Dollar General Bowl

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Dollar General Bowl
Dollar General Bowl logo.png
Stadium Ladd Peebles Stadium
Location Mobile, Alabama
Operated 1999–present
Conference tie-ins Sun Belt, MAC
Previous conference tie-ins ACC, C-USA, WAC
Payout US$750,000 (2012)
Sponsors
Mobile Alabama, Inc. (1999)
GMAC Mobile, Alabama (2000–2010)
GoDaddy (2011–present)
Former names
Mobile Alabama Bowl (1999)
GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl (2000)
GMAC Bowl (2001–2010)
GoDaddy.com Bowl (2011–2013)
GoDaddy Bowl (2014–2015)
2015 matchup
Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green (Georgia Southern 58-27)

The Dollar General Bowl is a postseason NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game that has been played annually at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, since 1999. The game currently matches teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference.

Former logo

The game was known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl from 1999 to 2000. It was then known as the GMAC Bowl from 2000 to 2010 when its corporate sponsorship was GMAC Financial Services, then known as first the GoDaddy.com Bowl from 2011 to 2013 when Go Daddy took over sponsorship and then the GoDaddy Bowl from 2014 to 2015. From 1999 to 2009, the bowl pitted a Conference USA team against a team from either the Mid-American Conference or the Western Athletic Conference. For the 2010 game the Atlantic Coast Conference was to participate in the bowl as its ninth bowl tie-in. The ACC failed to have sufficient bowl-eligible teams to fill the slot, and the bowl chose Sun Belt conference champion Troy as a replacement.[1] The Mid-American Conference was the other conference tie-in.[2]

The 2001 game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and East Carolina Pirates set the record as the highest-scoring bowl game of all time, and Marshall achieved what was then the greatest scoring comeback in bowl history.[3] In this contest, Marshall battled back from a 38–8 deficit to win 64–61 in double overtime. Thundering Herd quarterback Byron Leftwich threw for 576 yards in the game.

When the GoDaddy Bowl first began, it was played as one of the first games of the bowl season and occupied a pre-Christmas date. The 2006-07 season saw the game moved to after New Year's Day, and it served as one of the last bowls played before the national championship game of either the Bowl Championship Series or the College Football Playoff. For the 2015-16 season, the GoDaddy Bowl was moved back to its pre-Christmas slot.

In the first January playing the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi knocked off the Ohio Bobcats, 28–7. The 2008 game became the largest blowout in bowl history, with Tulsa beating Bowling Green, 63–7.

On October 18, 2010, it was announced that the GMAC Bowl was renamed the GoDaddy.com Bowl.[4] The 2013 edition of the GoDaddy.com Bowl was played on January 6, 2013, and featured No. 25 Kent State from the MAC and Arkansas State from the Sun Belt.

On May 15, 2013, it was announced that GoDaddy, in accordance with new generic top-level domain extensions being rolled out later in the year, had dropped the ".com" from the bowl's name, rebranding it as the GoDaddy Bowl.[5][6]

Dollar General, a variety store chain, took over sponsorship on August 17, 2016.[7]

Game results[edit]

Title Date Winning team Losing team
1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl December 22, 1999 TCU 28 East Carolina 14
2000 GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl December 20, 2000 Southern Miss 28 TCU 21
2001 GMAC Bowl December 19, 2001 Marshall 64 East Carolina 61 (2 OT)
2002 GMAC Bowl December 18, 2002 Marshall 38 Louisville 15
2003 GMAC Bowl December 18, 2003 Miami (Ohio) 49 Louisville 28
2004 GMAC Bowl December 22, 2004 Bowling Green 52 Memphis 35
2005 GMAC Bowl December 21, 2005 Toledo 45 UTEP 13
2007 GMAC Bowl January 7, 2007 Southern Miss 28 Ohio 7
2008 GMAC Bowl January 6, 2008 Tulsa 63 Bowling Green 7
2009 GMAC Bowl January 6, 2009 Tulsa 45 Ball State 13
2010 GMAC Bowl January 6, 2010 Central Michigan 44 Troy 41 (2 OT)
2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl January 6, 2011 Miami (OH) 35 Middle Tennessee 21
2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl January 8, 2012 Northern Illinois 38 Arkansas State 20
2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl January 6, 2013 Arkansas State 17 Kent State 13
2014 GoDaddy Bowl January 5, 2014 Arkansas State 23 Ball State 20
2015 GoDaddy Bowl (January) January 4, 2015 Toledo 63 Arkansas State 44
2015 GoDaddy Bowl (December) December 23, 2015 Georgia Southern 58 Bowling Green 27

MVPs[edit]

Date played MVP School Position
December 22, 1999 Casey Printers TCU QB
December 20, 2000 LaDainian Tomlinson TCU RB
December 19, 2001 Byron Leftwich Marshall QB
December 18, 2002 Byron Leftwich Marshall QB
December 18, 2003 Ben Roethlisberger Miami (OH) QB
December 22, 2004 Omar Jacobs Bowling Green QB
December 21, 2005 Bruce Gradkowski Toledo QB
January 7, 2007 Damion Fletcher Southern Miss RB
January 6, 2008 Paul Smith Tulsa QB
January 6, 2009 Tarrion Adams Tulsa RB
January 6, 2010 Dan LeFevour Central Michigan QB
January 6, 2011 Austin Boucher Miami (Ohio) QB
January 8, 2012 Chandler Harnish Northern Illinois QB
January 6, 2013 Ryan Aplin Arkansas State QB
January 5, 2014 Fredi Knighten Arkansas State QB
January 4, 2015 Kareem Hunt Toledo RB
December 23, 2015 Favian Upshaw Georgia Southern QB

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Arkansas State 4 2–2
2 Bowling Green 3 1–2
T3 Marshall 2 2–0
T3 Miami (Ohio) 2 2–0
T3 Southern Mississippi 2 2–0
T3 Toledo 2 2–0
T3 Tulsa 2 2–0
T3 TCU 2 1–1
T3 East Carolina 2 0–2
T3 Louisville 2 0–2
T3 Ball State 2 0–2
T12 Central Michigan 1 1–0
T12 Georgia Southern 1 1–0
T12 Northern Illinois 1 1–0
T12 Memphis 1 0–1
T12 Middle Tennessee State 1 0–1
T12 Ohio 1 0–1
T12 Troy 1 0–1
T12 UTEP 1 0–1
T12 Kent State 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
MAC 9 5 .643
WAC 1 1 .500
Sun Belt 3 4 .429
C-USA 4 6 .400

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/05/08/article/acc_adds_gmac_bowl_to_its_postseason_lineup
  2. ^ "The sports world in 60 seconds". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Leftwich throws for 576 yards in 64–61 GMAC Bowl win". CNN. 
  4. ^ "GODADDY.COM JOINS COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL LINEUP". 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  5. ^ "Date Set for 15th Annual GoDaddy Bowl". GoDaddyBowl.com. GoDaddy Bowl. May 15, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Inabinett, Mark (May 15, 2013). "GoDaddy Bowl tweaks name, sets date for 2014 game". AL.com/mobile. Mobile Press-Register. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Stephenson, Creg (August 17, 2016). "Dollar General takes over as title sponsor of Mobile bowl game". AL.com. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 

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