New Mexico vs. Oregon State

Originally Published: December 11, 2003
By Football Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider

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Why to watch
New Mexico will face the Beavers from Oregon State on Christmas Eve in a Mountain West/Pac 10 matchup that marks the eighth bowl appearance for both teams. The Lobos return to Sam Boyd Stadium for the second consecutive year and are itching for a chance at redemption after falling to UCLA in the 2002 Las Vegas Bowl. In order to do so, Oregon State, which finished the season with a 7-4 mark and will be playing in its fourth bowl game in five years, will have to beat a New Mexico team that is on a roll. The Lobos won seven of their last eight games to qualify for bowl contention and will make a consecutive bowl appearance for the first time in 57 years. The Lobos and Beavers have only met on two occasions, the last of which took place in '00 when Oregon State edged New Mexico 28-20 in Albuquerque.