Bahamas Bowl

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Bahamas Bowl
Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl
Makers Bahamas Bowl logo.svg
StadiumThomas Robinson Stadium
LocationNassau, Bahamas
Operated2014–present
Conference tie-insConference USA (2014–present)
Mid-American Conference (2014–present)
PayoutUS$450,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
Popeyes (2014–2016)
Elk Grove Village, Illinois (2018–present)
Former names
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (2014–2016)
Bahamas Bowl (2017)
2018 matchup
FIU vs. Toledo (FIU 35–32)
2019 matchup
C-USA vs. MAC[2] (December 20, 2019)

The Bahamas Bowl is a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game played annually in Nassau, Bahamas, at the 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium.[3] The first game, played in 2014, was the first major (FBS or historical equivalent) bowl game to be played outside the United States and Canada between two U.S. teams since the January 1, 1937, Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba.[4] The inaugural game featured teams from the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.[5] That conference matchup has continued annually, through the December 2018 playing of the game.[6] In July 2019, the MAC announced a continuation of its tie-in with the bowl through the 2025-26 football season.

From its inception to 2017, the game was sponsored by the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant franchise and officially known as the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.[7] After Restaurant Brands International acquired Popeyes in 2017, they declined to renew sponsorship. Elk Grove Village, Illinois—"home to the largest industrial park in the United States"—picked up the sponsorship in 2018, renaming the bowl as the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.[8]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance Notes
December 24, 2014 Western Kentucky 49 Central Michigan 48 13,667 notes
December 24, 2015 Western Michigan 45 Middle Tennessee 31 13,123 notes
December 23, 2016 Old Dominion 24 Eastern Michigan 20 13,422 notes
December 22, 2017 Ohio 41 UAB 6 13,585 notes
December 21, 2018 FIU 35 Toledo 32 13,510 notes

MVPs[edit]

Year Offensive MVP Defensive MVP Ref.
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
2014 Brandon Doughty Western Kentucky QB Derik Overstreet Western Kentucky DL [9]
2015 Jamauri Bogan Western Michigan RB Grant DePalma Western Michigan LB [10]
2016 Ray Lawry Old Dominion RB TJ Ricks Old Dominion LB [11]
2017 Dorian Brown Ohio RB Javon Hagan Ohio FS [12]
2018 Christian Alexander FIU QB Edwin Freeman FIU LB [13]

Most appearances[edit]

Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances); to date, no team has appeared in the bowl more than once.

Teams with a single appearance

Won: FIU, Ohio, Old Dominion, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan
Lost: Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Toledo, UAB

Appearances by conference[edit]

Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
C-USA 5 3 2 .600 2014, 2016, 2018 2015, 2017
MAC 5 2 3 .400 2015, 2017 2014, 2016, 2018

Game records[edit]

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 49, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan 2014
Most points scored (losing team) 48, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky 2014
Most points scored (both teams) 97, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan 2014
Fewest points allowed 6, Ohio vs. UAB 2017
Largest margin of victory 35, Ohio vs. UAB 2017
Total yards 647, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan 2014
Rushing yards 282, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee 2015
Passing yards 493, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky 2014
First downs 29, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan 2014
Fewest yards allowed 353, Ohio vs. UAB 2017
Fewest rushing yards allowed 99, Ohio vs. UAB 2017
Fewest passing yards allowed 188, Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion 2016
Individual Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards 215, Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee 2015
Touchdowns (all-purpose) 4, shared by Bogan, Brown, and Davis (see below)
Rushing yards 215, Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee 2015
Rushing touchdowns 4, shared by:
Jamauri Bogan, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee
Dorian Brown, Ohio vs. UAB
 
2015
2017
Passing yards 493, Cooper Rush, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky 2014
Passing touchdowns 7, Cooper Rush, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky 2014
Receiving yards 183, Corey Davis, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee 2015
Receiving touchdowns 4, Titus Davis, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky 2014
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions 1, by multiple players
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 74, Dorian Brown, Ohio vs. UAB 2017
Touchdown pass 80, Corey Davis, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee 2015
Kickoff return 45, Andre Wilson, UAB vs. Ohio 2017
Punt return 34, Kylan Nelson, Ohio vs. UAB 2017
Interception return 29, Rontavious Atkins, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee 2015
Fumble return
Punt 54, shared by:
Michael Farkas, Ohio vs. UAB
Bailey Flint, Toledo vs. FIU
 
2017
2018
Field goal 47, Andrew Haldeman, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee 2015

Media coverage[edit]

Television[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2014[14] ESPN Steve Levy Lou Holtz & Mark May Laura Rutledge
2015[15] Mack Brown & Mark May Kaylee Hartung
2016 Mack Brown Kaylee Hartung
2017 Desmond Howard Laura Rutledge
2018 Desmond Howard Laura Rutledge

Radio[edit]

Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators
2014 ESPN Radio John Brickley Pete Najarian
2015 RedVoice, LLC Brian Hanni Rob Best
2016 RedVoice, LLC Brian Hanni Rob Best
2017 Gameday Radio Kyle Wiggs Rob Best
2018 Gameday Radio Kyle Wiggs Rob Best

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.statisticbrain.com/college-bowl-game-payouts/
  2. ^ "2019 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl Set for Friday, Dec. 20 at 2 PM ET". bahamasbowl.com (Press release). May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "MAC Announces Creation of the Bahamas Bowl in 2014". Mid-American Conference. October 14, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Inaugural Bahamas Bowl set for December 24, 2014". Bahamas Bowl Communications. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "It's Conference USA Against the MAC In The Inaugural Bahamas Bowl". Bahamas Bowl Communications. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Participating Conferences". bahamasbowl.com. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  7. ^ "Popeyes Announced as Title Sponsor of Popeyes Bahamas Bowl". Bahamas Bowl Communications. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "Elk Grove Village announced as Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl title sponsor". Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.bahamasbowl.com/news/2014-bowl-recap/
  10. ^ https://www.bahamasbowl.com/news/2015-bowl-recap/
  11. ^ https://www.bahamasbowl.com/news/2016-bowl-recap/
  12. ^ https://www.bahamasbowl.com/news/2017-bowl-recap/
  13. ^ @FIUFootball (December 21, 2018). "That @TheBahamasBowl MVP trophy looks great in @AlexanderQB8's arms!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 21, 2018 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "ESPN College Football – Bowl Schedule and Commentators, College GameDay, College Football Awards, Division I Football Championship and More". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  15. ^ "College Football Playoff Highlights 2015-16 Bowl Schedule". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved December 8, 2015.

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