BYU Accepts Invitation to 2010 New Mexico Bowl
Cougars to Make 29th Bowl Appearance, First in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Bowl is proud to announce that the BYU Cougars have accepted an invitation to play in the fifth annual New Mexico Bowl, which is slated for Saturday, Dec. 18 at noon MT at University Stadium on the University of New Mexico campus. The game, which kicks off the FBS postseason, will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN HD.
“We are excited to welcome BYU to the New Mexico Bowl,” said Jeff Siembieda, Executive Director, New Mexico Bowl. “I have a strong respect for the Cougars’ program, its proud tradition and passionate fans. Combine that with the history that BYU has here in New Mexico and I am very happy that they will be representing the Mountain West Conference in this years’ game.”
“We are anxious to participate in the New Mexico Bowl and to be playing in the opening bowl game of the year,” said BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall. “We look forward to the opportunity to continue to improve our team and build for the future.”
BYU (6-6, 5-3 MWC) made a huge push in the second half of the regular season to get bowl-eligible, winning five of its final seven games. The Cougars finished in a three-way tie with Air Force and San Diego State for third place in the Mountain West Conference. BYU has a storied bowl history, having made 28 bowl appearances, including five straight in Las Vegas, NV. The Cougars have won three of their last four bowl games, including the 2009 triumph over Oregon State, 44-20 in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas.
“I’m impressed how our football team turned the season around after a slow start,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “We are very excited to be playing in the New Mexico Bowl. I am happy for our seniors who fought hard to keep our bowl streak alive.”
The BYU Cougars become the fourth institution to represent the MWC in the New Mexico Bowl, following New Mexico (2006-07), Colorado State (2008) and Wyoming (2009). The MWC representative has been victorious in the New Mexico Bowl the past three years.
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