Battle of I-10

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The Battle of I-10 is the name given to the New Mexico State–UTEP football rivalry.[1] It is a college rivalry game between New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). It is called the Battle of I-10 because the two universities are located along Interstate 10 connecting Las Cruces and El Paso. The teams compete for the Silver Spade Trophy and the Mayor's Cup.

Battle of I-10
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SportFootball
First meetingOctober 31, 1914
New Mexico A&M 19, Texas State M&M 0
Latest meetingNovember 23, 2019
New Mexico State 44, UTEP 35
Next meetingAugust 28, 2021
StadiumsAggie Memorial Stadium
Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.
Sun Bowl
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
TrophySilver Spade Trophy
Mayor's Cup
Statistics
Meetings total97
All-time seriesUTEP leads 57–38–2 (.598)
Largest victoryTexas State M&M, 92–7 (1948)
Longest win streakUTEP, 8 (2009–2016)
Current win streakNew Mexico State, 3 (2017–present)
Locations of New Mexico State and UTEP

FootballEdit

The 104–year-old series between the New Mexico State Aggies and the UTEP Miners has had many exciting finishes in its storied history. Although UTEP holds the series lead at 57–38–2, largely due to dominance in the series from the 1920s to the 1960s, UTEP's advantage is 8–3 since 2009.

The winner of the annual matchup receives a pair of traveling trophies. The older of the two is known as the Silver Spade and dates to 1955. The trophy is a replica of a prospector's shovel from an abandoned mine in the Organ Mountains. The Mayor's Cup was added added in 1982 and is nicknamed the Brass Spittoon.[2]

Due to the close proximity of the campuses it was natural for a rivalry to develop. The Texas College of Mines played its first ever game against a collegiate opponent versus New Mexico A&M in 1914 and, with few exceptions, including during World War I and World War II, the teams would meet again every year. Following World War II, the series resumed on an annual basis from 1946 until 2001, when UTEP's administration made the controversial decision to cancel their scheduled trip to Las Cruces in favor of scheduling an additional home contest against a Division I-AA opponent. The schools agreed to meet again in 2002 (a 49–14 New Mexico State win, their biggest blowout of the Miners since 1922), but did not play again until 2004 in El Paso when the Miners exacted revenge for their blowout loss two years prior with a 45–0 pasting of the Aggies, the most lopsided result in the series in 55 years. The blowout marked the beginning of a three-game winning streak for UTEP in the rivalry. The tide of the series then seemingly turned back in the Aggies' favor, as New Mexico State defeated UTEP the next two years, their first back-to-back wins over UTEP since 1994 and 1995. The Aggies edged the Miners 34–33 on September 20, 2008 at the Sun Bowl for their first win in El Paso since 1994. However, the most recent three games in the series have gone back to the Miners, with UTEP defeating NMSU at Aggie Memorial Stadium 38–12 on September 19, 2009 (only their second win in the Mesilla Valley since 1991), topping the Aggies 42–10 at the Sun Bowl on September 18, 2010, and again defeating the Aggies 16–10 on September 17, 2011 in Las Cruces for their first back-to-back road wins in the series since winning four straight games in Las Cruces between 1986 and 1991.

In August 2020, New Mexico State postponed football and fall sports due to COVID-19.[3] However, UTEP and Conference USA proceeded with fall football. As a result, in 2020, the Battle of I-10 had no football game for the first time since 2003.

Notable statisticsEdit

  • From 1920 to 1951, UTEP hosted 22 of 28 games.
  • Before 1927, New Mexico State dominated the first 10 games with a record of 8–1–1.
  • From 1927 to 1967, UTEP dominated the series with a record of 29–7–1.
  • New Mexico State's back-to-back victories in 1960–1961 were its first since 1937–1938.
  • As of 2011, UTEP has won on the road 17 times, while New Mexico State has won on the road 16 times.
  • There have been 2 ties in the series, once in El Paso in 1925 and once in Las Cruces in 1952.
  • The September 26, 1998 game at Aggie Memorial Stadium set the all-time attendance record for any football game at the stadium with 32,993 in attendance.
  • The September 25, 1999 game at Sun Bowl set a new attendance record for that stadium with 52,247 which surpasses all Sun Bowl games and NFL Exhibition games ever played there. However, since then 2 regular season UTEP games have surpassed that attendance.[4]
  • The two most record breaking lopsided victories in the rivalry:
    • November 11, 1922 – New Mexico State 64, UTEP 0
    • November 25, 1948 – UTEP 92, New Mexico State 7

Game resultsEdit

Note: UTEP was known as the Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy prior to 1949 and Texas Western College from 1949–1967 and New Mexico State was known as New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts prior to 1960. Both schools are listed under their modern abbreviations for all games.

New Mexico State victoriesUTEP victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
1October 31, 1914Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico A&M19Texas State M&M0
2October 30, 1915Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico A&M34Texas State M&M0
3November 25, 1916Las Cruces, NMTexas State M&M6New Mexico A&M3
4November 11, 1920El Paso, TXNew Mexico A&M12Texas State M&M7
5November 11, 1921El Paso, TXNew Mexico A&M13Texas State M&M0
6November 11, 1922Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico A&M64Texas State M&M0
7November 11, 1923El Paso, TXNew Mexico A&M23Texas State M&M2
8November 8, 1924El Paso, TXNew Mexico A&M19Texas State M&M0
9November 7, 1925El Paso, TXTie6Tie6
10November 6, 1926El Paso, TXNew Mexico A&M10Texas State M&M8
11November 12, 1927El Paso, TXTexas State M&M19New Mexico A&M7
12November 10, 1928El Paso, TXTexas State M&M6New Mexico A&M0
13November 9, 1929El Paso, TXTexas State M&M8New Mexico A&M0
14November 15, 1930Las Cruces, NMTexas State M&M25New Mexico A&M0
15November 21, 1931El Paso, TXTexas State M&M20New Mexico A&M0
16October 29, 1932Las Cruces, NMTexas State M&M31New Mexico A&M6
17November 4, 1933El Paso, TXTexas State M&M9New Mexico A&M0
18November 28, 1935Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico A&M7Texas State M&M0
19November 26, 1936El Paso, TXTexas State M&M27New Mexico A&M7
20September 24, 1937Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico A&M14Texas State M&M0
21November 24, 1938El Paso, TXNew Mexico A&M13Texas State M&M9
22November 30, 1939Las Cruces, NMTexas State M&M34New Mexico A&M0
23November 30, 1940El Paso, TXTexas State M&M40New Mexico A&M26
24November 22, 1941El Paso, TXTexas State M&M24New Mexico A&M13
25November 26, 1942El Paso, TXTexas State M&M61New Mexico A&M6
26November 28, 1946El Paso, TXNew Mexico A&M14Texas State M&M7
27November 22, 1947El Paso, TXTexas State M&M26New Mexico A&M0
28November 25, 1948El Paso, TXTexas State M&M92New Mexico A&M7
29November 25, 1949El Paso, TXTexas Western69New Mexico A&M7
30September 23, 1950El Paso, TXTexas Western40New Mexico A&M0
31September 29, 1951El Paso, TXTexas Western41New Mexico A&M7
32October 18, 1952Las Cruces, NMTie20Tie20
33October 17, 1953El Paso, TXTexas Western39New Mexico A&M0
34October 30, 1954Las Cruces, NMTexas Western12New Mexico A&M7
35October 29, 1955El Paso, TXTexas Western41New Mexico A&M6
36October 27, 1956Las Cruces, NMTexas Western51New Mexico A&M7
37October 26, 1957El Paso, TXTexas Western42New Mexico A&M12
38October 25, 1958Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico A&M17Texas Western16
39October 24, 1959El Paso, TXTexas Western20New Mexico A&M15
40November 26, 1960Las Cruces, NM#15 New Mexico State27Texas Western15
41October 28, 1961El Paso, TXNew Mexico State42Texas Western6
42November 10, 1962Las Cruces, NMTexas Western21New Mexico State0
43October 5, 1963El Paso, TXTexas Western14New Mexico State13
44November 21, 1964Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State13Texas Western7
45October 2, 1965El Paso, TXTexas Western21New Mexico State6
46November 19, 1966El Paso, TXTexas Western28New Mexico State14
47November 4, 1967El Paso, TXUTEP46New Mexico State24
48October 19, 1968El Paso, TXUTEP30New Mexico State14
49November 8, 1969El Paso, TXNew Mexico State41UTEP38
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
50October 3, 1970El Paso, TXUTEP21New Mexico State14
51October 16, 1971Las Cruces, NMUTEP14New Mexico State7
52September 30, 1972El Paso, TXUTEP21New Mexico State20
53October 6, 1973El Paso, TXNew Mexico State27UTEP23
54October 12, 1974Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State14UTEP13
55September 13, 1975El Paso, TXNew Mexico State31UTEP24
56September 11, 1976Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State13UTEP10
57October 1, 1977El Paso, TXUTEP23New Mexico State21
58September 16, 1978Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State35UTEP32
59September 15, 1979El Paso, TXNew Mexico State14UTEP13
60September 13, 1980Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State6UTEP3
61September 5, 1981El Paso, TXNew Mexico State14UTEP7
62September 4, 1982Las Cruces, NMUTEP20New Mexico State17
63September 3, 1983El Paso, TXUTEP20New Mexico State9
64October 6, 1984Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State27UTEP16
65September 21, 1985El Paso, TXNew Mexico State22UTEP20
66September 13, 1986Las Cruces, NMUTEP47New Mexico State33
67September 5, 1987El Paso, TXUTEP31New Mexico State0
68October 29, 1988Las Cruces, NMUTEP42New Mexico State9
69September 16, 1989Las Cruces, NMUTEP29New Mexico State27
70September 8, 1990El Paso, TXUTEP27New Mexico State24
71September 14, 1991Las Cruces, NMUTEP22New Mexico State21
72September 19, 1992El Paso, TXNew Mexico State30UTEP24
73September 18, 1993Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State31UTEP14
74September 17, 1994El Paso, TXNew Mexico State23UTEP22
75September 2, 1995Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State45UTEP17
76September 14, 1996El Paso, TXUTEP14New Mexico State7
77September 27, 1997El Paso, TXUTEP24New Mexico State16
78September 26, 1998Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State33UTEP24
79September 25, 1999El Paso, TXUTEP54New Mexico State23
80September 30, 2000El Paso, TXUTEP41New Mexico State31
81October 5, 2002Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State49UTEP14
82October 2, 2004El Paso, TXUTEP45New Mexico State0
83September 3, 2005Las Cruces, NMUTEP34New Mexico State17
84September 30, 2006El Paso, TXUTEP44New Mexico State38
85September 15, 2007Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State29UTEP24
86September 20, 2008El Paso, TXNew Mexico State34UTEP33
87September 19, 2009Las Cruces, NMUTEP38New Mexico State12
88September 18, 2010El Paso, TXUTEP42New Mexico State10
89September 17, 2011Las Cruces, NMUTEP16New Mexico State10
90September 15, 2012El Paso, TXUTEP41New Mexico State28
91September 14, 2013Las Cruces, NMUTEP42New Mexico State21
92September 13, 2014El Paso, TXUTEP42New Mexico State24
93September 19, 2015Las Cruces, NMUTEP50New Mexico State47
94September 3, 2016El Paso, TXUTEP38New Mexico State22
95September 23, 2017Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State41UTEP14
96September 22, 2018El Paso, TXNew Mexico State27UTEP20
97November 23, 2019Las Cruces, NMNew Mexico State44UTEP35
Series: UTEP leads 57–38–2
  • Non-conference games (74: 1914–1933 and 1962–present)
  • Not played in 10 seasons (1917–1919, 1934, 1943–1945, 2001, 2003 and 2020)

Coaching recordsEdit

Since first game on October 31, 1914

New Mexico StateEdit

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Clarence W. Russell New Mexico A&M 3 1914–1916 2 1 0 .667
John G. Griffith New Mexico A&M 0 1917 0 0 0
No team (1918)
Anthony Savage New Mexico A&M 0 1919 0 0 0
Dutch Bergman New Mexico A&M 3 1920–1922 3 0 0 1.000
R. R. Brown New Mexico A&M 3 1923–1925 2 0 1 .833
Arthur Burkholder New Mexico A&M 1 1926 1 0 0 1.000
Ted Coffman New Mexico A&M 2 1927–1928 0 2 0 .000
Jerry Hines New Mexico A&M 10 1929–1939 3 7 0 .300
Julius H. Johnston New Mexico A&M 3 1940–1942 0 3 0 .000
Maurice Moulder New Mexico A&M 0 1943 0 0 0
No team (1944–1945)
Raymond A. Curfman New Mexico A&M 2 1946–1947 1 1 0 .500
Vaughn Corley New Mexico A&M 3 1948–1950 0 3 0 .000
Joseph T. Coleman New Mexico A&M 2 1951–1952 0 1 1 .250
James Patton New Mexico A&M 2 1953–1954 0 2 0 .000
Tony Cavallo New Mexico A&M 3 1955–1957 0 3 0 .000
Warren B. Woodson New Mexico A&M / State 10 1958–1967 4 6 0 .400
Jim Wood New Mexico State 5 1968–1972 1 4 0 .200
Jim Bradley New Mexico State 5 1973–1977 4 1 0 .800
Gil Krueger New Mexico State 5 1978–1982 4 1 0 .800
Fred Zechman New Mexico State 3 1983–1985 2 1 0 .667
Mike Knoll New Mexico State 4 1986–1989 0 4 0 .000
Jim Hess New Mexico State 7 1990–1996 4 3 0 .571
Tony Samuel New Mexico State 6 1997–2004 2 4   .333
Hal Mumme New Mexico State 4 2005–2008 2 2   .500
DeWayne Walker New Mexico State 4 2009–2012 0 4   .000
Doug Martin New Mexico State 7 2013–present 3 4   .429

UTEPEdit

Head Coach Team Games Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Tommy Dwyer (a) Texas State M&M 3 1914–1917 1 2 0 .333
No team (1918)
Tommy Dwyer (b) Texas State M&M 0 1919 0 0 0
Harry Van Surdam Texas State M&M 1 1920 0 1 0 .000
Thomas C. Holliday Texas State M&M 1 1921 0 1 0 .000
Jack C. Vowell Texas State M&M 2 1922–1923 0 2 0 .000
George B. Powell Texas State M&M 3 1924–1926 0 2 1 .167
E. J. Stewart Texas State M&M 2 1927–1928 2 0 0 1.000
Mack Saxon Texas State M&M 12 1929–1941 9 3 0 .750
Walter Milner Texas State M&M 1 1942 1 0 0 1.000
No team (1943–1945)
Jack Curtice Texas State M&M / Western 4 1946–1949 3 1 0 .750
Mike Brumbelow Texas Western 7 1950–1956 6 0 1 .929
Ben Collins Texas Western 5 1957–1961 2 3 0 .400
Bum Phillips Texas Western 1 1962 1 0 0 1.000
Warren Harper Texas Western 2 1963–1964 1 1 0 .500
Bobby Dobbs Texas Western / UTEP 8 1965–1972 7 1 0 .875
Tommy Hudspeth UTEP 1 1972–1973 0 1 0 .000
Gil Bartosh UTEP 3 1974–1976 0 3 0 .000
Bill Michael UTEP 5 1977–1981 1 4 0 .200
Billy Alton UTEP 0 1981 0 0 0
Bill Yung UTEP 4 1982–1985 2 2 0 .500
Bob Stull UTEP 3 1986–1988 3 0 0 1.000
David Lee UTEP 5 1989–1993 3 2 0 .600
Charlie Bailey UTEP 6 1993–1999 3 3 0 .500
Gary Nord UTEP 2 2000–2003 1 1   .500
Mike Price (a) UTEP 9 2004–2012 7 2   .778
Sean Kugler UTEP 5 2013–2017 4 1   .800
Mike Price (b) UTEP 0 2017 0 0  
Dana Dimel UTEP 2 2018–present 0 2   .000
  • Tommy Dwyer's overall record in series was 2–0–0 (1.000)
  • Mike Price's overall record in series is 7–2 (.778)

BasketballEdit

The New Mexico State and UTEP men's basketball programs share remarkably similar histories and have played an extremely competitive series of games against one another. The programs both experienced their greatest national prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when both schools were led by young up-and-coming coaches who would eventually win more than 700 games (Lou Henson at New Mexico State, Don Haskins at UTEP) and appeared in the NCAA Tournament's Final Four within four years of each other. UTEP (then still known as Texas Western) won the 1966 national title while New Mexico State advanced to the 1970 national semifinal before falling to UCLA, but won the consolation game to finish the season third in the nation. Both programs returned to national prominence in the early 1990s with the Aggies and Miners both advancing to the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet Sixteen" in 1992. New Mexico State has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 18 times to UTEP's 17 appearances, and New Mexico State has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen five times to UTEP's four (although three of New Mexico State's appearances in the early 1990s, including the 1992 Sweet Sixteen run, have since been vacated by the NCAA due to rules violations). Most recently, both schools won conference titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2010.

There is some discrepancy between the two schools on the all-time series record as well as the number of all-time meetings between the schools. Entering the 2017–18 season New Mexico State records show that the schools have met 200 times, with New Mexico State holding a 109–103 all time advantage,[5] while UTEP records show 201 meetings with New Mexico State's advantage at 108–104.[6] Uniquely among non-conference rivalries, the schools traditionally play a two-game home-and-home series each season, unlike most other non-conference rivalry series where a single meeting per season is the norm. UTEP swept the 2010–11 series between the schools, winning 73–56 on November 23, 2010 in El Paso and 74–72 on November 30, 2010 in Las Cruces. The Aggies defeated the Miners 89–73 in the first meeting of the 2011–12 season series on November 19, 2011 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. And later in the second meeting of 2011–12 basketball season the Miners defeated the Aggies 73–69 on December 11, 2011 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso to split the season series.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History & Spirit - The University of Texas at El Paso". alumni.utep.edu.
  2. ^ Staff, UTEP (November 22, 2019). "Battle of I-10 between UTEP, NMSU makes its way to the football field". KFOX. The winner of the annual matchup between UTEP and NM State will take home a pair of traveling trophies. The older of the two is known as the Silver Spade. It is a replica of an old prospector’s shovel found in an abandoned mine in the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces and has been traded between the schools since 1955. A second trophy is officially titled the Mayor’s Cup, but is commonly referred to as the Brass Spittoon and was added in 1982.
  3. ^ "New Mexico State will not play football in fall due to COVID-19 concerns". Las Cruces Sun-News. August 13, 2020. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2009-10-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Aggies Host UTEP Saturday at 6 PM". New Mexico State University Athletics.
  6. ^ "Miners Will Have Their Hands Full With Big, Experienced Aggies". utepathletics.com.