The New Orleans Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana since 2001. The game was sponsored by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from 2002 to 2004 and was officially called the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl. It is presently known as the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl after its current sponsor.
The first year featured North Texas from the Sun Belt playing Colorado State from the Mountain West. It is now played between the conference champion of the Sun Belt and a team from Conference USA.
Due to damage by Hurricane Katrina to the Louisiana 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 University of Louisiana at 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 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl. Troy defeated Rice 41 to 17.
December 18, 2001 Colorado State 45 North Texas 20
December 17, 2002 North Texas 25 Cincinnati 19
December 16, 2003 Memphis 27 North Texas 17
December 14, 2004 Southern Miss 31 North Texas 10
December 20, 2005 Southern Missi 31 Arkansas State 19
Played in Lafayette, LA
December 22, 2006 Troy 41 Rice 17
December 21, 2007 FAU 44 Memphis 27
Date played MVP School Position
December 18, 2001 Justin Gallimore Colorado State DB
December 17, 2002 Kevin Galbreath North Texas RB
December 16, 2003 Danny Wimprine Memphis QB
December 14, 2004 Michael Boley Southern Miss LB
December 20, 2005 Shawn Nelson Southern Miss TE
December 22, 2006 Omar Haugabook Troy QB
December 21, 2007 Rusty Smith FAU QB
25,146 2007 New Orleans Bowl FAU Vs. Memphis
26,423 2006 New Orleans Bowl Rice University vs. Troy University
18,338 2005 New Orleans Bowl Southern Mississippi vs. Arkansas St.
27,253 2004 New Orleans Bowl Southern Mississippi vs. North Texas
25,184 2003 New Orleans Bowl Memphis vs. North Texas
19,024 2002 New Orleans Bowl North Texas vs. Cincinnati
27,004 2001 New Orleans Bowl Colorado State vs. North Texas