Hawaii Bowl

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For the college football All-Star game, see Hula Bowl.
Hawaiʻi Bowl
Stadium Aloha Stadium
Location Halawa, Hawaii
Operated 2002–Present
Conference tie-ins MWC (2012–present)
C-USA (2009–present)
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (2002–2011)
C-USA/Pac-10 (2005–2008)
Payout US$650,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Preceded by Aloha Bowl
Former names
ConAgra Foods Hawaiʻi Bowl (2002)
Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl (2003–2013)
2015 matchup
Cincinnati vs. San Diego State (San Diego State 42–7)
2016 matchup
Hawaiʻi vs. Middle Tennessee

The Hawaiʻi Bowl is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii since 2002. Typically played on either Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, the game matches teams from either Conference USA or the Pac-12 and a team from the Mountain West Conference. As part of the bowl charter, a "Hawaiʻi guarantee" allows the University of Hawaiʻi an automatic bid to the bowl provided it is bowl eligible and does not receive a bid to a bowl in the College Football Playoff, which goes to the highest ranking school among the members of the Mountain West, Sun Belt, Mid-American, and American Athletic Conferences and Conference USA. If Hawaiʻi is not eligible then another Mountain West team receives the bid.[2] This continues a tradition started when Hawaiʻi was a member of the Western Athletic Conference.

The bowl is one of 11 post-season contests run by ESPN Regional Television ("ESPN Plus"), a subsidiary of ESPN, which has carried the game since its outset.

Bowl games in Hawaii[edit]

The Hawaii Bowl succeeds the Poi Bowl (1936–1939), Pineapple Bowl (1940–1941, 1947–1952), Aloha Bowl (1982–2000), and the Oahu Bowl (1998–2000) as bowl games played in Hawaiʻi. This bowl is a new event not affiliated with the previous games. While the Aloha Bowl tried to move to San Francisco, California and was decertified by the NCAA, the Oʻahu Bowl was moved to Seattle, Washington and was held for two years as the Seattle Bowl before losing certification in 2002.

Game history[edit]

In its first year, the Hawaiʻi Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra Foods. The following year, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii assumed sponsorship; the game's full name was changed to the Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl until Sheraton declined to renew sponsorship in 2014.[3]

The 2005 appearance of the UCF Knights at the Hawaiʻi Bowl was the first ever bowl game in that school's history.

In 2006, the Pac-10 replaced C-USA as the WAC's opposition. If the Pac-10 was not able to provide a bowl-eligible team, C-USA would have supplied the team (assuming it had a sixth team that was bowl eligible). If neither conference had a bowl-eligible team, the spot would have been filled by an at-large team. In 2007, C-USA had a guaranteed spot in the Hawaiʻi Bowl, which was filled by the East Carolina Pirates.[4]

Since Christmas Eve fell on a Monday in 2007, the game was scheduled for the night prior (December 23) to avoid a conflict with Monday Night Football (also on ESPN).

In 2008, the bowl organizers selected Notre Dame as an at large, marking the first time an independent played in the contest.

The 2011 Hawai'i Bowl featured the Conference USA champion for the first time, as Southern Mississippi played in the bowl instead of going to the Liberty Bowl, where the C-USA champion typically plays.

The 2015 Hawai'i Bowl featured the Mountain West Conference champion for the first time as San Diego State played in the bowl instead of going to the Las Vegas Bowl, where the Mountain West champion typically plays.

Tenth Anniversary Team (2011)[edit]

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hawai'i Bowl, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, in conjunction with the bowl game, allowed fans to vote on a tenth anniversary team. Nine players were voted to the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Ten Year Anniversary Team by fan voting. An additional seven players were picked by a panel of sportswriters and Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Staff. The team was announced on December 16, 2011.

Ten Year Anniversary Team 
Year Player College Performance
2002 Justin Colbert Hawaiʻi 9 catches for 158 yards and 2 TD's.
2003 Timmy Chang
Jackie Battle
26 for 42, 475 yards, 5 TD's passing.
19 carries for 124 yards and 3 TD's.
2004 Chad Owens Hawaiʻi 8 catches for 114 yards, 2 TD's.
5 punt returns for 90 yards and a TD.
2005 Caleb Spencer
Brandon Marshall
11 receptions for 114 yards.
11 receptions for 210 yards and 3 TD's.
2006 Colt Brennan
Jason Rivers
33 for 42, 559 yards and 5 TD's.
14 receptions for 308 yards and 2 TD's.
2007 Chris Johnson East Carolina 408 all purpose yards, 2 TD's.
2008 Golden Tate
Jimmy Clausen
Aaron Bain
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
6 receptions for 177 yards and 3 TD's.
22 for 26, 401 yards and 5TD's
8 receptions for 109 yards and 2 TD's.
2009 Kyle Padron SMU 32 of 41 passing for 460 yards and 2 TD's.
2010 Damaris Johnson
Curnelius Arnick
Greg Salas
5 carries for 98 yards and 1 TD, 4 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD, 6 returns for 127 yards.
2 sacks, 8 UA Tackles, 2 Asst. Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 Int's for 106 yards and 1 TD
13 receptions for 214 yards and 2 TD's.

Game results[edit]

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance TV notes
December 25, 2002 Tulane 36 Hawaiʻi 28 35,513 ESPN notes
December 25, 2003 Hawaiʻi 54 Houston 48* 29,005 ESPN notes
December 24, 2004 Hawaiʻi 59 UAB 40 39,754 ESPN notes
December 24, 2005 Nevada 49 UCF 48* 16,134 ESPN notes
December 24, 2006 Hawaiʻi 41 Arizona State 24 43,435 ESPN notes
December 23, 2007 East Carolina 41 Boise State 38 30,467 ESPN notes
December 24, 2008 Notre Dame 49 Hawaiʻi 21 43,487 ESPN notes
December 24, 2009 SMU 45 Nevada 10 32,650 ESPN notes
December 24, 2010 Tulsa 62 Hawaiʻi 35 43,673 ESPN notes
December 24, 2011 Southern Miss 24 Nevada 17 32,630 ESPN notes
December 24, 2012 SMU 43 Fresno State 10 30,024 ESPN notes
December 24, 2013 Oregon State 38 Boise State 23 29,106 ESPN notes
December 24, 2014 Rice 30 Fresno State 6 25,365 ESPN notes
December 24, 2015 San Diego State 42 Cincinnati 7 22,793 ESPN notes
December 24, 2016 Hawaiʻi 52 Middle Tennessee 35 23,175 ESPN notes

* Overtime game


Date MVP(s) School Position
December 25, 2002 Lynaris Elpheage Tulane CB
Justin Colbert Hawaiʻi WR
December 25, 2003 Timmy Chang Hawaiʻi QB
Jackie Battle Houston RB
December 24, 2004 Chad Owens Hawaiʻi WR
Timmy Chang Hawaiʻi QB
Darrell Hackney UAB QB
December 24, 2005 Brandon Marshall UCF WR
B.J. Mitchell Nevada RB
December 24, 2006 Colt Brennan Hawaiʻi QB
Jason Rivers Hawaiʻi WR
Ryan Torain Arizona State RB
December 23, 2007 Chris Johnson East Carolina RB
Jeremy Avery Boise State RB
December 24, 2008 Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame QB
Golden Tate Notre Dame WR
Aaron Bain Hawaiʻi WR
December 24, 2009 Kyle Padron SMU QB
Kevin Basped Nevada DE
December 24, 2010 Damaris Johnson Tulsa WR
Greg Salas Hawaii WR
December 24, 2011 Cordarro Law Southern Miss DL
Lampford Mark Nevada RB
December 24, 2012 Margus Hunt SMU DE
Davante Adams Fresno State WR
December 24, 2013 Rashaad Reynolds Oregon State CB
Matt Miller Boise State WR
December 24, 2014 Driphus Jackson Rice QB
Brian Nordstrom Rice DE
Carl Mickelsen Fresno State LB
December 24, 2015 Dakota Gordon San Diego State FB
Zach Edwards Cincinnati S
December 24, 2016 Dru Brown Hawaiʻi QB
Richie James Middle Tennessee WR

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Hawaiʻi 7 4–3
2 Nevada 3 1–2
T3 SMU 2 2–0
T3 Boise State 2 0–2
T3 Fresno State 2 0–2
T6 East Carolina 1 1–0
T6 Southern Miss 1 1–0
T6 Notre Dame 1 1–0
T6 San Diego State 1 1–0
T6 Rice 1 1–0
T6 Tulane 1 1–0
T6 Tulsa 1 1–0
T6 Oregon State 1 1–0
T6 Middle Tennessee 1 0–1
T6 Cincinnati 1 0–1
T6 Arizona State 1 0–1
T6 Houston 1 0–1
T6 UAB 1 0–1
T6 UCF 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
C-USA 11 7 4 .636
WAC 10 4 6 .400
Pac-12 2 1 1 .500
Independent 1 1 0 1.000
MWC 5 2 3 .400
American 1 0 1 .000

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