1998 Holiday Bowl

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1998 Culligan Holiday Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 0 13 0 7 20
Arizona 6 3 0 14 23
Date December 30, 1998
Season 1998
Stadium Qualcomm Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offensive: Keith Smith, Arizona
Defensive: Mike Rucker, Nebraska
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 65,354[1]
Payout US$1,800,968 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Mike Tirico and Todd Blackledge
Holiday Bowl
 < 1997  1999

The 1998 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1998 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Arizona Wildcats, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Game summary[edit]

Arizona scored the first points of the game with a 38-yard field goal from Mark McDonald opening up a 3-0 lead. They increased that to 6-0, following a 25-yard McDonald field goal, to close the first quarter scoring. In the third quarter, McDonald added his third field goal of the game, a 48-yarder, giving Arizona a 9-0 lead. Nebraska got on the board following a 25-yard field goal from Kris Brown, making it 9-3.

Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Shevin Wiggins to give Nebraska a 10-9 second quarter lead. Kris Brown added a 23-yard field goal before halftime to give Nebraska a 13-9 halftime lead.

After a third quarter, Arizona quarterback Keith Smith threw a 16-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Brad Brennan, and Arizona reclaimed a 16-13 lead. Eric Crouch threw his second touchdown pass of the game, to tight end Tracey Wistrom and Nebraska claimed a 20-16 lead. Running back Kelvin Eafon scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for Arizona, and Arizona got the final 23-20 margin of victory. [2]


Nebraska continued their bowl streak, while Arizona did not return to a bowl game again until 2008. The following year, Arizona and Nebraska would have a rematch against each other in the Holiday Bowl.