Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Little Caeasars Pizza Bowl.png
Official Logo
StadiumFord Field
LocationDetroit, Michigan
Previous stadiumsPontiac Silverdome (1997–2001)
Previous locationsPontiac, Michigan (1997–2001)
Operated1997–2013
Conference tie-insBig Ten, MAC
Sun Belt (alternate)
PayoutUS$750,000 per team
Sponsors
Ford, Chrysler, GM (1998-2007)
Ford, GM, UAW (2008)[1]
Little Caesars (2009-2013)
Former names
Ford Motor City Bowl (1997)
Motor City Bowl (1998–2008)
2013 matchup
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green (Pitt 30–27)
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Little Caeasars Pizza Bowl.png
Official Logo
StadiumFord Field
LocationDetroit, Michigan
Previous stadiumsPontiac Silverdome (1997–2001)
Previous locationsPontiac, Michigan (1997–2001)
Operated1997–2013
Conference tie-insBig Ten, MAC
Sun Belt (alternate)
PayoutUS$750,000 per team
Sponsors
Ford, Chrysler, GM (1998-2007)
Ford, GM, UAW (2008)[1]
Little Caesars (2009-2013)
Former names
Ford Motor City Bowl (1997)
Motor City Bowl (1998–2008)
2013 matchup
Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green (Pitt 30–27)

The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (known as the Motor City Bowl until 2009) was a post-season college football bowl game that was played annually from 1997 to 2013. The first five games (1997–2001) were played at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, and moved to the 65,000-seat Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Michigan in 2002—both the past and present homes of the Detroit Lions. The game marked the first bowl game held in the Detroit area since the Cherry Bowl in 1984–85.

The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl featured a bowl-eligible team from the Mid-American Conference (usually the winner of the MAC Championship Game, although that team was not required to accept the bid; prior to the formation of the bowl the MAC champion earned an automatic bid to the Las Vegas Bowl) playing a bowl-eligible team from the Big Ten Conference. If the Big Ten did not have an eligible team, the game featured a team from the Sun Belt Conference that met the NCAA requirement of at least six wins. In the event that the Sun Belt did not have an available team, an at-large team could be chosen.

The final Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was held in 2013; earlier in the year, the Detroit Lions had announced plans to hold their own bowl game at Ford Field beginning in 2014, later known as the Quick Lane Bowl, between the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference. Organizers explored the possibility of moving the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl to nearby Comerica Park as an outdoor game, but the game would instead be cancelled indefinitely. The Quick Lane Bowl inherits the game's traditional Boxing Day scheduling.

History[edit]

The Motor City Bowl started in 1997 at the Pontiac Silverdome.[2]

The game was jointly sponsored by the "Big Three" automakers in Detroit from 1998 to 2007 (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler). Starting with the 2008 game, Chrysler was replaced by the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights as a presenting sponsor. In 2009, Little Caesars became the title sponsor of the game after General Motors and Chrysler reorganized under bankruptcy protection. Ford remained as a sponsor.[3] In 2011, the three automakers, along with the UAW, began contributing $100,000 jointly to become presenting sponsors of the game.

Motor City Bowl logo.

A bowl record crowd of 60,624 fans witnessed the 2007 bowl game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Central Michigan Chippewas.

On April 12, 2010, it was announced that the Big Ten Conference had extended its affiliation with the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Big Ten no. 8) through the 2013 season. Also the Sun Belt Conference agreed to a secondary tie-in that will allow a Sun Belt Conference team to play in the Detroit-based game should the Big Ten Conference not have an available bowl-eligible team to play.

In August 2013, the Detroit Lions announced that it would hold a new bowl game at Ford Field beginning in 2014, between the Big Ten and an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponent.[4][5] While Pizza Bowl organizers attempted to move the bowl to Comerica Park (which is owned by Little Caesars' parent company Ilitch Holdings) and convert it to an outdoor game, these plans never came to fruition.[6][7] In August 2014, the Lions announced that the new game would be known as the Quick Lane Bowl, and that it would be held on the same day—December 26—that the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was traditionally held on.[2] In a statement to Crain's Detroit Business, Motor City Bowl executive director Ken Hoffman confirmed that "there is no Pizza Bowl for 2014. We will have to see about the future", implying that the game has been cancelled indefinitely in favor of the Quick Lane Bowl.[6]

Game results[edit]

DateWinning teamLosing teamAttendanceGame
December 26, 1997Mississippi34Marshall3143,340Game article
December 23, 1998Marshall48Louisville2938,016Game article
December 27, 1999Marshall21BYU352,449Game article
December 27, 2000Marshall25Cincinnati1452,911Game article
December 29, 2001Toledo23Cincinnati1644,164Game article
December 26, 2002Boston College51Toledo2545,761Game article
December 26, 2003Bowling Green28Northwestern2451,286Game article
December 27, 2004[8]Connecticut39Toledo1052,552Game article
December 26, 2005[9]Memphis38Akron3145,801Game article
December 26, 2006[10]Central Michigan31Middle Tennessee1454,113Game article
December 26, 2007Purdue51Central Michigan4860,624Game article
December 26, 2008Florida Atlantic24Central Michigan2141,399Game article
December 26, 2009Marshall21Ohio1730,331Game article
December 26, 2010FIU34Toledo3232,431Game article
December 27, 2011Purdue37Western Michigan3246,177Game article
December 26, 2012Central Michigan24Western Kentucky2123,310Game article
December 26, 2013Pittsburgh30Bowling Green2726,259Game article

MVPs[edit]

YearMVP(s)TeamPosition
1997Stewart PatridgeMississippiQB
1998Chad PenningtonMarshallQB
1999Doug ChapmanMarshallRB
2000Byron LeftwichMarshallQB
2001Chester TaylorToledoRB
2002Brian St. PierreBoston CollegeQB
2003Josh HarrisBowling GreenQB
Jason WrightNorthwesternRB
2004Dan OrlovskyConnecticutQB
2005DeAngelo WilliamsMemphisRB
2006Dan LeFevourCentral MichiganQB
2007Curtis PainterPurdueQB
2008Rusty SmithFlorida AtlanticQB
2009Martin WardMarshallRB
2010T. Y. HiltonFIUWR
2011Akeem ShaversPurdueRB
2012Ryan RadcliffCentral MichiganQB
2013James ConnerPittsburghRB

Most appearances[edit]

RankTeamAppearancesRecord
1Marshall54–1
T2Central Michigan42–2
T2Toledo41–3
T4Purdue22–0
T4Bowling Green21–1
T4Cincinnati20–2
T7Boston College11–0
T7Connecticut11–0
T7Florida Atlantic11–0
T7FIU11–0
T7Memphis11–0
T7Mississippi11–0
T7Pittsburgh11–0
T7Akron10–1
T7BYU10–1
T7Louisville10–1
T7Middle Tennessee10–1
T7Northwestern10–1
T7Ohio10–1
T7Western Michigan10–1
T7Western Kentucky10–1

Wins by conference[edit]

ConferenceWinsLossesPct.
MAC710.412
C-USA23.400
Big Ten21.667
Sun Belt22.500
Big East201.000
ACC101.000
SEC101.000
MWC01.000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Sponsors and Sponsorship Opportunities". Littlecaesarspizzabowl.com. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  2. ^ a b Shea, Bill (August 26, 2014). "New Ford Field college bowl game gets a name: Quick Lane Bowl". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Report: Detroit Lions to host bowl game with Big Ten tie-in, Pizza Bowl getting dumped". MILive.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Detroit Lions announce agreement with ACC for Bowl Game at Ford Field". detroitlions.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field canceled". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Little Caesars Pizza Bowl organizers open to playing outside; Detroit Lions bowl interest confirmed". MILive.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Connecticut received the bid to play in this game as the Big Ten did not field enough teams to qualify for this game.
  9. ^ Memphis replaced the Big Ten and Big East teams as they did not have enough teams to qualify for this game.
  10. ^ The Big Ten did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fulfill their obligation to qualify for this game, so Middle Tennessee filled the Big Ten's spot.

External links[edit]