Cactus Bowl

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Cactus Bowl
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Stadium Chase Field
Location Phoenix, Arizona
Previous stadiums Arizona Stadium (1989–1999)
Bank One Ballpark (2000–2005)
Sun Devil Stadium (2006–2015)
Previous locations Tucson, Arizona (1989–1999)
Phoenix, Arizona (2000–2005)
Tempe, Arizona (2006–2015)
Operated 1989–present
Conference tie-ins Big 12, Pac-12
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (1990–1997)
Big 12 (1998–2001)
Big East (1998–2005)
Pac-10 (2002–2005)
Big 12 (2006-2013)
Big 10 (2006-2013)
Payout US$3.35 million per team (as of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
Domino's Pizza (1990–1991)
Weiser Lock (1992–1995)
Insight Enterprises (1997–2011)
Buffalo Wild Wings (2012–2013)
TicketCity (2015)
Motel 6 (2016, 2 games)
Former names
Copper Bowl (1989)
Domino's Pizza Copper Bowl (1990–1991)
Weiser Lock Copper Bowl (1992–1995)
Copper Bowl (1996)
Insight.com Bowl (1997–2001)
Insight Bowl (2002–2011)
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (2012–2013)
TicketCity Cactus Bowl (2015)
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl (2016, 2 games)
2016 matchup
Boise State vs. Baylor (Baylor 31–12)
2017 matchup
UCLA vs. Kansas State[2] (Kansas State 35–17)

The Cactus Bowl, is an NCAA FBS college football bowl game that has been played in the state of Arizona since 1989.

Originally played as the Copper Bowl from inception through 1996, it was known as the Insight.com Bowl from 1997 through 2001, then the Insight Bowl from 2002 through 2011, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl for 2012 and 2013, and then the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl for 2016. The Cactus Bowl name has been in use since 2015. There was no game played during calendar year 2014 due to the schedule date moving from December to January; the game was played twice during 2016, due to the schedule date moving back to December.

When the bowl was initially founded, it was played at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, on the campus of the University of Arizona. In 2000, the organizers moved the game from Tucson to Phoenix. There, it was played at what is now known as Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. For the 2006 season, the bowl moved a second time. After the annual Fiesta Bowl left Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe in favor of playing in University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the Cactus Bowl (still known as the Insight Bowl) was relocated there as a permanent replacement.

The Cactus Bowl is temporarily being played at its previous home of Chase Field in Phoenix while Sun Devil Stadium undergoes renovations.[3] The renovations are being undertaken during the offseason, requiring Arizona State to close the stadium at the conclusion of football season through 2017. During this time, the game is one of three bowl games played in baseball-specific stadiums; the Gasparilla Bowl, played at Tropicana Field, and the Pinstripe Bowl, played at Yankee Stadium, are the others.

History[edit]

"Cactus Bowl" had been the originally planned name for what became the Copper Bowl in 1989.[4] The game was played under the Copper Bowl name through 1996, after which title sponsorship rights were assumed by Insight Enterprises, who self-titled the game from 1997 through the 2011. In 2012, restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings became the sponsor and self-titled the game for two years.[5] Buffalo Wild Wings declined to renew sponsorship following the 2013 game,[6] at which time organizers opted to rename the game "Cactus Bowl" rather than reverting to the Copper Bowl name. There had been a Texas-based Cactus Bowl played in Division II, however that game was discontinued after 2011. For 2014, TicketCity sponsored the new Cactus Bowl,[7] and Motel 6 became the sponsor in 2015.[8]

For the first ten years, the game was played at Arizona Stadium, on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In 2000, the bowl's organizers moved the game to Bank One Ballpark, a baseball-specific stadium, in downtown Phoenix. In 2006, the game moved to Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe to replace the Fiesta Bowl, which had moved to University of Phoenix Stadium in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. The 2006 game set a record (since tied in the 2016 Alamo Bowl) for the biggest comeback in NCAA Division I FBS bowl history,[9] as Texas Tech came back from a 38–7 third-quarter deficit to defeat Minnesota 44–41 in overtime.

Before 2006, the game mainly featured teams from the Pac-10, WAC, Big 12, and old Big East conferences. Starting in 2006, it began featuring an annual matchup between teams from the Big Ten and the Big 12. Starting with the 2015 game, it has featured a matchup between Pac-12 and Big 12 teams, contingent on bowl eligibility. Teams from the ACC and MW have also competed, along with teams from the now defunct SWC and Big Eight, and one independent school (Notre Dame in 2004).

For the first three playings of the Copper Bowl, TBS carried the game. Beginning in 1992 and continuing until the 2005 playing, the game aired on ESPN. After a four-year hiatus, during which NFL Network carried the game, ESPN regained the rights beginning in 2010.

Game results[edit]

No. Name Date Winning Team Losing Team Attnd.
1 1989 Copper Bowl December 31, 1989 Arizona 17 NC State 10 37,237
2 1990 Copper Bowl December 31, 1990 California 17 Wyoming 15 36,340
3 1991 Copper Bowl December 31, 1991 Indiana 24 Baylor 0 35,751
4 1992 Copper Bowl December 31, 1992 Washington State 31 Utah 28 40,826
5 1993 Copper Bowl December 29, 1993 Kansas State 52 Wyoming 17 49,075
6 1994 Copper Bowl December 29, 1994 BYU 31 Oklahoma 6 45,122
7 1995 Copper Bowl December 27, 1995 Texas Tech 55 Air Force 41 41,004
8 1996 Copper Bowl December 27, 1996 Wisconsin 38 Utah 10 42,122
9 1997 Insight.com Bowl December 27, 1997 Arizona 20 New Mexico 14 49,385
10 1998 Insight.com Bowl December 26, 1998 Missouri 34 West Virginia 31 36,147
11 1999 Insight.com Bowl December 31, 1999 Colorado 62 Boston College 28 35,762
12 2000 Insight.com Bowl December 28, 2000 Iowa State 37 Pittsburgh 29 41,813
13 2001 Insight.com Bowl December 29, 2001 Syracuse 26 Kansas State 3 40,028
14 2002 Insight Bowl December 26, 2002 Pittsburgh 38 Oregon State 13 40,533
15 2003 Insight Bowl December 26, 2003 California 52 Virginia Tech 49 42,364
16 2004 Insight Bowl December 28, 2004 Oregon State 38 Notre Dame 21 45,917
17 2005 Insight Bowl December 27, 2005 Arizona State 45 Rutgers 40 43,536
18 2006 Insight Bowl December 29, 2006 Texas Tech 44 Minnesota 41 (OT) 48,391
19 2007 Insight Bowl December 31, 2007 Oklahoma State 49 Indiana 33 48,892
20 2008 Insight Bowl December 31, 2008 Kansas 42 Minnesota 21 49,103
21 2009 Insight Bowl December 31, 2009 Iowa State 14 Minnesota 13 45,090
22 2010 Insight Bowl December 28, 2010 Iowa 27 Missouri 24 53,453
23 2011 Insight Bowl December 30, 2011 Oklahoma 31 Iowa 14 54,247
24 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl December 29, 2012 Michigan State 17 TCU 16 44,617
25 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl December 28, 2013 Kansas State 31 Michigan 14 53,284
26 2015 Cactus Bowl January 2, 2015 Oklahoma State 30 Washington 22 35,409
27 2016 Cactus Bowl (January) January 2, 2016 West Virginia 43 Arizona State 42 39,321
28 2016 Cactus Bowl (December) December 27, 2016 Baylor 31 Boise State 12 33,328
29 2017 Cactus Bowl December 26, 2017 Kansas State 35 UCLA 17 32,859[10]

Games  1–11 played in Tucson at Arizona Stadium
Games 12–17 played in Phoenix at Bank One Ballpark (now Chase Field)
Games 18–26 played in Tempe at Sun Devil Stadium
Games 27–29 played in Phoenix at Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark)

MVPs[edit]

Two MVPs are selected for each game; one an offensive player, the other a defensive player.[11]

Sportsmanship award[edit]

The bowl awarded a sportsmanship award for the 2001 through January 2016 games.[11]

Game Player Team Position
2001 Terry Pierce Kansas State LB
2002 Derek Anderson Oregon State QB
2003 Doug Easlick Virginia Tech FB
2004 Derek Curry Notre Dame LB
2005 Ryan Neill Rutgers DE
2006 Dominic Jones Minnesota DB
2007 Jonathan Sandbergdagger Indiana OG
2008 Jack Simmons Minnesota TE
2009 D.J. Burris Minnesota OG
2010 Tim Barnes Missouri C
2011 Tyler Nielsen Iowa LB
2012 Tayo Fabuluje TCU OT
2013 Devin Funchess Michigan WR
2015 Andrew Hudson Washington DE
2016 (Jan.) D. J. Foster Arizona State RB

dagger Listed as "Josh Sandberg" on the official website.

Most appearances[edit]

Texas is the only current Big 12 school that has not played in this bowl. Seven of the current Big 12 schools have appeared multiple times. Former Big 12 members Colorado and Missouri have appeared in the bowl, but former Big 12 members Nebraska and Texas A&M have not.

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Kansas State 4 3–1
2 Minnesota 3 0–3
T3 Arizona 2 2–0
T3 California 2 2–0
T3 Oklahoma State 2 2–0
T3 Texas Tech 2 2–0
T3 Iowa State 2 2–0
T3 Arizona State 2 1–1
T3 Indiana 2 1–1
T3 Missouri 2 1–1
T3 Oregon State 2 1–1
T3 Pitt 2 1–1
T3 Iowa 2 1–1
T3 Oklahoma 2 1–1
T3 West Virginia 2 1–1
T3 Baylor 2 1–1
T3 Utah 2 0–2
T3 Wyoming 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: BYU, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan State, Syracuse, Washington State, Wisconsin
Lost: Air Force, Boise State, Boston College, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, TCU, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Washington

Appearances by conference[edit]

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 29 games (58 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1 Big 12 16 13 3 .813
2 Pac-12[a 1] 11 7 4 .636
3 Big Ten 10 4 6 .400
T8 ACC 1 0 1 .000
T8 Mountain West 1 0 1 .000
T8 Independents 1 0 1 .000
  1. ^ Includes appearances by teams in what was the Pac-10. From 1989 through 2005, Pac-10 teams made eight appearances and were 7–1.

Media coverage[edit]

The Cactus Bowl has been televised by three different networks; TBS (1989–1991), ESPN (1992–2005, 2010–present), and NFL Network (2006–2009).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Bowl Game Payouts". statisticbrain.com. 2015. 
  2. ^ Bolch, Ben. "UCLA to play Kansas State in Cactus Bowl". LA Times. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  3. ^ McMurphy, Brett (May 4, 2015). "Cactus Bowl moving to Chase Field for next three seasons". ESPN.com. 
  4. ^ "New bowl game seeking sponsor, TV pact". The Tuscaloosa News. 1988-08-13. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Insight Bowl loses its title sponsor after 15 years,". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl loses sponsorship". azcentral. 16 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "TicketCity gets Cactus Bowl naming rights for Cactus Bowl in Tempe". Phoenix Business Journal. 2014-11-25. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  8. ^ "Motel 6 inks naming rights deal for Cactus Bowl". Phoenix Business Journal. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Down 31, Texas Tech rallies for biggest bowl comeback". Associated Press. December 29, 2006. Archived from the original on 2 January 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2006 – via ESPN. 
  10. ^ http://scores.nbcsports.com/cfb/recap.asp?g=201712260064
  11. ^ a b "Game History". fiestabowl.org. Retrieved January 17, 2018. 

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