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School University of New Mexico New Mexico State University
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Ownership State of New Mexico (PED) State of New Mexico (PED)
Location Albuquerque, NM Las Cruces, NM
Conference Mountain West Western Athletic
Students 35,211 18,497
School Colors Cherry & Silver Crimson & White
Nickname Lobos Aggies
Mascot(s) Lobo Louie Pistol Pete
Football Stadium Branch Field Aggie Memorial Stadium
Basketball Arena The Pit Pan American Center

The Rio Grande Rivalry is an intercollegiate rivalry between The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. The rivalry began in 1894.

For many years the rivalry was often referred to as the "Battle of I-25" in recognition of the campuses both being located along that interstate highway.

TraditionsEdit

The University of New Mexico students in collaboration with their student government, ASUNM, celebrates the rivalry with the Red Rally, an annual event which takes place the Thursday evening before that year's rivalry football game, in which an effigy of an Aggie is set on fire.

New Mexico–NM State Rivalry (Football)

Sport(s)Football
Total meetings103
Series recordNew Mexico leads, 67–31–5
First meeting1894
New Mexico 25, NM State 5
Last meeting2012
New Mexico 27, NM State 14
Next meeting2013
Largest winNM State, 110–3 (1917)
Longest win streakNew Mexico, 18 (1938–1958)
Current win streakNew Mexico, 1 (2012–present)
TrophyRio Grande Rivalry

SportsEdit

FootballEdit

The rivalry between New Mexico's only two NCAA Division I institutions dates back to Jan. 1, 1894 - eighteen years before New Mexico achieved statehood - when the schools met in a football contest in Albuquerque. While it is clear that New Mexico won that first game, school records seem to disagree on the score. According to New Mexico media guides the final score was 25-5 but according to New Mexico State media guides the score was 18-6. By the time New Mexico entered the union in 1912 UNM and New Mexico A&M (as NMSU was known prior to 1959) had already met on the gridiron six times. Beginning in 1993, the two universities played for the Maloof Trophy, but it was short lived- the trophy was retired in 2000. Until 1937 the series was competitive with the Aggies holding a 15-12-4 lead over the Lobos. Since 1938 the Lobos have dominated the series 54-16-1 except during 1959-1968 when the Aggies won 7 of 10 meetings. The Lobos all-time advantage is 67-31-5, however the rivalry remains spirited. Most recently the Lobos defeated the Aggies 27-14 on September 22, 2012 in Las Cruces. The September 26, 2009 game when the Aggies won 20-17 in Albuquerque was the 100th time the teams had played each other.

New Mexico victories are shaded ██ Cherry Red. New Mexico State victories shaded in ██ Crimson Maroon.

Date Winner Score Location
1894 New Mexico 25-5 Albuquerque
1905 NM State 40-0 Albuquerque
1906 NM State 25-5 Albuquerque
1908 New Mexico 10-6 Albuquerque
1909 New Mexico 51-0 Albuquerque
1911 NM State 10-6 Albuquerque
1912 NM State 27-0 Albuquerque
1913 NM State 13-0 Albuquerque
1914 Tie 7-7 Albuquerque
1915 New Mexico 13-0 Albuquerque
1916 New Mexico 51-0 Albuquerque
1917 NM State 110-3 Albuquerque
1919 New Mexico 24-2 Albuquerque
1920 NM State 14-7 Albuquerque
1921 New Mexico 6-0 Albuquerque
1922 NM State 7-0 Albuquerque
1923 NM State 6-0 Albuquerque
1924 NM State 6-0 Albuquerque
1925 New Mexico 20-9 Albuquerque
1926 Tie 6-6 Albuquerque
1927 New Mexico 26-9 Albuquerque
1928 New Mexico 14-13 Albuquerque
1929 Tie 7-7 Albuquerque
1930 NM State 14-6 Albuquerque
1931 NM State 13-6 Albuquerque
1932 Tie 0-0 Albuquerque
1933 New Mexico 14-7 Albuquerque
1934 New Mexico 12-6 Albuquerque
1935 NM State 32-0 Albuquerque
1936 NM State 7-6 Albuquerque
1937 NM State 5-0 Albuquerque
1938 New Mexico 6-2 Albuquerque
1939 New Mexico 9-6 Albuquerque
1940 New Mexico 39-6 Albuquerque
1941 New Mexico 28-0 Albuquerque
1942 New Mexico 32-0 Albuquerque
1946 New Mexico 7-6 Las Cruces
1947 New Mexico 20-0 Albuquerque
1948 New Mexico 61-0 Las Cruces
1949 New Mexico 14-13 Albuquerque
1950 New Mexico 26-13 Las Cruces
1951 New Mexico 21-0 Albuquerque
1952 New Mexico 23-0 Las Cruces
1953 New Mexico 28-6 Albuquerque
1954 New Mexico 39-27 Las Cruces
1955 New Mexico 14-7 Albuquerque
1956 New Mexico 14-6 Las Cruces
1957 New Mexico 25-7 Albuquerque
1958 New Mexico 16-7 Las Cruces
1959 NM State 29-12 Albuquerque
1960 NM State 34-0 Las Cruces
1961 New Mexico 41-7 Albuquerque

Date Winner Score Location
1962 New Mexico 28-17 Las Cruces
1963 NM State 13-12 Albuquerque
1964 New Mexico 18-14 Las Cruces
1965 NM State 20-6 Albuquerque
1966 NM State 47-12 Las Cruces
1967 NM State 54-7 Albuquerque
1968 NM State 33-6 Las Cruces
1969 New Mexico 24-21 Albuquerque
1970 New Mexico 24-17 Las Cruces
1971 Tie 35-35 Albuquerque
1972 New Mexico 55-20 Las Cruces
1973 New Mexico 48-6 Albuquerque
1974 New Mexico 26-24 Las Cruces
1975 New Mexico 52-28 Albuquerque
1976 NM State 16-7 Las Cruces
1977 New Mexico 35-13 Albuquerque
1978 New Mexico 35-20 Las Cruces
1979 New Mexico 30-16 Albuquerque
1980 New Mexico 52-19 Las Cruces
1981 New Mexico 17-13 Albuquerque
1982 New Mexico 66-14 Las Cruces
1983 New Mexico 31-10 Albuquerque
1984 New Mexico 61-21 Las Cruces
1985 New Mexico 34-27 Albuquerque
1986 New Mexico 45-14 Las Cruces
1987 NM State 17-14 Albuquerque
1988 New Mexico 36-34 Las Cruces
1989 New Mexico 45-3 Albuquerque
1990 New Mexico 29-12 Las Cruces
1991 New Mexico 17-10 Albuquerque
1992 NM State 42-39 Las Cruces
1993 New Mexico 42-7 Albuquerque
1994 New Mexico 56-31 Las Cruces
1995 New Mexico 36-24 Albuquerque
1996 New Mexico 28-7 Las Cruces
1997 New Mexico 61-24 Albuquerque
1998 NM State 28-27 Las Cruces
1999 NM State 35-28 Albuquerque
2000 New Mexico 16-13 Las Cruces
2001 New Mexico 53-0 Albuquerque
2002 NM State 24-13 Las Cruces
2003 New Mexico 24-17 Albuquerque
2004 New Mexico 38-3 Las Cruces
2005 New Mexico 38-21 Albuquerque
2006 New Mexico 34-28 Las Cruces
2007 New Mexico 44-34 Albuquerque
2008 New Mexico 35-24 Las Cruces
2009 NM State 20-17 Albuquerque
2010 NM State 16-14 Las Cruces
2011 NM State 42-28 Albuquerque
2012 New Mexico 27-14 Las Cruces

Men's BasketballEdit

New Mexico–NM State Rivalry
(Men's Basketball)

Sport(s)Men's Basketball
Total meetings210
Series recordNew Mexico leads, 115–95
First meeting1894
New Mexico 67, NM State 38
Last meetingDecember 19, 2012
New Mexico 68, NM State 63
Next meeting2013
Current win streakNew Mexico, 3 (2011–present)
TrophyRio Grande Rivalry

The men's basketball series between the schools has been much more competitive than football, although UNM holds the all-time advantage in that series as well. Currently Lobos hold a 115-95 advantage all-time over the Aggies. The most recent meeting in the series was a 68-63 Lobo victory at the Pan American Center[1] in Las Cruces[2] on December 19, 2012, the second of two meetings for the 2012-13 season. The December 19, 2007 contest was the 200th all-time meeting between the schools.

The UNM-NMSU series is somewhat unique among non-conference rivalries in that the schools traditionally play a two game home-and-home series each season (another example of such a rivalry is the Nashville mid-major matchup between Belmont and Lipscomb). Most other rivalries in which the schools are not members of the same conference usually only meet once per season. Although a few individuals have proposed cutting the series back to a more conventional single annual meeting, fan sentiment at both schools remains strong for preserving the traditional two meetings per season format.

Women's BasketballEdit

The women's basketball series between UNM and NMSU has been defined by extended streaks of dominance by one program over the other. Prior to the mid-1990s the Roadrunners (as NMSU's women's programs were known prior to 2000) were dominant, winning the first meeting by a 57-53 tally on February 1, 1974 and proceeding to win 24 of the first 35 meetings between the schools. Between 1985 and 1995 NMSU ran off a streak of 16 consecutive wins over their in-state rivals. This stretch also covered a two-year period in which UNM did not field a women's basketball team. However on November 24, 1996 UNM turned the tables on NMSU in a big way. The Lobos' 48-47 win on that day in Las Cruces started a 22-game winning streak by UNM over NMSU that continued unbroken, despite a few close calls, through the 2006-07 season. But on December 2, 2007 the Lady Aggies ended 11 years of frustration against their instate rivals by knocking off the Lady Lobos 58-42 at the Pan Am Center. The all-time series now stands at 47-22 in favor of UNM, after the Lady Lobos beat NMSU 65-60 on December 30, 2010, at The Pit in Albuquerque. Like the men's teams, the UNM and NMSU women also traditionally play two games per year against each other, one game in each city.

Rio Grande Rivalry ChampionshipEdit

The Rio Grande Rivalry is a series between New Mexico and New Mexico State.[3]

Rio Grande Rivalry
New Mexico (6) New Mexico State (0)
2007–2008
2008–2009
2009–2010
2010–2011
2011–2012
2012–2013
Season Year Champion Final Score Total Points
2007-2008 UNM 16.25-6.75 23
2008-2009 UNM 17.25-6.75 24
2009-2010 UNM 16.50-10.50 27
2010-2011 UNM 18.75-9.75 28.5
2011-2012 UNM 15.00-13.50 28.5
2012-2013 UNM* ongoing 27

(*)=while the competition is still ongoing, the University of New Mexico has an insurmountable lead, thus winning the 2012-2013 Rio Grande Rivalry.

Scoreboard 2007-2008Edit

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Setp.4 Volleyball 1.50 NMSU 1.50 0.00
Sept. 8 Football 3.0 UNM 1.50 3.00
Sept.14-15 Men's Golf 1.50 UNM 1.50 4.50
Dec.2 Women's Basketball 1.50 NMSU 3.00 4.50
Dec.4 Men's Basketball 1.50 NMSU 4.50 4.50
Dec. 19 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 6.00
Dec. 21 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 7.50
Jan. 21 Women's Swimming 1.50 NMSU 6.00 7.50
Feb. 3 Women's Tennis 1.50 UNM 6.00 9.00
Feb. 22 Men's Tennis 1.50 UNM 6.00 10.50
March 18 Baseball 0.75 UNM 6.00 11.25
March 18 Baseball 0.75 UNM 6.00 12.00
March 25 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 6.75 12.00
March 26 Baseball 0.75 UNM 6.75 12.75
April 8 Softball 0.75 UNM 6.75 13.50
April 22 Softball 0.75 UNM 6.75 14.75
May 3–4 Don Kirby Invitational -

Women's Track & Field

1.50 UNM 6.75 16.25

Scoreboard 2008-2009Edit

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Sept. 18-20 Women's Golf 1.50 UNM 0 1.50
Sept. 27 Football 3.00 UNM 0 4.50
Nov. 15 Men's Cross Country

NCAA Men's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 0 6.00
Nov.15 Women's Cross Country

NCAA Women's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 0 7.50
Nov. 28 Volleyball 3.00 NMSU 3.00 7.50
Dec. 4 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 9.00
Dec. 20 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 10.50
Dec 23 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 12.00
Dec 30 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 13.50
Jan. 28 Women's Swimming 1.50 NMSU 4.50 13.50
March 3 Baseball 0.75 UNM 4.50 14.25
March 8 Women's Tennis 1.50 UNM 4.50 15.75
March 10 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 5.25 15.75
March 15 Men's Tennis 1.50 UNM 5.25 17.25
March 24 Softball 0.75 NMSU 6.00 17.25
April 28 Softball 0.75 NMSU 6.75 17.25

Scoreboard 2009-2010Edit

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Sept.11-12 Men's Golf 1.50 UNM 0 1.50
Sept. 14-15 Women's Golf

Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Ft. Collins, CO

1.50 UNM 0 3.00
Sept. 26 Football 3.00 NMSU 3.00 3.00
Oct. 13 Volleyball 3.00 UNM 3.00 6.00
Nov. 14 Men's Cross Country

NCAA Men's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 3.00 7.50
Nov. 14 Women's Cross Country

NCAA Women's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 3.00 9.00
Nov. 14 Women's Swimming & Diving 1.50 NMSU 4.50 9.00
Nov 17 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 10.50
Dec. 2 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 12.00
Dec. 5 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 13.50
Dec. 20 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 4.50 15.00
Feb. 19 Men's Tennis 1.50 NMSU 6.00 15.00
March 2 Baseball 0.75 UNM 6.00 15.75
March 3 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 6.75 15.75
March 9 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 7.50 15.75
March 10 Baseball 0.75 UNM 7.50 16.50
March 13 Women's Tennis 1.50 NMSU 9.00 16.50
April 6 Softball 0.75 NMSU 9.75 16.50
April 20 Softball 0.75 NMSU 10.50 16.50

Scoreboard 2010-2011Edit

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Sept. 3 Women's Soccer 1.50 UNM 0 1.50
Sept. 13-14 Women's Golf

Ptarmigan Intercollegiate, Ft. Collins, CO

1.50 UNM 0 3.00
Sept. 14 Volleyball 3.00 UNM 0 6.00
Oct.1-2 Men's Golf 1.50 UNM 0 7.50
Oct. 9 Football 3.00 NMSU 3.00 7.50
Nov. 13 Men's Cross Country

NCAA Men's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 3.00 9.00
Nov. 13 Women's Cross Country

NCAA Women's Mountain Region Championship

1.50 UNM 3.00 10.50
Dec. 1 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 12.00
Dec. 4 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 13.50
Dec. 11 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 15.00
Dec. 30 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 3.00 16.50
Jan. 29 Men's Tennis 1.50 UNM 3.00 18.00
Feb. 5 Women's Swimming & Diving 1.50 NMSU 4.50 18.00
Feb. 11 Women's Tennis 1.50 NMSU 6.00 18.00
Feb. 22 Baseball 1.5 NMSU 7.50 18.00
March 8 Baseball 1.5 NMSU 9.00 18.00
April 4 Softball 0.75 UNM 9.00 18.75
April 19 Softball 0.75 NMSU 9.75 18.75

Scoreboard 2011-2012Edit

DATE EVENT Point Win NMSU UNM
Sept. 12-13 Men's Golf

Simpson Invitational, Erie, CO

1.50 UNM 0 1.50
Sept. 25 Women's Soccer 1.50 UNM 0 3.00
Oct. 1 Football 3.00 NMSU 3.00 3.00
Oct. 4 Women's Volleyball 3.00 NMSU 6.00 3.00
Nov. 12 Men's Cross Country

NCAA Mountain Region Championships, Provo, UT

1.50 UNM 6.00 4.50
Nov. 12 Women's Cross Country

NCAA Mountain Region Championships, Provo, UT

1.50 UNM 6.00 6.00
Nov. 16 Men's Basketball 1.50 NMSU 7.50 6.00
Dec. 4 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 7.50 7.50
Dec. 28 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 7.50 9.00
Dec. 30 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 7.50 10.50
Feb. 4 Swimming & Diving 1.50 Tie 8.25 11.25
Feb. 5-7 Women's Golf

Wildcat Invitational, Tucson, AZ

1.50 UNM 8.25 12.75
Feb. 8 Men's Tennis 1.50 UNM 8.25 14.25
Mar. 6 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 9.00 14.25
Mar. 13 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 9.75 14.25
Mar. 14 Softball 0.75 NMSU 10.50 14.25
Apr.3 Baseball 0.75 NMSU 11.25 14.25
Apr. 10 Softball 0.75 NMSU 12.00 14.25
Apr. 21 Women's Tennis 1.50 NMSU 13.50 14.25
May 15 Baseball 0.75 UNM 13.50 15.00

Scoreboard 2012-2013Edit

DATE EVENT Point Win UNM NMSU
Sept. 10-11 Women's Golf 1.50 UNM 1.50 0.00
Sept. 16 Women's Soccer 1.50 UNM 3.00 0.00
Sept. 22 Football 3.00 UNM 6.00 0.00
Sept. 28-29 Men's Golf 1.50 UNM 7.50 0.00
Oct. 23 Volleyball 3.00 NMSU 7.50 3.00
Nov. 9 Women's Cross Country 1.50 UNM 9.00 3.00
Nov. 9 Men's Cross Country 1.50 UNM 10.50 3.00
Nov. 20 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 12.00 3.00
Dec. 15 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 13.50 3.00
Dec. 18 Women's Basketball 1.50 UNM 15.00 3.00
Dec. 19 Men's Basketball 1.50 UNM 16.50 3.00
Feb. 2 Swimming & Diving 0.75
Feb. 22 Men's Tennis 1.50
March 30 Women's Tennis 1.50
April 1 Baseball 0.75
April 16 Baseball 0.75
TBA Softball 0.75
TBA Softball 0.75

See alsoEdit

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