ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at San Antonio football programs made it to their hotels on Wednesday afternoon, ready for the 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl which is going down on Saturday at 12 p.m.
UNM is playing in their second consecutive New Mexico Bowl, but are looking for that illusive win, which would mark their first nine-win season with a Bowl victory since 2007.
“Tremendous excitement and you know ticket sales have been phenomenal at our university. To be greeted by this band and you guys is overwhelming, it’s fantastic, and it’s everything that we have worked for,” said UTSA Head Football Coach Frank Wilson.
This game is hugely important for the UNM team, but it also means a lot to a young FBS UTSA team. This will mark the programs first Bowl game, and for this team’s seniors, it also marks coming full circle. The Roadrunners and Lobos will play each other for the third time in program history on Saturday (1-1 series record), with their first meeting happening back in 2013 in a season-opening victory for UTSA. That game was the first game for most of these UTSA seniors so they will end their college careers right where they started it all off.
“It’s very fitting for the climax of a football career. To end it in this fashion, I mean you couldn’t even write this better,” said UTSA Senior Safety Michael Egwuagu.