2008 New Mexico - Profiles, History & More
Fresno State LB Ben Jacobs
Fresno State LB Ben Jacobs
Posted Dec 19, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.

2008 New Mexico Bowl Profiles

Colorado State (6-6) vs. Fresno State (7-5)

Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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New Mexico Bowl History
2007 New Mexico 23 ... Nevada 0
2006 San Jose St 20, New Mexico 12

By Richard Cirminiello

Best Bulldog Bowl Moment: In one of the more historic victories in school history, Fresno State toyed with Pac-10 powerhouse USC in the 1992 Freedom Bowl. The Bulldogs picked off three Rob Johnson passes and outgained the favored Trojans 405-183 in a surprisingly easy 24-7 win.   
Best Ram Bowl Moment: Colorado State’s first-ever bowl victory came in a 32-31 thriller over Oregon in the 1990 Freedom Bowl. The WAC co-champion took particular delight in breaking into the win column against a member of the Pac-10. The teams played a seesaw game that wasn’t decided until the final minute, when the Rams stopped a potential game-winning two-point conversion just inches from the goal line.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Fresno State: TE Bear Pascoe. In an offense that has struggled to develop quality wide receivers, Pascoe has been an ideal security blanket for QB Tom Brandstater. At 6-5 and 260 pounds, he’s got soft hands and absolutely no aversions to laying out defenders on running plays, which has not been lost on NFL scouts. Pascoe is second on the Bulldogs with 37 catches for 361 yards and four touchdowns.

Colorado State: RB Gartrell Johnson. Kyle Bell was supposed to be the workhorse for the Rams, but injuries got in the way the last two years. As Plan Bs go, Johnson has been brilliant, rushing for more than 2,000 yards in his final two seasons, including nine 100-yard games. A powerful 225-pound runner, he became the first Ram in three years to make the All-Mountain West first team.

Breakout Player ...

Fresno State: DE Chris Carter. Although he lines up at defensive end, the versatile Carter plays with all of the agility and range of a linebacker. At just 6-2 and 220 pounds, the sophomore will eventually settle down at linebacker, but for now, he’s a handful when not being locked up by opposing tackles. In his first full season as a regular, Carter has parlayed 79 tackles, six tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks into a spot on the All-WAC second team.  

Colorado State: LB Ricky Brewer. Any efforts to improve the defense in the offseason will be done around Brewer and fellow outside LB Mychal Sisson. The game has begun to slow down for Brewer, who likes to fly around the field and play with reckless abandon. In what’s been a table-setting year for the second half of his career in Fort Collins, he’s second on the team to Sisson with 94 tackles.

Best Non-Game Event
The El Pinto Welcome Reception and Team Dinner stands out among the most popular events each year. The event, held Dec. 17 this year, is hosted annually by El Pinto, a local New Mexican restaurant. It’s unique and exciting because each year there is a Chili Cook-off. Each school fields a team of six cooks and is given 45 minutes to turn raw ingredients into a delicious green chile stew, one of the state's favorite dishes. The winner is decided by a panel of judges that usually includes El Pinto owner Jim Thomas. An interesting note on the event, too, is the strange coincidence that has occurred with the winners. The first year, New Mexico won the cook-off but lost the bowl game, and last year, Nevada won the cook-off and lost the bowl game.

Player Gift Package
This year’s player gift package includes an Oakley backpack, an Oakley watch, an RCA video recorder/camera, an Oakley beanie, a personalized commemorative football, a New Mexico Bowl pen by Quill, a New Era Cap, and a one-year subscription to ESPN the magazine.

Charitable Component
The New Mexico Bowl works with many local charities, including Special Olympics, New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, and the UNM Children's Hospital.

How Success is Measured
Success is measured on a number of levels, but the biggest is by the response of the participating teams and their fans. Of course, attendance is a factor, as is how the bowl did financially; The committee feels it’s doing well in both of those areas. The biggest concern is whether the student-athletes and everyone involved have a great time and walk away saying that they’d like to return to the New Mexico Bowl in the future. If that’s achieved, as it has been in the past, then success has been reached.

MVP of the Bowl
Linda Perkins and there’s no two ways about it. She sits at the front desk and takes care of everything.  While Jeff Siembieda may be called the "executive director", she is the one who runs this operation. From volunteers, to bills, to phones, to dealing with clients and board members, she is the MVP of this bowl game.

Impact to the Community
It is the premier annual sports event in the state, and the only annual nationally televised event in New Mexico, so it has got quite an impact. New Mexico is growing and this is a key component to show that this state can play on a national stage. The community is proud of this event and wants to see it grow. Plus, on what is traditionally the slowest tourism week of the year in New Mexico, hotels, restaurants and attractions are being filled, so obviously, the economic impact is substantial.

Role of Volunteers
For the most part, volunteers are a huge part of bowl week. They staff events and help out at all of the events. Plus, they take pride in being a part of the New Mexico Bowl and showing off the host state.

Fresno State Bowl History (10-7)
2007 Humanitarian Fresno State 40, Georgia Tech 28
2005 Liberty Tulsa 31, Fresno State 24
2004 MPC Computers Fresno State 37, Virginia 34 (OT)
2003 Silicon Valley Classic Fresno State 17, UCLA 9
2002 Silicon Valley Classic Fresno State 30, Georgia Tech 21
2001 Silicon Valley Classic Michigan State 44, Fresno State 35
2000 Silicon Valley Classic Air Force 37, Fresno State 34
1999 Las Vegas Utah 17, Fresno State 16
1993 Aloha Colorado 41, Fresno State 30
1992 Freedom Fresno State 24, Southern Cal 7
1991 California Bowling Green 28, Fresno State 21
1989 California Fresno State 27, Ball State 6
1988 California Fresno State 35, Western Michigan 30
1985 California Fresno State 51, Bowling Green 7
1982 California Fresno State 29, Bowling Green 28
1961 Mercy Fresno State 36, Bowling Green 6
1945 Raisin Drake 13, Fresno State 12
Colorado State Bowl History (4-8)
2005 Poinsettia Navy, 51, Colorado St 30
2003 San Fran. BC 35, Colorado St 21
2002 Liberty TCU 17, Colorado State 3
2001 New Orleans Colorado St 45, North Texas 20
2000 Liberty Colorado St 22, Louisville 17
1999 Liberty So Miss 23, Colorado St 17
1999 Liberty So Miss 23, Colorado St 17
1997 Holiday Colorado St 35, Missouri 24
1995 Holiday Kansas St 54, Colorado St 21
1994 Holiday Michigan 24, Colorado St 14
1990 Freedom Colorado State 32, Oregon 31
1948 Raisin Occidental 21, Colorado St 20

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