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New Orleans Bowl
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl logo
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Previous Stadiums Cajun Field (2005)[1]
Previous Locations Lafayette, Louisiana (2005)[1]
Operated 2001–present
Conference Tie-ins C-USA, Sun Belt
Previous Conference Tie-ins MWC (2001)
Payout US$325,000 (As of 2006)
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (2002–2004)
R+L Carriers (2006–Present)
Former names
Wyndham New Orleans Bowl (2002–2004)
New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette (2005)
2008 Matchup
Southern Mississippi vs. Troy (USM 30-27)
2009 Matchup
Middle Tennessee vs. Southern Mississippi (MTSU 42-32)

The New Orleans Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana since 2001. The game was sponsored by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from 2002 to 2004 and was officially called the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl. R+L Carriers replaced Wyndham as the sponsor in 2006, and thus it became officially known as the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

The game pits a team from Conference USA against the champions of the Sun Belt Conference, and is currently the Sun Belt's only guaranteed bowl bid.

In 2001, the Sun Belt signed a temporary contract to play against the 5th ranked team from the Mountain West Conference. That year, the Colorado State Rams came to New Orleans, and defeated North Texas 45-20. Starting in 2002, the Sun Belt signed a multi-year contract with Conference USA, and the two conferences began their bowl rivalry that December, when North Texas played then-Conference USA member Cincinnati (and won).

Due to damage by Hurricane Katrina to the Louisiana Superdome, where the game is usually played, the 2005 game was played on December 20 in Lafayette, Louisiana at Cajun Field on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and was dubbed the New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette. The game returned to the Superdome on December 22, 2006, with a new corporate sponsor in freight company R+L Carriers, renaming the game the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The game featured Troy, co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference facing Rice, making their first bowl game visit in 45 years, their last appearance being the Bluebonnet Bowl. Troy defeated Rice 41 to 17.

The 2007 matchup featured the Memphis Tigers[2] playing against the Florida Atlantic Owls who appeared in their first bowl game, and won.


Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 18, 2001 Colorado State 45 North Texas 20 notes
December 17, 2002 North Texas 24 Cincinnati 19 notes
December 16, 2003 Memphis 27 North Texas 17 notes
December 14, 2004 Southern Mississippi 31 North Texas 10 notes
December 20, 2005[1] Southern Mississippi 31 Arkansas State 19 notes
December 22, 2006 Troy 41 Rice 17 notes
December 21, 2007 Florida Atlantic 44 Memphis 27 notes
December 21, 2008 Southern Mississippi 30 Troy 27 (OT) notes
December 20, 2009 Middle Tennessee 42 Southern Miss 32 notes


Date played MVP School Position
December 18, 2001 Justin Gallimore Colorado State DB
December 17, 2002 Kevin Galbreath North Texas RB
December 16, 2003 Danny Wimprine Memphis QB
December 14, 2004 Michael Boley Southern Miss LB
December 20, 2005 Shawn Nelson Southern Miss TE
December 22, 2006 Omar Haugabook Troy QB
December 21, 2007 Rusty Smith Florida Atlantic QB
December 21, 2008 Austin Davis Southern Miss QB
December 20, 2009 Dwight Dasher Middle Tennessee QB

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Southern Mississippi 4 3-1
T1 North Texas 4 1–3
T3 Memphis 2 1–1
T3 Troy 2 1–1
T5 Colorado State 1 1-0
T5 Florida Atlantic 1 1-0
T5 Middle Tennessee 1 1-0
T5 Arkansas State 1 0–1
T5 Cincinnati 1 0–1
T5 Rice 1 0–1

Results By Conference

Conference Record
Conference USA 4-4
Sun Belt 4-5
Mountain West 1-0


Year Attendance Teams
2001 27,004 Colorado State vs. North Texas
2002 19,024 North Texas vs. Cincinnati
2003 25,184 Memphis vs. North Texas
2004 27,253 Southern Miss vs. North Texas
2005 18,338 Southern Miss vs. Arkansas State
2006 26,423 Rice vs. Troy
2007 25,146 Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis
2008 30,197 Troy vs. Southern Miss
2009 30,228 Middle Tennessee vs. Southern Miss

Previous Logos

See also

External links


  1. ^ a b c Due to damage by Hurricane Katrina to the Louisiana Superdome, the 2005 game was played in Lafayette, Louisiana at Cajun Field.
  2. ^ Conference USA Official Athletic Site


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