College Football
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New Mexico vs Texas-San Antonio
When: 2:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 17, 2016
Where: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico



GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL STORYLINES

1. It will be a program participating in its first bowl game against a school playing in rather-familiar territory Dec. 17 when Texas-San Antonio tangles with New Mexico on its own University Stadium turf in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17 in Albuquerque. The Roadrunners, of Conference USA, beat Charlotte 33-14 in their regular-season finale to earn a bowl invitation in their sixth season of play, matching the FBS earliest-bowl-bid record shared by South Alabama (2014) and Georgia State (2015). Meanwhile, the Lobos of the Mountain West Conference will be making their second straight and fourth overall New Mexico Bowl appearance in the 11-year history of the post-season contest.

2. Guided by fifth-year coach Bob Davie, 8-4 New Mexico is in the midst of its best season in a decade and is seeking the fifth nine-win campaign in the program’s 85-year history. The Lobos, however, are 3-8-1 in bowl games, including 1-2 in the New Mexico Bowl, and its 2007 New Mexico Bowl win over Nevada stands as its only bowl victory since 1961. The Lobos went 5-1 in Albuquerque this season, and won six of its last seven games overall to earn a share of the Mountain West Mountain Division title at 6-2.

3. Like the Mountain West, Conference USA also is sending seven teams to bowls, with UTSA joining Old Dominion as first-time FBS post-season participants. The Roadrunners are guided by first-year coach Frank Wilson, who had spent the previous 11 seasons as an SEC assistant, and they finished second in the C-USA’s West Division with a 5-3 record. UTSA went 3-4 against bowl qualifiers during the regular season and played the two Power Five opponents – Arizona State and Texas A&M – tough in 32-28 and 23-10 losses, respectively.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: New Mexico -7



ABOUT UTSA (6-6): The Roadrunners rely heavily on their 1-2 rushing punch of senior Jarveon Williams, the program’s all-time leading ground gainer, and sophomore Jalen Rhodes, who have combined for 1,903 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns this season. UTSA’s passing attack is average all around under junior quarterback Dalton Strum, who averages 192.9 yards of total offense per game and has accounted for 22 total TDs with junior wide receivers Josh Stewart (36 receptions-682 yards-five TDs) and Kerry Thomas Jr. (31-510-8) serving as his top targets. Defensively, the Roadrunners ranked third in C-USA with an average of 28.3 points and fourth with an average of 400 yards allowed per game, and are led by freshman linebacker Josiah Tauaefa – the first UTSA player to earn first-team all-Conference-USA honors – who currently ranks third among FBS freshmen in tackles with a program single-season-record 104 total stops, including 7.5 tackles for loss.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO (8-4): On the legs of running backs Teriyon Gibson (120.9 yards per game, 12 TDs) and Tyrone Owens (98.5 yards, seven TDs), the Lobos and their option attack lead the FBS in all the major rushing categories, including total yards (4,331), yards per game (360.9) and yards per carry (6.81). Quarterbacks Lamar Jordan and Austin Apodaca have shared time, but the former is the more potent rushing threat with 658 yards and three TDs on the ground for New Mexico, which averaged a Mountain West-best 37.8 points per outing and is fewer than 100 yards away from setting a school single-season record for total offense. Defensive linemen Nik D’Avanzo (60 total tackles) and Garrett Hughes (team-most 6.5 sacks) were All-Mountain West second-team selections and lead a unit which allows 32.4 points and 397.3 yards per game.





PREDICTION: New Mexico 38, UTSA 28


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
New Mexico 8-4 W1 37.8 32.4 5-1 3-3 6-2 0-0 6-2
Texas-San Antonio 6-6 W1 29.9 28.3 4-2 2-4 4-3 1-1 5-3
Last Meeting
New Mexico Texas-San Antonio
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/4/14 UNM 21 UTSA 9 370 283 87 341 112 229
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
New Mexico L. Jordan 63.6 72 0 0
Texas-San Antonio B. Bogenschutz 62.5 169 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
New Mexico L. Jordan 9 106 11.8 1
Texas-San Antonio J. Williams 9 95 10.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
New Mexico D. Anaya 1 41 41.0 0
Texas-San Antonio M. Mack 4 77 19.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
New Mexico C. Gongbay 1
Texas-San Antonio J. Williams 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
New Mexico A. Apodaca 55.2 654 5 2
Texas-San Antonio D. Sturm 58.2 2052 18 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
New Mexico T. Gipson 131 1209 9.2 12
Texas-San Antonio J. Williams 191 775 4.1 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
New Mexico Q. Drennan 11 284 25.8 3
Texas-San Antonio J. Stewart 36 682 18.9 5
Touchdowns Player TD
New Mexico R. McQuarley 16
Texas-San Antonio J. Rhodes 10
Quickchart Matchup
New Mexico New Mexico Off vs  Texas-San Antonio Texas-San Antonio Def
New Mexico 470.2 yards
Texas-San Antonio 400 yards
New Mexico 6.8 yards/rush
Texas-San Antonio 4.4 yards/rush
New Mexico 7.6 yards/attempt
Texas-San Antonio 7.2 yards/attempt
Texas-San Antonio Texas-San Antonio Off vs  New Mexico New Mexico Def
Texas-San Antonio 376.4 yards
New Mexico 397.3 yards
Texas-San Antonio 3.8 yards/rush
New Mexico 4.6 yards/rush
Texas-San Antonio 7.4 yards/attempt
New Mexico 8.7 yards/attempt