2009 New Mexico Bowl

The 2009 New Mexico Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on December 19, 2009, at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as part of the 2009–10 NCAA bowl season. The game, telecast on ESPN, featured the Wyoming Cowboys from the Mountain West Conference and the Fresno State Bulldogs from the WAC.This was the first trip to the New Mexico Bowl for Wyoming. It was also their first trip to a post season bowl game since the 2004 season when the Cowboys defeated the UCLA Bruins 24–21 in the Pioneer PureVison Las Vegas Bowl. This marked Fresno State's second straight trip to the New Mexico Bowl; they were defeated 40–35 by Colorado State in the 2008 contest. Before the 2009 New Mexico Bowl, Wyoming and Fresno State had played each other a total of six times, playing in consecutive years from 1992–1997 as rivals in the Western Athletic Conference; the teams have split their match-ups with each squad winning three games. The last meeting in 1997 was won by Fresno State, 24–7.

2009 New Mexico Bowl
1234OT2OT Total
Fresno State 0147700 28
Wyoming 7731107 35
DateDecember 19, 2009
StadiumUniversity Stadium
LocationAlbuquerque, New Mexico
MVPQB Austyn Carta-Samuels, Wyoming DE Mitch Unrein, Wyoming
FavoriteFresno State by 11[1]
RefereeMike Conlin (MAC)
PayoutUS$750,000 per team
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersTerry Gannon & David Norrie
Nielsen ratings2.78 [3]
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Behind freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, Wyoming upset Fresno State 35–28 in the game, which went into double overtime after a late field goal by Cowboy kicker Ian Watts. Carta-Samuels threw three touchdowns in the win including the game-winner in overtime, a 13-yard strike to David Leonard.

Game summaryEdit

Wyoming wore their home Brown uniforms, and Fresno wore white visitor uniforms. Wyoming freshman Austyn Carta-Samuels, the offensive MVP, threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns including the game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass to David Leonard. Defensive MVP Mitch Unrein tallied six tackles and two sacks for the Wyoming defense including a forced fumble midway through the 4th quarter which led to the game-tying field goal. Wyoming stopped the nation's leading rusher, Fresno State's Ryan Mathews, on three rushing attempts from the 1 in the first overtime. The Bulldogs tried a quarterback sneak on third down, and Mathews came up short again on fourth down.

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Fresno State Wyoming
1 7:37 1 68 0:10 Wyoming Alvester Alexander 68-yard touchdown run, Ian Watts kick good 0 7
2 12:22 7 51 3:29 Fresno State Ryan Matthews 4-yard touchdown run, Kevin Goessling kick good 7 7
2 5:01 15 95 7:21 Wyoming Greg Bolling 21-yard touchdown reception from Austyn Carta–Samuels, Jason Smith kick good 7 14
2 0:33 10 65 4:28 Fresno State Jamel Hamler 10-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Colburn, Kevin Goessling kick good 14 14
3 13:06 6 71 1:54 Fresno State Jamel Hamler 43-yard touchdown reception from Chastin West, Kevin Goessling kick good 21 14
3 8:19 9 39 4:47 Wyoming 40-yard field goal by Ian Watts 21 17
4 13:59 2 6 0:46 Fresno State Ryan Matthews 5-yard touchdown run, Kevin Goessling kick good 28 17
4 10:15 7 72 5:51 Wyoming David Leonard 11-yard touchdown reception from Austyn Carta–Samuels, 2-point pass good 28 25
4 0:20 19 54 7:48 Wyoming 37-yard field goal by Ian Watts 28 28
2OT 5 25 Wyoming David Leonard 13-yard touchdown reception from Austyn Carta–Samuels, Ian Watts kick good 28 35
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 28 35


Statistics Fresno Wyoming
First Downs 19 26
Total offense, plays - yards 64-366 83-438
Rushes-yards (net) 44-197 50-234
Passing yards (net) 169 204
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 14-20-0 18-33-1
Time of Possession 26:47 33:13

Game NotesEdit

  • Matthews led the nation in rushing for the 2009 season.
  • Wyoming was playing in its first bowl since 2004.
  • Carta-Samuels was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year.
  • Fresno State made its second straight appearance - and loss - in the New Mexico Bowl.


  1. ^ "2009 New Mexico Bowl Odds - Fresno State vs Wyoming | Headlines | CollegeFootball". Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "Wyoming edges Fresno St. in double overtime, wins New Mexico Bowl". ESPN.
  3. ^ "College Football Playoff News & Highlights - ESPN".

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