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The 2008 Emerald Bowl, part of the 2008-09 NCAA football bowl games season, was played on December 27, 2008, at AT&T Park, the home field of the Giants in San Francisco, California. The Miami Hurricanes of the ACC were matched against the California Golden Bears (based in nearby Berkeley, California) of the Pac-10, the first appearance by either team in the seven-year history of the Emerald Bowl.

2008 Emerald Bowl
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Cal head coach Jeff Tedford accepts the 2008 Emerald Bowl trophy
1234 Total
Miami 0773 17
California 14037 24
DateDecember 27, 2008
StadiumAT&T Park
LocationSan Francisco, California
MVPRB Jahvid Best, California (Offensive)
LB Zack Follett, California (Defensive)
FavoriteCal by 8
RefereeNick Define[1]
Halftime showBand of the Hour
University of California Marching Band
PayoutUS$850,000 (Pac-10) • $750,000 (ACC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersJoe Tessitore play-by-play
Rod Gilmore color
Quint Kessenich sideline
Nielsen ratings4.6[2]
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With a 24–17 victory over Miami, Cal improved its record to 10–8–1 all-time in bowl games, and 2–2 all-time vs. Miami. Miami fell to 18–14 all-time in bowl games. California and Miami had met three times previously, with Miami holding a 2–1 advantage. The first meeting resulted in a 9–7 win by Cal in Miami on October 10, 1964. Miami won the next two meetings, 31–3 on September 16, 1989, in Miami, and 52–24 on September 15, 1990, in Berkeley.[3]


A number of Emerald Bowl records were set in this game:[4]

  • Attendance: 42,268
  • Longest Pass Play: 74 yards; Nate Longshore to Verran Tucker (California)
  • Most Yards Rushing: 186 yards, Jahvid Best (California)
  • Longest Rush: 42 yards, Jahvid Best (California)
  • Quarterback Sacks By: 2, Zack Follett (California)
  • Most Total Plays: 124, Miami (73) vs. California (51)

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
Cal - Jahvid Best 1-yard TD run (Giorgio Tavecchio kick), 7:15 Cal 7-0
Cal - Best 42-yard TD run (Tavecchio kick), 4:55 Cal 14-0
2nd Quarter
Miami - LaRon Byrd 9-yard TD pass from Jacory Harris (Matt Bosher kick), 12:54 Cal 14-7
3rd Quarter
Miami - Thearon Collier 6-yard TD pass from Harris (Bosher kick), 7:34 Tie 14-14
Cal - Tavecchio 23-yard FG, :27 Cal 17-14
4th Quarter
Miami - Bosher 22-yard FG, 9:13 Tie 17-17
Cal - Anthony Miller 2-yard TD pass from Nate Longshore (Tavecchio kick), 2:41 Cal 24-17


  1. ^ a b "Miami vs California Game Book". 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  2. ^ "2008 Emerald Bowl 8th Most Watched Bowl Telecast Ever". Emerald Bowl Media Services. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  3. ^ "California Golden Bears Football Media Guide" (PDF). 2008. pp. 158–159. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  4. ^ "BEARS TURN BACK 'CANES TO WIN EMERALD BOWL". Emerald Bowl press release. 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2009-01-01.