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New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans Bowl
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Stadium Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Previous stadiums Cajun Field (2005)
Previous locations Lafayette, Louisiana (2005)
Operated 2001-present
Conference tie-ins Sun Belt, C-USA
Previous conference tie-ins MWC (2001, 2011, 2014)
Payout US$925,000[1]
Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (2001-2003)
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (2004-2005)
R+L Carriers (2006-present)
Former names
New Orleans Bowl (2001-2003)
Wyndham New Orleans Bowl (2004-2005)
New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette (2005)
2016 matchup
Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
(Southern Miss 28-21)
2017 matchup
Troy vs. North Texas (Troy 50-30)

The New Orleans Bowl, officially the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl for sponsorship purposes, is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans since 2001. The game was sponsored by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from 2002 to 2004 and was officially called the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl. R+L Carriers replaced Wyndham as the sponsor in 2006.

Conference tie-ins

In 2001, the Sun Belt Conference signed a temporary contract to play against the 5th-ranked team from the Mountain West Conference. Beginning in 2002, the New Orleans Bowl established conference tie-ins with the Sun Belt and Conference USA. The Sun Belt usually sends its conference champion to the New Orleans Bowl, but can (and has) sent the champion to the Dollar General Bowl.

In 2010, Ohio represented the Mid-American Conference in the New Orleans Bowl, after the Bowl released UTEP to compete in the regional Gildan New Mexico Bowl.[2] In 2011 and 2014 the Mountain West replaced Conference USA as the opponent to the Sun Belt representative The Sun Belt and Conference USA are currently under contract to contribute teams to the bowl through the 2017 game.


In the inaugural game, the Colorado State Rams defeated North Texas, 45-20. Starting in 2002, the Sun Belt signed a multi-year contract with Conference USA, and the two conferences began their bowl rivalry that December, when North Texas played then-Conference USA member Cincinnati (and won).

Due to damage by Hurricane Katrina to the Superdome, where the game is usually played, the 2005 game was played on December 20 in Lafayette, Louisiana at Cajun Field on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and was dubbed the New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette. The game returned to the Superdome on December 22, 2006, with a new corporate sponsor in freight company R+L Carriers, renaming the game the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The game featured Troy, co-champions of the Sun Belt Conference facing Rice, making their first bowl game visit in 45 years, their last appearance being the Bluebonnet Bowl. Troy defeated Rice, 41-17.

Game results

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 18, 2001 Colorado State 45 North Texas 20 27,004 notes
December 17, 2002 North Texas 24 Cincinnati 19 19,024 notes
December 16, 2003 Memphis 27 North Texas 17 25,184 notes
December 14, 2004 Southern Miss 31 North Texas 10 27,253 notes
December 20, 2005 Southern Miss 31 Arkansas State 19 18,338 notes
December 22, 2006 Troy 41 Rice 17 26,423 notes
December 21, 2007 Florida Atlantic 44 Memphis 27 25,146 notes
December 21, 2008 Southern Miss 30 Troy 27 (OT) 30,197 notes
December 20, 2009 Middle Tennessee 42 Southern Miss 32 30,228 notes
December 18, 2010 Troy 48 Ohio 21 29,159 notes
December 17, 2011 Louisiana-Lafayette (vacated) 32 San Diego State 30 42,841 notes
December 22, 2012 Louisiana-Lafayette 43 East Carolina 34 48,828 notes
December 21, 2013 Louisiana-Lafayette (vacated) 24 Tulane 21 54,728 notes
December 20, 2014 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Nevada 3 34,014 notes
December 19, 2015 Louisiana Tech 47 Arkansas State 28 32,847 notes
December 17, 2016 Southern Miss 28 Louisiana-Lafayette 21 35,061 notes
December 16, 2017 Troy 50 North Texas 30 24,904 notes


  • The 2005 game was played at Cajun Field in Lafayette, Louisiana, due to damage to the Superdome by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Louisiana-Lafayette vacated all 9 wins from 2011, including the New Orleans Bowl, and vacated 8 wins from 2013, including the New Orleans Bowl, due to major NCAA violations including ACT fraud.[3]


Year MVP Team Position
2001 Justin Gallimore Colorado State DB
2002 Kevin Galbreath North Texas RB
2003 Danny Wimprine Memphis QB
2004 Michael Boley Southern Miss LB
2005 Shawn Nelson Southern Miss TE
2006 Omar Haugabook Troy QB
2007 Rusty Smith Florida Atlantic QB
2008 Austin Davis Southern Miss QB
2009 Dwight Dasher Middle Tennessee QB
2010 Corey Robinson Troy QB
2011 Blaine Gautier Louisiana-Lafayette (vacated) QB
2012 Terrance Broadway Louisiana-Lafayette QB
2013 Orleans Darkwa Tulane RB
2014 Terrance Broadway Louisiana-Lafayette QB
2015 Kenneth Dixon Louisiana Tech RB
2016 Allenzae Staggers Southern Miss WR
2017 Brandon Silvers Troy QB

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Southern Miss 5 4-1
T1 Louisiana-Lafayette 5 2-1[m 1]
T1 North Texas 5 1-4
4 Troy 4 3-1
T5 Memphis 2 1-1
T5 Arkansas State 2 0-2
  1. ^ Excludes two vacated wins.
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee
Lost: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Rice, San Diego State, Tulane

Appearances by conference

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 17 games (34 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct. Vacated
1 Sun Belt 17 8 7 .533[n 1] 2
2 C-USA 13 6 7 .462
3 Mountain West 3 1 2 .333
4 MAC 1 0 1 .000
  1. ^ Excludes Louisiana-Lafayette's two vacated wins.

Game records

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 50, Troy vs. North Texas 2017
Fewest points allowed 3, Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Nevada 2014
Margin of victory 27, Troy vs. Ohio 2010
First downs 30, Troy vs. Ohio 2010
Rushing yards 246, Colorado State vs. North Texas 2001
Passing yards 492, Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State 2011 (vacated)
Total yards 687, Louisiana Tech vs. Arkansas State 2015
Individual Player, Team Year
Points scored 24, Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 2015
Passing touchdowns 5, Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic 2007
Rushing yards 201, Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee 2009
Passing yards 470, Blaine Gautier, Louisiana-Lafayette 2011 (vacated)
Receiving yards 230, Allenzae Staggers, Southern Miss 2016

Media coverage

The New Orleans Bowl has been televised by ESPN since 2008; ESPN also televised the game in 2004 and 2005. ESPN2 televised the game in 2001, 2002, 2006, and 2007.

See also


External links

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