Camellia Bowl (1961–80)
|Camellia Bowl (defunct)|
NAIA Championship (1961–1963)|
NCAA College Division regional final (1964–1972)
NCAA Division II championship game (1973–1975)
NCAA Division I-AA championship game (1980)
The Camellia Bowl was a college football postseason game in Sacramento, California, which is nicknamed the Camellia City. It was held sixteen times at Hughes Stadium, from 1961 through 1975, and once more in 1980.
From 1961 through 1963, the game decided the NAIA Football National Championship.
From 1964 through 1972, the game was among the four regional finals in the College Division (which became Division II and Division III in 1973). There were no playoffs as the national champion was determined by a poll prior to these games; the other three regional finals were the Tangerine (later Boardwalk), Pecan (later Pioneer), and Grantland Rice bowls.
The system was revised in 1973 with the creation of Division II and its full playoff structure. The Camellia Bowl was the Division II championship game for the first three years, then the title game moved to the Pioneer Bowl in Texas.
|Date||Winning team||Losing team||Location||Playoff||Ref.|
|December 9, 1961||Pittsburg State||12||Linfield||7||Sacramento, California||NAIA Championship|||
|December 8, 1962||Central State (OK)||28||Lenoir-Rhyne||13||Sacramento, California|
|December 14, 1963||St. John's||33||Prairie View A&M||27||Sacramento, California|
|December 12, 1964||Montana State||29||Sacramento State||7||Sacramento, California||College Division
|December 11, 1965||Los Angeles State||18||UC Santa Barbara||10||Sacramento, California|||
|December 10, 1966||San Diego State||28||Montana State||7||Sacramento, California|||
|December 9, 1967||San Diego State||34||San Francisco State||6||Sacramento, California|
|December 14, 1968||Humboldt State||29||Fresno State||14||Sacramento, California|||
|December 13, 1969||North Dakota State||30||Montana||3||Sacramento, California|||
|December 12, 1970||North Dakota State||31||Montana||16||Sacramento, California|
|December 11, 1971||Boise State||32||Chico State||28||Sacramento, California|||
|December 10, 1972||North Dakota||38||Cal Poly-SLO||21||Sacramento, California|||
|December 15, 1973||Louisiana Tech||34||Western Kentucky||0||Sacramento, California||Division II Championship|||
|December 14, 1974||Central Michigan||54||Delaware||14||Sacramento, California|||
|December 13, 1975||Northern Michigan||16||Western Kentucky||14||Sacramento, California|||
|December 20, 1980||Boise State||31||Eastern Kentucky||29||Sacramento, California||Division I-AA Championship|||
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-  Archived October 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived December 15, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived October 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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- The Fresno Bee, Dec 16, 1973, page D10
- The Modesto Bee, Dec 15, 1974, page A19
- The Modesto Bee, Dec 14, 1975, page B1
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