Utah State to face New Mexico State in Arizona Bowl

Utah State to face New Mexico State in Arizona Bowl

Both teams also use the Aggies mascot, which the Arizona Bowl noted Sunday by changing their handle to "A (ggies) rizona Bowl" on Twitter.

It was 57 years in the making, as the New Mexico State Football team is now bowl eligible after defeating South Alabama in their regular season finale 22-17. With NMSU trailing 17-16, the winning score came on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Rogers to Conner Cramer with 32 seconds remaining.

New Mexico State will likely play in a bowl game for the first time since 1960. That shouldn't be a concern for Florida State (6-6), which lost coach Jimbo Fisher but is now set to extend its record streak of bowl appearances to 36 seasons.

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The two teams have been conference foes previously for 26 seasons while each were members of the Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt and Western Athletic Conference over the years.

All-time, this will be Utah State's 12th bowl appearance in program history as it played in the 1946 Raisin Bowl, the 1947 Grape Bowl, the 1960 Sun Bowl, the 1961 Gotham Bowl, the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl, the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl and the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Most recently, NMSU went 7-5 in 2002, but was not invited to a bowl.

Florida State for the 36th straight year - and New Mexico State for the first time in decades? New Mexico State won its final two games of the season to end its bowl drought.

"If you stick us too far back east, then it becomes a financial issue with our fans and if you're obligated to buy X number of tickets and we can't sell them to our fans, then it becomes a costly enterprise", New Mexico State chancellor Garrey Carruthers told the station.

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