2014 New Mexico Bowl

The 2014 New Mexico Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 20, 2014 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The ninth annual New Mexico Bowl, it pitted the Utah State Aggies of the Mountain West Conference against the UTEP Miners of Conference USA.[3] It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. The game started at 12:20 p.m. MST and aired on ESPN. Sponsored by clothing company Gildan Activewear, the game was officially known as the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Utah State beat UTEP by a score of 21–6.

2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl
9th New Mexico Bowl
1234 Total
Utah State 7077 21
UTEP 3003 6
DateDecember 20, 2014
StadiumUniversity Stadium
LocationAlbuquerque, New Mexico
MVPOffense: Utah State QB Kent Myers[1]
Defense: Utah State LB Zach Vigil[1]
FavoriteUtah St. by 10[2]
RefereeCharles Lewis[1] (Sun Belt)
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN/ESPN Radio
AnnouncersMark Neely, David Diaz-Infante, & Kayce Smith (ESPN)
Drew Goodman, Tom Ramsey, & Dave Shore (ESPN Radio)
New Mexico Bowl
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Team selectionEdit

The game featured the Utah State Aggies of the Mountain West Conference against the UTEP Miners of Conference USA.

This was the third meeting between these two teams, with Utah State previously leading the series 2–0. The last time these two teams had met was in 1961.

Utah State AggiesEdit

This was Utah State's first New Mexico Bowl.

UTEP MinersEdit

This was UTEP's second New Mexico Bowl; the Miners had previously played in the 2010 game, where they lost to the BYU Cougars by a score of 52–24. It was also the Miners' first bowl appearance since that game, where they once again attempted to get their first bowl victory since the 1967 Sun Bowl.

Game summaryEdit

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP USU UTEP
1 3:10 7 60 3:50 UTEP 32-yard field goal by Jay Mattox 0 3
1 1:52 3 75 1:18 USU Kent Myers 48-yard touchdown run, Nick Diaz kick good 7 3
3 12:12 7 75 2:28 USU Nick Vigil 3-yard touchdown run, Nick Diaz kick good 14 3
4 3:02 16 54 6:56 UTEP 34-yard field goal by Jay Mattox 14 6
4 1:33 4 65 1:29 USU Joe Hill 11-yard touchdown run, Nick Diaz kick good 21 6
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 21 6

Source: [1]


Statistics[1] USU UTEP
First downs 16 12
Plays–yards 52–347 70–275
Rushes–yards 40–279 46–149
Passing yards 68 126
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 5–12–1 13–24–1
Time of possession 23:26 36:34


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Stats" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-12-27. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  2. ^ Odds
  3. ^ UTEP, Utah State to Play in the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl