Cactus Bowl (Tempe)

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Cactus Bowl
Unsponsored Cactus Bowl logo.jpg
Stadium Sun Devil Stadium
Location Tempe, Arizona
Previous stadiums Arizona Stadium (1989–1999)
Bank One Ballpark/Chase Field (2000–2005)
Previous locations Tucson, Arizona (1989–1999)
Phoenix, Arizona (2000–2005)
Operated 1989–present
Conference tie-ins Big Ten, Big 12
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (1990–1997)
Big 12 (1998–2001)
Big East (1998–2005)
Pac-10 (2002–2005)
Payout US$3.3 million per team (as of 2011) [1]
Sponsors
Domino's Pizza (1990–1991)
Weiser Lock (1992–1995)
Insight Enterprises (1997–2011)
Buffalo Wild Wings (2012–2013)
Former names
Copper Bowl (1989)
Domino's Pizza Copper Bowl (1990-1991)
Weiser Lock Copper Bowl (1992-1995)
Copper Bowl (1996)
Insight.com Bowl (1997–2001)
Insight Bowl (2002–2011)
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (2012-2013)
2012 matchup
Michigan State vs. TCU (Michigan State 17-16)
2013 matchup
Michigan vs. Kansas State (Kansas State 31-14)

The Cactus Bowl, originally known as the Copper Bowl and later the Insight.com, Insight and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, is an NCAA college football bowl game that has been played since 1989. The game is one of several games that takes place prior to New Year's Day.

Since its inception, the Cactus Bowl has been played in the state of Arizona at three separate venues. For the first ten years, the game was played at Arizona Stadium, on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In 2000, the bowl's organizers moved the game to Bank One Ballpark, a baseball-specific stadium, in downtown Phoenix. Finally, in 2006, the game moved to Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe to replace the Fiesta Bowl which had moved to University of Phoenix Stadium in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.

The game was played under its original name from 1989 until 1996 when sponsorship and naming rights were assumed by Insight Enterprises. Insight kept the naming rights until 2012, after which restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings bought them.[2] Buffalo Wild Wings declined to renew sponsorship following the 2013 game.[3] However, instead of reassuming the Copper Bowl name, the organizers opted to name the game the Cactus Bowl. The name previously belonged to a Division II postseason all-star game played in Kingsville, Texas beginning in 2001 and continuing until 2011. The Cactus Bowl name was the originally planned name of the game when originally conceived. [4]

It has featured teams from the WAC, the Big 12, the old Big East and Pac-10. Starting in 2006, the Insight Bowl began featuring an annual matchup between teams from the Big Ten and the Big 12. Starting in 2014, it will feature a Pac-12/Big-10 matchup.

The 2006 game saw the biggest comeback in NCAA Division I FBS postseason history, as Texas Tech came back from a 38–7 third-quarter deficit to defeat Minnesota 44–41 in overtime.

For the first three playings of the Copper Bowl, TBS carried the game. Beginning in 1992 and continuing until the 2005 playing, the game aired on ESPN. After a four-year hiatus, during which NFL Network carried the game, ESPN regained the rights beginning in 2010.

Game results[edit]

This slightly different logo was used when the game was played in Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona.
Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 31, 1989 Arizona 17 North Carolina State 10 37,237 notes
December 31, 1990 California 17 Wyoming 15 36,340 notes
December 31, 1991 Indiana 24 Baylor 0 35,751 notes
December 31, 1992 Washington State 31 Utah 28 40,826 notes
December 29, 1993 Kansas State 52 Wyoming 17 49,075 notes
December 29, 1994 BYU 31 Oklahoma 6 45,122 notes
December 27, 1995 Texas Tech 55 Air Force 41 41,004 notes
December 27, 1996 Wisconsin 38 Utah 10 42,122 notes
December 27, 1997 Arizona 20 New Mexico 14 49,385 notes
December 26, 1998 Missouri 34 West Virginia 31 36,147 notes
December 31, 1999 Colorado 62 Boston College 28 35,762 notes
December 28, 2000 Iowa State 37 Pittsburgh 29 41,813 notes
December 29, 2001 Syracuse 26 Kansas State 3 40,028 notes
December 26, 2002 Pittsburgh 38 Oregon State 13 40,533 notes
December 26, 2003 California 52 Virginia Tech 49 42,364 notes
December 28, 2004 Oregon State 38 Notre Dame 21 45,917 notes
December 27, 2005 Arizona State 45 Rutgers 40 43,536 notes
December 29, 2006 Texas Tech 44 Minnesota 41 (OT) 48,391 notes
December 31, 2007 Oklahoma State 49 Indiana 33 48,892 notes
December 31, 2008 Kansas 42 Minnesota 21 49,103 notes
December 31, 2009 Iowa State 14 Minnesota 13 45,090 notes
December 28, 2010 Iowa 27 Missouri 24 53,453 notes
December 30, 2011 Oklahoma 31 Iowa 14 54,247 notes
December 29, 2012 Michigan State 17 TCU 16 44,617 notes
December 28, 2013 Kansas State 31 Michigan 14 53,284 notes

MVPs[edit]

Date MVPs Team Position
December 31, 1989 Shane Montgomery North Carolina State QB
Scott Geyer Arizona DB
December 31, 1990 Mike Pawlawski California QB
Robert Midgett Wyoming LB
December 31, 1991 Vaughn Dunbar Indiana TB
Mark Hagen Indiana LB
December 28, 1992 Drew Bledsoe Washington State QB
Phillip Bobo Washington State WR
Kareem Leary Utah DB
December 29, 1993 Laron Nordstedt Kansas State WR
Kenny McEntyre Kansas State CB
December 29, 1994 John Walsh BYU QB
Jamal Willis BYU RB
Broderick Simpson Oklahoma LB
December 27, 1995 Byron Hanspard Texas Tech RB
Zebbie Lethridge Texas Tech QB
Mickey Dalton Air Force CB
December 27, 1996 Ron Dayne Wisconsin RB
Tarek Saleh Wisconsin LB
December 27, 1997 Trung Canidate Arizona RB
Jimmy Sprotte Arizona LB
December 26, 1998 Marc Bulger West Virginia QB
Jeff Marriott Missouri DT
December 31, 1999 Cortlen Johnson Colorado RB
Jashon Sykes Colorado LB
December 28, 2000 Sage Rosenfels Iowa State QB
Reggie Hayward Iowa State DE
December 29, 2001 James Mungro Syracuse RB
Clifton Smith Syracuse LB
December 26, 2002 Brandon Miree Pittsburgh TB
Claude Harriott Pittsburgh DL
December 26, 2003 Aaron Rodgers California QB
Ryan Gutierrez California FS
December 26, 2004 Derek Anderson Oregon State QB
Trent Bray Oregon State LB
December 27, 2005 Rudy Carpenter Arizona State QB
Jamar Williams Arizona State LB
December 29, 2006 Graham Harrell Texas Tech QB
Antonio Huffman Texas Tech CB
December 31, 2007 Zac Robinson Oklahoma State QB
Donovan Woods Oklahoma State S
December 31, 2008 Dezmon Briscoe Kansas WR
James Holt Kansas LB
December 31, 2009 Alexander Robinson Iowa State RB
Christopher Lyle Iowa State DE
December 28, 2010 Marcus Coker Iowa RB
Micah Hyde Iowa DB
December 30, 2011 Blake Bell Oklahoma QB
Jamell Fleming Oklahoma DB
December 29, 2012 Le'Veon Bell Michigan State RB
William Gholston Michigan State DE
December 28, 2013 Tyler Lockett Kansas State WR
Dante Barnett Kansas State DB

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Kansas State 3 2–1
T1 Minnesota 3 0–3
T3 Arizona 2 2–0
T3 California 2 2–0
T3 Texas Tech 2 2–0
T3 Iowa State 2 2–0
T3 Indiana 2 1–1
T3 Missouri 2 1–1
T3 Oregon State 2 1–1
T3 Pitt 2 1–1
T3 Iowa 2 1–1
T3 Oklahoma 2 1–1
T3 Utah 2 0–2
T3 Wyoming 2 0–2
T13 Arizona State 1 1–0
T13 BYU 1 1–0
T13 Colorado 1 1–0
T13 Michigan State 1 1–0
T13 Kansas 1 1–0
T13 Oklahoma State 1 1–0
T13 Syracuse 1 1–0
T13 Washington State 1 1–0
T13 Wisconsin 1 1–0
T13 Air Force 1 0–1
T13 Baylor 1 0–1
T13 Boston College 1 0–1
T13 Michigan 1 0–1
T13 North Carolina State 1 0–1
T13 New Mexico 1 0–1
T13 Notre Dame 1 0–1
T13 Rutgers 1 0–1
T13 Virginia Tech 1 0–1
T13 West Virginia 1 0–1
T13 TCU 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Pac-12 7 1 .875
Big 12 10 5 .667
Big Ten 4 5 .444
American 2 5 .286
WAC 1 6 .143
ACC 0 1 .000
Independent 0 1 .000

NOTE: For legal purposes, the former Big East football conference was renamed The American Athletic Conference after a 2013 settlement. All conference records belong to The American.

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