The University of New Mexico Lobos (8-4, 6-2 MW) will take on the UTSA Roadrunners (6-6. 5-3 CUSA) in the 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 12 p.m. The Lobos will be making their fourth appearance in the game, the most of any team.
UNM is 1-2 overall in the game, and it’s UNM’s second straight bowl game. UTSA is playing in its first bowl game as the program is in just its sixth year of existence.
Online at unmtickets.com
• by calling 925-5858 or toll-free at 800-955-HOWL
• Albertson’s stores in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas and Santa Fe
• Lobo Ticket Office inside the Pit at the NW corner of University & Cesar Chavez boulevards from 8:30-5 Monday-Friday
• UNM Bookstore (Bookstore Ticket Office is closed on Mondays)
On Game Day, the northeast box office at University Stadium opens four hours prior to kickoff, and the Lobo Ticket Office at the Pit opens three hours before game time. The northwest University Stadium box office opens 90 minutes before kickoff.
For more information call the New Mexico Athletics Ticket Office at (505) 925-5626 or 1-800-955-HOWL (4695). Call (505) 925-5500 for group tickets and ask to speak to a customer service representative.
The University of New Mexico Lobos are coached by Bob Davie, who is 26-36 in his fifth season with the Lobos, and he is 61-61 overall in his 10th season. He spent his first five seasons as a head coach manning the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and this is his fifth bowl game as a head coach.
For the Roadrunners, Frank Wilson is in his first season and this is UTSA’s first bowl appearance. His record is 6-6 overall.
The Lobos and the Roadrunners will meet for the third time, with each team winning on the other teams’ home field. The first meeting was a 21-13 UTSA win in Albuquerque in 2013, and in 2014 the Lobos returned the favor with a 21-9 win over UTSA in the Alamodome.
The Opening List
It’s Bowl Season, and The University of New Mexico Lobos are partaking in back-to-back bowls for just the fourth time in school history, and the first since 2006-07. The 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl will be the 13th bowl in UNM’s history. The Lobos are 3-8-1 all-time in bowl games. Of UNM’s 13 bowl games, this year’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl will be the seventh in the last 14 years. UNM’s bowl history is the subject of our Gildan New Mexico Bowl version of the Opening List.
A Look at What UNM Has Done the Last Two Seasons
The Lobos now have won 15 games over the last two seasons, just one win away from tying the record for the most wins ever by back-to-back Lobo teams. Overall, the current two-year set for New Mexico ties for the third-most back-to-back wins in school history – 16 wins (2 times): 1938-39 (8-2, 8-3 - Ted Shipkey); 1982-83 (10-1, 6-6 Joe Morrison/Joe Lee Dunn) 15 wins (6 times): 1963-64 (6-4, 9-2 - Bill Weeks); 1996-97 (6-5, 9-4 - Dennis Franchione); 2002-03 (7-7, 8-5 - Rocky Long); 2003-04 (8-5, 7-6 - Rocky Long); 2006-07 (6-7, 9-4 - Rocky Long); 2015-16 (7-6, 8-4 - Bob Davie) 14 wins (4 times): 1934-35 (8-1, 6-4 - Gwinn Henry); 1958-59 (7-3, 7-3 - Marv Levy); 1961-62 (7-4, 7-2-1 - Bill Weeks); 1981-82 (4-7-1, 10-1 - Joe Morrison).
Same Note as Above, but the Conference Version
The Lobos now have won 11 conference games over the last two seasons, and that’s the most conference wins in back-to-back seasons in school history. 11 wins (1 time): 2015-16 (5-3, 6-2 - Bob Davie) 10 wins (4 times): 1970-71 (5-1, 5-1 - Rudy Feldman); 1982-83 (6-1, 4-3 Joe Morrison/Joe Lee Dunn); 2002-03 (5-2, 5-2 - Rocky Long); 2003-04 (5-2, 5-2 - Rocky Long).