Rio Grande Rivalry

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Comparison of the two universities

School University of New Mexico New Mexico State University
Logo Lobos wordmark.png New Mexico State Aggies logo.png
Ownership State of New Mexico (PED) State of New Mexico (PED)
Location Albuquerque, NM Las Cruces, NM
Conference Mountain West Western Athletic/Sun Belt(football)
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
National Championships 2 0
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. In comparison, New Mexico was a United States Territory from Sept 1850 to January 1912, when it became a member of the United States of America and the Union.

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)
Sport Football
Teams
First meeting January 1, 1894
New Mexico 25, NM State 5
Latest meeting October 3, 2015
New Mexico 38, NM State 29
Trophy Rio Grande Rivalry
Statistics
Meetings total 106
All-time series New Mexico leads, 70–31–5
Largest victory NM State, 110–3 (1917)
Longest win streak New Mexico, 18 (1938–1958)
Current win streak New Mexico, 4 (2012–present)

Sports[edit]

Football[edit]

Men's Basketball[edit]

New Mexico–NM State Rivalry
(Men's Basketball)
Sport Men's Basketball
First meeting 1894
New Mexico 67, NM State 38
Latest meeting December 16, 2015
Trophy Rio Grande Rivalry
Statistics
Meetings total 212
All-time series New Mexico leads, 120–96
Current win streak New Mexico, 4 (2014–present)

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 118–96 advantage all-time over the Aggies. The most recent meeting in the series was a 69–67 Lobos victory at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces[1] on December 20, 2014, the second of two meetings for the 2014–15 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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