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 it was held in the Astrodome, it was called the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. The proceeds from the bowl games were distributed to various Harris County, Texas 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.

Bowl games would eventually return to Houston in 2000 with first the Houston Bowl, and then the Texas Bowl.

Game results[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.
  2. ^ Associated Press - Officials Cancel Bluebonnet Bowl. New York Times, October 13, 1988
  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. 

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