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Bulldogs defeat Miners for 8th time to win the 2021 New Mexico Bowl

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Fresno State Bulldogs defeated the UTEP Miners to win the 2021 New Mexico Bowl. The Bulldogs defeated the Miners 31-24 to win the PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

With the win, the Bulldogs finished their season with a 10-3 record. The loss dropped the Miners to 7-6 overall.

Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener attempts a pass in a game
Jake Haener attempts a pass in a game (Photo by Jake Haener/Instagram)

This was the 16th edition of the New Mexico Bowl. The Bulldogs are now 8-3-1 against the Miners.

Bulldogs quarterback Jake Haener went 26 of 41 for 286 yards. He had one touchdown pass.

Jordan Mims had 29 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Jalen Cropper had nine receptions for 72 yards.

Miners quarterback Gavin Hardison went 12 of 27 for 252 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.

Ronald Awatt had 14 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown. Tyrin Smith had three receptions for 61 yards.

The Bulldogs outscored the Miners 12-7 in the final two quarters. Haener hit Mims for a 22-yard touchdown reception.

Cesar Silva also made a 21-yard field goal. The Bulldogs also recovered a UTEP fumble in the end zone for a safety.

Miners’ Calvin Brownholtz hit Trent Thompson for a 51-yard touchdown reception.

Fresno State led 19-17 at halftime. Mims scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown.

Mims scored for a second time in the first half. This time on a one-yard rushing touchdown.

Silva also made two field goals.

UTEP’s Hardison hit Thompson for a one-yard touchdown reception. Awatt scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Gavin Baechle also made a 38-yard field goal.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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