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New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico Bowl logo
Stadium University Stadium
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
Operated 2006–present
Conference Tie-ins MWC, WAC
Payout US$750,000 As of 2006
2008 Matchup
Fresno State vs. Colorado State (CSU 40-35)
2009 Matchup
Wyoming vs. Fresno State (WYO 35-28)

The New Mexico Bowl is a NCAA sanctioned post-season bowl game played at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The game between teams representing the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference is televised on ESPN, whose ESPN Regional Television division (a/k/a ESPN Plus) supervises the bowl activities as one of the six bowl games they run. The 2006 contest was the first bowl game played in New Mexico, pitting the MWC's New Mexico Lobos and the WAC's San Jose State Spartans (of note, the MWC had been formed by 8 schools - New Mexico being one of them - that had left the WAC in 1999). The Spartans won that game 20-12.

The game trophy is a 20-inch piece of Zia Pueblo pottery, painted with Pueblo symbols, the New Mexico Bowl logo, football players, and the logos of the competing teams. Zia Pueblo is an Indian tribe from New Mexico. The Zia symbol, a Zia Pueblo symbol that is used in the state flag, is incorporated into the bowl game logo. The most valuable player trophies are crafted from traditional leather shields.[1]


Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 23, 2006 San Jose State 20 New Mexico 12 notes
December 22, 2007 New Mexico 23 Nevada 0 notes
December 20, 2008 Colorado State 40 Fresno State 35 notes
December 19, 2009 Wyoming 35 Fresno State 28 notes


Date Played Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
December 23, 2006 James Jones San José State WR Matt Castelo San José State LB
December 22, 2007 Donovan Porterie New Mexico QB Brett Madsen New Mexico LB
December 20, 2008 Gartrell Johnson Colorado State RB Tommie Hill Colorado State DE
December 19, 2009 Austyn Carta-Samuels Wyoming QB Mitch Unrein Wyoming DE

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 New Mexico 2 1-1
T1 Fresno State 2 0-2
T2 Colorado State 1 1-0
T2 San Jose State 1 1-0
T2 Wyoming 1 1-0
T2 Nevada 1 0-1

Wins by conference

Conference W L
Mountain West 3 1
Western Athletic 1 3

Television coverage

External links


  1. ^ Korte, Tim (2006-12-20). "Native American Artists Create Unique N.M. Bowl Trophy". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 2006-12-24.  


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