New Orleans Bowl
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl logo
Stadium Mercedes-Benz 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$500,000 (As of 2011) [2]
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (2002–2004)
R+L Carriers (2006–present)</td>
Former names
Wyndham New Orleans Bowl (2002–2004)
New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette (2005)</td>
2012 matchup
East Carolina vs. UL–Lafayette (ULL 43–34)
2013 matchup
C-USA vs. Sun Belt (December 21, 2013)

The New Orleans Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at the Mercedes-Benz 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 versus a team from the Sun Belt Conference. From the beginning of the New Orleans Bowl until recently that automatically went to the Sun Belt champion, but since the conference earned a second bid, to the Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, the bowl now has the first choice of which team to take before the Bowl. Since the agreement, the Sun Belt champion has played in that game once. If Conference USA does not have enough bowl eligible teams the bowl will choose an at-large team, which they did in 2011 when Mountain West Conference member San Diego State was picked to play.

In 2001, the Sun Belt signed a temporary contract to play against the 5th-ranked team from the Mountain West Conference.

In the inaugural game, 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 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, 41–17.

The current champions of the New Orleans Bowl are the Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns who beat East Carolina 43–34 for their second straight victory in this bowl game. Attendance at the 2012 bowl game again set a record making the New Orleans bowl one of the best attended of the non-BCS bowl games in 2012.

Game resultsEdit

Date 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 Miss 31 North Texas 10 notes
December 20, 2005[1] Southern Miss 31 Arkansas State 19 notes
December 22, 2006 Troy 41 Rice 17 notes
December 21, 2007 Florida Atlantic44 Memphis 27 notes
December 21, 2008 Southern Miss30Troy27 (OT) notes
December 20, 2009 Middle Tennessee42Southern Miss32 notes
December 18, 2010 Troy 48 Ohio 21 notes
December 17, 2011 UL–Lafayette 32 San Diego State 30 notes
December 22, 2012 UL–Lafayette 43 East Carolina 34 notes


Year MVP Team Position
2001 Justin Gallimore Colorado State DB
2002 Kevin Galbreath North Texas RB
2003 Danny Wimprine Memphis QB
2004 Michael Boley Southern Miss LB
2005 Shawn Nelson Southern Miss TE
2006 Omar Haugabook Troy QB
2007 Rusty Smith Florida Atlantic QB
2008 Austin Davis Southern Miss QB
2009 Dwight Dasher Middle Tennessee QB
2010 Corey Robinson Troy QB
2011 Blaine Gautier UL–Lafayette QB
2012 Terrance Broadway UL–Lafayette QB

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Southern Miss 4 3–1
T1 North Texas 4 1–3
3 Troy 3 2–1
T4 Louisiana–Lafayette 2 2–0
T4 Memphis 2 1–1
T6 Colorado State 1 1–0
T6 Florida Atlantic 1 1–0
T6 Middle Tennessee 1 1–0
T6 Arkansas State 1 0–1
T6 Cincinnati 1 0–1
T6 East Carolina 1 0–1
T6 Ohio 1 0–1
T6 Rice 1 0–1
T6 San Diego State 1 0–1

Wins by conferenceEdit

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Sun Belt 7 5 .583
Mountain West 1 1 .500
Conference USA 4 5 .444
MAC 0 1 .000

Game recordsEdit

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 48, Troy vs. Ohio 2010
Fewest points allowed 10, Southern Miss vs. North Texas 2004
Margin of victory 27, Troy vs. Ohio 2010
First downs 30, Troy vs. Ohio 2010
Rushing yards 246, Colorado State vs. North Texas 2001
Passing yards 492, UL–Lafayette vs. San Diego State 2011
Total yards 602, Troy vs. Ohio 2010
Individual Player, Team Year
Points scored 18, Colin Lockett, San Diego State 2011
Passing touchdowns 5, Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic 2007
Rushing yards 201, Dwight Dasher, Middle Tenn. State 2009
Passing yards 470, Blaine Gautier, UL–Lafayette 2011
Receiving yards 193, Javonne Lawson, UL–Lafayette 2011


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
2010 29,159 Ohio vs. Troy
2011 42,841 Louisiana–Lafayette vs. San Diego State
2012 48,828 Louisiana–Lafayette vs. East Carolina

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