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2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl
11th New Mexico Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
7 3 6 7 23
' 3 3 0 14 20
Date December 17, 2016
Season 2016
Stadium University Stadium
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
MVP Offense: New Mexico QB Lamar Jordan[1]
Defense:New Mexico LB Dakota Cox[1]
Favorite New Mexico by 7[2]
National anthem Senior Airman Rashaun Carter[3]
Referee Jason McArthur (Sun Belt)[4]
Attendance 29,688[4]
Payout US$456,250[5]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
ESPN Radio
Announcers: Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath (ESPN)
Roy Philpott, Clint Stoerner, Kevin Weidl (ESPN Radio)
New Mexico Bowl
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The 2016 New Mexico Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 17, 2016 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The eleventh annual New Mexico Bowl, was one of the 2016–17 bowl games that concluded the 2016 FBS football season. The game aired on ESPN. Sponsored by clothing company Gildan Activewear, the game was officially known as the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.


The game featured the New Mexico Lobos of the Mountain West Conference against the UTSA Roadrunners of Conference USA.[6]

This was the third meeting between the schools, with the all-time series tied at 1–1. The previous meeting was on October 14, 2014, where the Lobos defeated the Roadrunners by a score of 21–9.[7]


The New Mexico Bowl was the first bowl appearance for the Roadrunners.

New Mexico

Powered by a triple option offense, the Lobos were led by coach Bob Davie who envisioned the offense he eventually installed while coaching at Notre Dame and playing against the service academies, who used the scheme effectively.[8] The Lobos' offense led the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing yards.[9] Although both Austin Apodaca and Lamar Jordan had both started at quarterback for New Mexico during the season, Jordan was the more potent runner, whose 658 rushing yards ranked third on the team.[10] A trio of running backs made large contributions to the rushing attack: senior Teriyon Gipson averaged 9.2 yards per rush to lead the team with 1209 yards, sophomore Tyrone Owens led the team with 134 rushes for 1084 yards, and junior Richard McQuarley rushed for a team-leading 16 touchdowns.[11]

Game summary

UTSA started the game with the ball; they put together a 65-yard drive over the next 6:15 and scored the first points of the game after Victor Falcon converted on a 23-yard field goal. New Mexico opened their storing with 4 seconds left in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. The first quarter ended 7–3, Lobos. With 1:32 left in the second quarter, Victor Falcon hit a 28-yard field goal to bring UTSA within 1 at 7–6. With time expiring in the first half, Jason Sanders converted a 52-yard field goal to put the Lobos up 10–6 at halftime. To open the second half, Teriyon Gipson capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown rush. The extra point was blocked so New Mexico led 16–6. After trading punts UTSA got a drive into New Mexico territory but Dalton Sturm was picked off from the UNM 34. The Lobos went 3-and-out and punted. UTSA got good field position but faced a 4th and 15 from the Lobos 35. Sturm threw a 19-yard pass for the first down. 2 plays later he found Trevor Stevens, a senior wide receiver who had only caught 7 passes ever for his 1st career touchdown. The PAT was good and it was 16–13 Lobos. UNM drove down the field until they had a 4th and 1 at the 5 yard line. They converted and then Richard McQuarley got a 1-yard touchdown run to put UNM up 23–13. UTSA would strike at the end of the game but the Lobos recovered the onside kick. A highlight of the game was New Mexico players missing the Gatorade bath at first.

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information Score
Plays Yards TOP UNM UTSA
1 8:41 13 65 6:15 UTSA 23-yard field goal by Victor Falcon 0 3
1 0:04 9 66 4:21 UNM Richard McQuarley 1-yard touchdown run, Jason Sanders kick good 7 3
2 1:32 13 49 6:40 UTSA 28-yard field goal by Victor Falcon 7 6
2 0:00 5 40 1:32 UNM 52-yard field goal by Jason Sanders 10 6
3 9:54 10 75 5:06 UNM Teriyon Gipson 10-yard touchdown run, Jason Sanders kick no good 16 6
4 9:43 10 53 5:41 UTSA Trevor Stevens 16-yard touchdown reception from Dalton Sturm, Victor Falcon kick good 16 13
4 2:22 12 75 7:21 UNM Richard McQuarley 1-yard touchdown run, Jason Sanders kick good 23 13
4 0:25 9 80 1:58 UTSA JaBryce Taylor 6-yard touchdown reception from Dalton Sturm, Victor Falcon kick good 23 20
"TOP" = Time of Possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 23 20



Statistics[4] UNM UTSA
First downs 17 20
Third down efficiency 6–13 7–14
Rushes–yards 52–219 (4.2) 38–246 (6.5)
Passing yards 77 118
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 3–6–0 10–26–1
Time of possession 30:42 29:11
Category Team Player Statistics
Passing UNM Lamar Jordan 3/4, 77 yds
UTSA Dalton Sturm 10/26, 118 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing UNM Lamar Jordan 13 car, 81 yds
UTSA Jarveon Williams 16 car, 125 yds
Receiving UNM Dameon Gamblin 1 rec, 34 yds
UTSA Kerry Thomas Jr. 4 rec, 45 yds


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  2. "College Bowl Game Odds". ESPN. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "2016 New Mexico Bowl Game Stats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  5. Bowl payout
  6. "UTSA, New Mexico to play in 11th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl" (Press release). Albuquerque, N.M.: New Mexico Bowl. December 4, 2016.,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=82&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=27. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  7. – New Mexico Lobos vs. UTSA Roadrunners football series history
  8. Myerberg, Paul (December 16, 2016). "Bob Davie's blueprint – triple option – helps build success at New Mexico". USA Today. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  9. "2016 FBS (I-A) College Football Team Statistics Leaders for Rushing". ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on December 17, 2016. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  10. Webber, Will (November 18, 2016). "Davie comes full circle on starting QB: It's Apodaca again". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  11. "New Mexico Lobos 2016 Statistics – Team and Player Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved December 17, 2016.

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