LAS CRUCES – New Mexico State and UCLA have signed a deal that’ll see the Aggies take on the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on zero week in 2020, Aggies athletic director Mario Moccia said Thursday.
“Playing on zero week is great for exposure and motivates players all summer,” head football coach Doug Martin said in a statement released by the school. “We look forward to playing against a historic program like UCLA.”
NMSU will get paid $1.2 million to play the Aug. 29 road game.
This will be the second meeting between the Aggies and Bruins. In 2013, Martin’s first year as Aggies head coach, the Bruins defeated NMSU 59-13.
New Mexico State also is playing a “zero week” game to open this season. The Aggies host Wyoming at 8 p.m. on Aug. 25 on ESPN2. Teams going to play at Hawaii (as Wyoming is this year, and UCLA is in 2020) have an option to play 13 regular season games and schedule one for “zero week.” Otherwise, the following week is the first for the season.
NMSU says it is still selling season tickets for 2018 at the Pan American Center ticket office, by phone at 575-646-1420 or online. Single-game tickets can also be purchased in person, over the phone or online as well.