Alamo Bowl

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This article is about the college football game that began in 1993. For the 1947 game of the same name, see Alamo Bowl (1947).
Alamo Bowl
Valero Alamo Bowl
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Alamo Bowl logo
Stadium Alamodome
Location San Antonio, Texas
Operated 1993–present
Conference tie-ins Big 12 (1995-present)
Pac-12 (1993-1994; 2010-present)
Previous conference tie-ins Southwest (1993-1994)
Big Ten (1995-2009)
Payout US$3,000,000 (As of 2010)
Sponsors
Builders Square (1993–1998)
Sylvania (1999–2001)
MasterCard (2002–2005)
Valero Energy Corporation (2007–present)
Former names
Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998)
Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001)
Alamo Bowl Presented By MasterCard (2002)
MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2003–2005)
Alamo Bowl (2006)
2012 matchup
Oregon State vs. Texas (Texas 31-27)
2013 matchup
#10 Oregon vs Texas (Oregon 30-7)

The Alamo Bowl is a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game played annually since 1993 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The current champions are the Oregon Ducks. Since 2010 it matches the second choice team from the Pacific-12 Conference and the third choice team from the Big 12 Conference.

Traditionally, the Alamo Bowl has been played in December. The game following the 2009 season marked the first time the game was played in January, making it be played in 2010. The game following the 2010 season returned to December.

History[edit]

The game was previously known as the Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998), the Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001) and the MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2002–2005). The logo of the event has evolved to reflect the changes in sponsorship. On May 24, 2007 the Alamo Bowl announced a partnership with San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation, and thus the bowl's full name was changed to the Valero Alamo Bowl.

The game originally gave an automatic invite to a team from the now-defunct Southwest Conference (SWC). However, in 1993, only two of the eight SWC teams finished with the necessary 6 wins against Division I-A teams to become bowl-eligible (and those two teams were already committed to other bowls). The Alamo Bowl invited the Iowa Hawkeyes instead. The SWC was able to provide teams for the next two seasons (Baylor Bears in 1994 and Texas A&M Aggies in 1995) before the conference disbanded.

During the 1996 Alamo Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes wore plain black helmets (removing their tigerhawk logo and gold stripe) in honor of linebacker Mark Mitchell's mother, who died in a car accident while traveling to San Antonio for the game.

The 2002 Alamo Bowl played between the Colorado Buffaloes and Wisconsin Badgers was the first Alamo Bowl to go into overtime, with the unranked Badgers defeating the No. 14 ranked Buffaloes after kicking a field goal to win 31–28, completing a perfect non-conference schedule at 6-0 (the Badgers finished with a 2-6 record in the Big Ten). The 2008 Alamo Bowl between the Missouri Tigers and Northwestern Wildcats also went into overtime, with the Tigers defeating the Wildcats 30–23.

The 2005 Alamo Bowl ended in what is described as one of the most controversial plays in bowl game history,[1] a multi-lateral play in which almost the entire Nebraska Cornhuskers team and coaching staff and half of the Michigan Wolverines sideline entered onto the field, and the Cornhuskers gave their coach the Gatorade Dunk before the play was blown dead, bringing up memories of 1982's "The Play", 2000's "Music City Miracle", and 2002's "Bluegrass Miracle".

The 2007 Alamo Bowl between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Texas A&M Aggies was attended by 66,166, which set an Alamodome facility-record crowd for a sporting event, breaking the previous game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Texas Longhorns. The Nittany Lions won the game 24–17.[1][2]

The Alamo Bowl has sold out seven of its sixteen games (1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2011).[3]

On August 28, 2009, the Alamo Bowl organizers announced they had reached an agreement with the then Pac-10 Conference to replace the Big Ten Conference in the Alamo Bowl. Under the terms of the agreement, the now Pac-12 Conference's (Pac-12) second-choice team earns a bid to the Alamo Bowl. The agreement took effect beginning with the 2010 college football season.[4] The Pac-12's second-choice team was previously contracted to play in the Holiday Bowl against the third choice from the Big 12. The Big 12's third choice also moved to the Alamo Bowl, and the Holiday Bowl now takes the third-place team from the Pac-12 and the fifth choice from the Big 12.

In the 2011 Alamo Bowl the Baylor Bears and Washington Huskies combined to score 123 points, breaking the record for the most points scored in a bowl game in college football history. Baylor won the game 67-56. The 2011 game was also the first Alamo Bowl to feature the season's Heisman Trophy winner, Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Media coverage[edit]

The Alamo Bowl has produced eight of the top 20 most-watched bowl games in ESPN history. In 2006, the Alamo Bowl featured the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa Hawkeyes in a game that earned a 6.0 rating, making it the most-watched college football game in ESPN history as more than 8.83 million viewers saw the telecast.[5]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance Notes
December 31, 1993 California 37 Iowa 3 45,716 notes
December 31, 1994 (24) Washington State 10 Baylor 3 44,106 notes
December 28, 1995 (19) Texas A&M 22 (14) Michigan 20 64,597 notes
December 29, 1996 (21) Iowa 27 Texas Tech 0 55,677 notes
December 30, 1997 (16) Purdue 33 (24) Oklahoma State 20 55,552 notes
December 29, 1998 Purdue 37 (4) Kansas State 34 60,780 notes
December 28, 1999 (13) Penn State 24 (18) Texas A&M 0 65,380 notes
December 30, 2000 (8) Nebraska 66 (19) Northwestern 17 60,028 notes
December 29, 2001 Iowa 19 Texas Tech 16 65,232 notes
December 28, 2002 Wisconsin 31 (14) Colorado 28 (OT) 50,690 notes
December 29, 2003 (22) Nebraska 17 Michigan State 3 56,229 notes
December 29, 2004 (24) Ohio State 33 Oklahoma State 7 65,265 notes
December 28, 2005 Nebraska 32 (20) Michigan 28 62,016 notes
December 30, 2006 (18) Texas 26 Iowa 24 65,875[2] notes
December 29, 2007 Penn State 24 Texas A&M 17 66,166 notes
December 29, 2008 (25) Missouri 30 (22) Northwestern 23 (OT) 55,986 notes
January 2, 2010 Texas Tech 41 Michigan State 31 64,757 notes
December 29, 2010 (16) Oklahoma State 36 Arizona 10 57,593 notes
December 29, 2011 (15) Baylor 67 Washington 56 65,256 notes
December 29, 2012 (23 )Texas 31 (13) Oregon State 27 65,277 notes
December 30, 2013 (10) Oregon 30 Texas 7 65,918 notes

MVPs[edit]

Date MVPs Team Position
December 31, 1993 Dave Barr California QB
Jerrott Willard California LB
December 31, 1994 Chad Davis Washington State QB
Ron Childs Washington State LB
December 28, 1995 Kyle Bryant Texas A&M K
Keith Mitchell Texas A&M LB
December 29, 1996 Sedrick Shaw Iowa RB
Jared DeVries Iowa DL
December 30, 1997 Billy Dicken Purdue QB
Adrian Beasley Purdue S
December 29, 1998 Drew Brees Purdue QB
Rosevelt Colvin Purdue DE
December 28, 1999 Rashard Casey Penn State QB
LaVar Arrington Penn State LB
December 30, 2000 Dan Alexander Nebraska RB
Kyle Vanden Bosch Nebraska DL
December 29, 2001 Aaron Greving Iowa RB
Derrick Pickens Iowa DL
December 29, 2002 Brooks Bollinger Wisconsin QB
Jeff Mack Wisconsin LB
December 29, 2003 Jammal Lord Nebraska QB
Trevor Johnson Nebraska DL
December 29, 2004 Ted Ginn Jr. Ohio State WR/PR/KR
Simon Fraser Ohio State DE
December 28, 2005 Cory Ross Nebraska RB
Leon Hall Michigan CB
December 30, 2006 Colt McCoy Texas QB
Aaron Ross Texas CB
December 29, 2007 Rodney Kinlaw Penn State RB
Sean Lee Penn State LB
December 29, 2008 Jeremy Maclin Missouri WR/PR/KR
Sean Weatherspoon Missouri LB
January 2, 2010 Taylor Potts Texas Tech QB
Jamar Wall Texas Tech CB
December 29, 2010 Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State WR
Markelle Martin Oklahoma State S
December 29, 2011 Terrance Ganaway Baylor RB
Elliot Coffey Baylor LB
December 29, 2012 Marquise Goodwin Texas WR
Alex Okafor Texas DE
December 30, 2013 Marcus Mariota Oregon QB
Avery Patterson Oregon SS

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Iowa 4 2–2
T2 Nebraska 3 3–0
T3 Texas 3 2–1
T4 Oklahoma State 3 1–2
T4 Texas A&M 3 1–2
T4 Texas Tech 3 1–2
T7 Penn State 2 2–0
T7 Purdue 2 2–0
T9 Baylor 2 1–1
T10 Michigan 2 0–2
T10 Michigan State 2 0–2
T10 Northwestern 2 0–2
T13 California 1 1–0
T13 Missouri 1 1–0
T13 Ohio State 1 1–0
T13 Oregon 1 1–0
T13 Washington State 1 1–0
T13 Wisconsin 1 1–0
T19 Arizona 1 0–1
T19 Colorado 1 0–1
T19 Kansas State 1 0–1
T19 Oregon State 1 0–1
T19 Washington 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Big 12 9 9 .500
Big Ten 8 8 .500
Pac-12 3 3 .500

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Alamo Bowl crowd sets Alamodome record". Bevo Beat (blog). December 30, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-30. [dead link]
  3. ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl Media Guide, pp. 1–22, (PDF), The San Antonio Bowl Association.
  4. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4429272
  5. ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl ranks as ESPN's most-watched bowl game, MackBrown-TexasFootball.com, January 3, 2007.

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