2009 Hawaii Bowl
|2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl|
|Date||December 24, 2009|
|MVP||QB Kyle Padron (SMU)
DE Kevin Basped (Nevada)
|Referee||Land Clark (Mountain West Conference)|
|Halftime show||Henry Kapono|
|Payout||US$750,000 per team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Terry Gannon (play-by-play)
David Norrie (color commentator)
The 2009 Hawaii Bowl was the eighth edition of the college football bowl game, played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game started at 3:00 pm local time (8:00 pm US EST) on Thursday, December 24, 2009, with the SMU Mustangs of Conference USA beating the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Western Athletic Conference 45–10.
The 2009 Hawaiʻi Bowl was SMU's first bowl bid since playing in Hawaii in the 1984 Aloha Bowl, as well as their first since the program was relaunched in 1989 after being shut down for two years due to massive NCAA rules violations. Head coach June Jones made his first appearance as a coach in Aloha Stadium since leaving Hawaiʻi in 2008 to take over the SMU football program.
SMU freshman starter Kyle Padron, who was himself a backup until an injury earlier in the season to then starter Bo Levi Mitchell, was named the game's MVP after throwing for 460 yards and two touchdowns.
The two teams met for the first time since 2004 when they were both members of the WAC. They previously played five times from 2000–2004 with Nevada having led the series with a 3–2 record. Previous to this game, the last meeting was a 38–20 victory by SMU.
Nevada wore their home blue jerseys and SMU wore their white away jerseys.
|SMU - Shawnbrey McNeal 9 Yd run (Matt Szymanski kick), 13:29||SMU 7–0|
|SMU - Shawnbrey McNeal 2 Yd run (Matt Szymanski kick), 8:22||SMU 14–0|
|SMU - Matt Szymanski 22 Yd, 2:49||SMU 17–0|
|SMU - Emmanuel Sanders 17 Yd pass from Kyle Padron (Matt Szymanski kick), 5:37||SMU 24–0|
|SMU - Cole Beasley 2 Yd pass from Kyle Padron (Matt Szymanski kick), 1:17||SMU 31–0|
|SMU - Zach Line 3 Yd run (Matt Szymanski kick), 7:45||SMU 38–0|
|NEV - Ricky Drake 21 Yd, 3:08||SMU 38–3|
|SMU - Shawnbrey McNeal 17 Yd run (Matt Szymanski kick), 3:27||SMU 45–3|
|NEV - Brandon Wimberly 10 Yd pass from Colin Kaepernick (Ricky Drake kick), 1:04||SMU 45–10|