Mobile Alabama Bowl
|Mobile Alabama Bowl|
|Conference tie-ins||Sun Belt, MAC|
|Previous conference tie-ins||ACC, C-USA, WAC|
|Payout||US$750,000 (as of 2015)|
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)
|Buffalo vs. Troy (Troy 42–32)|
|2019 season matchup|
|TBD vs. TBD (January 6, 2020)|
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.
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. 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. Dollar General took over sponsorship on August 17, 2016, 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.
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.
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. A MAC vs. Sun Belt matchup has been retained for every game since 2010.
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. 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.
|Date||Bowl name||Winning team||Losing team||Attnd.||Ref.|
|December 22, 1999||Mobile Alabama Bowl||TCU||28||East Carolina||14||34,200|||
|December 20, 2000||Mobile Alabama Bowl||Southern Miss||28||TCU||21||40,300|||
|December 19, 2001||GMAC Bowl||Marshall||64||East Carolina||61 (2OT)||40,139|||
|December 18, 2002||GMAC Bowl||Marshall||38||Louisville||15||40,646|||
|December 18, 2003||GMAC Bowl||Miami (Ohio)||49||Louisville||28||40,620|||
|December 22, 2004||GMAC Bowl||Bowling Green||52||Memphis||35||29,500|||
|December 21, 2005||GMAC Bowl||Toledo||45||UTEP||13||35,422|||
|January 7, 2007||GMAC Bowl||Southern Miss||28||Ohio||7||28,706|||
|January 6, 2008||GMAC Bowl||Tulsa||63||Bowling Green||7||36,932|||
|January 6, 2009||GMAC Bowl||Tulsa||45||Ball State||13||32,816|||
|January 6, 2010||GMAC Bowl||Central Michigan||44||Troy||41 (2OT)||34,486|||
|January 6, 2011||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Miami (OH)||35||Middle Tennessee||21||38,168|||
|January 8, 2012||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Northern Illinois||38||Arkansas State||20||38,734|||
|January 6, 2013||GoDaddy.com Bowl||Arkansas State||17||Kent State||13||37,913|||
|January 5, 2014||GoDaddy Bowl||Arkansas State||23||Ball State||20||36,119|||
|January 4, 2015||GoDaddy Bowl||Toledo||63||Arkansas State||44||36,811|||
|December 23, 2015||GoDaddy Bowl||Georgia Southern||58||Bowling Green||27||28,656|||
|December 23, 2016||Dollar General Bowl||Troy||28||Ohio||23||32,377|||
|December 23, 2017||Dollar General Bowl||Appalachian State||34||Toledo||0||28,706|||
|December 22, 2018||Dollar General Bowl||Troy||42||Buffalo||32||31,818|||
|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|
Updated through the December 2018 edition (20 games, 40 total appearances).
- Teams with multiple appearances
- Teams with a single appearance
Appearances by conference
|Conference||Record||Appearances by season|
|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|
- Games marked with an asterisk (*) were played in January of the following calendar year.
|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|
|Fewest rushing yards|
|Fewest passing yards|
|Fewest total yards|
|Individual||Performance vs. opponent||Year|
|Long plays||Performance vs. opponent||Year|
Note: When there is a tie, the most recent one will be listed.
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