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Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 00:13
EL PASO — It was the 90th meeting between UTEP and NMSU at the Sun Bowl Saturday night but before the game there was plenty of trash talking between schools and even mayors.
During the tailgating prior to the game crimson and orange could be seen mingling together.
"We were fighting all day, all week on twitter and through text just trash talking," said Bathany Howel who is friends with an Aggie.
Halow is good friends with Amanda Sianez, an NMSU fan, but they manage to get along.
"We're just all friends and it's just a rivalry we really don't take it offensive or anything," Sianez said.
This year there was a little bit more at stake between Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and El Paso Mayor John Cook.
"Usually we bet lunch or dinner but Mayor Miyagishima came up with this even better idea as far as i'm concerned," Cook said.
The two mayors made a wager, with the loser having to fly the other teams flag at city hall for a day.
Miyahishima says orange doesn't really match with the décor at city hall but it's all in good fun.
"It's two great schools and two great communities, Miyagishima said. "We have various families that go to the schools but ultimately it's New Mexico versus Texas, Las Cruces versus El Paso."
For others the rivalry is at home.
"I've got a house divided cause my wife went to nmsu so it makes it interesting this week," said Art Flores.
He and his wife have their own wager.
"We kind of have a running bet if the Aggies win tonight he gets to make me breakfast tomorrow, but if they lose then I make him breakfast," said Atheal Flores.