Dec. 2, 2012
TUCSON - University of Arizona football has accepted an invitation to play Nevada at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, it was announced by the Bowl committee and Arizona Athletics on Sunday. The Wildcats' game with the Wolf Pack will be played Sat., Dec. 15 and will air nationally on ESPN.
"I'm excited for our seniors," head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "This is exciting for our team and fans and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl is a great one to be at. We are thrilled to be playing in Albuquerque. We'll take advantage of the extra practice time and start preparing for Nevada."
Arizona will participate in its 17th bowl game in program history with the first coming at the 1921 Christmas Classic in San Diego. After a drought from the 1999-2007 seasons, the Wildcats have played in a bowl game in four of the last five seasons, missing only the 2011 campaign. Arizona and Nevada have met three previous times on the gridiron, with the series split evenly at 1-1-1. The Wildcats won the last meeting, 26-7, on Oct. 11, 1941, in Tucson.
"We're thrilled to be part of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl," Athletics Director Greg Byrne said. "It's a great accomplishment for Coach Rodriguez and his staff to earn a bowl bid in their first season. Our players are excited and it means a lot to our senior class. I know The University of Arizona will be well represented by our fans, staff and student-athletes at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl."
To purchase tickets for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, call 520-621-CATS, visit the McKale Center Ticket Office or purchase online at ArizonaWildcats.com. For complete information on the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, visit www.arizonawildcats.com/sports/m-footbl/12-bowl-game.html or www.gildannewmexicobowl.com/.