Utah State 52, North Texas 13
Utah State walked into the New Mexico Bowl with one of its best records in school history yet surrounded by uncertainty. Its head coach, Matt Wells, left to take the Texas Tech job. Interim coach Frank Maile had to prepare the Aggies with an army of graduate assistants even though former head coach Gary Andersen would return. However, Andersen opted not to attend the bowl game. North Texas’ highly-touted QB Mason Fine was injured in the first quarter, and the Mean Green ended up using four quarterbacks.