1991 Holiday Bowl

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1991 Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl
14th Holiday Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 0 6 0 7 13
Iowa 6 7 0 0 13
Date December 30, 1991
Season 1991
Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offensive: Ty Detmer (BYU)
Defensive: Josh Arnold (BYU)
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 60,646[1]
Payout US$1,303,940 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Steve Physioc and Gary Danielson
Holiday Bowl
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The 1991 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1991, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the seventh ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, and the unranked BYU Cougars. The teams played to a 13-13 tie.

Game summary[edit]

  • Iowa - Mike Saunders 13-yard run (kick failed)
  • Iowa - Saunders 5-yard run (Skillett kick)
  • BYU - Peter Tuipulotu 9-yard pass from Ty Detmer (kick failed)
  • BYU - Scotty Anderson 26-yard pass from Detmer (Kauffman kick)

Iowa scored on a 13-yard touchdown run from tailback Mike Saunders, opening up a 6-0 lead, for the first quarter's only points. In the second quarter, Saunders added a 5-yard run, putting the Hawkeyes up 13-0. Ty Detmer's 9 yard scoring strike to Peter Tuipulotu making it 13-6. In the fourth quarter, Detmer found Scotty Anderson for a 27-yard strike, as BYU evened the score at 13-13.

With 4:19 remaining in the game, BYU got the ball on their 23-yard line. After six plays, the Cougars reached the Hawkeye 18-yard line. The ensuing play resulted in Detmer's only interception when his pass deflected off his intended receiver and was intercepted by co-Defensive MVP Carlos James, who also had 4 tackles. BYU had 80 rushing yards, 350 passing yards, 1 turnover, 64 return yards, and 32:23 time of possession. Iowa had 125 rushing yards, 221 passing yards, 1 turnover, 38 return yards, and 27:37 time of possession. Ty Detmer went 29-of-44 for 250 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Josh Arnold had eight tackles (with three being for losses, which totaled to 33 yards lost by Iowa) while being named defensive MVP. [2][3][4]

It was the first tie ever in the Holiday Bowl, and it was also the lowest scoring Holiday Bowl. It was the final college game for Detmer, who won the Heisman Trophy the previous season. This is also the last tie football game in major college football bowl history.