Bluebonnet Bowl

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Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct)
Stadium Astrodome
Location Houston, Texas
Previous stadiums Rice Stadium
(1959–1967, 1985–1986)
Operated 1959–1987
Conference tie-ins Southwest Conference
(1980, 1982–1987)
Sponsors
None
Former names
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl (1968–1984, 1987)
Bluebonnet Bowl Awards dinner program and menu, Shamrock Hotel, Houston, Texas - Tulsa University v. University of Mississippi, 1964 (12-19-1964)

The Bluebonnet Bowl was an annual college football bowl game played in Houston, Texas.[1] A civic group was appointed by the Houston Chamber of Commerce Athletics Committee in 1959 to organize the bowl game. It was held at Rice Stadium from 1959 through 1967, and again in 1985 and 1986. The game was played in the Astrodome from 1968 through 1984, as well in 1987. When held in the Astrodome, it was called the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. The proceeds from the bowl games were distributed to various Harris County charitable organizations. The game was discontinued following the 1987 season due to poor ticket sales and lack of a title sponsor.[2]

The Bluebonnet Bowl generally featured a team from Texas against an out-of-state opponent; 19 out of the 29 games involved a team from Texas. From 1980 to 1987, with the exception of 1981, a team from the Southwest Conference played against an at-large opponent.

The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas.

Bowl games returned to Houston in 2000 with the Houston Bowl, and then the Texas Bowl.

Game results[edit]

Season Date Winning Team Losing Team Stadium
1959 December 19 Clemson 23 Texas Christian 7 Rice
Stadium
1960 December 17 Alabama (tie) 3 Texas 3[3]
1961 December 17 Kansas 33 Rice 7
1962 December 22 Missouri 14 Georgia Tech 10
1963 December 21 Baylor 14 Louisiana State 7
1964 December 19 Tulsa 14 Mississippi 7
1965 December 18 Tennessee 27 Tulsa 6
1966 December 17 Texas 19 Mississippi 0[4]
1967 December 23 Colorado 31 Miami (FL) 21
1968 December 31 SMU 28 Oklahoma 27  Astrodome
1969 December 31 Houston 36 Auburn 7
1970 December 31 Alabama (tie) 24 Oklahoma 24
1971 December 31 Colorado 29 Houston 17
1972 December 30 Tennessee 24 Louisiana State 17
1973 December 29 Houston 47 Tulane 7
1974 December 23 Houston (tie) 31 North Carolina State 31
1975 December 27 Texas 38 Colorado 21
1976 December 31 Nebraska 27 Texas Tech 24
1977 December 31 USC 47 Texas A&M 28
1978 December 31 Stanford 25 Georgia 22
1979 December 31 Purdue 27 Tennessee 22
1980 December 31 North Carolina 16 Texas 7
1981 December 31 Michigan 33 UCLA 14
1982 December 31 Arkansas 28 Florida 24
1983 December 31 Oklahoma State 24 Baylor 14
1984 December 31 West Virginia 31 Texas Christian 14
1985 December 31 Air Force 24 Texas 16 Rice
Stadium
1986 December 31   Baylor 21 Colorado 9
1987 December 31 Texas 32 Pittsburgh 27 Astrodome

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.
  2. ^ "Officials cancel Bluebonnet Bowl". New York Times. Associated Press. October 13, 1988. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1960 Bluebonnet Bowl: Alabama 3, Texas 3". Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  4. ^ "1966 Bluebonnet Bowl: Texas 19, Ole Miss 0". Retrieved 2007-12-18.