Rio Grande Rivalry: UNM hosts NMSU Saturday

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — About 30,000 tickets have already been sold for this weekend’s Rio Grande Rivalry game at University Stadium in Albuquerque, according to UNM.

It’s the first big match-up between the two teams since the fatal shooting on UNM campus late last year that left a UNM student dead and an NMSU basketball player injured.

The shooting was allegedly an act of revenge for a brawl between fans at the most recent Lobo-Aggie football game.

UNM Athletics director Eddie Nuñez says the two schools had numerous conversations leading up to this. There will be more officers than usual working the parking lots, entrance gates, and inside the stadium. Metal detectors will also be in place.

The Lobos are coming off a 56-10 victory over Tennessee Tech. In that game, quarterback Dylan Hopkins threw for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. He was the Mountain West Player of the Week.

Hopkins will face an Aggies team that’s coming in with a 1-1 record and a big win themselves, after New Mexico State dominated Western Illinois 58-21.

Gates at University Stadium are expected to open 30 minutes earlier than usual – opening at 4 p.m. Saturday. Parking lots will open at 10 a.m. instead of noon.

Click here to purchase tickets for the game.