By UTSA Athletics
UTSA officially earned its first invitation to a bowl game on Dec. 4 when the Gildan New Mexico Bowl announced that Roadrunners will play New Mexico at noon (MT) on Saturday, Dec. 17, at University Stadium.
UTSA, only in its sixth season of play, matched the NCAA record for the fastest program to reach a bowl game with Sunday’s announcement, equaling South Alabama (2014) and Georgia State (2015), who both earned bowl berths in their sixth campaign.
Now in its 11th year, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl traditionally has been the first bowl game of the season. It will mark the third all-time meeting between the teams, as they split a home-and-home series back in 2013-14 with each squad winning on the other’s home field.
The Roadrunners opened the 2013 campaign on Aug. 31 with a 21-13 victory against the Lobos in Albuquerque and New Mexico followed that up with a 21-9 triumph on Oct. 4, 2014, at the Alamodome. Led by first-year head coach Frank Wilson, the Roadrunners finished the regular season with a 6-6 record and became bowl eligible for the first time in program history with their 33-14 victory against Charlotte on Nov. 26.
Meanwhile, New Mexico finished the regular season at 8-4 on the strength of wins in six of its final seven outings.
Tickets, available through Ticketmaster.com, are $40 to the general public and current students may order at a special rate of $25. Ticket orders also will be taken over the phone from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday by calling (210) 458-UTSA (8872).
Fans and current student purchasing tickets now will receive the best possible seat locations assigned to them by Ticketmaster. All fans that order bowl tickets through the UTSA Ticket Office will receive a commemorative bowl game T-shirt for every ticket purchased.