Bluebonnet Bowl

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Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct)
StadiumAstrodome
LocationHouston, Texas
Previous stadiumsRice Stadium
(1959–1967, 1985–1986)
Operated1959–1987
Conference tie-insSouthwest Conference
(1980, 1982–1987)
Sponsors
None
Former names
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl (1968–1984, 1987)
 
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Bluebonnet Bowl (defunct)
StadiumAstrodome
LocationHouston, Texas
Previous stadiumsRice Stadium
(1959–1967, 1985–1986)
Operated1959–1987
Conference tie-insSouthwest Conference
(1980, 1982–1987)
Sponsors
None
Former names
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl (1968–1984, 1987)
Bluebonnet Bowl Awards dinner program and menu, Shamrock Hotel, Houston, Texas - Tulsa University v. University of Mississippi, 1964 (12-19-1964)

The Bluebonnet Bowl was an annual college football bowl game played in Houston, Texas.[1] A civic group was appointed by the Houston Chamber of Commerce Athletics Committee in 1959 to organize the bowl game. It was held at Rice Stadium from 1959 through 1967, and again in 1985 and 1986. The game was played in the Astrodome from 1968 through 1984, as well in 1987. When held in the Astrodome, it was called the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl. The proceeds from the bowl games were distributed to various Harris County charitable organizations. The game was discontinued following the 1987 season due to poor ticket sales and lack of a title sponsor.[2]

The Bluebonnet Bowl generally featured a team from Texas against an out-of-state opponent; 19 out of the 29 games involved a team from Texas. From 1980 to 1987, with the exception of 1981, a team from the Southwest Conference played against an at-large opponent.

The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas.

Bowl games returned to Houston in 2000 with the Houston Bowl, and then the Texas Bowl.

Game results[edit]

SeasonDateWinning TeamLosing TeamStadiumNotes
1959December 19Clemson23Texas Christian7Rice
Stadium
1960December 17Alabama (tie)3Texas3[3]notes
1961December 17Kansas33Rice7
1962December 22Missouri14Georgia Tech10
1963December 21Baylor14Louisiana State7
1964December 19Tulsa14Mississippi7
1965December 18Tennessee27Tulsa6
1966December 17Texas19Mississippi0[4]
1967December 23Colorado31Miami (FL)21
1968December 31SMU28Oklahoma27 Astrodome 
1969December 31Houston36Auburn7
1970December 31Alabama (tie)24Oklahoma24notes
1971December 31Colorado29Houston17
1972December 30Tennessee24Louisiana State17
1973December 29Houston47Tulane7notes
1974December 23Houston (tie)31North Carolina State31
1975December 27Texas38Colorado21
1976December 31Nebraska27Texas Tech24
1977December 31USC47Texas A&M28
1978December 31Stanford25Georgia22notes
1979December 31Purdue27Tennessee22
1980December 31North Carolina16Texas7
1981December 31Michigan33UCLA14notes
1982December 31Arkansas28Florida24
1983December 31Oklahoma State24Baylor14
1984December 31West Virginia31Texas Christian14
1985December 31Air Force24Texas16Rice
Stadium
1986December 31  Baylor21Colorado9
1987December 31Texas32Pittsburgh27Astrodome

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.
  2. ^ "Officials cancel Bluebonnet Bowl". New York Times. Associated Press. October 13, 1988. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1960 Bluebonnet Bowl: Alabama 3, Texas 3". Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  4. ^ "1966 Bluebonnet Bowl: Texas 19, Ole Miss 0". Retrieved 2007-12-18. 

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