2007 New Mexico Bowl History & More
Nevada LB Ezra Butler
Nevada LB Ezra Butler
Posted Dec 17, 2007

New Mexico Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

Nevada (6-6) vs. New Mexico (8-4)

Dec. 22, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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New Mexico Bowl History
2006 San Jose St 20, New Mexico 12

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Wolf Pack Bowl Moment: In one of the most exciting games of the 2005 bowl bonanza, Nevada got by UCF in the Hawaii Bowl, 49-48, in overtime.  In a wild, see-saw game that featured 1,178 yards of offense, the Wolf Pack got off the island with a win after Matt Prater missed an extra point that would have sent the game to a second extra session.

Best Lobo Bowl Moment: The pickings are slim here since New Mexico has lost its last four bowl games and boasts just a pair of bowl victories, the last one coming in the 1961 Aviation Bowl. That 28-12 win over Western Michigan gets the nod by default, however, it'll fall by the wayside if the Lobos can handle San Jose State later this month in Albuquerque.

Nevada's best win ... Nevada 49 ... Louisiana Tech 10
Nevada rolled up 641 yards of total offense with a balanced attack that led the way to an early 21-0 lead and didn't let up until early in the fourth quarter. Luke Lippincott accounted for five touchdowns on four short runs and an 11-yard catch, and Kyle Sammons caught scoring passes from 16 and 74 yards out. The Louisiana Tech offense was stuffed all game long, managing just a 20-yard Danny Horwedel field goal. The lone Bulldog touchdown came on a kickoff return following Lippincott's fourth score. Nevada held the ball for 37:05.
Player of the game: Nevada RB Luke Lippincott ran 25 times for 112 yards and four touchdowns, and he caught four passes for 105 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Nevada - Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 18-29, 404 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Luke Lippencott, 25-112, 4 TD. Receiving: Kyle Sammons, 8-199, 2 TD
Louisiana Tech - Passing: Zac Champion, 9-23, 114 yds
Patrick Jackson, 21-66. Receiving: Phillip Livas, 3-52

Nevada's worst loss ... San Jose State 27 ... Nevada 24
Nevada's Brett Jaekle hit the left upright on a 37-yard field goal attempt with 36 seconds to play to seal the San Jose State comeback win. The Spartans gave up Marko Mitchell touchdown catches from 64 and 59 yards out in the first half, and then shut down the Wolf Pack attack in the second half while the offense scored 17 unanswered points for the win. Adam Tafralis threw two touchdown passes, but it was a 13-yard Jacob French touchdown run early in the fourth that gave the Spartans the lead for good. San Jose State controlled the ball for 36:24.
Player of the game: San Jose State QB Adam Tafralis completed 29 of 46 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Nevada - Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 12-22, 252 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Luke Lippencott, 16-74. Receiving: Marko Mitchell, 4-144, 2 TD
San Jose State - Passing: Adam Tafralis, 29-46, 342 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Jacob French, 16-62, 1 TD. Receiving: David Richmond, 9-143

New Mexico's best win ...
New Mexico 34 ... Air Force 31

Rodney Ferguson ran 41 times with two short touchdown runs, and John Sullivan connected on four field goals as New Mexico took advantage of five Air Force fumbles to pull off the win. The Falcons got four touchdown runs, including two from Chad Hall, but they turned the ball over on three of their final four drives. The Lobos held on to the ball for 34:40 and turned it over two times.
Player of the game: New Mexico RB Rodney Ferguson ran 41 times for 146 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 15 yards
Stat Leaders: Air Force - Passing: Shaun Carney, 11-18, 110 yds
Rushing: Chad Hall, 21-97, 2 TD. Receiving: Chad Hall, 6-66
New Mexico - Passing: Donovan Porterie, 16-28, 169 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rodney Ferguson, 41-146, 2 TD. Receiving: Marcus Smith, 7-84

New Mexico's worst loss ...
UTEP 10 ... New Mexico 6
New Mexico outgained UTEP 379 yards to 195, but the Miners got the one big play it had to have with a 36-yard Terrell Jackson touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The Miner defense held, as hit had all game long allowing  John Sullivan field goals from 20 and 40 yards out. UTEP scored first on the game's opening drive on a 51-yard Jose Martinez field goal.
Player of the game: UTEP S Quintin Demps made 17 tackles with two tackles for loss and broke up a pass
Stat Leaders: UTEP - Passing: Trevor Vittatoe, 6-21, 59 yds
Rushing: Terrell Jackson, 11-70, 1 TD. Receiving: Jeff Moturi, 3-22
New Mexico - Passing: Donovan Porterie, 25-39, 190 yds
Rodney Ferguson, 32-128. Receiving: Marcus Smith, 11-77

2006 New Mexico Bowl
San Jose State 20 .. New Mexico 12

San Jose State only gained eight first downs and was outgained 377 yards to 280, but the defense forced four fumbles and held time and against despite several Lobo chances in deep in Spartan territory. John Broussard caught a 76-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter for a 7-0 Spartan lead, but the tone was set on New Mexico's next drive when Matt Castelo, who finished with 18 tackles, forced a Rodney Ferguson fumble on the goal line. Spartan DB Damaja Jones returned it 67 yards and New Mexico never recovered. Adam Tafralis threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to James Jones for a 13-0 Spartan lead, and went up 20-yard on a 24-yard Jones scoring grab. Utah didn't get into the end zone until the final few seconds on a 15-yard pass to Marcus Smith, and almost recovered the onside kick grabbing it a few inches too short.
Player of the game ... San Jose State LB Matt Castelo made 18 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, one broken up pass, one tackle for loss
Stat Leaders: San Jose State - Passing: Adam Tafralis, 11-18, 209 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Adam Tafralis, 8-76  Receiving: James Jones, 5-76, 1 TD
New Mexico - Passing: Chris Nelson, 17-26, 188 yds, 1 TD
Rodney Ferguson, 22-102  Receiving:
Rodney Ferguson, 8-78

New Mexico Bowl History (3-8)
2006 New Mexico San Jose State 20, New Mexico 12
2004 Emerald Navy 34, New Mexico 19
2003 Las Vegas Oregon St 55, New Mexico 14
2002 Las Vegas UCLA 27, New Mexico 13
1997 Insight.com Arizona 20, New Mexico 14
1961 Aviation New Mexico 28, Western Michigan 12
1946 Harbor New Mexico 13, Montana State 13
1945 Sun New Mexico 34, Denver 24
1943 Sun Southwestern Texas 7, New Mexico 0
1938 Sun Utah 26, New Mexico 0
Nevada Bowl History (3-3)
2006 MPC Computers Miami 21, Nevada 20
2005 Hawaii Nevada 49, UCF 48 (OT)
1996 Las Vegas Nevada 18, Ball State 15
1995 Las Vegas Toledo 40, Nevada 37 (OT)
1992 Las Vegas Bowling Green 35, Nevada 34
1948 Salad Nevada 13, North Texas 6

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