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 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. Since 2006, it has been sponsored by R+L Carriers and officially known as the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The game was previously sponsored by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from 2002 to 2004 and was officially called the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl.

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, 4520. 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, 4117.

Game results

DateWinning TeamLosing TeamAttendanceNotes
December 18, 2001Colorado State45North Texas2027,004notes
December 17, 2002North Texas24Cincinnati1919,024notes
December 16, 2003Memphis27North Texas1725,184notes
December 14, 2004Southern Miss31North Texas1027,253notes
December 20, 2005Southern Miss31Arkansas State1918,338notes
December 22, 2006Troy41Rice1726,423notes
December 21, 2007Florida Atlantic44Memphis2725,146notes
December 21, 2008Southern Miss30Troy27 (OT)30,197notes
December 20, 2009Middle Tennessee42Southern Miss3230,228notes
December 18, 2010Troy48Ohio2129,159notes
December 17, 2011Louisiana–Lafayette (vacated)32San Diego State3042,841notes
December 22, 2012Louisiana–Lafayette43East Carolina3448,828notes
December 21, 2013Louisiana–Lafayette (vacated)24Tulane2154,728notes
December 20, 2014Louisiana–Lafayette16Nevada334,014notes
December 19, 2015Louisiana Tech47Arkansas State2832,847notes
December 17, 2016Southern Miss28Louisiana–Lafayette2135,061notes
December 16, 2017Troy50North Texas3024,904notes


  • 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
2001Justin GallimoreColorado StateDB
2002Kevin GalbreathNorth TexasRB
2003Danny WimprineMemphisQB
2004Michael BoleySouthern MissLB
2005Shawn NelsonSouthern MissTE
2006Omar HaugabookTroyQB
2007Rusty SmithFlorida AtlanticQB
2008Austin DavisSouthern MissQB
2009Dwight DasherMiddle TennesseeQB
2010Corey RobinsonTroyQB
2011Blaine GautierLouisiana–Lafayette (vacated)QB
2012Terrance BroadwayLouisiana–LafayetteQB
2013Orleans DarkwaTulaneRB
2014Terrance BroadwayLouisiana–LafayetteQB
2015Kenneth DixonLouisiana TechRB
2016Allenzae StaggersSouthern MissWR
2017Brandon SilversTroyQB

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1Southern Miss54–1
T1Louisiana–Lafayette52–1[m 1]
T1North Texas51–4
T5Arkansas State20–2
  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
1Sun Belt1787.533[n 1]2
3Mountain West312.333
  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


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