1985 Holiday Bowl

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1985 Holiday Bowl
1234 Total
Arkansas 70011 18
Arizona State 31103 17
Date December 22, 1985
Season 1985
Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offensive: RB Bobby Joe Edmonds (Arkansas)
Defensive: LB Greg Battle (Arizona State)
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 60,641[1]
Payout US$546,957 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network USA Network
Lorimar Sports Network
Announcers Eddie Doucette and Kyle Rote, Jr. (USA Network)
Tom Hammond and Terry Donahue (Lorimar Sports Network)
Holiday Bowl
 < 1984  1986

The 1985 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 22, 1985, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the 14th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, and the unranked Arizona State Sun Devils. It was the first Holiday Bowl game since its inception that did not feature BYU.

Scoring summary[edit]

Arizona State scored first on a 47-yard field goal from Kent Bostrom taking a 3-0 lead. Arkansas's Dwight Thomas responded by rushing 9 yards for a touchdown, as the Razorbacks claimed a 7-3 lead. That would conclude the 1st quarter of scoring. Bostrom kicked a 22-yard field goal, Jeff Van Raaphorst fired a 16-yard touchdown pass to Joe Cox, and the 2-point conversion was successful, as Arizona State wound up taking a 14-7 lead to halftime.

In the fourth quarter, Bobby Joe Edmonds scored on a 17-yard rushing touchdown, and the 2-point conversion try was successful, as Arkansas took a 15-14 lead. Bostrom kicked a 28-yard field goal to put the Sun Devils in front 17-15. Kendall Trainor kicked a 37-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining as Arkansas won by a final 18-17 count.


  1. ^ a b "Holiday Bowl Game History". Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-05-23.