Houston Bowl

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Houston Bowl (defunct)
EV1.net Houston Bowl
HoustonBowlLogo.png
Stadium Reliant Stadium (2002–05)
Astrodome (2000–01)
Location Houston, Texas
Operated 2000–05
Conference tie-ins Big 12 (2000-05)
C-USA (2000–02)
Payout US$$750,000 (2000)[1]
Preceded by Bluebonnet Bowl (1987)
Succeeded by Texas Bowl (2006)
Sponsors
galleryfurniture.com (2000–01)
EV1.net (2002–05)
Former names
galleryfurniture.com Bowl (2000–01)

The Houston Bowl was an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that was played annually in Houston, Texas, from 2000 to 2005. For its first two years, the game was known as the galleryfurniture.com Bowl, named for the website of the sponsor, a Houston furniture chain operated by Jim McIngvale. In 2002, the Houston Bowl was born and later named the EV1.net Houston Bowl, after sponsor EV1.net, for the remainder of the game's existence.

History[edit]

The bowl played in two locations during its tenure. For the 2000 and 2001 games, Houston's Astrodome was the venue. In 2002, the game moved to Reliant Stadium, the home of the NFL's Houston Texans.

The bowl initially had tie-ins with the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA.[1] The Big 12 extended their commitment in 2002[2] and again in 2005.[3] Big 12 teams played in each of the six bowls, compiling a 4–2 record.

After the 2005 game, the bowl failed to return EV1.net as a sponsor.[4] Game management was turned over to the Texans,[5] and the NFL Network changed the game's name to the Texas Bowl.[6] While the 2006 playing of the Texas Bowl maintained continuity of having a Houston-based bowl game, NCAA records treat the Texas Bowl and Houston Bowl as separate games.[7]

Game results[edit]

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 27, 2000 East Carolina 40 Texas Tech 27 notes
December 28, 2001 Texas A&M 28 TCU 9 notes
December 27, 2002 Oklahoma State 33 Southern Miss 23 notes
December 30, 2003 Texas Tech 38 Navy 14 notes
December 29, 2004 Colorado 33 UTEP 28 notes
December 30, 2005 TCU 27 Iowa State 24 notes

MVPs[edit]

Date played MVPs Team Position
December 27, 2000 David Garrard East Carolina QB
Bernard Williams East Carolina DT
December 28, 2001 Byron Jones Texas A&M DB
Joe Weber Texas A&M RB
December 27, 2002 Rashaun Woods Oklahoma State WR
Kevin Williams Oklahoma State DT
December 30, 2003 B.J. Symons Texas Tech QB
Adell Duckett Texas Tech DL
December 29, 2004 Joel Klatt Colorado QB
Tom Hubbard Colorado S
December 31, 2005 Jeff Ballard TCU QB
Jason Berryman Iowa State DL

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Big 12 4 2 .667
MWC 1 0 1.000
C-USA 1 2 .333
Independent 0 1 .000
WAC 0 1 .000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Two More College Bowls". Hartford Courant. April 22, 2000. Retrieved May 20, 2017 – via newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ "Big 12 Signs Contracts with Six Bowls". big12sports.com (Press release). April 4, 2002. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "EV1.Net Houston Bowl Extends Alliance With The Big 12 Conference And Adds The Big East Conference And Notre Dame To Its 2006-2009 Matchup". big12sports.com (Press release). November 15, 2005. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ Duarte, Joseph (18 April 2006). "Houston Bowl in jeopardy". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Chavez, Ana (29 August 2006). "Texas Bowl Board of Directors announced". houstontexans.com (Press release). 
  6. ^ "NFL Network gets bowl game in Houston". NFL.com. 20 July 2006. Archived from the original on 23 August 2006. 
  7. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2016/Bowls.pdf

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