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Game set for 12:15 p.m. MT / 2:15 p.m. ET kickoff

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –The 16th annual New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to be played on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 12:15 p.m. MT /2:15 p.m. ET at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. The game will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

 

“We are really excited to be back home to host the New Mexico Bowl in University Stadium again,” said Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl executive director. “With the game returning to its traditional spot on the first Saturday of Bowl Season, we’re looking forward to celebrating New Mexico, Albuquerque, college football and the people who have been so essential in getting us to this point. ”

 

The New Mexico Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

 

ESPN Events 
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

 

For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

 

 

2021-22 BOWL SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

DALLAS (May 27, 2021) — Bowl Season today announced the complete 2021-22 college football bowl schedule, which includes 44 games, beginning December 17. All games will be televised on the ABC and ESPN family of networks, with one bowl on CBS and another on FOX. Two bowl games still have networks and times to be determined.

Bowl matchups will be revealed on Sunday, December 5, following the regular season and conference championship games. Bowl Season culminates with the 2021 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, scheduled to be played on Monday, January 10, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on ESPN.

“We are thrilled to have a full slate of bowl games scheduled for next season,” said Nick Carparelli, executive director of Bowl Season. “Last year dealt us many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have expectations that stadiums will be operating at full capacity again which will undoubtedly mean a memorable experience for student-athletes, fans, universities and communities. College football and Bowl Season is back, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

While many sporting events were cancelled last season due to the pandemic, 26 of the bowl games were able to remain scheduled and played, mainly due to the flexibility and cooperation of the conferences and bowl partners, and the dedication and commitment of the many players, coaches and team staff.

 

The complete 2021-22 Bowl Season schedule can be found below.

 

Hawai’i Beats Houston 28-14 in 2020 New Mexico Bowl

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Chevan Cordeiro threw three first-half touchdown passes and Calvin Turner had two long scoring plays to help Hawaii beat Houston 28-14 on Thursday in the New Mexico Bowl.

 

The game was moved to Frisco from its usual location in Albuquerque because of COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico.

 

Hawaii (5-4) gave first-year coach Todd Graham his 100th career victory. He previously coached at Rice, Tulsa, Pittsburgh and Arizona State.

 

The Rainbow Warriors had a winning record for the third season in a row, the first time they’ve done that since 2001-04. Houston (3-5) has consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2000-02.

 

Cordeiro completed 15 of 23 passes for 136 yards and had eight carries for 33 yards.

 

Houston’s Clayton Tune was 20 of 38 for 216 yards with two touchdown and three interceptions.

 

Hawaii raced to a 21-0 lead in the first half, with Cordeiro throwing scoring passes of 3 yards to Dae Dae Hunter, 75 yards to Turner, and 4 yards to Jonah Laulu.

 

Houston rallied with two touchdowns in the third quarter, with Tune throwing a 7-yard scoring pass to Nathaniel Dell and a 26-yarder to Christian Trahan.

 

After Trahan’s score, Turner returned the kickoff 92 yards to cap the scoring.

 

Houston & Hawai’i to Play in the 2020 New Mexico Bowl

Cougars and Rainbow Warriors to play Christmas Eve on ESPN

Albuquerque, NM – The University of Houston and University of Hawai’i will face off in the 2020 New Mexico Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 24. The 15th annual bowl game, which will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m MT, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX, is scheduled to be the only bowl game played on Christmas Eve.

 

The game, which was relocated due to COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico, will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

 

“We are excited to host the Houston Cougars and Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors both making their first appearance in our game,” said New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda. “This should be a really exciting and fun matchup for the New Mexico Bowl and we are looking forward to hosting these two tremendous programs and their fans in Frisco.”

 

The Cougars dropped their final scheduled game of the 2020 regular season at Memphis on Saturday in dramatic fashion to finish 3-4 on the year. Quarterback Clayton Tune leads the nation’s 39th best scoring offense (32.3 ppg) averaging 261.7 passing yards (25th in FBS) in the seven contests.

 

Houston will make its 28th all-time appearance in a bowl game and first in the New Mexico Bowl. This will be seventh bowl appearance for the Cougars in the last eight seasons and the 14th since the year 2000. Houston also represents the first team from the American Athletic Conference to play in the New Mexico Bowl. The AAC joins teams from the Mountain West, Pac-12, WAC, Conference USA and MAC to appear in the contest.

 

The Rainbow Warriors enter the Christmas Eve matchup having won two of their last three games en route to a 4-4 campaign in 2020. Quarterback Chevan Cordeiro paces both the Hawai’i passing and rushing attacks, amassing 299.6 total yards per game which is 21st in FBS. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 33.75 points in their four victories.

 

Hawai’i will make is 14th bowl game appearance, first in the New Mexico Bowl and only the third bowl game on the mainland in program history (1992 Holiday Bowl, 2007 Sugar Bowl)

 

Tickets to the New Mexico Bowl can be purchased by going to https://newmexicobowl.com/get-tickets/ or via telephone at (855) 492-8053.  Phone orders may be placed Monday-Saturday (9 a.m. – 9 p.m. CT) and Sunday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. CT).  All tickets will be mobile tickets through the AXS App, available for iOS and Android. Seating will be assigned in a socially distanced manner with ticket blocks being limited to accommodate a safe game experience.

 

COVID-19 Measures

All fans attending the 2020 New Mexico Bowl must adhere to Toyota Stadium’s COVID-19 safety protocols. These include but are not limited to following all social distancing guidelines and wearing a mask at all times except when eating or drinking. For a complete list of COVID-19 safety precautions, please visit ToyotaStadiumDallas.com/StadiumSafety.

 

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes four early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

 

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‘BOWL SEASON’ ANNOUNCED AS NEW NAME OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S POSTSEASON

Logo and visual identity developed for the annual “Celebration of College Football”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | OCTOBER 23, 2020                                                      

CONTACT | Tony Fay PR, Tony Fay, 972.273.0794, tony@tonyfaypr.com

 

DALLAS, TEXAS (October 23, 2020) — The Football Bowl Association is getting a new name and brand: Bowl Season. The debut of the name change, logo and website for the organization is part of a major brand overhaul announced today by Executive Director Nick Carparelli.

 

The new Bowl Season tagline, “A Celebration of College Football,” embraces the grand tradition of the bowl system and its enduring value to student-athletes. Highlighting the broader university community, including spirit squads, marching bands, student athletic staff and fans, Bowl Season will work with all existing bowls to promote the benefits of the entire bowl system.

 

Carparelli has collaborated over the last six months with leaders of the 44 bowl games, each of the 10 FBS conferences, media partners and other stakeholders to build consensus and solidify plans for the new brand.

 

“For four decades, the Football Bowl Association has served as a staunch advocate of the bowl system,” said Carparelli. “But until now, it’s been a behind-the-scenes organization designed to facilitate conversation among bowl leadership and stakeholders.  Since joining the organization last spring, I’ve listened to our membership’s clear desire for a new identity– to rebrand the FBA to speak directly to those who love this sport.”

 

“The stretch from mid-December through the first week of January marks one of the most endlessly entertaining times on the sports calendar,” Carparelli continues.  “Footballs are flying morning, noon and night. It creates an opportunity to honor teams that have put in the work and provides an unforgettable victory lap for student-athletes. We’re excited to build up ‘Bowl Season’ as a true celebration of college football.”

 

The Bowl Season logo consists of a centrally-placed, collegiate-style football inside an overhead view of a stadium or bowl, from which the term “bowl game” was derived. The logo is also evocative of the top of championship rings, which are often awarded to teams that play in bowl games. The stadium contains 10 sections, each representing a conference member of the Football Bowl Subdivision: American Athletic Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Big 10, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, PAC 12, Southeastern Conference and Sun Belt Conference.

 

The new name and visual identity were developed by Connecticut-based 1919 Productions and Joe Bosack & Co.  Tony Fay Public Relations, based in Dallas, was hired to oversee communications efforts for the organization.

 

“Our goal was to create a new brand that is distinctive, ownable and clearly defines what Bowl Season is,” said Marc Jacobson, Owner, 1919 Productions. “The new name and logo taps into the passion and emotion of college football, which we think will resonate well with all parties involved.”

 

More information can be found at www.bowlseason.com.

 

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About Bowl Season

Bowl Season is the collective coalition of the 44 bowl games played in the traditional college football postseason. Dubbed “A Celebration of College Football,” Bowl Season promotes the grand tradition of the bowl system and its endearing value to student-athletes. It also highlights the broader university and college communities, including spirit squads, marching bands, athletic staff and fans. A nonprofit, Bowl Season spotlights the distinctiveness of each of the bowl games along with their histories and traditions, embracing and honoring the bowl experience for present and future generations.

 

2019 New Mexico Bowl – San Diego State University 48, Central Michigan 11

2019 NEW MEXICO BOWL (DECEMBER 21, 2019)
SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS (MOUNTAIN WEST) VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS (MAC)
POSTGAME NOTES

 

GAME

Saturday’s attendance: 18,823

Saturday’s game marked the first meeting between San Diego State and Central Michigan.

In addition, Saturday marked the first appearance for Central Michigan in the New Mexico Bowl and in Albuquerque.

After SDSU’s 48-11 win, the Mountain West is now 9-5 in the New Mexico Bowl while the Mid-American Conference (MAC) is now 1-1.

For the seventh time in eight years, both teams scored in the first quarter (exception was 2017).

  • During that time-span, it is the fourth time that the first quarter ended with a 7-3 score (others occurred in 2016, 2015, 2014).
  • In each of those instances, the visiting team led 7-3 and went on to win the game.

SDSU led 20-3 at the half. Teams leading at the half are now 9-3 in bowl outcomes.

The 37-point margin is the second-largest behind the 39-point differential last season (Utah State).

CMU’s 11 points were the third-fewest in bowl history, while SDSU’s 48 points ties the third-most points scored in New Mexico Bowl history (Colorado State in 2013 and Nevada in 2012).

The eight first downs by Central Michigan ties the fewest number of first downs in New Mexico Bowl history (San José State, 2006).

The five takeaways by San Diego State were the most in New Mexico Bowl history.

It is the fourth time that a team has thrown three interceptions in the New Mexico Bowl, joining New Mexico (2015), Temple (2011) and UTEP (2010).

 

SAN DIEGO STATE (10-3 overall)

San Diego State is now 9-9 in bowl games following Saturday’s win.

The Aztecs have now made a bowl game in the last 10 seasons. This streak is the 11th-longest streak nationally and SDSU serves as the only team in the state of California – college or pro – to play in the postseason each of the last 10 years.

SDSU finished the season going 30-straight quarters without allowing more than one score, which is the longest active streak in the country.

San Diego State scored a season-high 48 points and its most points since scoring 42 against Nevada on Nov 18, 2017.

  • In addition, it is the second-most points SDSU has scored in a bowl game with the previous best being 49 points in the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, which came in a 49-24 win over Buffalo.

The 37-point difference also marked the latest margin of victory in a bowl game in SDSU history.

Five different Aztecs scored in the game: Jesse Matthews (twice), Jordan Byrd, TJ Sullivan, Chase Jasmin and Darren Hall each scored once.

SDSU has held every opponent this season below their point-average (Chippewa’s average: 31.9, scored 11).

 

INDIVIDUAL

Jesse Matthews’ 74-yard touchdown catch was the longest reception of the redshirt freshman’s career. Matthews also recorded his first collegiate touchdown to open the game’s scoring.

The fumble return by Darren Hall in the fourth quarter is the first defensive score in New Mexico Bowl history since 2006 when New Mexico recorded a safety.

Matt Araiza kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal in the second quarter, which tied John Baron II for the most field goals in a single-season in program history. He then broke the record (22) with 6:22 left in the second quarter to make it 13-3 Aztecs.

  • Araiza finished 7-10 when kicking a field goal between 40-49 yards.

Luc Barcoo’s interception in the second quarter was the 10th career interception for the senior, the ninth this season. His nine interceptions in 2019 are the most in a single-season since 1969 when SDSU moved to Division I, tied for first in the FBS and second in SDSU’s program history.

The interception by Tariq Thompson in the second quarter was his 11th career interception and fourth of the season.

Jordan Bryd’s 139 yards on the ground marked a career high for the Albuquerque native.

  • It is the second time this season that the running back ran for over 100 yards, with the other coming at New Mexico State on Sept. 14 (118 yards), giving him two career 100-yard rushing games, both on New Mexico soil. Byrd is a New Mexico  (Albuquerque) native.
  • Byrd tallied 53-yards in kickoff returns, including a career-best 34-yard return.

Punter Brandon Heicklen punted seven times in Saturday’s game, three of which were downed inside the 20-yard line. The three punts inside the 20 ties Marshall (2017) for the second-most recorded in bowl history.

  • His longest punt on the day went 53 yards.

Redshirt-freshman TJ Sullivan made his first career catch and first career touchdown in the third quarter.

Darren Hall’s sack in the third quarter marks his first solo sack this season and put him at 1.5 sacks this season, a career-high.

 

CENTRAL MICHIGAN (8-6 overall)

The Chippewas are now 3-9 in bowl games following the game. The Chippewas are now 0-2 against a Mountain West school in a bowl game.

The 61-yard pass play to Kalil Pimpleton in the first quarter was the longest play allowed by the San Diego State defense this season.

CMU finished the season scoring 426 points, which is the fourth-most in program history.

CMU had 10 penalties in the game, tying Washington State (2013) for the second-most in bowl history.

 

INDIVIDUAL

Sophomore running back Kobe Lewis surpassed 1,000 yards this season with 1,074 yards, giving the Chippewas two,1,000-yard rushers in the same season for the first time in program history.

  • Senior Jonathan Ward finished with 1,108 total rushing yards for the 2019 season.

The eight punts by Brady Buell tied for the second-most punts in the New Mexico Bowl, tying with San José State (2006) and Colorado State (2017).

 

MVP

Jordan Byrd and Jesse Matthews were both named Offensive MVPs. Byrd finished with 149 yards on 17 carries, with a long of 56 yards. Matthews finished with two touchdowns on three receptions and 111 yards, the longest going for 74 yards.

The Defensive MVP junior middle linebacker was Kyahva Tezino. He finished with three tackles, one solo and two assisted, recorded an interception and had half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Tezino’s interception on the first possession of the game was his second of the season and of his career. His other interception came at New Mexico State on Sept. 14.  He also added a quarterback hurry in the game.

Central Michigan University & San Diego State University to Face Off in the 2019 New Mexico Bowl

The New Mexico Bowl kicks off collegiate bowl season again this year with SDSU and CMU

Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, during Selection Sunday, the New Mexico Bowl announced that San Diego State University and Central Michigan University will face off  in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 21. The New Mexico Bowl will kick off the collegiate bowl season for the fourteenth year, airing on ESPN at noon MST (2 p.m. EST) live from Dreamstyle Stadium.

 

‘We are very happy with another really good matchup in the New Mexico Bowl, two outstanding teams in the midst of excellent seasons,” said Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. “San Diego State has one of the nation’s best defenses and is playing for double-digit wins for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Central Michigan is in the midst of a special season having gone from 1-11 to playing for the MAC championship with a high powered offense. This should be a great game and we look forward to New Mexicans along with San Diego State and Central Michigan fans descending on Dreamstyle Stadium in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico.”

 

Central Michigan won the MAC West Division Championship, going 8-5 for the season after playing in the league championship game. Head Coach Jim McElwain is MAC Coach of the Year in his first season in Mount Pleasant having five players First All Team MAC and two players Second Team. Central Michigan was fourth in the MAC in scoring (31.9 ppg), third in the MAC in Scoring Defense (26.8 ppg allowed), won six of their last eight games, and averaged 41 points per game in those eight games.

 

“Central Michigan is one of the best stories in college football this year and we are looking forward to hosting the Chippewas and their fans in the New Mexico Bowl,” said Siembieda. “The turnaround from a 1-11 season last year to the MAC Championship Game is remarkable. Jim McElwain and his staff have a really good, exciting football team in the midst of an exceptional season.”

 

San Diego State had a 9-3 overall record going 5-3 in the Mountain West. The Aztecs are appearing in a bowl game for the tenth straight season, which is the first time in school history that has happened. SDSU has five players on the First Team All Mountain West Team and four players on Second Team. San Diego State defense ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense (12.8 points per game allowed), fifth nationally in total defense (288.7 yard per game allowed), third nationally in turnover margin (plus-15), second nationally in rushing defense (72.3 yards allowed rushing per game), and went 1-0 vs. Pac-12 this season beting UCLA for the first time in school history.

 

“We are really excited to host San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl for the first time,” continued Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl Executive Director.  “The Aztecs have become a premier football program with a spectacular team and a passionate fan base. Congratulations to Coach Rocky Long and the entire program on another tremendous season.”

 

Tickets, ranging from $25-$40, are available at the University of New Mexico ticket office by calling 505-925-5626 or the New Mexico Bowl office at 505-925-5999. For more information regarding the New Mexico Bowl please visit newmexicobowl.com.

 

For tickets and more information regarding the New Mexico Bowl please visit newmexicobowl.com.


ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 16 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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College football returns to Albuquerque in December for the 2019 New Mexico Bowl! Experience the action LIVE from Dreamstyle Stadium with an Official Ticket Package from PRIMESPORT, the Official Ticket Exchange & Gameday Experience Provider of the New Mexico Bowl.

 

PRIMESPORT, a division of On Location Experiences, is the leader in providing direct access to the largest events in sports and entertainment. Through their partnership with the New Mexico Bowl, fans can securely purchase official tickets and experiences through PRIMESPORT for the ultimate gameday experience. Official packages offer a premium selection of game tickets bundled with a pre-game field pass, giving fans exclusive sideline access during warmups!

 

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14th Annual New Mexico Bowl Kicks Saturday, Dec. 21

Albuquerque-based Game set for 12 p.m. MT / 2 p.m. ET start

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Bowl will once again be at the forefront of college football’s bowl schedule. The New Mexico Bowl is set to play its 14th edition on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 12 p.m. MT/ 2 p.m. ET. The game will be played in Dreamstyle Stadium at the University of New Mexico and will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

 

“We are very happy and fortunate to be able to announce that once again, we will kick off on the first Saturday afternoon of Bowl season, a position on the calendar we have occupied for 14 straight years,” said Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl executive director. “This has become a wonderful tradition in our community and we look forward to another great game, hosting the teams and their fans, while showing off the beauty of Albuquerque and New Mexico to whole nation.”

 

The New Mexico Bowl has ignited the collegiate bowl postseason on a regular basis over the past decade, playing on the first day since 2008. This marks the first year the game is not on opening day, which is slated for Friday, Dec. 20.

 

The 2019 New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. The leagues have been pitted against each other in each of the last three games, as well as the 2014 and 2010 New Mexico Bowls. The Mountain West has won four of those five matchups.

 

Tickets for the New Mexico Bowl range from $25-$40 and are available at the UNM ticket office and at dreamhousenewmexicobowl.com.

The New Mexico Bowl is one of 15 games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

 

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

 

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.
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Utah State, North Texas Accept Invitations to 13th Annual New Mexico Bowl

Dec. 2, 2018

Mean Green make first postseason appearance in Albuquerque-based bowl, Aggies return for second stint

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The field is set for the 13th annual New Mexico Bowl with the North Texas Mean Green and the Utah State Aggies accepting invitations offered today. The game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 15, at 12 p.m. MT/2 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio. The matchup pits the Mountain West member against the Conference USA member on the first day of the FBS bowl season.

 

“What a tremendous matchup to kickoff bowl season,” said Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl executive director. “I am extremely excited about this game. Two first-class programs, both in the midst of superb seasons, getting together in Albuquerque to showcase college football. We look forward to hosting fans from Utah State and North Texas, as well as local football fans, for what should be another great New Mexico Bowl.”

 

North Texas (9-3, 5-3 C-USA), is bowl-eligible for the third straight season after winning six of its first seven games to start the season. The Mean Green are making their first appearance in the Albuquerque-based Bowl game. The program’s last bowl victory came in 2014 against the Mountain West’s UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Overall, it is the program’s 11th bowl game with a 3-7 record in the post season at the FBS level.

 

“I am so excited to have North Texas playing in the New Mexico Bowl,” Siembieda said. “Seth Littrell has grown a special program in his three-seasons in Denton. The Mean Green is extremely talented, exciting, explosive and physical and are having a great year. I’m looking forward to having them and the great North Texas fans in Albuquerque.”

 

Utah State (10-2, 7-1 MW), is playing in its seventh bowl game in eight years. The team is looking for its first bowl win since the program was crowned champions of the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The Aggies enter the postseason winning nine of their last 10 games. USU is one of the most prolific offenses in the nation, ranking top 20 nationally in scoring offense (3rd; 47.2), total offense (11th; 492.5) and passing offense (20th; 288.8). The Aggies were ranked as high as No. 21 in the College Football Playoff Rankings (Nov. 20) and No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 (Nov. 11).

 

“The 23rd ranked Aggies are one of the most exciting teams in the country,” Siembieda said. “Their big play potential makes them dangerous from anywhere on the field and as always, Utah State has a very good, tough defense.  It’s been a wonderful season for the Aggies and I’m glad they will wrap it up in the New Mexico Bowl.”

 

These two programs have met seven times before with the Aggies holding a 4-3 edge over the Mean Green. The two have not faced off since 2004 when North Texas won 31-23 in Logan for its second straight win in the series. The Aggies won in Dreamstyle Stadium last year in the regular season, 24-10 against the New Mexico Lobos. USU is 6-9 overall in Albuquerque, including its 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl victory. The Mean Green have only played in Albuquerque once, which resulted in an 18-8 win over the Lobos in 1983.

 

Tickets, which are on sale now, range from $25-40 and can be purchased at the University of New Mexico ticket office, located in The Pit, online at www.unmtickets.com, or by calling 505-925-LOBO.

 


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ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 32 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 15 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

 

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

 

Collegiate Football
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Fla.); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi  Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); DXL Frisco Bowl (Texas); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); SoFi Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Myrtle Beach Bowl (South Carolina); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Atlanta); Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada);   New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth);  The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta)

 

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Fort Bliss, Texas); Charleston Classic (South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (South Bend, Ind.); Myrtle Beach Invitational (Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

 

Collegiate Softball

St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational (Clearwater, Fla.)

 

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New Mexico Bowl Contact: RaeAnn McKernan at 505-715-1281 or raeann.mckernan@espn.com

 

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