POSTED: Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 8:22pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 10:27pm
The UTEP football team has accepted an invitation to the New Mexico Bowl. The Miners (6-6, 3-5 Conference USA) will take on former Western Athletic Conference rival BYU (6-6, 5-3 Mountain West Conference) on Saturday, Dec. 18 at noon MT. The game will be played at University Stadium in Albuquerque and will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPNHD.
Tickets for the New Mexico Bowl are $30 each and are on sale now by calling the UTEP Season Ticket Office at (915) 747-6150.
"We're excited about renewing our long-standing rivalry with BYU in the New Mexico Bowl," UTEP coach Mike Price said. "It's a great opportunity for our fans to drive down for the game, enjoy postseason play and take in the great city of Albuquerque."
"We are all very happy that things worked out the way they did and UTEP is coming to the New Mexico Bowl," said Jeff Siembieda, Executive Director of the New Mexico Bowl. "We are thrilled to have the Miners and their incredible fans as a part of this event. It just seems to be a natural. With the regional proximity, the great history UTEP athletics has in this area and being able to renew an old rivalry between the Miners and BYU, I'm really excited about this game."
UTEP has been designated as the home team for the New Mexico Bowl. The Miners will be making their 13th bowl appearance all-time, and their first since 2005. UTEP has posted a 5-7 bowl record and is seeking its first postseason win since 1967.
The New Mexico Bowl, which kicks off the FBS postseason, ordinarily matches opponents from the Western Athletic and Mountain West conferences. UTEP becomes the first team from outside those conferences to participate in the game, which is in its fifth year. BYU is also making its first appearance in the New Mexico Bowl.