The Uteck Bowl is one of the two semifinal bowls of U Sports football, Canada's national competition for university teams that play Canadian football. It is held in the easternmost of the two semifinal venues. The Uteck Bowl champion moves on to face the Mitchell Bowl champion for the Vanier Cup. It was named for Larry Uteck, a former professional football player and university coach who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2002.
The Atlantic Bowl traditionally saw the Atlantic University Sport champions face a champion from another conference at Huskies Stadium in Halifax. However, in the interests of competitive fairness, the Atlantic Bowl was replaced by the Mitchell Bowl, its venue, like the Churchill Bowl that had paralleled it for so long, rotating among two of the conference champions.
Larry Uteck was a longtime football coach at Saint Mary's University and, at the time, the university's athletic director. It was decided that the Churchill Bowl would be retired, the Mitchell Bowl would take the place of the Churchill Bowl, and a new championship would be named in Uteck's memory. Thus, the Uteck Bowl formally replaced the Atlantic Bowl.
Uteck Bowl champions
|Year||Champion||Score||Runner Up||Score||Location||Uteck Bowl MVP|
|2003-11-15||Saint Mary's||60||Simon Fraser||9||Huskies Stadium, Halifax||Les Mullings, Saint Mary's|
|2004-11-20||Laval||30||Laurier||11||PEPS Stadium, Quebec City||Jeronimo Huerta-Flores, Laval|
|2005-11-19||Laurier||31||Acadia||10||Huskies Stadium, Halifax||Ryan Pyear, Laurier|
|2006-11-18||Laval||57||Acadia||10||PEPS Stadium, Quebec City||Olivier Turcotte-Létourneau, Laval|
|2007-11-17||Saint Mary's||24||Laval||2||Huskies Stadium, Halifax||Tim St. Pierre, Saint Mary's|
|2008-11-16||Laval||59||Calgary||10||PEPS Stadium, Quebec City||Benoit Groulx, Laval|
|2009-11-21||Calgary||38||Saint Mary's||14||Huskies Stadium, Halifax||Matt Walter, Calgary|
|2010-11-20||Laval||13||Western||11||PEPS Stadium, Quebec City||Christopher Milo, Laval|
|2011-11-18||McMaster||45||Acadia||21||Moncton Stadium, Moncton||Kyle Quinlan, McMaster|
|2012-11-17||Laval||42||Acadia||7||PEPS Stadium, Quebec City||Maxime Boutin, Laval|
|2013-11-16||Laval||48||Mount Allison||21||MacAulay Field, Sackville, New Brunswick||Guillaume Rioux, Laval|
|2014-11-22||Montreal||29||Manitoba||26||CEPSUM Stadium, Montreal||Gabriel Cousineau, Montreal|
|2015-11-21||UBC||36||St. Francis Xavier||9||Oland Stadium, Antigonish, Nova Scotia||Brandon Deschamps, UBC|
|2016-11-19||Laval||36||Laurier||6||PEPS Stadium, Quebec City||Félix Faubert-Lussier, Laval|
The teams and host sites of the Uteck Bowl and the Mitchell Bowl rotate on a six-year cycle, so that in each cycle each of the four conferences hosts and visits every other conference once.
The participants and sites for future Uteck Bowl games are listed below:
|Date||Visiting conference||Host conference|
|2017-11-18||Ontario University Athletics||Atlantic University Sport|
|2018-11-17||Atlantic University Sport||Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec|
To date, the Uteck Bowl games hosted by Quebec have been played at the champion's home field, while the first four games hosted by Atlantic University Sport (AUS) were played at Huskies Stadium in Halifax. The 2011 game was held in Moncton at the newly built Moncton Stadium. The 2013 and 2015 games were hosted by the Loney Bowl champion in those respective years. As of 2015, home teams have a record of nine wins and five losses with all five losses being recorded by AUS teams.
Team win/loss records
|Laval Rouge et Or||8||7||1||.875|
|Saint Mary's Huskies||3||2||1||.667|
|Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks||3||1||2||.333|
|Simon Fraser Clan||1||0||1||.000|
|Western Ontario Mustangs||1||0||1||.000|
|Mount Allison Mounties||1||0||1||.000|
|St. Francis Xavier||1||0||1||.000|
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- AUS announces 2013 football schedule