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New Mexico State's bowl game jolts long-struggling program

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The last time New Mexico State played in a college football bowl game, Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, gas ran around $.29 a gallon, and Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was the nation's #1 song.

The long-struggling Aggies this weekend ended its nearly six-decade bowl drought and are headed to the Arizona Bowl.

New Mexico State defeated South Alabama in a last-minute come-from-behind 22-17 win Saturday to become bowl eligible, sparking excitement at a school that has seen recent budget cuts.

The Aggies accepted an invitation to the Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Arizona, on Dec. 29 to face Utah State - a school New Mexico State defeated in its last bowl appearance.

The postseason game comes after Sun Belt Conference told New Mexico State this was its final season as a football-only member.

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