• January 27, 2022
 UTEP to take on Fresno State in New Mexico Bowl; Game set for December 18

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UTEP to take on Fresno State in New Mexico Bowl; Game set for December 18

The UTEP Miners are going bowling once again!

UTEP (7-5, 4-4 Conference USA) will face Fresno State (9-3, 6-2 Mountain West) in the 16th annual PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Albuquerque.  The game will kick off at 12:15 p.m. MT and will be played at University Stadium (37,457 capacity).  The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the Miners and their fans back to the post-season and back to the PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl,” said PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda.  “Dana Dimel has done a terrific job with an exciting football team, and they’re in the midst of a special season.”

“We are proud to accept the invitation to participate in this year’s PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl,” UTEP coach Dimel said.  “We are facing an outstanding opponent in Fresno State and we are thrilled to be renewing an old Western Athletic Conference rivalry.  Our guys have been locked in all year and they’re excited about getting another opportunity to play and leaving it all out on the field in Albuquerque.  We look forward to a large contingent of Miner fans traveling down I-25 with us!”

The Miners are making their 15th postseason appearance, and their first since 2014.  UTEP will be appearing in the PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl for the third time in 12 years after facing BYU in 2010 and Utah State in 2014.

UTEP is 5-9 all-time in bowl games (0-2 in the PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl).  The Miners are seeking their first postseason victory since defeating Mississippi in the 1967 Sun Bowl, 14-7.

Dimel is leading a team into a bowl game for the first time as a head coach.  He has coached in 13 bowl games overall, including 12 as an assistant at Kansas State (1993 Copper Bowl, 1994 Aloha Bowl, 1995 Holiday Bowl, 1997 Cotton Bowl, 2008 Las Vegas Bowl, 2010 Pinstripe Bowl, 2012 Cotton Bowl, 2013 Fiesta Bowl, 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2015 Alamo Bowl, 2016 Liberty Bowl, 2016 Texas Bowl, 2017 Cactus Bowl).  Dimel also coached in the 1991 Japan Bowl, a college football all-star game.

The Miners’ seven victories ties their most in a season since 2005 and they are pursuit of an eight-win season for only the 11th time in school history.

Fresno State leads the all-time series with UTEP 8-3-1, although the Miners have won two of the last three matchups.  In the last meeting during the 2004 season, UTEP – under the direction of first-year head coach Mike Price – topped the Bulldogs in Fresno, 24-21.

UTEP and Fresno State have had two common opponents this season – Boise State and New Mexico.  The Miners lost at Boise State, 54-13, on Sept. 10 and beat New Mexico in the Sun Bowl, 20-13, on Sept. 25.  The Bulldogs lost to the Broncos at home, 40-14, on Nov. 6, and beat the Lobos in Fresno, 34-7, on Nov. 13.

Tickets to the PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl are $40 each and are on sale now by going online.

Fans are encouraged to purchase the tickets directly through UTEP to ensure that they are seated in the UTEP sections.  Tickets can be managed via Print at Home or Mobile.  Fans can also call (915) 747-UTEP or email tickets@utep.edu with questions.

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