San Jose St Vs New Mexico in New Mexico Bowl!

Tickets for the inaugural New Mexico Bowl are now on sale. The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 23 and be televised by ESPN at 2:30 p.m. MT, live from the University of New Mexico's University Stadium in Albuquerque. Football fans who want to be a part of this historic event can purchase tickets at the University of New Mexico box office or online at www.newmexicobowl.com. GO SJSU SPARTANS!

(San Jose, CA) The New Mexico Bowl, an ESPN Regional Television owned and operated event, has offered an invitation to the San Jose State University Spartans. San Jose State has accepted the invitation and will represent the Western Athletic Conference as they face the University of New Mexico Lobos in the inaugural contest on December 23.

"San Jose State has had a fantastic season and we're happy to extend this invitation," said Jeff Siembieda, Executive Director of the New Mexico Bowl.

"We feel we have a terrific match-up for our inaugural game. We look forward to the Spartans and their great fans coming to the Land of Enchantment for what promises to be a great football game and festive Bowl Week. They are a program on the up-swing that has made tremendous strides. We congratulate Dick Tomey, Tom Bowen, and everyone involved with San Jose State."

Added Tom Bowen, San Jose State Director of Athletics: "We are very excited to be selected and are honored to be a part of this inaugural event."

With their 28-13 victory over Idaho on Saturday, the Spartans increased their record to 7-4 overall and 4-3 within the WAC. This season's record marks the first time in six years the resurgent San Jose State program has qualified for the post-season and this will be the first time since 1990 the Spartans will play in a Bowl Game. In the team's last bowl appearance, San JoseState defeated Central Michigan 48-24 in the California Raisin Bowl.

San Jose State becomes the third WAC team to accept a Bowl Invitation so far this season, joining Hawai'i, who will play in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl in Honolulu on December 24-- which will air on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET-- and the University of Nevada, who will travel to Boise, Idaho for the MPC Computers Bowl on December 31.

While this will be the first post-season meeting between the Spartans and the Lobos, the two teams have met 15 times before, with San Jose holding a 10-4-1 series edge. The Spartans won the last meeting between the two teams 37-20 in San Jose in 1998.

Tickets for the inaugural New Mexico Bowl are now on sale. The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 23 and be televised by ESPN at 2:30 p.m. MT, live from the University of New Mexico's University Stadium in Albuquerque. Football fans who want to be a part of this historic event can purchase tickets at the University of New Mexico box office or online at www.newmexicobowl.com.

The New Mexico Bowl is a newly created NCAA certified college football bowl game owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT). ERT markets and owns four other bowl games -- the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the PapaJohns.com Bowl.


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