Arizona Bowl Matchup
New Mexico State (6-6, Sun Belt) vs. Utah State (6-6, Mountain West), Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Tucson, Arizona
New Mexico State: QB Tyler Rogers, 3,825 yards passing, 33 total touchdowns.
Utah State: LB Suli Tamaivena, team-high 109 tackles – including 6 + tackles for a loss.
New Mexico State: Rogers passed for 451 yards and led the late drive that earned the Aggies a 22-17 win over South Alabama on Saturday, earning the school its first bowl game in 57 years in the process. New Mexico State won its final two games of the season to end its bowl drought.
Utah State: The Aggies were a football-only member of the Sun Belt Conference from 2003-04, and they played New Mexico State both seasons. The schools have been conference foes for 26 seasons while each were members of the Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt and Western Athletic Conference over the years.
Utah State 41, New Mexico State 7 (Oct. 20, 2012)
New Mexico State: The Aggies are playing in their first bowl game since the 1960 Sun Bowl, when they defeated Utah State.
Utah State: After playing in five straight bowl games from 2011-15, winning a school-record three straight from 2012-14, the Aggies return to a bowl for the first time since losing to Akron in the Potato Bowl two years ago.
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