After correcting mistakes made in the losing streak, the Mats went on to win 7 of their next 8 games to close out an impressive regular season with a record of 22-8.

Coach Smith said,
We played the two teams that played in the national championship game last year. We had more focus than previous games, and it showed tonight.

With only one loss, the Matadors made their way to a bowl game for the second year in a row, something they haven't done since the early 1980's.