2008 New Mexico Bowl
1234 Total
Colorado State 1010020 40
Fresno State 14777 35
DateDecember 20, 2008
StadiumUniversity Stadium
LocationAlbuquerque, New Mexico
MVPRB Gartrell Johnson, CSU (Offensive)
DE Tommie Hill, CSU (Defensive)
FavoriteFresno State by 3 [1]
RefereeGil Gelbke
PayoutUS$750,000 per team[3]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersJoe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore
Nielsen ratings2.2[4]
New Mexico Bowl
 < 2007  2009

The 2008 New Mexico Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 20, 2008 at University Stadium on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque as part of the 2008-09 NCAA Bowl season. The game, telecast on ESPN, featured the Colorado State Rams from the Mountain West Conference and the Fresno State Bulldogs from the WAC. The two teams were rivals when Colorado State was in the WAC from 1968-98.[5][6]

Colorado State scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Fresno State, 40-35 behind running back Gartrell Johnson's 375 rushing and receiving yards, an NCAA bowl record.

Game summary

Scoring summary

1 2 34Total
Colorado State 10 10 02040
Fresno State 14 7 7735

at University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Date: December 20, 2008
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. EST

Game Notes


  1. ^ "2008-2009 Bowl Game Betting Odds". Bleacher Report.
  2. ^ https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i96OTe1UDB-wSpIpiUF24qV-2CFAD956NSL02[dead link]
  3. ^ "SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NCAA Football stats, scores, standings, and blogs from NCAA Football columnists". Archived from the original on 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  4. ^ "Bowl TV ratings". 12 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Tradition continues! New Mexico Bowl III will be played on Saturday before Christmas". New Mexico Bowl Press Release. May 23, 2008. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2008-11-29.
  6. ^ "Fresno State accepts invite to New Mexico Bowl". AP. December 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-05.[dead link]