2004 Silicon Valley Football Classic

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2004 Silicon Valley Football Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
Troy 14 0 0 7 21
Northern Illinois 14 10 3 7 34
Date December 30, 2004
Season 2004
Stadium Spartan Stadium
Location San Jose, California
MVP Lionel Hickenbottom (NIU)
DeWhitt Betterson (Troy)
Referee Joe Rider (ACC)
Payout US$720,000
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN2
Announcers Pam Ward (play-by-play)
Mike Tomczak (analyst)
Dave Ryan (sidelines)
Silicon Valley Football Classic
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The 2004 Silicon Valley Football Classic was a post-season college football bowl game between the Troy Trojans and the Northern Illinois Huskies on December 30, 2004, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California. It was the fifth and final time the Silicon Valley Football Classic was played and the final game of the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season for both teams. Northern Illinois defeated Troy 34-21.[1]

For the 2004 bowl season the Silicon Valley Classic had contractual tie-ins with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10); neither conference had enough bowl-eligible teams. In previous years the SVC had an agreement to take the Pac-10's No. 6 team, but was displaced by the new Emerald Bowl and had to settle for No. 7, if one existed.[2] Organizers obtained permission from the Pac-10 to look elsewhere, and on November 16 announced an agreement with the Mid-American Conference, which had five bowl-eligible teams but as yet only two bowls.[3]

Since the beginning of the bowl in 2000, the Fresno State Bulldogs represented the WAC. Although the SVC invited Fresno State back, the Bulldogs opted for the MPC Computers Bowl, where they would face #18-ranked Virginia from the ACC. Left without a WAC team, organizers turned to the Troy Trojans of the Sun Belt Conference. Troy had never played in a bowl game before, having just moved up to Division I in 2001 and joined the Sun Belt in 2004.[4]


  1. ^ "Huskies score 34 straight points". ESPN.com. December 30, 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ Curtis, Jake (November 25, 2004). "EMERALD BOWL: A gem in the rough? Time may be right for bowl success in S.F.". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Mid-American Conference strikes deal to get third bowl". USA Today. November 16, 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Huskies, Trojans basking in bowl attention". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-01-21.