ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – ESPN Regional Television, a subsidiary of ESPN, Inc., announced today that the 2008 New Mexico Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 20 in University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico. The third annual game will feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference and will again be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN HD.
Kickoff for the 2008 New Mexico Bowl will be at 12:30 p.m. MT. This marks a change from the first two New Mexico Bowl games, which kicked off at 2:30 p.m. MT.
“This is an ideal situation from a weather standpoint for the New Mexico Bowl and for football fans,” said Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl executive director. “By moving the start time back a couple of hours, we can maximize the amount of sunlight for our fans.
“Of course, we love the Saturday afternoon timeslot,” Siembieda said. “This has proved to be good for the event both locally and nationally. We thank ESPN for working hard to continue to give us the best chance to grow this bowl experience.”
“ESPN is pleased to have this game at a time that improves the fan experience as well as keeping it on a day that maximized the television exposure,” said Clint Overby, Senior Director of Events, ESPN Regional Television. “We remain committed to showcasing the state and the community to a national audience.”
The 2007 game was played Saturday, Dec. 22. New Mexico defeated Nevada, 23-0, in front of 30,322 fans and a national television audience. The inaugural New Mexico Bowl was played in front of 34,111 on Dec. 23, 2006. San Jose State beat New Mexico that day, 20-12.
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