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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of Texas-El Paso and Fresno State have been selected to participate in the 16th annual PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl. The game will be played Saturday, Dec. 18 at 12:15 pm MT at University Stadium in Albuquerque and will be televised nationally on ESPN and broadcast on ESPN Radio.
Fresno State enters the game having won five of its last six games en route to a 9-3 record on the year and a second-place finish in the West Division of the Mountain West Conference. This is the third appearance by the Bulldogs in the New Mexico Bowl and the 30th overall bowl appearance in program history.
“The Fresno State Bulldogs are a power again and we very excited to welcome them back to Albuquerque,” said Executive Director Jeff Siembieda. “This is a talented and entertaining football team that has been impressive all season. With an incredibly passionate fan base and one of the best teams on the West Coast, we are in for a great show.”
UTEP went 7-5 in the 2021 campaign, matching their highest win total since the 2014 season, which saw the Miners appear in the New Mexico Bowl as well. UTEP will play in its 15th bowl game in program history. Making their third trip to the New Mexico Bowl, the Miners are looking for their first win in postseason action since the 1967 Sun Bowl.
“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 Siembieda. “Dana Dimel has done a terrific job with an exciting football team, and they’re in the midst of a special season.”
The New Mexico Bowl has come to an agreement with PUBG MOBILE, the popular free-to-play battle royale video game, for the 16th iteration of the New Mexico Bowl to be named the PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl.
“Since PUBG MOBILE has had over a billion downloads worldwide and an esports community in the tens of millions, we think that our community’s passion for competitive action matches perfectly with championship college football,” said Anthony Crouts, Senior Director of Marketing, PUBG MOBILE. “We can’t wait to have these two worlds combine in the 2021 PUBG MOBILE New Mexico Bowl.”
Tickets are available online at newmexicobowl.com or unmtickets.com, at the UNM Ticket office, located in the Northeast corner of The Pit, or by phone at the UNM ticket office (925-5626) or the New Mexico Bowl office (925-5999).
About PUBG MOBILE
PUBG MOBILE is based on PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles, and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 12 college basketball events, and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.