New Mexico Bowl

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Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico Bowl logo starting 2011.jpg
Stadium University Stadium
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
Operated 2006–present
Conference tie-ins MWC, C-USA
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (2006–10), Pac-12 (2012–13)
Payout US$912,500 [1]
Gildan (2011–present)
Former names
New Mexico Bowl (2006–2010)
2016 matchup
UTSA vs. New Mexico (New Mexico 23–20)

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.

Beginning with the 2014 game, the New Mexico Bowl features a team from the Mountain West Conference and a team from Conference USA, 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. In August 2013, it was announced that Conference USA had signed an agreement to send a regional team to participate in the game for six seasons beginning in 2014 replacing the Pac-12 Conference. 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 11 bowl games they run, is the television home for the game.[2] 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 2012 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.[3]

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.[4]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team
December 23, 2006 San Jose State 20–12 New Mexico
December 22, 2007 New Mexico 23–0 Nevada
December 20, 2008 Colorado State 40–35 Fresno State
December 19, 2009 Wyoming 35–28(2OT) Fresno State
December 18, 2010 BYU 52–24 UTEP
December 17, 2011 Temple 37–15 Wyoming
December 15, 2012 Arizona 49–48 Nevada
December 21, 2013 Colorado State 48–45 Washington State
December 20, 2014 Utah State 21–6 UTEP
December 19, 2015 Arizona 45–37 New Mexico
December 17, 2016 New Mexico 23–20 UTSA


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
2013 Connor Halliday Washington State QB Shaquil Barrett Colorado State DE
2014 Kent Myers Utah State QB Zach Vigil Utah State LB
2015 Anu Solomon Arizona QB Scooby Wright Arizona LB
2016 Lamar Jordan New Mexico QB Dakota Cox New Mexico LB

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 New Mexico 4 2–2
T2 Colorado State 2 2–0
T2 Arizona 2 2–0
T2 Wyoming 2 1–1
T2 UTEP 2 0–2
T2 Fresno State 2 0–2
T2 Nevada 2 0–2
T8 BYU 1 1–0
T8 San Jose State 1 1–0
T8 Temple 1 1–0
T8 Utah State 1 1–0
T8 UTSA 1 0–1
T8 Washington State 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
Mountain West 11 7 4 .636
WAC 4 1 3 .250
Pac-12 3 2 1 .750
C-USA 3 0 3 .000
MAC 1 1 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 & Jared Baker,Arizona & Lamar Jordan,New Mexico 2010,2013,2015,2015
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 182, Cayleb Jones, Arizona 2015


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
2014 28,725 Utah State vs. UTEP
2015 30,289 Arizona vs. New Mexico
2016 29,688 New Mexico vs. UTSA

Television coverage[edit]

Former logos[edit]


  1. ^ "2011–2012 College Football Bowl Game Schedule". Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  2. ^ As bowl attendance dips, college football leaders mull changes
  3. ^ Korte, Tim (2006-12-20). "Native American Artists Create Unique N.M. Bowl Trophy". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2006-12-24. 
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