New Orleans Bowl
|New Orleans Bowl|
|R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl|
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl logo
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Previous stadiums||Cajun Field (2005)|
|Previous locations||Lafayette, Louisiana (2005)|
|Conference tie-ins||Sun Belt, C-USA|
|Previous conference tie-ins||MWC (2001, 2011, 2014)|
New Orleans Bowl (2001-2003)
Wyndham New Orleans Bowl (2004–2005)
New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette (2005)
|Nevada vs. Louisiana–Lafayette (UL-Lafayette 16–3)|
|Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech (Louisiana Tech 47–28)|
The New Orleans Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana since 2001. The game was sponsored by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from 2002 to 2004 and was officially called the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl. R+L Carriers replaced Wyndham as the sponsor in 2006, and thus it became officially known as the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
In 2001, the Sun Belt Conference signed a temporary contract to play against the 5th-ranked team from the Mountain West Conference. Beginning in 2002, the New Orleans Bowl established conference tie-ins with the Sun Belt and Conference USA. The Sun Belt usually sends its conference champion to the New Orleans Bowl, but can (and has) sent the champion to the GoDaddy Bowl.
In 2010, Ohio represented the Mid-American Conference in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, after the Bowl released UTEP to compete in the regional Gildan New Mexico Bowl. In 2011 and 2014 the Mountain West replaced Conference USA as the opponent to the Sun Belt representative The Sun Belt and Conference USA are currently under contract to contribute teams to the bowl through the 2017 game.
In the inaugural game, the Colorado State Rams defeated North Texas, 45–20. Starting in 2002, the Sun Belt signed a multi-year contract with Conference USA, and the two conferences began their bowl rivalry that December, when North Texas played then-Conference USA member Cincinnati (and won).
Due to damage by Hurricane Katrina to the Superdome, where the game is usually played, the 2005 game was played on December 20 in Lafayette, Louisiana at Cajun Field on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and was dubbed the New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette. The game returned to the Superdome on December 22, 2006, with a new corporate sponsor in freight company R+L Carriers, renaming the game the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The game featured Troy, co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference facing Rice, making their first bowl game visit in 45 years, their last appearance being the Bluebonnet Bowl. Troy defeated Rice, 41–17.
|Date||Winning Team||Losing Team||Attendance||Notes|
|December 18, 2001||Colorado State||45||North Texas||20||27,004||notes|
|December 17, 2002||North Texas||24||Cincinnati||19||19,024||notes|
|December 16, 2003||Memphis||27||North Texas||17||25,184||notes|
|December 14, 2004||Southern Miss||31||North Texas||10||27,253||notes|
|December 20, 2005||Southern Miss||31||Arkansas State||19||18,338||notes|
|December 22, 2006||Troy||41||Rice||17||26,423||notes|
|December 21, 2007||Florida Atlantic||44||Memphis||27||25,146||notes|
|December 21, 2008||Southern Miss||30||Troy||27 (OT)||30,197||notes|
|December 20, 2009||Middle Tennessee||42||Southern Miss||32||30,228||notes|
|December 18, 2010||Troy||48||Ohio||21||29,159||notes|
|December 17, 2011||Louisiana–Lafayette (vacated)||32||San Diego State||30||42,841||notes|
|December 22, 2012||Louisiana–Lafayette||43||East Carolina||34||48,828||notes|
|December 21, 2013||Louisiana–Lafayette||24||Tulane||21||54,728||notes|
|December 20, 2014||Louisiana–Lafayette||16||Nevada||3||34,014||notes|
|December 19, 2015||Louisiana Tech||47||Arkansas State||28||32,847||notes|
* Louisiana–Lafayette vacated all 9 wins from 2011, including the New Orleans Bowl, due to major NCAA violations including ACT fraud.
|2001||Justin Gallimore||Colorado State||DB|
|2002||Kevin Galbreath||North Texas||RB|
|2004||Michael Boley||Southern Miss||LB|
|2005||Shawn Nelson||Southern Miss||TE|
|2007||Rusty Smith||Florida Atlantic||QB|
|2008||Austin Davis||Southern Miss||QB|
|2009||Dwight Dasher||Middle Tennessee||QB|
|2011||Blaine Gautier||Louisiana–Lafayette (vacated)||QB|
|2015||Kenneth Dixon||Louisiana Tech||RB|
|T7||San Diego State||1||0–1|
Wins by conference
|Team||Performance vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored||48, Troy vs. Ohio||2010|
|Fewest points allowed||3, Louisiana–Lafayette vs. Nevada||2014|
|Margin of victory||27, Troy vs. Ohio||2010|
|First downs||30, Troy vs. Ohio||2010|
|Rushing yards||246, Colorado State vs. North Texas||2001|
|Passing yards||492, Louisiana–Lafayette vs. San Diego State (vacated)||2011|
|Total yards||687, Louisiana Tech vs. Arkansas State||2015|
|Points scored||18, Colin Lockett, San Diego State & Orleans Darkwa, Tulane||2011 & 2013|
|Passing touchdowns||5, Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic||2007|
|Rushing yards||201, Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee||2009|
|Passing yards||470, Blaine Gautier, Louisiana–Lafayette (vacated)||2011|
|Receiving yards||193, Javonne Lawson, Louisiana–Lafayette (vacated)||2011|
- Due to damage by Hurricane Katrina to the Superdome, the 2005 game was played in Lafayette, Louisiana at Cajun Field.
- "Exam fraud, recruit payments among NCAA accusations against UL-Lafayette, ex-assistant coach David Saunders". The Baton Rouge Advocate. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.