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Aug 5, 2015
After a highly successful inaugural program in 2014, the State of New Mexico, along with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, is searching for the next round of New Mexico True Heroes - New Mexicans who make their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
Jun 3, 2015
The 10th-annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kickoff on the FBS Bowl season opening day, on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Noon MT/2 p.m. ET, announced the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The game will be played at University Stadium in Albuquerque, and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
Dec 19, 2014

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Utah State

Head Coach Matt Wells, Linebacker Zach Vigil, Offensive Lineman Kevin Whimpey

Q: “Can you tell me about UTEP’s run game and and your rush defense?”

Head Coach Matt Wells, A: “Well first of all its Strength on Strength, our run defense has been good all year and what we like to pride ourselves on. But those two running backs are tough, they run with good vision and they are a reflection of their offensive line.

Linebacker Zach Vigil, A: “I think the Running Backs are very talented, and even though they aren’t the biggest guys they break a lot of tackles and they run hard.

Q: “How much of an advantage do you think it is to have so many of your guys play in a bowl game before?”

Head Coach Matt Wells, A: “I remember our first Bowl game and how excited the kids were and I know the kids now are just as excited, I don’t know if playing in four straight Bowl games gives us an advantage I think what it does is it gives our players a little more of what to expect and how to focus.”

Q: “How does UTEP’s defense stack up to other teams that you’ve seen this season?”

Head Coach Matt Wells, A: “Similar to a lot of teams that pressure quite a bit, they are very aggressive. They play very similarly to how we play, but structurally they are very different.”

Offensive Lineman Kevin Whimpey, A: “I like their defense a lot I think they are very quick and they are going to challenge us, I think they are coached well. They have great culture at UTEP and they are here to win the game just like we are.”

Q: “What has been the key to winning at the level you have been after playing with your fourth Quarterback?”

Head Coach Matt Wells, A: “It’s really simple, we’ve played elite defense, our receivers have stepped up, we run the ball better, and our Quarterback hasn’t screwed it up. Sometimes we coach our Quarterback before you win a game you have to be able to not lose a game.”

 

UTEP

Head Coach Sean Kugler, Quarterback Jameel Erving, Defensive Back Wesley Miller

Q: “Matt Wells said its strength against strength, their rushing defense against your rushing offense. Can you talk about that?”

Head Coach Sean Kugler, A: “They are very physical up front, very difficult to run the ball against and they play the ball behind the scrimmage. We have to be able to run the ball efficiently, we are going to do what we do, and that’s run the football.”

Quarterback Jameel Erving, A: “We have responded to challenges before and this game is definitely going to be a challenge but I don’t see us going out there and doing anything other than what we do.”

Q: “What does this game mean to you as seniors?”

Jameel Erving, A: “Getting a win in this game will put a stamp on UTEP history, we haven’t won a game since 67. I’ve had a rough journey and after coming here with the season we’ve had, getting that win tomorrow will put a stamp on it.”

Wesley Miller, A: “This will be real special, getting a win here will bring it full circle for my career. I was here in 2010 when I redshirted and the attitude was totally different, we got complacent and ended up getting beaten pretty bad. So getting a win tomorrow will like I said ring my career full circle with a guaranteed winning season and hopefully a bowl victory.”

Q: “You have two players who have played in a bowl game while Utah State has dozens, how much of a disadvantage do you think that is?”

Head Coach Sean Kugler A: “It is if you let it, I know they have been to four straight so their players know what to expect. That is going to be our goal, there is no substitute for experience and they have that, but I know our players are excited and energized to be up here.”

Q: “Is the Bowl week what you thought it was going to be, harder with more distractions, or was it not as bad as what you envisioned coming into your first Bowl game?”

Head Coach Sean Kugler, A:“Coach Wells eluded to it earlier and it’s about blocking out distractions and I think our team has been very good at that all year. We came up here to get our work done but at night I wanted them to enjoy the festivities. This is something they are going to remember for the rest of their lives but I want them to remember that we are up here for one reason, and that is to win this game.”

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Dec 18, 2014
Utah State was crowned the Survey Says champions at the annual team dinner hosted by the Albuquerque Convention Center and catered by Rudy’s BBQ. The game, played like Family Feud, has been won by the last two straight Gildan New Mexico Bowl champions.
Dec 10, 2014
The Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Board, select partners and the local media gathered at the Canyon Club at Four Hills this afternoon for a formal luncheon and press conference with the head coaches and athletics directors for this year's participating teams.
Dec 7, 2014
ESPN Events and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl announce that the UTEP Miners and the Utah State Aggies have accepted invitations to the ninth annual game to be played on Saturday, Dec. 20. The bowl game, featuring a program from Conference USA and the Mountain West, respectively, will kick off at 12:20 p.m. MT at University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. and air nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
Dec 2, 2014
This week was the last chance for college football analysts to make their predictions for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. UTEP garnered 8 of the 13 predictions for the second straight week, leading the way for Conference USA. Utah State still has a majority of the nods (5) for the Mountain West, but San Diego State and Air Force are not far behind in votes.
Nov 26, 2014
The college football analysts didn’t waiver much on their predictions for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. UTEP added another nod, garnering 8 of the 13 predictions viewed to be the top vote-getter for Conference USA. Utah State still has a majority of the nods (5) for the Mountain West, but San Diego State  and Air Force are gaining ground with three apiece this week.
Nov 19, 2014
The college football analysts are starting to agree on their predictions for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. UTEP, which garnered 7 of the 13 predictions viewed, is the top vote-getter for Conference USA. Utah State still has a majority of the nods (6) for the Mountain West, but San Diego State is gaining ground with four this week. Three projections foresee Conference USA vacating its spot and filling it with either Houston or California.
Nov 17, 2014
The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is running a three-day ticket sale Wednesday, Nov. 19 through Friday, Nov. 21, offering fans reduce-priced tickets and a chance to win a VIP experience.
Nov 12, 2014
There are currently 51 teams that are bowl-eligibility, which requires six or more wins in most cases. There are 50 teams which could still get eligible and 27 that have been eliminated from the postseason, including Idaho (Sun Belt), which is eliminated due to NCAA probation.
Nov 5, 2014
With just five weeks left in the regular season, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the bowl projections. A majority of the analyst predictions for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl predict Utah State, which garnered 7 of the 13 predictions viewed, as the Mountain West rep. UTEP is the favorite from Conference USA, grabbing 5 bids. Two projections (Campus Insiders and College Football News) foresee Conference USA vacating it’s spot and filling it with Houston.
Oct 29, 2014
Presently there are 31 teams that have reached "conditional" bowl-eligibility status with six or more wins.  Seven teams have been eliminated from the postseason, including Idaho (Sun Belt), which is eliminated due to NCAA probation. For our aligned leagues, Conference USA has one team (Marshall) eligible for a bowl while the Mountain West (Colorado State and Boise State) has two with the wins needed for a postseason berth. Louisiana Tech (C-USA), Middle Tennessee (C-USA), Air Force (MW), and Nevada (MW) need one more win to be eligible.
Oct 21, 2014
Ten more teams became eligible for the postseason over the weekend, bringing the total to 16. Miami (OH) joined the list of ineligible teams, falling to 1-7 with four games left. Four teams were already ineligible: Appalachian State (Sun Belt), Georgia Southern (Sun Belt) and Old Dominion (C-USA) are all transitioning to the FBS while Idaho (Sun Belt) is eliminated due to NCAA probation.
Oct 15, 2014
After mostly conference games in Week 7, there are a few new analyst predictions for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Two correspondents are seeing the Rice Owls coming out of Conference USA and Wyoming garnered it’s first nod as the Mountain West rep. Louisiana Tech is still the leading selection from C-USA and Utah State is the overwhelming favorite from the MW with eight of the 13 predictions. Phil Steele still thinks that C-USA won’t fill it’s spot, making room for the former Mountain West and Pac-12 member, Utah Utes.
Oct 8, 2014
After the record-setting number of top-25 upsets in Week 6, almost every analyst changed their postseason predictions. Louisiana Tech came out of nowhere to take control as the leading selection from Conference USA. However, Phil Steele is the first to predict that C-USA won’t fill it’s spot, making room for the former Mountain West and Pac-12 member, Utah Utes. For the MW, Air Force and Nevada garner the most bids with four each. It’d be the first appearance in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl for the Falcons and the third for the Wolf Pack.
Sep 30, 2014
DON'T MISS THE LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE YOUR NEW MEXICO TRUE HERO TODAY: The State of New Mexico, along with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, is searching for New Mexico True Heroes; New Mexicans who make extraordinary efforts to make their communities a better place to live, work, and raise families. This honor is intended to recognize New Mexicans who contribute in exceptional ways to the enhancement of our state. The New Mexico True Heroes program will acknowledge the selfless acts of four individuals or groups striving to enhance the quality of life in their community. Anyone can nominate a True Hero at www.GildanNewMexicoBowl.com or NewMexico.org/TrueHeroes. Nominations remain open through this Friday, October 3, 2014.
Sep 24, 2014
For the sixth consecutive year, several collegiate football coaches will display their support of the Coach To Cure MD program, which will be held during games September 25-27. The annual effort has raised more than one million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy. American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) members will wear a Coach To Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines and college football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Sep 16, 2014
The predictions for the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl are starting to change from the preseason selections made a month ago. North Texas, from Conference USA, still garners a majority of the nods from around the nation but UTSA is gaining ground. Nevada continues to lead the way for the Mountain West with four bids.
Sep 9, 2014
There are currently 48 former collegiate athletes who played in at least one of the previous New Mexico Bowls and is listed as active, practice squad or injured reserve among 27 of the 32 NFL teams. The Denver Broncos boast the most reps (6), followed closely by the Detroit Lions, which have four alumni.
Sep 4, 2014
The opening weekend was a success for our partner conferences as Conference USA tallied seven wins and the Mountain West nabbed six. This week, Conference USA’s UTSA takes the national stage on Thursday night, playing host to the Pac-12’s Arizona Wildcats on Fox Sports 1. Friday night is the Mountain West’s turn as Nevada welcomes the Pac-12’s Washington State Cougars.
Aug 24, 2014
The bowl season doesn’t begin for four months but that hasn’t stopped several football writers from making their predictions. North Texas, from Conference USA, garners six of the nine nods from around the nation. Five different teams from the Mountain West are projected with Nevada leading the way with four.
Jul 8, 2014
 ESPN and Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX, NYSE) announced today an extension to the multi-year title sponsorship that began with the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The entitlement of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl remains part of a collegiate agreement reached by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and Gildan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear and socks. The ninth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kick off at 12:20 p.m. MST (2:20 p.m. EST) on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at University Stadium in Albuquerque and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Jun 9, 2014
The State of New Mexico, along with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, is searching for 
New Mexico True Heroes; New Mexicans who make extraordinary efforts to make their communities a better place to live, work, and raise families.
May 9, 2014
The ninth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl is slated for Saturday, Dec. 20 and will kick off at 12:20 p.m. MT (2:20 p.m. ET), announced ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN. The game, played at University Stadium in Albuquerque, will be seen nationally on ESPN.
Dec 19, 2013
The Colorado State Rams won three of four rounds of Survey Says tonight at the team dinner hosted by the Albuquerque Convention Center and catered by Rudy's BBQ. CSU won the Family Feud-style game on the back of its offense, which beat WSU's offense in the first round and defense in the finals.
Dec 17, 2013

Today started with a press conference at the Isleta Resort & Casino, followed by the kickoff luncheon. Hall of Famer Joe Theismann spoke to the media and crowd. The day ended with a battle of the bands and pep rally in Old Town Plaza. Our activities conclude with Fan Fest tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Dec 11, 2013
The Gildan New Mexico Bowl held its annual team announcement lunch for the local media and board members at the Canyon Club at Four Hills Country Club today. Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain and Washington State head coach Mike Leach spoke with the media after.
Dec 8, 2013
The field is set for the eighth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl with the Washington State Cougars accepting the invitation offered by the Gildan New Mexico Bowl today. The game, slated for Saturday, Dec. 21, at Noon MT/2 p.m. ET, pits the Pac-12 member against the Colorado State Rams for the first time.
Dec 8, 2013
The Colorado State Rams have accepted an invitation to the eighth annual game to be played on Saturday, Dec. 21. The game, which should pit the 7-6 program against a member of the Pac-12, will kick off the FBS postseason, at Noon MT/2 p.m. ET at University Stadium on the University of New Mexico campus and air nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
Dec 4, 2013
The bowl season kicks off here in Albuquerque and we are just days away from finding out the entire bowl season lineup. The national writers have their predictions narrowed down and this week the majority think San Diego State will represent the Mountain West as the home team in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. For the second straight week, Arizona gets the lion’s share of the nods as the Pac-12.
Nov 26, 2013
There are only a few teams (12) left that are still fighting for bowl eligibility as 69 are already qualified while 45 have already been eliminated. Two teams have accepted bowl bids: BYU (Fight Hunger Bowl) and Navy (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl). Three bowl spots, one in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, one in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, and one in the Little Caesars Bowl, have already been vacated.
Nov 19, 2013
The college football experts are appearing more unified, especially for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, in their selections for the postseason with just two weeks left in the regular season. Oregon State is the leading vote getter out of the Pac-12 conference, getting six nods out of the 11 predictions tallied. San Jose State is the frontrunner for the Mountain West, garnering five out of 10 votes.
Nov 15, 2013

The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is running a three-day ticket sale Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Friday, Nov. 22, offering fans reduced-priced tickets and a chance to win VIP prizes.

Premium tickets, which are normally $40, are being offered for just $35. Each order will automatically be entered into a drawing for VIP prizes.

Nov 12, 2013

A full slate of conference games highlights Week 12 in the Pac-12. Washington and 13th-ranked UCLA get things started with a Friday night game on ESPN2 at the Rose Bowl. No. 4 Stanford, fresh off its victory over No. 6 Oregon last Thursday, must travel to resurgent USC in a primetime game on ABC. Utah and Washington State try to move closer to bowl eligibility as they travel to No. 6 Oregon and Arizona, respectively.
It’s a light week in Mountain West action as four league games comprise all the action. Colorado State tries to become bowl eligible by traveling to New Mexico, which must win out to reach a bowl game.

Nov 6, 2013

The biggest Pac-12 game of the regular season takes place Thursday night on The
Farm in Palo Alto as No. 3 Oregon travels to No. 5 Stanford. Meanwhile, for the second straight week the Mountain West has all but one team (Boise State) in action. A Friday-night matchup between Air Force and New Mexico gets things started at 7 on ESPNU.

Oct 28, 2013
The national writers who update their postseason projections each week are starting to form a more unified prediction for this year’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl. San Jose State is nearly unanimous to be the home team and represent the Mountain West while Arizona and USC both receive four nods as the visiting team from the Pac-12.
Oct 24, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is pleased to announce Joe Theismann as the featured guest speaker at the annual kickoff luncheon hosted by Isleta Resort and Casino. Tickets are available to the public for the luncheon, which will be attended by the participating teams on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Oct 23, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There are 35 bowl games scheduled for the 2013-14 postseason equaling 70 slots. Currently, there are 21 bowl-eligible teams and seven have already been eliminated. For the Pac-12, three teams (Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford) already have the necessary six wins while the Mountain West has one team (Fresno State).

Oct 17, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Gildan New Mexico Bowl and ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today an extension with the Mountain West Conference. The 12-member league will continue to provide one of its bowl-eligible teams to the Albuquerque-based college football bowl game for the next six years, as it has since the Bowl’s inception in 2006.

Oct 15, 2013

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: All action for the Mountain West and Pac-12 Conferences are slated for Saturday, Oct. 19. The Mountain West has just four league games on tap as Air Force, Hawai`i, San Diego State and San Jose State all have byes. Colorado State and Wyoming kick off at Noon MT and the Cowboys are looking for their fifth straight win in the series and to stay undefeated in league play.

Sep 6, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The first game of the college football postseason will once again be the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, announced ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN. The annual bowl game will be played at University Stadium in Albuquerque on Saturday, Dec. 21, at noon MT/2 p.m. (ET) and televised nationally on ESPN  and ESPN Radio.

Sep 6, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Mountain West and Pac-12 face each other 11 times in the regular season before squaring off in the eighth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl. After week 1, the Pac-12 is undefeated at 5-0. The battle continues this week with Hawai`i at Oregon State, San Jose State at Stanford, and Arizona at UNLV.

Aug 20, 2013
The Gildan New Mexico Bowl and ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today an agreement with Conference USA, in which a C-USA team will play in the Albuquerque, N.M. based game starting in 2014, pending approval by the NCAA licensing committee. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl will feature a regional selection from C-USA six times in the six-year deal.



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