The New Mexico Bowl so far has only a quite short history and therefore one of the younger games in the post season. The inception of the bowl was in 2006 and it was decided to play the college football bowl game as a holiday tradition - it's being played on the Saturday afternoon before Christmas. The location chosen is the University Stadium on the grounds of the University of Mexico campus in Albuquerque, NM. It also took until 2011 for the bowl to find a sponsor, which is now Gildan, an active-wear company with headquarters in Montreal, Canada.
From 2006 on the bowl is the big showdown of the Mountain West Conference against the Western Athletic Conference and - something you may have not heard yet - the state's only annually nationally televised sporting event. With the November 2010 announcement that the Pac-12 Conference, who will face an opponent from the Mountain West Conference, would provide a team for the 2012 and 2013 Bowls, the fans have more excitement to look forward to. The winner of this college football bowl game receives a trophy made from a 20-inch piece of Zia Pueblo Pottery. The trophy includes Pueblo depictions of the bowl's symbol, a Zia symbol also found tin the New Mexico state flag, football players, and other Pueblo symbols. The Zia Pueblo Indians are a Native American tribe indigenous to New Mexico. MVP trophies are also made from another form of traditional Zia Pueblo art – leather shields.
2011 New Mexico Bowl
The 2011 New Mexico Bowl game was played on December 17, 2011 at 2pm EST (12noon local time), matching up Temple vs. Wyoming. ESPN and ESPN HD televised the game nationally. It's the 6th edition as well as the kick-off for the 2011/2012 college bowl post-season. With 37 points scored, Temple (9-4, 5-3 MAC) blew away Wyoming (8-5, 5-2 MWC) and won its first bowl since 1979.
2010 New Mexico Bowl
The 2010 Bowl game at University Stadium was scheduled for December 18, 2010 at 2pm EST (12noon local time) and matched-up the BYU Cougars and the UTEP Miners, representing the University of Texas at El Paso. ESPN and ESPN HD televised the game nationally. It was the 5th edition as well as the kick-off for the 2010/2011 college bowl post-season. BYU won 52 to 24 over UTEP. UTEP has lost five straight bowl games after being routed by BYU. That is tied for the second longest active streak in the nation with Georgia Tech and Ball State. Only Northwestern has lost more.
After the stadium was expanded to over 38,000 seats in 2004, there is another expansion under way that will bring the capacity beyond 42,000 spectators being able to enjoy the games played there. It is an outdoor football stadium on the south campus of the University of New Mexico, hosting the New Mexico Lobos, who are playing in the Mountain West Conference.
2009 New Mexico Bowl
The 2009 game on December 19, 2009 matched-up the Fresno State Bulldogs vs. the Wyoming Cowboys.