Holiday Bowl

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Coordinates: 32°46′59″N 117°7′10″W / 32.78306°N 117.11944°W / 32.78306; -117.11944

Holiday Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.jpg
StadiumSDCCU Stadium
LocationSan Diego, California
Operated1978–present
Conference tie-insPac-12 (1997–present)
Big Ten (1991–94; 2014–present)
Previous conference tie-insWAC (1978–97)
Big 12 (1995–2013)
PayoutUS$2,825,000 (As of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
SeaWorld (1986–90)
Thrifty Car Rental (1991–94)
Plymouth (1995–97)
Culligan (1998–2001)
Pacific Life Insurance Company (2002–09)
Bridgepoint Education (2010–12)
National University (2013–14)
National Funding (2015–16)
San Diego County Credit Union (2017–)
Former names
Holiday Bowl (1978–85)
Sea World Holiday Bowl (1986–90)
Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl (1991–94)
Plymouth Holiday Bowl (1995–97)
Culligan Holiday Bowl (1998–2001)
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl (2002–09)
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (2010–12)
National University Holiday Bowl (2013–14)
National Funding Holiday Bowl (2015–16)
2017 matchup
Michigan State vs. Washington State (Michigan State 42–17)
2018 matchup
Teams TBD (December 28, 2018)

The Holiday Bowl is a post-season NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game that has been played annually since 1978 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California, United States. Since the 2014 edition, it has featured a matchup of Pac-12 and Big Ten teams. San Diego County Credit Union has been the game's title sponsor since 2017, and the bowl has been officially known as the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

History[edit]

The Holiday Bowl was founded to give the Western Athletic Conference an automatic bowl bid after the Fiesta Bowl, which previously had a tie in with the conference, ended its association with the WAC following Arizona and Arizona State (the latter of which served as the game's host) leaving the conference to join the Pacific-8 Conference in 1977. Thus, the Holiday Bowl inherited the Fiesta Bowl's former WAC ties and gave the conference's champion its automatic bid. For the first several years, the WAC champion played an at-large team in the Holiday Bowl. Beginning in 1991 and continuing until 1994, the Big Ten Conference was given the second bid, provided it had enough bowl eligible teams.

Beginning in 1995, the Big Eight Conference replaced the Big Ten and remained tied with the bowl through as the conference expanded to become the Big 12 the following year. The WAC's automatic bid was split, with first choice given to the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, and a team from the Pacific-10 Conference was added as the alternate pick (meaning that, if the WAC champion played in the Cotton Bowl, the Pac-10's team would play in the Holiday Bowl). The WAC ended its association with the Holiday Bowl after the 1997 game, and the game became a matchup between the Big 12 and Pac-10.

From 1998–2009, the matchup featured the #2 Pac-12 team playing the #3 Big 12 team, but the Alamo Bowl outbid the Holiday Bowl to feature that matchup beginning in 2010. Holiday Bowl Executive Director Bruce Binkowski stated that average ticket prices for the Holiday Bowl would have had to have been increased from $60 to $100 to match the Alamo Bowl's offer of a $3 million payout (the Holiday Bowl was only offering $2.35 million).[2] The now-Pac-12 and Big 12 retained their contracts with the Holiday Bowl, however, and the 2010–2013 matchups pitted the #3 Pac-12 team against the #5 Big 12 team.[3]

Effective with the 2014 game, the Big Ten signed a six-year contract to return after a 20-year absence to the Holiday Bowl, regaining the slot they held from 1991–1994. With this agreement, the Holiday Bowl now features the #3 Pac-12 team and the #4 Big Ten team.

In 2015 and 2016, the title sponsor was National Funding, a San Diego-based alternative lender.[4] Previous sponsors have included SeaWorld, Thrifty Car Rental, Chrysler Corporation (through its Plymouth brand), Culligan, Pacific Life, Bridgepoint Education and National University. Beginning in 2017, the sponsor will be San Diego County Credit Union, which formerly sponsored San Diego's other bowl game, the now-defunct Poinsettia Bowl.[5]

Related events[edit]

One of the more popular (yet unusual) events associated with the Holiday Bowl is the Wiener Nationals, the national championships for the U.S. dachshund racing circuit. The game is also celebrated with the Big Bay Balloon Parade, organized by the Port of San Diego and currently sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union.

Game results[edit]

Texas Tech on offense at the 2004 Holiday Bowl

For the first seven games, Brigham Young University represented the WAC as its champion. In the inaugural game on December 22, The Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy came in with an 8–3 record and a Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and then capped the remarkable season with a 23–16 comeback victory over the highly favored Cougars. BYU has played in a total of 11 Holiday Bowls, more than any other team. The 1980 game was known as "The Miracle Bowl" as BYU erased a 20-point Southern Methodist lead in the last 2 minutes of the game, tying the score on the last play of the game - a 60-yard pass from All-American quarterback Jim McMahon to tight end Clay Brown as time expired. BYU kicker Kurt Gunther added the go ahead extra point.

The 1983 game between BYU and Missouri had its own miraculous ending, as BYU rallied behind All-American quarterback Steve Young. With just 23 seconds left, Young gave a handoff to Eddie Stinnett. Stinnett then turned around and passed it back to Steve Young, who caught it and ran in for a touchdown, giving BYU a 21-17 win. Young achieved a rare feat in college football: one touchdown pass, one touchdown run, and one touchdown reception all in a single game. For his efforts, he was named offensive MVP.

One year later, BYU, led by their legendary coach, LaVell Edwards, won the national championship in the Holiday Bowl by defeating the University of Michigan Wolverines, coached by Bo Schembechler, 24–17. Because of the WAC's contract with the Holiday Bowl, BYU, #1 ranked and the only undefeated team in Division I-A going into that season's bowls, was obligated to play in the mid-tier Holiday Bowl against a mediocre (6–5) Michigan squad. Again, the Holiday Bowl came down to the final few plays. BYU drove the length of the field and scored on a pass from injured All-American quarterback Robbie Bosco to Kelly Smith with 1:23 remaining. Marv Allen, who also played in the very first Holiday Bowl as a redshirt freshman in 1978, sealed the victory with an interception. It was the first — and only — time that the title was won at the Holiday Bowl.

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team notes
December 22, 1978 Navy 23 BYU 16 notes
December 21, 1979 Indiana 38 #9 BYU 37 notes
December 19, 1980 #14 BYU 46 #19 SMU 45 notes
December 18, 1981 #14 BYU 38 #20 Washington State 36 notes
December 17, 1982 #17 Ohio State 47 BYU 17 notes
December 23, 1983 #9 BYU 21 Missouri 17 notes
December 21, 1984 #1 BYU 24 Michigan 17 notes
December 22, 1985 #14 Arkansas 18 Arizona State 17 notes
December 30, 1986 #19 Iowa 39 San Diego State 38 notes
December 30, 1987 #18 Iowa 20 Wyoming 19 notes
December 30, 1988 #12 Oklahoma State 62 #15 Wyoming 14 notes
December 29, 1989 #18 Penn State 50 #19 BYU 39 notes
December 29, 1990 Texas A&M 65 #13 BYU 14 notes
December 30, 1991 BYU 13 #7 Iowa 13 notes[6]
December 30, 1992 Hawaii 27 Illinois 17 notes
December 30, 1993 #11 Ohio State 28 BYU 21 notes
December 30, 1994 #20 Michigan 24 #10 Colorado State 14 notes
December 29, 1995 #10 Kansas State 54 Colorado State 21 notes
December 30, 1996 #8 Colorado 33 #13 Washington 21 notes
December 29, 1997 #18 Colorado State 35 #19 Missouri 24 notes
December 30, 1998 #5 Arizona 23 #14 Nebraska 20 notes
December 29, 1999 #7 Kansas State 24 Washington 20 notes
December 29, 2000 #8 Oregon 35 #12 Texas 30 notes
December 28, 2001 #9 Texas 47 #21 Washington 43 notes
December 27, 2002 #6 Kansas State 34 Arizona State 27 notes
December 30, 2003 #15 Washington State 28 #5 Texas 20 notes
December 30, 2004 #23 Texas Tech 45 #4 California 31 notes
December 29, 2005 #26 Oklahoma 17 #6 Oregon 14 notes
December 28, 2006 #20 California 45 #21 Texas A&M 10 notes[7]
December 27, 2007 #17 Texas 52 #12 Arizona State 34 notes[8]
December 30, 2008 #15 Oregon 42 #13 Oklahoma State 31 notes
December 30, 2009 #20 Nebraska 33 #22 Arizona 0 notes
December 30, 2010 Washington 19 #17 Nebraska 7 notes
December 28, 2011 Texas 21 California 10 notes
December 27, 2012 Baylor 49 #17 UCLA 26 notes
December 30, 2013 Texas Tech 37 #16 Arizona State 23 notes
December 27, 2014 #24 USC 45 #25 Nebraska 42 notes
December 30, 2015 #23 Wisconsin 23 USC 21 notes
December 27, 2016 Minnesota 17 Washington State 12 notes
December 28, 2017 #16 Michigan State 42 #18 Washington State 17 notes

MVPs[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 BYU 11 4–6–1
2 Texas 5 3–2
T3 Washington 4 1–3
T3 Nebraska 4 1–3
T3 Washington State 4 1–3
T3 Arizona State 4 0–4
T7 Kansas State 3 3–0
T7 Iowa 3 2–0–1
T7 Oregon 3 2–1
T7 California 3 1–2
T7 Colorado State 3 1–2
T12 Ohio State 2 2–0
T12 Texas Tech 2 2–0
T12 Arizona 2 1–1
T12 Michigan 2 1–1
T12 Oklahoma State 2 1–1
T12 Texas A&M 2 1–1
T12 USC 2 1–1
T12 Missouri 2 0–2
T12 Wyoming 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Navy, Oklahoma, Penn State, Wisconsin
Lost: Illinois, San Diego State, SMU, UCLA

Appearances by conference[edit]

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 40 games (80 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Ties Pct.
1 Pac-12[n 1] 23 7 16 0 .304
T2 Big 12 18 11 7 0 .611
T2 WAC 18 6 11 1 .361
4 Big Ten 13 9 3 1 .731
T5 Big Eight 3 2 1 0 .667
T5 SWC 3 2 1 0 .667
7 Independents[n 2] 2 2 0 0 1.000
  1. ^ Includes appearances by teams in what was the Pac-10.
  2. ^ Navy (1978) and Penn State (1989)

Media coverage[edit]

The Holiday Bowl was broadcast by ESPN from 1980 through 2016 (except in 1985, when it was broadcast by USA Network instead), which was one of the network's longest relationships. In 2017, the game moved to Fox Sports 1.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Bowl Game Payouts". 25 November 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Holiday Bowl drops down in the pecking order".
  3. ^ Tim Griffin (August 28, 2008). "Valero Alamo Bowl, Pacific-10 Conference agree on deal starting in 2010 season". Retrieved 2009-08-31.
  4. ^ De Crecenzo, Sarah (October 27, 2016). "National Funding Will Be Title Sponsor of Holiday Bowl". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  5. ^ De Crecenzo, Sarah (March 9, 2017). "S.D. County Credit Union to Sponsor Holiday Bowl". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  6. ^ "THE 1991 THRIFTY CAR RENTAL HOLIDAY BOWL". holidaybowl.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014 – via Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Bears Blast Aggies To Win Holiday Bowl". CalBears.com. AP. December 28, 2006. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011 – via Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "McCoy fumbles four times, but Texas still routs Arizona State in Holiday Bowl". ESPN.com. AP. December 28, 2007.
  9. ^ "Holiday Bowl moving from ESPN to FS1". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 17 June 2017.

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