1959 Sun Bowl
1234 Total
New Mexico State 14770 28
North Texas State 0080 8
DateDecember 31, 1959
StadiumKidd Field
LocationEl Paso, Texas
Sun Bowl
 < 1958 1960

The 1959 Sun Bowl featured the New Mexico State Aggies and the North Texas State Eagles.


New Mexico State represented the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association (BAAA) and finished tied for third in Warren B. Woodson's second season as head coach for the Aggies. North Texas State was co-champion of the Missouri Valley Conference with Houston in Odus Mitchell's 14th year. This was the Eagles first bowl game since the 1948 Salad Bowl.

Game summary

Charley Johnson was named Sun Bowl MVP, going 7–of-15 with 124 yards passing and two touchdowns along with 31 yards rushing. Billy Ray Locklin had a defensive touchdown for the Aggies when he recovered a fumble as they led 21–0 at halftime. The Eagles could only muster a second half touchdown by Billy Christle and even though Abner Haynes had 174 all purpose yards, Bob Gaiters put the game out of reach with his 44 yard touchdown. [1][2]

Statistics New Mexico State North Texas State
First Downs 18 20
Yards Rushing 206 152
Yards Passing 136 182
Total Yards 342 334
Passing (C-A-I) 8-16-0 15-31-2
Penalties-Yards 8-69 5-35
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 8-6


New Mexico State returned to the Sun Bowl the following season after winning the BIAA once again. Mitchell coached the Eagles for seven more years and won the conference title twice. The program did not reach another bowl game until the 2001 New Orleans Bowl, 42 years later.


  1. ^ "New Mexico State 28, North Texas 8 | Recaps - Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl | December 31, 2021 | el Paso, Texas".
  2. ^ http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c94984ee#/c94984ee/28