1987 Holiday Bowl

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1987 SeaWorld Holiday Bowl
10th Holiday Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 7 0 13 20
Wyoming 12 7 0 0 19
Date December 30, 1987
Season 1987
Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offensive: Craig Burnett (Wyoming)
Defensive: Anthony Wright (Iowa)
Referee Pat Flood (Pac-10)
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 61,892[1]
Payout US$771,624 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Jim Kelly and Kevin Kiley
Holiday Bowl
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The 1987 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1987, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the 18th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes and the 10–2 Wyoming Cowboys.

Scoring summary[edit]

Wyoming placekicker Greg Worker kicked field goals of 43 and 38 yards as the Cowboys jumped out to an early 6–0 lead. Quarterback Craig Burnett found James Loving for a 15-yard touchdown, and Wyoming doubled its lead to 12-0 at the end of 1 quarter. In the second quarter, Iowa blocked a punt and ran it back 10 yards for a touchdown, making it 12–7 Wyoming. Wyoming's Scott Abraham scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown, to give Wyoming a 19–7 halftime lead.

In the fourth quarter, Iowa's Wright intercepted a Wyoming pass, and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown, cutting the margin to 19–14. David Hudson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, capping an 86-yard drive. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Iowa still had a 20–19 lead. They were able to hold on for the win.