2018 Cheez-It Bowl
The 2018 Cheez-It Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 26, 2018 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. It was one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. It was the 30th edition of a bowl game that has gone by various names, and was called the Cactus Bowl for its previous four playings. The bowl was sponsored by Cheez-It crackers.
|2018 Cheez-It Bowl|
|30th Cheez-It Bowl|
|Date||December 26, 2018|
|MVP||Sewo Olonilua (RB, TCU)|
Jaylinn Hawkins (S, California)
|Referee||Marc Curles (SEC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||ESPN & ESPN Radio|
|Announcers||Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer and Olivia Dekker (ESPN)|
Kevin Brown, Andre Ware and Shelley Smith (ESPN Radio)
|International TV coverage|
Tied 7–7 at the end of regulation, it was the first 2018–19 bowl game to go into overtime; TCU defeated California in the first overtime period, 10–7. The two teams combined for six interceptions in the first half, more than any game during the 2018 season, with a total of nine for the entire game. It became the fourth bowl game in NCAA history with nine or more interceptions, joining the 1942 Orange Bowl, 1968 Sun Bowl, and 1982 Liberty Bowl. It was jokingly referred to on social media and by broadcast media as the “Cheez-Int Bowl”.
TCU Horned FrogsEdit
TCU received and accepted a bid to the Cheez-It Bowl on December 2. The Horned Frogs entered the bowl with a 6–6 record (4–5 in conference).
California Golden BearsEdit
California received and accepted a bid to the Cheez-It Bowl on December 2. The Golden Bears entered the bowl with a 7–5 record (4–5 in conference).
|Time of possession||25:13||34:47|
|California||Passing||Chase Garbers||12/19, 93 yds, 3 INT|
|Rushing||Christopher Brown Jr.||14 car, 57 yds|
|Receiving||Nikko Remigio||5 rec, 21 yds|
|TCU||Passing||Grayson Muehlstein||7/20, 27 yds, 4 INT|
|Rushing||Sewo Olonilua||32 car, 194 yds, 1 TD|
|Receiving||Jaelan Austin||1 rec, 15 yds|
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