This marks the second year in a row that the Lobos are appearing in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. After falling to Arizona last season, New Mexico will face off against UTSA this time around at University Stadium in Albuquerque.
New Mexico (8-4) vs. UTSA (6-6)
Dec. 17, 2016
University Stadium, Albuquerque, N.M.
How to watch
Game time: 2 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live stream: You can live stream the game here.
Players to watch
-Teriyon Gipson leads the New Mexico rushing attack with 1,209 yards on the season. He’s averaging 9.2 yards per carry and has 12 rushing scores.
-Roadrunners quarterback Dalton Sturm has thrown for 2,052 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions and also has 263 rushing yards and four scores on the ground.
-This is New Mexico’s second bowl trip in a row after missing out for seven straight seasons.
-With a win, New Mexico can cap its season with nine victories for the first time since 2007. The Lobos finished the season winning six of their last seven regular-season games.
-New Mexico is the No. 1 rushing team in the nation with 360.9 yards per game on the ground. The teams are tied 1-1 in the all-time series; New Mexico won the most recent matchup in 2014 by a 21-9 margin. This is UTSA’s first bowl trip as a Division I program.
-A win for the Roadrunners can cap a seven-victory season — their first since 2013. UTSA rushers have averaged just 3.8 yards per carry this season.
-Only two Roadrunners pass catchers have over 300 yards this season — Josh Stewart (682 yards, five touchdowns) and Kerry Thomas Jr. (510 yards, eight touchdowns).
- New Mexico defensive lineman William Udeh is questionable with a knee injury.
- Lobos running back Tyrone Owens is probable with a foot injury.
- UTSA center Juan Perez-Isidoro is questionable with an undisclosed injury.