1997 Holiday Bowl

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1997 Plymouth Holiday Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado State 7 7 14 7 35
Missouri 3 14 7 0 24
Date December 29, 1997
Season 1997
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offensive: Moses Moreno (Colorado State)
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 50,761[1]
Payout US$1,409,533 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Rich Waltz and Rod Gilmore
Holiday Bowl
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The 1997 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 29, 1997, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Colorado State Rams from the Western Athletic Conference, and the Missouri Tigers from the Big 12 Conference.

Colorado State opened the scoring following a 14-yard touchdown run from running back Darran Hall, giving CSU an early 7-0 lead. Scott Knickman got Missouri on the board after he drilled a 32-yard field goal, getting Missouri within 7-3. In the second quarter, Missouri scored on a 4-yard touchdown run from quarterback Corby Jones, giving the Tigers a 10-7 lead.

Colorado State quarterback Moses Moreno found wide receiver Corey McCoy for a 22-yard touchdown pass, and Colorado State reclaimed the lead at 14-10. Missouri's Ernest Blackwell scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, again shifting the lead to the Tigers, 17-14.

In the third quarter, Colorado State reclaimed the lead following an 85-yard punt return from Darren Hall, putting the Rams up 21-17. Moses Moreno later found wide receiver Dallas Davis on a 47-yard pass to increase Colorado State's lead to 28-17. Missouri's Brock Olivo scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, pulling Missouri to within 28-24. Ryan Eslinger's 23-yard touchdown run gave Colorado State a 35-24 lead, and the final score held up.