ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The field is set for the fifth annual New Mexico Bowl. The UTEP Miners officially accepted an invitation today and will play the BYU Cougars on Saturday, December 18th. The Miners, who will represent Conference USA, become the first team from outside the Mountain West Conference and Western Athletic Conference to appear in New Mexico Bowl. The Miners will be playing in their first bowl game since 2005.

“We are all very happy that things worked out the way they did and UTEP is coming to the New Mexico Bowl,” said Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have the Miners and their incredible fans as a part of this event.  It just seems to be a natural.  With the regional proximity, the great history UTEP athletics has in this area and being able to renew an old rivalry between the Miners and BYU, I’m really excited about this game.”

UTEP, which posted a 6-6 overall record, was in Albuquerque earlier this year when it took on and defeated the University of New Mexico, 38-20. The Miners will play as the home team against BYU (6-6, 5-3 MWC). The Cougars lead the all-time series 28-7-1 and two programs haven’t met since 1998 when they played as Western Athletic Conference foes.

“We’re excited about renewing our long-standing rivalry with BYU in the New Mexico Bowl,” UTEP coach Mike Price said.  “It’s a great opportunity for our fans to drive down for the game, enjoy postseason play and take in the great city of Albuquerque.”

The fifth annual New Mexico Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 18 at noon MT at University Stadium on the University of New Mexico campus. The game, which kicks off the FBS postseason, will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN HD.


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