Updated: BGSU to face New Mexico State in Quick Lane Bowl


­The Bowling Green State University football team has accepted an invitation to play the New Mexico State Aggies in the 2022 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit.

The game is scheduled to kick off on Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m., and will be televised nationally by ESPN.

This will mark Bowling Green’s first appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl. While this is Bowling Green’s first appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl, it is the third time BGSU will play a bowl game at Ford Field. BGSU previously played in the now defunct Motor City Bowl in 2003 and in 2013 when it changed names to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. BGSU is 1-1 all-time in bowl games at Ford Field, highlighted by a 28-24 win over Northwestern in the 2003 Motor City Bowl.

The Falcons are 6-6 and finished 5-3 in MAC play. The Quick Lane Bowl is BGSU’s 14th bowl appearance (first since 2015) and first under fourth-year head coach Scot Loeffler. New Mexico State is 6-6 and currently competes as a FBS independent. Most recently they competed in the WAC (2005-12) and the Sun Bel Conference t (2014-17). NMSU is set to join Conference USA next fall.

The Quick Lane Bowl will be the first meeting between the Falcons and the Aggies in football.

“Our players and staff cannot be more excited to play in the 2022 Quick Lane Bowl,” said Bowling Green head coach Scot Loeffler. “It is a tremendous opportunity to play in Detroit, which is in our recruiting footprint. We are starting to prepare for a great New Mexico State program that finished the season winning four of five games. It will be an exciting game for both programs. I am looking forward to our great BGSU fans filling Ford Field to cheer us on as we go for our seventh win. Go Falcons.”

Quick Lane Bowl tickets in Bowling Green’s designated seating sections will go on sale on Monday at noon. There will be special pricing for Bowling Green fans, BGSU students and BGSU faculty and staff.

Obtaining tickets at 419-372-0000 or online at BGSUFalcons.com. Buying tickets through BGSU is the only way to ensure seating in the Bowling Green sections.­

The Mid-American Conference announced Sunday that six MAC football teams have accepted bowl bids for the 2022 bowl season.

In addition to BGSU, Miami (Hometown Lenders Bahamas Bowl), Toledo (RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl), Eastern Michigan (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Buffalo (Camellia Bowl) and Ohio (Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl) will represent the MAC in bowl games this season.

This marks the seventh time in MAC history to have six or more programs receive a bowl invitation (2012, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022) in a single-season.

This also marks the 13th time in MAC history to have five or more programs receive a bowl invitation (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022) in a single-season.

“I’m pleased for the teams who have earned an opportunity to compete in the postseason,” said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher. “I’m sure our student-athletes and fans will enjoy the bowl experience in the communities that are hosting these events.”

2022 MAC Bowl Schedule

HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl

Miami (6-6, 4-4 MAC) vs. UAB (6-6, 4-4 Conference USA)

Friday, Dec. 16 | 11:30 AM ET | ESPN

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Eastern Michigan (8-4, 5-3 MAC) vs. San Jose State (7-4, 5-3 MAC)

Tuesday, Dec. 20 | 3:30 PM ET | ESPN

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

Toledo (8-5, 5-3 MAC). vs. Liberty (8-4, Independent)

Tuesday, Dec. 20 | 7:30 PM ET | ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl

Bowling Green (6-6, 5-3 MAC) vs. New Mexico State (6-6, Independent)

Monday, Dec. 26 | 2:30 PM ET | ESPN

Camellia Bowl

Buffalo (6-6, 5-3 MAC) vs. Georgia Southern (6-6, 3-5 Sun Belt)

Tuesday, Dec. 27 | Noon ET | ESPN

Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

Ohio (9-4, 7-1 MAC) vs. Wyoming (7-5, 5-3 Mountain West)

Friday, Dec. 30 | 4:30 PM ET | Barstool.TV

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