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Alamo Bowl
Valero Alamo Bowl
ValeroAlamoBowlColorRS.png
Alamo Bowl logo
StadiumAlamodome
LocationSan Antonio, Texas
Operated1993–present
Conference tie-insBig 12 (1995-present)
Pac-12 (1993-1994; 2010-present)
Previous conference tie-insSouthwest (1993-1994)
Big Ten (1995-2009)
PayoutUS$3,000,000 (As of 2010)
Sponsors
Builders Square (1993–1998)
Sylvania (1999–2001)
MasterCard (2002–2005)
Valero Energy Corporation (2007–present)
Former names
Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998)
Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001)
MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2002–2005)
Alamo Bowl (2006)
2012 matchup
Oregon State vs. Texas (Texas 31-27)
2013 matchup
#10 Oregon vs Texas (Oregon 30-7)
 
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Alamo Bowl
Valero Alamo Bowl
ValeroAlamoBowlColorRS.png
Alamo Bowl logo
StadiumAlamodome
LocationSan Antonio, Texas
Operated1993–present
Conference tie-insBig 12 (1995-present)
Pac-12 (1993-1994; 2010-present)
Previous conference tie-insSouthwest (1993-1994)
Big Ten (1995-2009)
PayoutUS$3,000,000 (As of 2010)
Sponsors
Builders Square (1993–1998)
Sylvania (1999–2001)
MasterCard (2002–2005)
Valero Energy Corporation (2007–present)
Former names
Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998)
Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001)
MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2002–2005)
Alamo Bowl (2006)
2012 matchup
Oregon State vs. Texas (Texas 31-27)
2013 matchup
#10 Oregon vs Texas (Oregon 30-7)

The Alamo Bowl is a major NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game played annually since 1993 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The current champions are the Oregon Ducks. Since 2010 it matches the second choice team from the Pacific-12 Conference and the third choice team from the Big 12 Conference.

Traditionally, the Alamo Bowl has been played in December. The game following the 2009 season marked the first time the game was played in January, making it be played in 2010. The game following the 2010 season returned to December.

History[edit]

The game was previously known as the Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998), the Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001) and the MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2002–2005). The logo of the event has evolved to reflect the changes in sponsorship. On May 24, 2007 the Alamo Bowl announced a partnership with San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation, and thus the bowl's full name was changed to the Valero Alamo Bowl.

The game originally gave an automatic invite to a team from the now-defunct Southwest Conference (SWC). However, in 1993, only two of the eight SWC teams finished with the necessary 6 wins against Division I-A teams to become bowl-eligible (and those two teams were already committed to other bowls). The Alamo Bowl invited the Iowa Hawkeyes instead. The SWC was able to provide teams for the next two seasons (Baylor Bears in 1994 and Texas A&M Aggies in 1995) before the conference disbanded.

During the 1996 Alamo Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes wore plain black helmets (removing their tigerhawk logo and gold stripe) in honor of linebacker Mark Mitchell's mother, who died in a car accident while traveling to San Antonio for the game.

The 2002 Alamo Bowl played between the Colorado Buffaloes and Wisconsin Badgers was the first Alamo Bowl to go into overtime, with the unranked Badgers defeating the No. 14 ranked Buffaloes after kicking a field goal to win 31–28, completing a perfect non-conference schedule at 6-0 (the Badgers finished with a 2-6 record in the Big Ten). The 2008 Alamo Bowl between the Missouri Tigers and Northwestern Wildcats also went into overtime, with the Tigers defeating the Wildcats 30–23.

The 2005 Alamo Bowl ended in what is described as one of the most controversial plays in bowl game history,[1] a multi-lateral play in which almost the entire Nebraska Cornhuskers team and coaching staff and half of the Michigan Wolverines sideline entered onto the field, and the Cornhuskers gave their coach the Gatorade Dunk before the play was blown dead, bringing up memories of 1982's "The Play", 2000's "Music City Miracle", and 2002's "Bluegrass Miracle".

The 2007 Alamo Bowl between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Texas A&M Aggies was attended by 66,166, which set an Alamodome facility-record crowd for a sporting event, breaking the previous game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and Texas Longhorns. The Nittany Lions won the game 24–17.[1][2]

The Alamo Bowl has sold out seven of its sixteen games (1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2011).[3]

On August 28, 2009, the Alamo Bowl organizers announced they had reached an agreement with the then Pac-10 Conference to replace the Big Ten Conference in the Alamo Bowl. Under the terms of the agreement, the now Pac-12 Conference's (Pac-12) second-choice team earns a bid to the Alamo Bowl. The agreement took effect beginning with the 2010 college football season.[4] The Pac-12's second-choice team was previously contracted to play in the Holiday Bowl against the third choice from the Big 12. The Big 12's third choice also moved to the Alamo Bowl, and the Holiday Bowl now takes the third-place team from the Pac-12 and the fifth choice from the Big 12.

In the 2011 Alamo Bowl the Baylor Bears and Washington Huskies combined to score 123 points, breaking the record for the most points scored in a bowl game in college football history. Baylor won the game 67-56. The 2011 game was also the first Alamo Bowl to feature the season's Heisman Trophy winner, Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Media coverage[edit]

The Alamo Bowl has produced eight of the top 20 most-watched bowl games in ESPN history. In 2006, the Alamo Bowl featured the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa Hawkeyes in a game that earned a 6.0 rating, making it the most-watched college football game in ESPN history as more than 8.83 million viewers saw the telecast.[5]

Game results[edit]

DateWinning teamLosing teamAttendanceNotes
December 31, 1993California37Iowa345,716notes
December 31, 1994(24) Washington State10Baylor344,106notes
December 28, 1995(19) Texas A&M22(14) Michigan2064,597notes
December 29, 1996(21) Iowa27Texas Tech055,677notes
December 30, 1997(16) Purdue33(24) Oklahoma State2055,552notes
December 29, 1998Purdue37(4) Kansas State3460,780notes
December 28, 1999(13) Penn State24(18) Texas A&M065,380notes
December 30, 2000(8) Nebraska66(19) Northwestern1760,028notes
December 29, 2001Iowa19Texas Tech1665,232notes
December 28, 2002Wisconsin31(14) Colorado28 (OT)50,690notes
December 29, 2003(22) Nebraska17Michigan State356,229notes
December 29, 2004(24) Ohio State33Oklahoma State765,265notes
December 28, 2005Nebraska32(20) Michigan2862,016notes
December 30, 2006(18) Texas26Iowa2465,875[2]notes
December 29, 2007Penn State24Texas A&M1766,166notes
December 29, 2008(25) Missouri30(22) Northwestern23 (OT)55,986notes
January 2, 2010Texas Tech41Michigan State3164,757notes
December 29, 2010(16) Oklahoma State36Arizona1057,593notes
December 29, 2011(15) Baylor67Washington5665,256notes
December 29, 2012(23 )Texas31(13) Oregon State2765,277notes
December 30, 2013(10) Oregon30Texas765,918notes

MVPs[edit]

DateMVPsTeamPosition
December 31, 1993Dave BarrCaliforniaQB
Jerrott WillardCaliforniaLB
December 31, 1994Chad DavisWashington StateQB
Ron ChildsWashington StateLB
December 28, 1995Kyle BryantTexas A&MK
Keith MitchellTexas A&MLB
December 29, 1996Sedrick ShawIowaRB
Jared DeVriesIowaDL
December 30, 1997Billy DickenPurdueQB
Adrian BeasleyPurdueS
December 29, 1998Drew BreesPurdueQB
Rosevelt ColvinPurdueDE
December 28, 1999Rashard CaseyPenn StateQB
LaVar ArringtonPenn StateLB
December 30, 2000Dan AlexanderNebraskaRB
Kyle Vanden BoschNebraskaDL
December 29, 2001Aaron GrevingIowaRB
Derrick PickensIowaDL
December 29, 2002Brooks BollingerWisconsinQB
Jeff MackWisconsinLB
December 29, 2003Jammal LordNebraskaQB
Trevor JohnsonNebraskaDL
December 29, 2004Ted Ginn Jr.Ohio StateWR/PR/KR
Simon FraserOhio StateDE
December 28, 2005Cory RossNebraskaRB
Leon HallMichiganCB
December 30, 2006Colt McCoyTexasQB
Aaron RossTexasCB
December 29, 2007Rodney KinlawPenn StateRB
Sean LeePenn StateLB
December 29, 2008Jeremy MaclinMissouriWR/PR/KR
Sean WeatherspoonMissouriLB
January 2, 2010Taylor PottsTexas TechQB
Jamar WallTexas TechCB
December 29, 2010Justin BlackmonOklahoma StateWR
Markelle MartinOklahoma StateS
December 29, 2011Terrance GanawayBaylorRB
Elliot CoffeyBaylorLB
December 29, 2012Marquise GoodwinTexasWR
Alex OkaforTexasDE
December 30, 2013Marcus MariotaOregonQB
Avery PattersonOregonSS

Most appearances[edit]

RankTeamAppearancesRecord
1Iowa42–2
T2Nebraska33–0
T3Texas32–1
T4Oklahoma State31–2
T4Texas A&M31–2
T4Texas Tech31–2
T7Penn State22–0
T7Purdue22–0
T9Baylor21–1
T10Michigan20–2
T10Michigan State20–2
T10Northwestern20–2
T13California11–0
T13Missouri11–0
T13Ohio State11–0
T13Oregon11–0
T13Washington State11–0
T13Wisconsin11–0
T19Arizona10–1
T19Colorado10–1
T19Kansas State10–1
T19Oregon State10–1
T19Washington10–1

Wins by conference[edit]

ConferenceWinsLossesPct.
Big 1299.500
Big Ten88.500
Pac-1223.400

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Alamo Bowl crowd sets Alamodome record". Bevo Beat (blog). December 30, 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-30. [dead link]
  3. ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl Media Guide, pp. 1–22, (PDF), The San Antonio Bowl Association.
  4. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4429272
  5. ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl ranks as ESPN's most-watched bowl game, MackBrown-TexasFootball.com, January 3, 2007.

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