The University of New Mexico will play against the UTSA Roadrunners in the 11th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl on December 17th at University Stadium.
The Lobos (8-4) will play in the New Mexico Bowl for a second straight season and the third time in school history. The bowl game will be the first for the Roadrunners, who joined division 1 FBS in 2011.
UNM finished the season as the number one rushing team in the nation, needing only 100 yards on the ground against the Roadrunners to set a school record for offense in a season.
In a release from the school, head coach Bob Davie expressed his pleasure for getting the opportunity to play in another bowl game in front of a home crowd at University Stadium.
“I think the chance to play at home, if you ask me where I’d like to play, I’d say the Gildan New Mexico Bowl,” said Davie.
Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs echoed Davie’s comments, expressing his feelings on the benefit of playing at home as part of the first game of the bowl season.
“When you look at what the various Bowl games offer in terms of the student-athlete experience, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl does a fantastic job,” said Krebs.
“The chance for our fans to be able to watch this team play and open up the 2016 Bowl season at home here in Albuquerque is a tremendous opportunity for our program. After going 8-4, earning a share of the division title, and boasting the nation’s top rushing offense, I’m glad our fans will have one last chance to watch our team in person.”
UTSA finished 5-5 on the season, becoming bowl eligible for the first time after beating the University of Charlotte 49ers 33-14 in the last game of the season.