMSU has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 18 times to UTEP's 17 appearances, and NMSU has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen five times to UTEP's four (although three of NMSU's appearances in the early 1990s, including the 1992 Sweet Sixteen run, have since been vacated by the NCAA due to rules violations). Most recently, both schools won conference titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2010.

There is some discrepancy between the two schools on the all-time series record as well as the number of all-time meetings between the schools. Entering the 2011–12 season NMSU records show that the schools have met 200 times, with NMSU holding a 102–98 all time advantage,[3] while UTEP records show 201 meetings with NMSU's advantage at 101–100.[4] Uniquely among non-conference rivalries, the schools traditionally play a two game home-and-home series each season, unlike most other non-conference rivalry series where a single meeting per season is the norm. UTEP swept the 2010–11 series between the schools, winning 73–56 on November 23, 2010 in El Paso and 74–72 on November 30, 2010 in Las Cruces. The Aggies defeated the Miners 89–73 in the first meeting of the 2011–12 season series on November 19, 2011 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. And later in the second meeting of 2011–12 basketball season the Miners defeated the Aggies 73–69 on December 11, 2011 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX to split the season series.

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