Fresno State 31, UTEP 24 — 2021 PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  (AP) — — Jordan Mims ran for 165 yards and two touchdown and caught five passes for 71 yards and another score to help Fresno State beat UTEP 31-24 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.


Fresno State (10-3) won the bowl game for the first time in three tries.


Jake Haener was 26 of 41 for 286 yards and a touchdown. His status had been somewhat in doubt when he briefly entered the transfer portal after coach Kalen DeBoer took the job at Washington.


Mims’ 22-yard catch and run late in third quarter gave the Bulldogs a 26-17 lead.


The Miners (7-6) pulled to 26-24 early in the fourth quarter on Calvin Brownholtz’s 51-yard touchdown pass to Trent Thompson.


But Fresno State got a field goal, followed by a UTEP safety, before the Bulldogs ran out the clock.


UTEP’s Gavin Hardison threw for 252 yards and a touchdown.


UTEP has lost the New Mexico Bowl in all three of its appearances and has a seven-game bowl losing streak dating to 1967.




Fresno State: The Bulldogs will be spending the offseason readjusting to new/old coach Jeff Tedford, who returns following a two-year, health-related absence after coaching the team from 2017-19.


UTEP: With Hardison having at least two seasons of eligibility remaining, as well top running back Ronald Awatt and top receiver Jacob Cowing, also scheduled to return, UTEP is well positioned for next next season.


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UTEP and Fresno State to face-off in PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl

Miners and Bulldogs will meet Dec. 18 on ESPN and ESPN Radio for 16th annual Bowl in Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of Texas-El Paso and Fresno State have been selected to participate in the 16th annual PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl. The game will be played Saturday, Dec. 18 at 12:15 pm MT at University Stadium in Albuquerque and will be televised nationally on ESPN and broadcast on ESPN Radio.


Fresno State enters the game having won five of its last six games en route to a 9-3 record on the year and a second-place finish in the West Division of the Mountain West Conference. This is the third appearance by the Bulldogs in the New Mexico Bowl and the 30th overall bowl appearance in program history.


“The Fresno State Bulldogs are a power again and we very excited to welcome them back to Albuquerque,” said Executive Director Jeff Siembieda. “This is a talented and entertaining football team that has been impressive all season. With an incredibly passionate fan base and one of the best teams on the West Coast, we are in for a great show.”


UTEP went 7-5 in the 2021 campaign, matching their highest win total since the 2014 season, which saw the Miners appear in the New Mexico Bowl as well. UTEP will play in its 15th bowl game in program history. Making their third trip to the New Mexico Bowl, the Miners are looking for their first win in postseason action since the 1967 Sun Bowl.


“We are looking forward to welcoming the Miners and their fans back to the post-season and back to the PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl,” said Siembieda. “Dana Dimel has done a terrific job with an exciting football team, and they’re in the midst of a special season.”


The New Mexico Bowl has also come to an agreement with PUBG MOBILE, the popular free-to-play battle royale video game, for the 16th iteration of the New Mexico Bowl to be named the PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl.


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Tickets are available online at newmexicobowl.com or unmtickets.com, at the UNM Ticket office, located in the Northeast corner of The Pit, or by phone at the UNM ticket office (925-5626) or the New Mexico Bowl office (925-5999).



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