New Mexico Bowl Tickets for Sale
Even though the New Mexico Bowl is still in its infancy – the first being played in 2006 – the game has already become a highly anticipated event. The bowl is always an exciting matchup, featuring teams from the Mountain West and the Western division of Conference USA this year. The New Mexico Bowl seems to also bring out the best in the players, coaches, and even the fans who participate in the experience. This is probably because they all know the prestige that comes with winning this game while helping establish the early roots and history of this young bowl game.
The teams that play in the New Mexico Bowl are not only competing for bragging rights, but the Zia Pueblo Trophy as well. The trophy is 20-inch piece of Zia Pueblo pottery, painted with Pueblo symbols, the New Mexico Bowl logo, football players, and the logos of the two competing teams. Zia Pueblo is an Indian tribe from New Mexico, and the Zia Pueblo symbol, which is also found in the state flag, is incorporated into the bowl game logo. Additionally, the Offensive and Defensive MVP trophies are crafted from traditional leather shields.
The New Mexico Bowl is played each year at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and on Saturday, December 18, 2010, the stadium and campus will welcome over 30,000 out-of-town fans, as well as local ones, all absorbing the New Mexico sun in addition to the week-long bowl festivities. Get ready to be a part of the exciting 2009 NCAA Bowl season by getting your New Mexico Bowl tickets as soon as you can.
The 2010 New Mexico Bowl will pit the 6-6 UTEP Miners from Conference USA West against the 6-6 BYU Cougars of the Mountain West Conference. New Mexico Bowl tickets should be sold out for this game between evenly matched college football teams from the region. Both UTEP and BYU will not have to travel far to play at University Stadium in Albuquerque on December 18, 2010.
UTEP has to be happy to be extended to any bowl game. They began the season by jumping out to a 5-1 record with impressive wins over New Mexico on the road and division foe Rice at home at the Sun Bowl Stadium before dropping five of the last six. Still UTEP tickets will be sold, for the team has already visited University Stadium once this season and came away 38-20 winners.
The Miners have a balanced attack, passing for an average of 221.5 yards a game and running for 149.5 yards a game. Obviously, any team that scores 26.2 points a game in any conference has a decent shot at winning a bowl game, but the team has been vexed by the ineffectual defense that has allowed 25.4 points a game. This is a team that has allowed two teams to come out and score more than 50 points in a single game, so QB Trevor Vittatoe (206/378 for 2,511 yards, 19 TD, and 10 Int), running backs Joseph Banyard (107 carries for 612 yards and 8 TD) and Donald Buckram (75 carries for 325 yards and 1 TD), and wide receiver Kris Adams (44 receptions for 917 yards and 11 TD) will need to perform optimally to end the 2010 college football season on a positive note.
BYU comes in as the hot team of the two. The Cougars won four straight and five of six before their regular season-ending loss to #22 Utah. That loss, 17-16, should only encourage the BYU football faithful, since BYU tickets to this road game despite the football team's struggle away from Lvell Edwards Stadium (1-5 on the road).<>/p>
Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall runs the spread on offense and plays a 3-4 based defense. The offense has flourished as a running team, amassing 163.8 yards a game o the ground and just 190.3 through the air. They only score 24 points a game though. JJ Di Luigi (158 carries for 819 yards and 7 touchdowns), Bryan Kariya (131 carries for 519 yards and 5 touchdowns), and Joshua Quezada (84 carries for 404 yards and 4 touchdowns) are the three-headed monster fueling the run attack. Quarter back Jake Heaps (194/349, 2,052 yards, 11 TD, and 8 Int) keeps the defense on their toes, though he is hardly a prolific passer with a meager 5.88 yards per attempt average.
It may be best for the Cougars to keep the ball on the ground anyway, considering the Miners explosive offense. BYU has been able to hold opponents to 21.4 points thanks to a decent defense and an offense that helps limit the time the opposition has to even the score.