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The New Orleans Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans since 2001. Since 2006, it has been sponsored by R+L Carriers and officially known as the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The game was previously sponsored by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from 2002 to 2004 and was officially called the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl.

New Orleans Bowl
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
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StadiumMercedes-Benz Superdome
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
Previous stadiumsCajun Field (2005)
Previous locationsLafayette, Louisiana (2005)
Conference tie-insSun Belt, C-USA
Previous conference tie-insMWC (2001, 2011, 2014)
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (2001–2003)
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (2004–2005)
R+L Carriers (2006–present)
Former names
New Orleans Bowl (2001–2003)
Wyndham New Orleans Bowl (2004–2005)
New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette (2005)
2017 matchup
Troy vs. North Texas (Troy 50–30)
2018 matchup
Appalachian State vs Middle Tennessee (Appalachian State 45–13)


Conference tie-insEdit

In 2001, the Sun Belt Conference signed a temporary contract to play against the 5th-ranked team from the Mountain West Conference. Beginning in 2002, the New Orleans Bowl established conference tie-ins with the Sun Belt and Conference USA. The Sun Belt usually sends its conference champion to the New Orleans Bowl, but can (and has) sent the champion to the Dollar General Bowl.

In 2010, Ohio represented the Mid-American Conference in the New Orleans Bowl, after the Bowl released UTEP to compete in the regional Gildan New Mexico Bowl.[2] In 2011 and 2014 the Mountain West replaced Conference USA as the opponent to the Sun Belt representative The Sun Belt and Conference USA are currently under contract to contribute teams to the bowl through the 2017 game.


In the 2001 inaugural game, Colorado State defeated North Texas, 45–20. Starting in 2002, the Sun Belt signed a multi-year contract with Conference USA, and the two conferences began their bowl rivalry with a North Texas defeat of then-Conference USA member Cincinnati.

Due to damage by Hurricane Katrina to the Superdome, where the game is usually played, the 2005 game was played in Lafayette, Louisiana, at Cajun Field on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and was dubbed the New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette. The game returned to the Superdome for the 2006 edition, with a new corporate sponsor in freight company R+L Carriers, renaming the game the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. That game was won by Troy, co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference, over Rice, making their first bowl appearance since the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl.

The 2011 through 2014 games were each won by the Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (now known as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns), by a combined score of 115–88 over four different opponents. However, the Ragin' Cajuns later had to vacate their 2011 and 2013 victories, due to major NCAA violations including ACT fraud.[3] The Ragin' Cajuns also played in the 2016 edition of the bowl, losing to Southern Miss.

Game resultsEdit

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 18, 2001 Colorado State 45 North Texas 20 27,004 notes
December 17, 2002 North Texas 24 Cincinnati 19 19,024 notes
December 16, 2003 Memphis 27 North Texas 17 25,184 notes
December 14, 2004 Southern Miss 31 North Texas 10 27,253 notes
December 20, 2005 Southern Miss 31 Arkansas State 19 18,338 notes
December 22, 2006 Troy 41 Rice 17 26,423 notes
December 21, 2007 Florida Atlantic 44 Memphis 27 25,146 notes
December 21, 2008 Southern Miss 30 Troy 27 (OT) 30,197 notes
December 20, 2009 Middle Tennessee 42 Southern Miss 32 30,228 notes
December 18, 2010 Troy 48 Ohio 21 29,159 notes
December 17, 2011 Louisiana (vacated) 32 San Diego State 30 42,841 notes
December 22, 2012 Louisiana 43 East Carolina 34 48,828 notes
December 21, 2013 Louisiana (vacated) 24 Tulane 21 54,728 notes
December 20, 2014 Louisiana 16 Nevada 3 34,014 notes
December 19, 2015 Louisiana Tech 47 Arkansas State 28 32,847 notes
December 17, 2016 Southern Miss 28 Louisiana 21 35,061 notes
December 16, 2017 Troy 50 North Texas 30 24,904 notes
December 15, 2018 Appalachian State 45 Middle Tennessee 13 23,942 notes


  • The 2005 game was played at Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana, due to damage to the Superdome by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Louisiana vacated all 9 wins from 2011, including the New Orleans Bowl, and vacated 8 wins from 2013, including the New Orleans Bowl, due to major NCAA violations including ACT fraud.[3]


Year MVP Team Position
2001 Justin Gallimore Colorado State DB
2002 Kevin Galbreath North Texas RB
2003 Danny Wimprine Memphis QB
2004 Michael Boley Southern Miss LB
2005 Shawn Nelson Southern Miss TE
2006 Omar Haugabook Troy QB
2007 Rusty Smith Florida Atlantic QB
2008 Austin Davis Southern Miss QB
2009 Dwight Dasher Middle Tennessee QB
2010 Corey Robinson Troy QB
2011 Blaine Gautier Louisiana  QB
2012 Terrance Broadway Louisiana QB
2013 Orleans Darkwa Tulane  RB
2014 Terrance Broadway Louisiana QB
2015 Kenneth Dixon Louisiana Tech RB
2016 Allenzae Staggers Southern Miss WR
2017 Brandon Silvers Troy QB
2018 Zac Thomas Appalachian State QB

  MVP's team did not win the game
  MVP's team later vacated its victory

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (18 games, 36 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Southern Miss 5 4–1
T1 Louisiana 5 2–1[m 1]
T1 North Texas 5 1–4
4 Troy 4 3–1
T5 Memphis 2 1–1
T5 Middle Tennessee 2 1–1
T5 Arkansas State 2 0–2
  1. ^ Excludes two vacated wins.
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Appalachian State, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech
Lost: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Rice, San Diego State, Tulane

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (18 games, 36 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Win pct. Vacated
1 Sun Belt 18 9 7 .563 2[n 1]
2 C-USA 14 6 8 .429
3 Mountain West 3 1 2 .333
4 MAC 1 0 1 .000
  1. ^ Excluded from win-loss record

Game recordsEdit

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 50, Troy vs. North Texas 2017
Fewest points allowed 3, Louisiana vs. Nevada 2014
Margin of victory 32, Appalachian State vs. Middle Tennessee 2018
First downs 30, Troy vs. Ohio 2010
Rushing yards 246, Colorado State vs. North Texas 2001
Passing yards 492, Louisiana vs. San Diego State 2011 (vacated)
Total yards 687, Louisiana Tech vs. Arkansas State 2015
Most points scored (losing team)
Most points scored (both teams)
Fewest yards allowed
Fewest rushing yards allowed
Fewest passing yards allowed
Individual Player, Team Year
Points scored 24, Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 2015
Passing touchdowns 5, Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic 2007
Rushing yards 201, Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee 2009
Passing yards 470, Blaine Gautier, Louisiana 2011 (vacated)
Receiving yards 230, Allenzae Staggers, Southern Miss 2016
All-purpose yards
Touchdowns (all-purpose)
Rushing touchdowns
Receiving touchdowns
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run
Touchdown pass
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Field goal

Media coverageEdit

The New Orleans Bowl has been televised by ESPN since 2008; ESPN also televised the game in 2004 and 2005. ESPN2 televised the game in 2001, 2002, 2006, and 2007.


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  3. ^ a b "Exam fraud, recruit payments among NCAA accusations against UL-Lafayette, ex-assistant coach David Saunders". The Baton Rouge Advocate. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.

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