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2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl
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1 2 3 4 Total
University of Arizona 7 21 14 3 45
University of New Mexico 3 14 14 6 37
Date December 19, 2015
Season 2015
Stadium University Stadium
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
MVP Offense: Arizona QB Anu Solomon[1]
Defense:Arizona LB Scooby Wright III[2]
Favorite Arizona by 8[3]
Referee Larry Smith (MAC)[4]
Attendance 30,289[4]
Payout US$456,250
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN/ESPN Radio
Announcers: Eamon McAnaney, Rocky Boiman, & Laura Rutledge (ESPN)
Drew Goodman Tom Ramsey, & Marty Cesario (ESPN Radio)
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The 2015 New Mexico Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 19, 2015 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The tenth annual New Mexico Bowl, it pitted the University of New Mexico Lobos of the Mountain West Conference against the University of Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12 Conference. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season. The game started at 12:20 p.m. MST and aired on ESPN. Sponsored by clothing company Gildan Activewear, the game was officially known as the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Team selectionEdit

The game featured the New Mexico Lobos against the Arizona Wildcats. It was the 67th overall meeting between these teams, with Arizona leading the series 43–20–3 before this game (both had previously been in-conference rivals in the Border Conference and the Western Athletic Conference before Arizona joined the Pacific-10 Conference (now the Pac-12 Conference) and New Mexico joined the Mountain West. The last meeting between these two teams was in 2008, when the Lobos beat the Wildcats 36–28 in Albuquerque.[5]

Arizona WildcatsEdit

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez had led the Wildcats to bowl appearances in each of his four seasons with the school. Overall, Rodriguez entered with a 4–5 bowl record as the head coach at Arizona (2–1), Michigan (0–1) and West Virginia (2–3).

New Mexico LobosEdit

This was the first bowl appearance for the Lobos under fourth-year head coach Bob Davie, who had three previous bowl appearances as the head coach at Notre Dame. UNM entered 3–7–1 all time in bowl games, with their last appearance being a win in the 2007 New Mexico Bowl. The Lobos play their home games at the New Mexico Bowl site – University Stadium – and had a 5–2 record in 2015 at home.

Game summaryEdit

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP ARIZ UNM
1 9:52 5 17 2:45 UNM 37-yard field goal by Zack Rogers 0 3
1 7:26 2 80 0:31 ARIZ Cayleb Jones 78-yard touchdown reception from Anu Solomon, Casey Skowron kick good 7 3
2 14:51 3 77 0:47 ARIZ Jared Baker 27-yard touchdown run, Casey Skowron kick good 14 3
2 8:50 6 67 3:04 UNM Lamar Jordan 31-yard touchdown run, Zack Rogers kick good 14 10
2 3:27 4 53 1:18 ARIZ Anu Solomon 14-yard touchdown run, Casey Skowron kick good 21 10
2 2:19 3 90 1:08 UNM Delane Hart-Johnson 92-yard touchdown reception from Lamar Jordan, Zack Rogers kick good 21 17
2 0:30 4 51 1:49 ARIZ David Richards 1-yard touchdown reception from Anu Solomon, Casey Skowron kick good 28 17
3 13:56 4 75 1:04 ARIZ Jared Baker 32-yard touchdown run, Casey Skowron kick good 35 17
3 9:17 8 72 4:39 UNM Lamar Jordan 11-yard touchdown run, Zack Rogers kick good 35 24
3 7:35 1 4 0:05 ARIZ Jared Baker 4-yard touchdown run, Casey Skowron kick good 42 24
3 2:02 10 50 5:33 UNM Lamar Jordan 3-yard touchdown run, Zack Rogers kick good 42 31
4 13:52 8 40 3:10 UNM Austin Apodaca 4-yard touchdown run, 2-point run failed 42 37
4 1:32 13 42 5:10 ARIZ 37-yard field goal by Casey Skowron 45 37
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 45 37

Source: [4]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics[4] ARIZ UNM
First downs 19 25
Plays–yards 56–503 91–522
Rushes–yards 32–174 69–333
Passing yards 329 189
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 13–24–1 10–22–3
Time of possession 19:08 40:52

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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