In the game, Oregon quarterbackJoey Harrington threw for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns and led the Ducks to a 38–16 victory. Harrington was named offensive player of the game. Oregon cornerbackSteve Smith had three interceptions, a Fiesta Bowl record, and was named defensive player of the game.
This was the first edition of the Fiesta Bowl to match two schools from the Western United States. Previous editions had either only one representative from the West, or none.
Colorado and Oregon became conference rivals when the Buffaloes joined Oregon's conference, the Pacific-12 Conference (formerly the Pacific-10 Conference), in 2011.