2016 Fiesta Bowl (January)
The 2016 Fiesta Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on January 1, 2016 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The 44th Fiesta Bowl was one of the New Year's Bowls. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season.
|2016 BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl|
|45th Fiesta Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 2016|
|Stadium||University of Phoenix Stadium|
|MVP||J. T. Barrett & Eli Apple|
|Favorite||Ohio State by 3.5|
|Referee||Hubert Owens (SEC) |
|Halftime show||OSU & ND Bands|
|Payout||US$24 million (2014)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Announcers||Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, & Todd McShay (ESPN)|
Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, & Olivia Harlan (ESPN Radio)
The game was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio, with the kickoff time set for 1:00 P.M. ET (11 A.M. MT). Sponsored by obstacle racing series BattleFrog, it was officially known as the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl.
Coincidentally, it took place 10 years after the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, that was also played by Ohio State and Notre Dame. That was also the last time Notre Dame participated in the Fiesta Bowl.
Ohio State wound up beating Notre Dame, 44-28.
The participants for the game were determined by the College Football Playoff selection committee, and consisted of at-large selections and/or the highest ranked team from the "Group of Five" conferences. The two participants were the #8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) vs. the #7 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1).
|Total offense, plays - yards||70–405||85–496|
|Passing yards (net)||284||211|
|Time of Possession||27:15||32:45|