Alamo Bowl

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Alamo Bowl
Valero Alamo Bowl
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Stadium Alamodome
Location San Antonio, Texas
Operated 1993–present
Conference tie-ins Big 12 (1995–present)
Pac-12 (1993–1994; 2010–present)
Previous conference tie-ins Southwest (1993–1994)
Big Ten (1995–2009)
Payout US$3,825,000 (As of 2015)
Sponsors
Builders Square (1993–1998)
Sylvania (1999–2001)
MasterCard (2002–2005)
Valero Energy Corporation (2007–present)
Former names
Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998)
Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001)
Alamo Bowl Presented By MasterCard (2002)
MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2003–2005)
Alamo Bowl (2006)
2016 matchup
Colorado vs. Oklahoma State (OSU 38–8)
2017 matchup
TCU vs Stanford[1] (TCU 39–37)

The Alamo Bowl, is a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game played annually since 1993 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2010 it matches the second choice team from the Pac-12 Conference and the second choice team from the Big 12 Conference. Traditionally, the Alamo Bowl has been played in December, although it was played in January following the 2009, 2014, and 2015 seasons.

Since 2007, the game has been sponsored by Valero Energy Corporation and officially known as the Valero Alamo Bowl. Previous sponsors include MasterCard (2002–2005), Sylvania (1999–2001), and Builders Square (1993–1998).

History[edit]

The game was previously known as the Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998), the Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001) and the MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2002–2005). The logo of the event has evolved to reflect the changes in sponsorship. On May 24, 2007 the Alamo Bowl announced a partnership with San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation, and thus the bowl's full name was changed.

The game originally gave an automatic invite to a team from the now-defunct Southwest Conference (SWC). However, in 1993, only two of the eight SWC teams finished with the necessary 6 wins against Division I-A teams to become bowl-eligible, and those two teams were already committed to other bowls, so the Iowa Hawkeyes were invited instead. The SWC was able to provide teams for the next two seasons (Baylor Bears in 1994 and Texas A&M Aggies in 1995) before the conference disbanded.

During the 1996 Alamo Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes wore plain black helmets (removing their tigerhawk logo and gold stripe) in honor of linebacker Mark Mitchell's mother, who died in a car accident while traveling to San Antonio for the game.

The 2002 Alamo Bowl played between the Colorado Buffaloes and Wisconsin Badgers was the first Alamo Bowl to go into overtime, with the unranked Badgers defeating the No. 14 ranked Buffaloes after kicking a field goal to win 31–28, completing a perfect non-conference schedule at 6-0 (the Badgers finished with a 2-6 record in the Big Ten). The 2008 Alamo Bowl between the Missouri Tigers and Northwestern Wildcats also went into overtime, with the Tigers defeating the Wildcats 30–23.

The 2005 Alamo Bowl ended with one of the most controversial plays in bowl game history.[2] During the multi-lateral play, almost the entire Nebraska Cornhuskers team and coaching staff as well as half of the Michigan Wolverines sideline came onto the field, and the Cornhuskers gave their coach a Gatorade shower before the play was blown dead. It drew parallels to 1982's "The Play", 2000's "Music City Miracle", and 2002's "Bluegrass Miracle". Nebraska would win the game 32−28 after Michigan was not able to reach the endzone.

The 2007 Alamo Bowl between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Texas A&M Aggies was attended by 66,166, an Alamodome facility-record crowd for a sporting event, breaking the previous record set by the Iowa Hawkeyes and Texas Longhorns in the 2006 Alamo Bowl. The Nittany Lions won the game 24–17.[2][3]

The Alamo Bowl has sold out seven of its sixteen games (1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2011).[4]

On August 28, 2009, the Alamo Bowl organizers announced they had reached an agreement with the then Pac-10 Conference to replace the Big Ten Conference in the Alamo Bowl. Under the terms of the agreement, the now Pac-12 Conference's (Pac-12) second-choice team earns a bid to the Alamo Bowl. The agreement took effect beginning with the 2010 college football season.[5] The Pac-12's second-choice team was previously contracted to play in the Holiday Bowl against the third choice from the Big 12. The Big 12's third choice also moved to the Alamo Bowl, and the Holiday Bowl now gets third choice of team from the Pac-12 and the fourth choice from the Big 10.

In the 2011 Alamo Bowl the Baylor Bears and Washington Huskies combined to score 123 points, breaking the record for the most points scored in a bowl game in college football history. Baylor won the game 67-56. The 2011 game was also the first Alamo Bowl to feature the season's Heisman Trophy winner, Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Media coverage[edit]

The Alamo Bowl has produced eight of the top 20 most-watched bowl games in ESPN history. In 2006, the Alamo Bowl featured the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa Hawkeyes in a game that earned a 6.0 rating, making it the most-watched college football game in ESPN history as more than 8.83 million viewers saw the telecast.[6]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance Notes
December 31, 1993 California 37 Iowa 3 45,716 notes
December 31, 1994 #24 Washington State 10 Baylor 3 44,106 notes
December 28, 1995 #19 Texas A&M 22 #14 Michigan 20 64,597 notes
December 29, 1996 #21 Iowa 27 Texas Tech 0 55,677 notes
December 30, 1997 #16 Purdue 33 #24 Oklahoma State 20 55,552 notes
December 29, 1998 Purdue 37 #4 Kansas State 34 60,780 notes
December 28, 1999 #13 Penn State 24 #18 Texas A&M 0 65,380 notes
December 30, 2000 #8 Nebraska 66 #19 Northwestern 17 60,028 notes
December 29, 2001 Iowa 19 Texas Tech 16 65,232 notes
December 28, 2002 Wisconsin 31 #14 Colorado 28 (OT) 50,690 notes
December 29, 2003 #22 Nebraska 17 Michigan State 3 56,229 notes
December 29, 2004 #24 Ohio State 33 Oklahoma State 7 65,265 notes
December 28, 2005 Nebraska 32 #20 Michigan 28 62,016 notes
December 30, 2006 #18 Texas 26 Iowa 24 65,875[3] notes
December 29, 2007 Penn State 24 Texas A&M 17 66,166 notes
December 29, 2008 #25 Missouri 30 #22 Northwestern 23 (OT) 55,986 notes
January 2, 2010 Texas Tech 41 Michigan State 31 64,757 notes
December 29, 2010 #16 Oklahoma State 36 Arizona 10 57,593 notes
December 29, 2011 #15 Baylor 67 Washington 56 65,256 notes
December 29, 2012 #23 Texas 31 #13 Oregon State 27 65,277 notes
December 30, 2013 #10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 65,918 notes
January 2, 2015 #14 UCLA 40 #11 Kansas State 35 60,517 notes
January 2, 2016 #11 TCU 47 #15 Oregon 41 (3OT) 64,569 notes
December 29, 2016 #12 Oklahoma State 38 #10 Colorado 8 59,815 notes
December 28, 2017 #13 TCU 39 #15 Stanford 37 57,653[7] notes

MVPs[edit]

Two MVPs are selected for each game; one offensive player and one defensive player.

Year Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
1993 Dave Barr California QB Jerrott Willard California LB
1994 Chad Davis Washington State QB Ron Childs Washington State LB
1995 Kyle Bryant Texas A&M K Keith Mitchell Texas A&M LB
1996 Sedrick Shaw Iowa RB Jared DeVries Iowa DL
1997 Billy Dicken Purdue QB Adrian Beasley Purdue S
1998 Drew Brees Purdue QB Rosevelt Colvin Purdue DE
1999 Rashard Casey Penn State QB LaVar Arrington Penn State LB
2000 Dan Alexander Nebraska RB Kyle Vanden Bosch Nebraska DL
2001 Aaron Greving Iowa RB Derrick Pickens Iowa DL
2002 Brooks Bollinger Wisconsin QB Jeff Mack Wisconsin LB
2003 Jammal Lord Nebraska QB Trevor Johnson Nebraska DL
2004 Ted Ginn Jr. Ohio State WR/PR/KR Simon Fraser Ohio State DE
2005 Cory Ross Nebraska RB Leon Hall Michigan CB
2006 Colt McCoy Texas QB Aaron Ross Texas CB
2007 Rodney Kinlaw Penn State RB Sean Lee Penn State LB
2008 Jeremy Maclin Missouri WR/PR/KR Sean Weatherspoon Missouri LB
Jan. 2010 Taylor Potts Texas Tech QB Jamar Wall Texas Tech CB
Dec. 2010 Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State WR Markelle Martin Oklahoma State S
2011 Terrance Ganaway Baylor RB Elliot Coffey Baylor LB
2012 Marquise Goodwin Texas WR Alex Okafor Texas DE
2013 Marcus Mariota Oregon QB Avery Patterson Oregon SS
2015 Paul Perkins UCLA RB Eric Kendricks UCLA LB
Jan. 2016 Bram Kohlhausen TCU QB Travin Howard TCU LB
Dec. 2016 James Washington Oklahoma State WR Vincent Taylor Oklahoma State DT
2017 Kenny Hill TCU QB Travin Howard TCU LB
Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award

The bowl's sportsmanship award is named after Fred Jacoby, who served as SWC commissioner from 1982 to 1993.[8]

Year Player Team Position Ref.
1993 Larry Blue Iowa DT [9]
1994 Adrian Robinson Baylor DB [10]
1995 Jarrett Irons Michigan LB [11]
1996 Shane Dunn Texas Tech OT [12]
1997 Kevin Williams Oklahoma State DB [13]
1998 Jarrod Cooper Kansas State DB [14]
1999 Jason Webster Texas A&M CB [15]
2000 Zak Kustok Northwestern QB [16]
2001 Anton Paige Texas Tech WR [17]
2002 Zac Colvin Colorado QB [18]
2003 Joe Tate Michigan State OG [19]
2004 Donovan Woods Oklahoma State QB [20]
2005 Steve Breaston Michigan WR [21]
2006 Mike Elgin Iowa OL [22]
2007 Mark Dodge Texas A&M LB [23]
2008 Rasheed Ward Northwestern WR [24]
Jan. 2010 Ross Weaver Michigan State DB [25]
Dec. 2010 David Douglas Arizona WR [26]
2011 Senio Kelemete Washington OG [27]
2012 Storm Woods Oregon State RB [28]
2013 Carrington Byndom Texas CB [29]
2015 Tyler Lockett Kansas State WR [30]
Jan. 2016 Rodney Hardrick Oregon LB [31]
Dec. 2016 Sean Irwin Colorado TE [32]
2017 Harrison Phillips Stanford DT [33]

Most appearances[edit]

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Iowa 4 2–2
T1 Oklahoma State 4 2–2
T3 Nebraska 3 3–0
T3 Texas 3 2–1
T3 Texas A&M 3 1–2
T3 Texas Tech 3 1–2
T7 Penn State 2 2–0
T7 Purdue 2 2–0
T7 TCU 2 2–0
T7 Baylor 2 1–1
T7 Oregon 2 1–1
T7 Colorado 2 0–2
T7 Kansas State 2 0–2
T7 Michigan 2 0–2
T7 Michigan State 2 0–2
T7 Northwestern 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: California, Missouri, Ohio State, UCLA, Washington State, Wisconsin
Lost: Arizona, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington

Appearances by conference[edit]

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 25 games (50 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1 Big 12 22 12 10 .545
2 Big Ten 16 8 8 .500
3 Pac-12[a 1] 10 4 6 .400
4 SWC 2 1 1 .500
  1. ^ Includes appearances by teams in what was the Pac-10. From 1993 through 2010, Pac-10 teams made three appearances and were 2–1.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "NCAA VALERO ALAMO BOWL 2011 Baylor Bears vs Washington Huskies Online HD Channel". watchnfl.us. December 28, 2011. Archived from the original on April 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Alamo Bowl crowd sets Alamodome record". Bevo Beat (blog). December 30, 2006. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 
  4. ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl Media Guide, pp. 1–22, (PDF) Archived 2007-10-31 at the Wayback Machine., The San Antonio Bowl Association.
  5. ^ "Valero Alamo Bowl, Pacific-10 Conference agree on deal starting in 2010 season". Sports.espn.go.com. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  6. ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl ranks as ESPN's most-watched bowl game, MackBrown-TexasFootball.com, January 3, 2007.
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  8. ^ "Ex-SWC Commissioner Fred Jacoby, 80, dies". Longview News-Journal. Longview, Texas. March 16, 2008. Retrieved May 16, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
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