American Football Database
New Mexico Bowl
Stadium Dreamstyle Stadium
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
Operated 2006–present
Conference tie-ins MWC, C-USA
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (2006–10)
Pac-12 (2012–13)
Payout US$912,500 [1]
Gildan (2011–2017)
Former names
New Mexico Bowl (2006–2010)
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (2011–2017)
2018 matchup
North Texas vs. Utah State (Utah State 52–13)
2019 matchup
MWC vs. C-USA[2] (December 21, 2019)

The New Mexico Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually since 2006 at Dreamstyle Stadium (known before May 2017 as University Stadium) on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It has typically been scheduled as one of the first games of the bowl season. From 2011 to 2017, it was sponsored by clothing manufacturer Gildan and was officially known as the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Each playing of the bowl has featured a team from the Mountain West Conference. From 2006 to 2009, the other participant came from the Western Athletic Conference. Opponents in 2010 and 2011 came from Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference, respectively, followed by the Pac-12 Conference in 2012 and 2013. In August 2013, it was announced that Conference USA had signed an agreement to send a regional team to participate in the game for six seasons, beginning in 2014. Thus, the bowl currently features teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA, provided both conferences have enough bowl-eligible teams, else the bowl selection committee chooses an at-large team from another conference. The arrangement between Mountain West and Conference USA has been extended through the 2025-26 football season.

ESPN, whose ESPN Regional Television division (also known as ESPN Plus) supervises the bowl activities as one of the 11 bowl games they run, is the television home for the game.[3] The game is the only annually nationally televised sporting event in the state of New Mexico. The 2006 contest was the first bowl game played in New Mexico, seeing the San Jose State Spartans defeat the New Mexico Lobos, 20–12. The 2012 game was the highest-scoring and closest New Mexico Bowl of all-time and ended with two Arizona touchdowns in the final 42 seconds of play.

The New Mexico Bowl trophy is a 20-inch (51 cm) piece of Zia Pueblo pottery, painted with Pueblo symbols, the New Mexico Bowl logo, football players, and the logos of the competing teams. 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.[4]

The New Mexico Bowl stays active in the offseason among the nation and the local community. The bowl co-sponsors the Presbyterian Ear Institutes' Run To Break The Silence, a 5K, 10K and 20K fun run at Sandia Resort and Casino. They also team with NCAA Football to put on a free clinic for area youth coached by both New Mexico and New Mexico State coaches.[5]

Game results

Date Winning team Losing team Attend. Notes
December 23, 2006 San Jose State 20 New Mexico 12 34,111 notes
December 22, 2007 New Mexico 23 Nevada 0 30,223 notes
December 20, 2008 Colorado State 40 Fresno State 35 24,735 notes
December 19, 2009 Wyoming 38 Fresno State 28 (2OT) 24,898 notes
December 18, 2010 BYU 52 UTEP 24 32,424 notes
December 17, 2011 Temple 37 Wyoming 15 25,762 notes
December 15, 2012 Arizona 49 Nevada 48 24,610 notes
December 21, 2013 Colorado State 48 Washington State 45 27,104 notes
December 20, 2014 Utah State 21 UTEP 6 28,725 notes
December 19, 2015 Arizona 45 New Mexico 37 30,289 notes
December 17, 2016 New Mexico 23 UTSA 20 29,688 notes
December 16, 2017 Marshall 31 Colorado State 28 26,087 notes
December 15, 2018 Utah State 52 North Texas 13 25,387 notes


Year Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
2006 James Jones San José State WR Matt Castelo San José State LB
2007 Donovan Porterie New Mexico QB Brett Madsen New Mexico LB
2008 Gartrell Johnson Colorado State RB Tommie Hill Colorado State DE
2009 Austyn Carta-Samuels Wyoming QB Mitch Unrein Wyoming DE
2010 Jake Heaps BYU QB Andrew Rich BYU FS
2011 Chris Coyer Temple QB Tahir Whitehead Temple LB
2012 Matt Scott Arizona QB Marquis Flowers Arizona LB
2013 Connor Halliday Washington State QB Shaquil Barrett Colorado State DE
2014 Kent Myers Utah State QB Zach Vigil Utah State LB
2015 Anu Solomon Arizona QB Scooby Wright Arizona LB
2016 Lamar Jordan New Mexico QB Dakota Cox New Mexico LB
2017 Tyre Brady Marshall WR Channing Hames Marshall DL
2018 Jordan Love[6] Utah State QB DJ Williams[7] Utah State DB

Most appearances

Updated through the December 2018 edition (13 games, 26 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 New Mexico 4 2–2
2 Colorado State 3 2–1
T3 Arizona 2 2–0
T3 Utah State 2 2–0
T3 Wyoming 2 1–1
T3 Fresno State 2 0–2
T3 Nevada 2 0–2
T3 UTEP 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: BYU, Marshall, San Jose State, Temple
Lost: North Texas, UTSA, Washington State

Appearances by conference

Updated through the December 2018 edition (13 games, 26 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Win pct.
1 Mountain West 13 8 5 .615
2 C-USA 5 1 4 .200
3 WAC 4 1 3 .250
4 Pac-12 3 2 1 .667
5 MAC 1 1 0 1.000

Game records

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Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 52, shared by:
Utah State vs. North Texas
Fewest points allowed 0, New Mexico vs. Nevada 2007
Total Points 97, Nevada vs. Arizona 2012
Largest margin of victory 39, Utah State vs. North Texas 2018
Smallest margin of victory 1, Arizona vs. Nevada 2012
First downs 39, Nevada vs. Arizona 2012
Rushing yards 404, Nevada vs. Arizona 2012
Passing yards 410, Washington State vs. Colorado State 2013
Total yards 659, Nevada vs. Arizona 2012
Fewest Rushing yards allowed
Fewest Passing yards allowed
Fewest Total yards allowed
Individual Player, Team Year
Points scored 18, shared by 4 players:
 Cody Hoffman, BYU
 Kapri Bibbs, Colorado State
 Jared Baker, Arizona
 Lamar Jordan, New Mexico

Passing touchdowns 6, Connor Halliday, Washington State 2013
Rushing Touchdowns
Receiving Touchdowns
Rushing yards 285, Gartrell Johnson, Colorado State 2008
Passing yards 410, Connor Halliday, Washington State 2013
Receiving yards 182, Cayleb Jones, Arizona 2015
All-purpose yards
Forced fumbles
Long Plays Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run
Touchdown pass
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Field goal

Media coverage

The New Mexico Bowl has been televised by ESPN since the inaugural game in 2006.


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