Boca Raton Bowl

The Boca Raton Bowl is an annual National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned post-season Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football bowl game played in Boca Raton, Florida, since December 2014 at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.

Boca Raton Bowl
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl logo.svg
StadiumFAU Stadium
LocationBoca Raton, Florida
Operated2014–present
Conference tie-insC-USA, The American, MAC
PayoutUS$900,000 (2019)[1]
Sponsors
Marmot (2015)
Cheribundi (2017–present)
Former names
Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (2017)
Boca Raton Bowl (2014, 2016)
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (2015)
2018 matchup
Northern Illinois vs. UAB (UAB 37–13)
2019 matchup
Florida Atlantic vs. SMU (Florida Atlantic 52–28)

Since 2017, the game has been sponsored by the New York-based beverage company Cheribundi and for sponsorship reasons was the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl that year; it has been the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl since 2018. The bowl's previous sponsor was the sporting goods company Marmot (2015).

HistoryEdit

The bowl was founded on October 10, 2013,[2] and was first played in December 2014 as one of the 2014–15 bowl games.[3]

The bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, and is televised by ESPN as part of its annual "Bowl Week".[3] On October 6, 2015, Marmot, an outdoor clothing and sporting goods company, was announced as the title sponsor of the game.[4] On December 1, 2017, Cheribundi, a New York based beverage company, was announced as the new title sponsor.[5][6]

In 2016, Kenneth Langone was named "Lifetime Commissioner" of the Boca Raton Bowl. Langone is known to walk around the stands selling LEOs (Lox, Eggs, and Onions) during the game.[7]

Conference tie-insEdit

The bowl had a tie-in with the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for 2014 and 2015, to face opponents from Conference USA (C-USA) in the first year and the American Athletic Conference (The American) in the second.[8]

In 2014, Northern Illinois, winner of the 2014 MAC Championship Game, was sent as the conference's representative, while C-USA also sent its champion, Marshall. The MAC and C-USA did not have automatic bowl bids for their champions entering 2014; C-USA had lost its contract with the Liberty Bowl, while the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which usually took the MAC champion, was discontinued after its 2013 playing and the GoDaddy Bowl, which takes a MAC team and has the option to take the conference champion if it desires, did not invite Marshall. In 2015, the MAC sent Toledo and The American sent Temple.

In 2016 and 2017, C-USA and The American had primary tie-ins with the bowl.[9] In 2016, C-USA sent Western Kentucky and The American sent Memphis. In 2017, C-USA sent Florida Atlantic while their opponent, Akron, came from the MAC. A C-USA vs. MAC matchup was again featured in 2018. The "affiliated conferences" for the 2019 game are The American, C-USA and MAC.[10]

Game resultsEdit

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 23, 2014 Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 29,419 notes
December 22, 2015 Toledo 32 Temple 17 25,908 notes
December 20, 2016 Western Kentucky 51 Memphis 31 24,726 notes
December 19, 2017 Florida Atlantic 50 Akron 3 25,912 notes
December 18, 2018 UAB 37 Northern Illinois 13 22,614 notes
December 21, 2019 Florida Atlantic 52 SMU 28 23,187 notes

MVPsEdit

 
Rakeem Cato of Marshall was the 2014 MVP.

The bowl generally selects offensive and defensive MVPs. In the inaugural playing, only a single MVP was designated. In the 2019 playing, there was also a special teams MVP.

Year Player(s) Pos. Team Ref.
2014 Rakeem Cato QB Marshall [11]
2015 Phillip Ely QB Toledo [12]
Ju'Wan Woodley LB
2016 Anthony Wales RB Western Kentucky [13]
Keith Brown LB
2017 Jason Driskel QB Florida Atlantic [14]
Azeez Al-Shaair LB
2018 Xavier Ubosi WR UAB [15]
Anthony Rush NT
2019 Chris Robison QB Florida Atlantic [16]
Rashad Smith LB
Matt Hayball P

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2019 edition (6 games, 12 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Florida Atlantic 2 2–0
T1 Northern Illinois 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Marshall, Toledo, UAB, Western Kentucky
Lost: Akron, Memphis, SMU, Temple

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2019 edition (6 games, 12 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
C-USA 5 5 0 1.000 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019  
MAC 4 1 3 0.250 2015 2014, 2017, 2018
The American 3 0 3 0.000   2015, 2016, 2019

Game recordsEdit

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 52, shared by:
Marshall vs. Northern Illinois
Florida Atlantic vs. SMU

2014
2019
Most points scored (losing team) 31, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky 2016
Most points scored (both teams) 82, Western Kentucky vs. Memphis 2016
Fewest points allowed 3, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Largest margin of victory 47, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Total yards 598, Western Kentucky vs. Memphis 2016
Rushing yards 312, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Passing yards 418, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky 2016
First downs 29, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Fewest yards allowed 146, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Fewest rushing yards allowed 69, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Fewest passing yards allowed 77, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Individual Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards
Touchdowns (all-purpose)
Rushing yards 245, Anthony Wales, Western Kentucky vs. Memphis 2016
Rushing touchdowns 3, shared by:
Anthony Wales, Western Kentucky vs. Memphis
Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron
 
2016
2017
Passing yards 373, Tyler Johnston III, UAB vs. Northern Illinois 2018
Passing touchdowns 4, shared by:
Riley Ferguson, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
Tyler Johnston III, UAB vs. Northern Illinois
 
2016
2018
Receiving yards 227, Xavier Ubosi, UAB vs. Northern Illinois[17] 2018
Receiving touchdowns 3, shared by
Anthony Miller, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
Xavier Ubosi, UAB vs. Northern Illinois
 
2016
2018
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 41, Kareem Hunt, Toledo vs. Temple 2015
Touchdown pass 80, Cody Thompson, Toledo vs. Temple 2015
Kickoff return 93, Deandre Reaves, Marshall vs. Northern Illinois 2014
Punt return 24, Jalen Young, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Interception return 15, Mykelti Williams, Northern Illinois vs. UAB 2018
Fumble return
Punt 71, Alex Starzyk, Temple vs. Toledo 2015
Field goal 42, Nick Vogel, UAB vs. Northern Illinois[18] 2018

Media coverageEdit

TV and radio coverage includes play-by-play announcers, color commentators, and sideline reporters.

TelevisionEdit

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentary Sideline reporter
2014 ESPN Dave LaMont Desmond Howard Quint Kessenich
2015 Allen Bestwick Dan Hawkins Tiffany Greene
2016 Dave LaMont Desmond Howard Quint Kessenich
2017 Clay Matvick Kirk Morrison Cole Cubelic
2018 Dave LaMont Desmond Howard and Jonathan Vilma Alyssa Lang
2019 ABC Tom Hart Joey Galloway Pat McAfee

RadioEdit

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentary Sideline reporter
2014 ESPN Radio Marc Kestecher John Congemi Ian Fitzsimmons
2015 Dave LaMont John Congemi Brett McMurphy
2016 Marc Kestecher John Congemi Brett McMurphy
2017 Steve Levy Desmond Howard Paul Carcaterra
2018 Bill Rosinski David Norrie Ian Fitzsimmons
2019 Dave Lamont Rene Ingoglia Lericia Harris

Legends HonoreeEdit

Each December, the bowl recognizes one person associated with football in the state of Florida with the Palm Beach County Football Legends Award.

Year Honoree Role Florida team Ref.
2014 Howard Schnellenberger College & NFL head coach Florida Atlantic Owls [19]
2015 Reidel Anthony College & NFL wide receiver Florida Gators [20]
2016 John Carney College & NFL placekicker Cardinal Newman High School [21]
2017 Steve Walsh College & NFL quarterback; High School & CFL coach Miami Hurricanes [22]
2018 Brad Banks College & CFL quarterback; 2002 Heisman Trophy runner-up Glades Central High School [23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 Bowl Schedule". collegefootballpoll.com. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "MAC Announces The Creation Of The Boca Raton Bowl". Mac-sports.com. October 11, 2013. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Drew, David (May 14, 2014). "Dates and times set for inaugural MAC football-affiliated Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl". mlive.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "Marmot Becomes Title Sponsor of Boca Raton Bowl". ESPN Events. 6 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Boca Raton Bowl Announces Cheribundi Tart Cherry As The New Title Sponsor". Boca Raton News Most Reliable Source | Boca Raton Newspaper. 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  6. ^ "BOCA RATON BOWL ANNOUNCES CHERIBUNDI TART CHERRY AS THE NEW TITLE SPONSOR". Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.cheribundibocaratonbowl.com/history/
  8. ^ Ellis, Zac (October 11, 2013). "MAC announces creation of Boca Raton Bowl in 2014". College-football.si.com. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "FB: C-USA Bowl Partners Announce 2017 Dates". conferenceusa.com. May 10, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Matchup". cheribundibocaratonbowl.com. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Burke, Peter (December 23, 2014). "Rakeem Cato caps record-setting career with win in Boca Raton Bowl". local10.com. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  12. ^ Smith, Cyrus (December 22, 2015). "Toledo shuts Temple down 32-17 to win Marmot Boca Raton Bowl". underdogdynasty.com. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  13. ^ @BocaBowl (December 20, 2016). "Offensive MVP Ace Wales & Defensive MVP Keith Brown" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Kelly, John W. (December 20, 2017). "Owls are Boca Raton Bowl Champions!". FAU.edu. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  15. ^ @MrOliver1970 (December 18, 2018). "Congratulations to UAB BLAZERS FOOTBALL!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Boca Bowl Champs!!". fausports.com. December 21, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  17. ^ @UAB_FB (December 18, 2018). "The 227 yards receiving by Xavier Ubosi is a new @BocaBowl record!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ @UAB_FB (December 18, 2018). "Nick Vogel knocks through a 42-yard field goal and sets a new @BocaBowl record with the longest made field goal in bowl history!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ @BocaBowl (December 2, 2014). "Howard Schnellenberger to Receive First-Ever Palm Beach County Football Legends Award Presented by Sun Trust" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "Reidel Anthony to receive Palm Beach County Football Legends Award". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  21. ^ @bsschiller (November 29, 2016). "Cardinal Newman alumnus & former NFL kicker, John Carney will receive the 2016 Built Ford Tough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "Zips Keep Busy on Final Day Before Bowl Game". gozips.com. December 18, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  23. ^ @BocaBowl (December 17, 2018). "Honoring our #BuiltFordTough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award Winner" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.

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