Mobile Alabama Bowl

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Mobile Alabama Bowl
Mobile Alabama Bowl.jpg
StadiumLadd–Peebles Stadium
LocationMobile, Alabama
Operated1999–present
Conference tie-insSun Belt, MAC
Previous conference tie-insACC, C-USA, WAC
PayoutUS$750,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
Mobile Alabama, Inc. (1999)
GMAC (now Ally Financial) (2000–2010)
GoDaddy (2011–2015)
Dollar General (2016–2018)
Former names
Mobile Alabama Bowl (1999)
GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl (2000)
GMAC Bowl (2001–2010)
GoDaddy.com Bowl (2011–2013)
GoDaddy Bowl (2014–2015)
Dollar General Bowl (2016-2018)
2018 matchup
Buffalo vs. Troy (Troy 42–32)
2019 season matchup
TBD vs. TBD (January 6, 2020)[2]

The Mobile Alabama 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. The bowl has undergone several name changes, due to changes in sponsorship, which have included GMAC, GoDaddy, and Dollar General.

History[edit]

The game was known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl for its first two playings, in 1999 and 2000. GMAC (now Ally Financial) had become the title sponsor for the 2000 playing, and the game was renamed as the GMAC Bowl for the 2001 though January 2010 playings. It was then the GoDaddy.com Bowl for the January 2011 to January 2013 playings when Go Daddy took over sponsorship.[3] In May 2013, it was announced that the ".com" would be dropped from the bowl's name, rebranding it as the GoDaddy Bowl for the January 2014 through December 2015 editions.[4] Dollar General took over sponsorship on August 17, 2016,[5] with the 2016 through 2018 playings branded as the Dollar General Bowl. It was announced on May 29, 2019, that Dollar General would no longer sponsor the bowl. It is temporarily being called by its original named, the Mobile Alabama Bowl, pending new sponsorship.[2]

When the bowl first began, it was played as one of the first games of the bowl season with a December date. The 2006 season saw the game moved to January, 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 season, the bowl was moved back to December, where it remained for four playings. For the 2019 season, the bowl was once again moved to January.[2]

Conference tie-ins[edit]

From 1999 to 2009, the bowl pitted a Conference USA team against a team from either the Mid-American Conference (MAC) except for the first two playings, where the Western Athletic Conference could receive the bid if one of its easternmost teams qualified as bowl eligible. 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.[6] A MAC vs. Sun Belt matchup has been retained for every game since 2010.

Notable games[edit]

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.[7] 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. The 2008 game had the largest margin of victory in bowl history, with Tulsa defeating Bowling Green, 63–7.

Game results[edit]

Date Bowl name Winning team Losing team Attnd. Ref.
December 22, 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl TCU 28 East Carolina 14 34,200 [8]
December 20, 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl Southern Miss 28 TCU 21 40,300 [9]
December 19, 2001 GMAC Bowl Marshall 64 East Carolina 61 (2OT) 40,139 [10]
December 18, 2002 GMAC Bowl Marshall 38 Louisville 15 40,646 [11]
December 18, 2003 GMAC Bowl Miami (Ohio) 49 Louisville 28 40,620 [12]
December 22, 2004 GMAC Bowl Bowling Green 52 Memphis 35 29,500 [13]
December 21, 2005 GMAC Bowl Toledo 45 UTEP 13 35,422 [14]
January 7, 2007 GMAC Bowl Southern Miss 28 Ohio 7 28,706 [15]
January 6, 2008 GMAC Bowl Tulsa 63 Bowling Green 7 36,932 [16]
January 6, 2009 GMAC Bowl Tulsa 45 Ball State 13 32,816 [17]
January 6, 2010 GMAC Bowl Central Michigan 44 Troy 41 (2OT) 34,486 [18]
January 6, 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl Miami (OH) 35 Middle Tennessee 21 38,168 [19]
January 8, 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl Northern Illinois 38 Arkansas State 20 38,734 [20]
January 6, 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl Arkansas State 17 Kent State 13 37,913 [21]
January 5, 2014 GoDaddy Bowl Arkansas State 23 Ball State 20 36,119 [22]
January 4, 2015 GoDaddy Bowl Toledo 63 Arkansas State 44 36,811 [23]
December 23, 2015 GoDaddy Bowl Georgia Southern 58 Bowling Green 27 28,656 [24]
December 23, 2016 Dollar General Bowl Troy 28 Ohio 23 32,377 [25]
December 23, 2017 Dollar General Bowl Appalachian State 34 Toledo 0 28,706 [26]
December 22, 2018 Dollar General Bowl Troy 42 Buffalo 32 31,818 [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 (OH) 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
December 23, 2016 Justin Lucas Troy LB
December 23, 2017 Jalin Moore Appalachian State RB
December 22, 2018 Sawyer Smith Troy QB

Most appearances[edit]

Updated through the December 2018 edition (20 games, 40 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Arkansas State 4 2–2
T2 Toledo 3 2–1
T2 Troy 3 2–1
T2 Bowling Green 3 1–2
T5 Marshall 2 2–0
T5 Miami (Ohio) 2 2–0
T5 Southern Mississippi 2 2–0
T5 Tulsa 2 2–0
T5 TCU 2 1–1
T5 Ball State 2 0–2
T5 East Carolina 2 0–2
T5 Louisville 2 0–2
T5 Ohio 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Georgia Southern, Northern Illinois
Lost: Buffalo, Kent State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, UTEP

Appearances by conference[edit]

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
MAC 18 9 9 .500 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009*, 2010*, 2011*, 2014* 2006*, 2007*, 2008*, 2012*, 2013*, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Sun Belt 10 6 4 .600 2012*, 2013*, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 2009*, 2010*, 2011*, 2014*
C-USA 10 4 6 .400 2000, 2006*, 2007*, 2008* 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
WAC 2 1 1 .500 1999 2000
  • Games marked with an asterisk (*) were played in January of the following calendar year.

Game records[edit]

Team Performance vs. opponent Year
Most points scored 64, Marshall vs. East Carolina 2001
Most points scored (losing team) 61, East Carolina vs. Marshall 2001
Most points scored (both teams) 125, Marshall vs. East Carolina 2001
Most points scored in a half
Most points scored in a half (both teams)
Fewest points allowed 0, Appalachian State vs. Toledo 2017
Largest margin of victory 56, Tulsa vs. Bowling Green 2008
First downs
Rushing yards
Passing yards
Total yards
Fewest rushing yards
Fewest passing yards
Fewest total yards
Individual Performance vs. opponent Year
Total offense
Touchdowns
Rushing yards
Rushing TDs
Passing yards
Passing TDs
Receptions
Receiving yards
Receiving TDs
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions
Long plays Performance vs. opponent Year
Touchdown run
Touchdown pass
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Punt
Field goal

Note: When there is a tie, the most recent one will be listed.

Media coverage[edit]

The bowl has been televised on ESPN or ESPN2 since its inception.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Bowl Game Payouts". 6 September 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Mobile's college bowl game no longer called 'Dollar General Bowl'". WKRG-TV. May 29, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "GODADDY.COM JOINS COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL LINEUP". 2010-10-18. Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-18 – via Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Inabinett, Mark (May 15, 2013). "GoDaddy Bowl tweaks name, sets date for 2014 game". AL.com/mobile. Mobile Press-Register. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Stephenson, Creg (August 17, 2016). "Dollar General takes over as title sponsor of Mobile bowl game". AL.com. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  6. ^ http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/05/08/article/acc_adds_gmac_bowl_to_its_postseason_lineup
  7. ^ "Leftwich throws for 576 yards in 64–61 GMAC Bowl win". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. December 19, 2001.
  8. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/1999-game-recap/
  9. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2000-game-recap/
  10. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2001-game-recap/
  11. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2002-game-recap/
  12. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2003-game-recap/
  13. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2004-game-recap/
  14. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2005-game-recap/
  15. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2007-game-recap/
  16. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2008-game-recap/
  17. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2009-game-recap/
  18. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2010-game-recap/
  19. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2011-game-recap/
  20. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2012-game-recap/
  21. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2013-game-recap/
  22. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2014-game-recap/
  23. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/the-game/sunday-january-5-2015/
  24. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/dec-2015-game-recap/
  25. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2016-game-recap/
  26. ^ http://dollargeneralbowl.com/about/game-recaps/2017-game-recap/
  27. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401032065

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