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The Hawaiʻi Bowl is a college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, since 2002. The bowl is one of the post-season contests run by ESPN Events. Since 2018, the game has been sponsored by the personal finance company SoFi and officially known as the SoFi Hawai'i Bowl. Previous sponsors include ConAgra Foods (2002) and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii (2003–2013).

Hawaii Bowl
SoFi Hawai'i Bowl
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StadiumAloha Stadium
LocationHalawa, Hawaii
Operated2002–Present
Conference tie-insMWC (2012–present)
The American (2019–present)
Previous conference tie-insWAC (2002–2011)
C-USA/Pac-10 (2005–2008)
C-USA (2009–2018)
PayoutUS$650,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Preceded byAloha Bowl
Sponsors
ConAgra Foods (2002)
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii (2003–2013)
SoFi (2018–present)
Former names
ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl (2002)
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (2003–2013)
Hawaii Bowl (2014-2017)
2018 matchup
Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech
(Louisiana Tech 31–14)
2019 matchup
MWC vs. The American[2] (December 24, 2019)

Typically played on or near Christmas Eve, the bowl normally features a team from the Mountain West Conference, playing a team from either the American Athletic Conference or Conference USA. For practical and logistical reasons, the Mountain West bid is automatically awarded to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors if the team is bowl-eligible, and was not selected to play in a New Year's Six (or previously BCS) bowl game. This means that the Rainbow Warriors do not have to travel to the mainland for a bowl game unless it is of significant importance. As a result of this practice, they have also made the most appearances in the game, at eight.[3]

Bowl games in HawaiiEdit

The Hawaii Bowl succeeds the Poi Bowl (1936–1939), Pineapple Bowl (1940–1941, 1947–1952), Aloha Bowl (1982–2000), and the Oahu Bowl (1998–2000) as bowl games played in Hawaii, This bowl is a new event not affiliated with the previous games. While the Aloha Bowl tried to move to San Francisco, California and was decertified by the NCAA, the O'ahu Bowl was moved to Seattle, Washington and was held for two years as the Seattle Bowl before losing certification in 2002.

Game historyEdit

In its first year, the Hawai'i Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra Foods. The following year, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii assumed sponsorship; the game's full name was changed to the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl until Sheraton declined to renew sponsorship in 2014.[4] In 2018, SoFi signed on as title sponsor of the game which is officially known as the SoFi Hawai'i Bowl.[5]

The current Mountain West tie-in was held by the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) until 2012, when the WAC ceased sponsoring college football, and Hawaii moved to the Mountain West.[6]

The 2005 appearance of the UCF Knights at the Hawaii Bowl was the first ever bowl game in that school's history. In 2006, the Pac-10 replaced Conference USA (C-USA) as the WAC's opposition, with C-USA as an alternate. Since Christmas Eve fell on a Monday in 2007, the game was scheduled for the night prior (December 23) to avoid a conflict with Monday Night Football (also on ESPN). In 2008, the bowl organizers selected Notre Dame as an at-large bid, marking the first time an independent played in the contest. C-USA again became a primary tie-in starting in 2009. The 2011 game featured the C-USA champion for the first time, as Southern Mississippi played instead of going to the Liberty Bowl, where the C-USA champion typically plays. The bowl featured the Mountain West champion for the first time in 2015, as San Diego State played instead of going to the Las Vegas Bowl, where the Mountain West champion typically plays.

Between 2002 and 2018, C-USA sent a team to the bowl 12 times, registering an 8–4 record. In 2019, the American Athletic Conference (The American) superseded C-USA as the primary tie-in to face a Mountain West team (or independent BYU).[7]

Tenth Anniversary Team (2011)Edit

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hawai'i Bowl, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, in conjunction with the bowl game, allowed fans to vote on a tenth anniversary team. Nine players were selected by a public vote, and an additional seven players were picked by a panel of sportswriters and organizers. The team was announced on December 16, 2011.

Ten Year Anniversary Team 
Year Player College Performance
2002 Justin Colbert Hawaii 9 catches for 158 yards and 2 TD's.
2003 Timmy Chang
Jackie Battle
Hawaii
Houston
26 for 42, 475 yards, 5 TD's passing.
19 carries for 124 yards and 3 TD's.
2004 Chad Owens Hawaii 8 catches for 114 yards, 2 TD's.
5 punt returns for 90 yards and a TD.
2005 Caleb Spencer
Brandon Marshall
Nevada
UCF
11 receptions for 114 yards.
11 receptions for 210 yards and 3 TD's.
2006 Colt Brennan
Jason Rivers
Hawaii
Hawaii
33 for 42, 559 yards and 5 TD's.
14 receptions for 308 yards and 2 TD's.
2007 Chris Johnson East Carolina 408 all purpose yards, 2 TD's.
2008 Golden Tate
Jimmy Clausen
Aaron Bain
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Hawaii
6 receptions for 177 yards and 3 TD's.
22 for 26, 401 yards and 5TD's
8 receptions for 109 yards and 2 TD's.
2009 Kyle Padron SMU 32 of 41 passing for 460 yards and 2 TD's.
2010 Damaris Johnson
Curnelius Arnick
Greg Salas
Tulsa
Tulsa
Hawaii
5 carries for 98 yards and 1 TD, 4 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD, 6 returns for 127 yards.
2 sacks, 8 UA Tackles, 2 Asst. Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 Int's for 106 yards and 1 TD
13 receptions for 214 yards and 2 TD's.

Game resultsEdit

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance notes
December 25, 2002 Tulane 36 Hawaii 28 35,513 notes
December 25, 2003 Hawaii 54 Houston 48 (3OT) 29,005 notes
December 24, 2004 Hawaii 59 UAB 40 39,754 notes
December 24, 2005 Nevada 49 UCF 48 (OT) 16,134 notes
December 24, 2006 Hawaii 41 Arizona State 24 43,435 notes
December 23, 2007 East Carolina 41 Boise State 38 30,467 notes
December 24, 2008 Notre Dame 49 Hawaii 21 43,487 notes
December 24, 2009 SMU 45 Nevada 10 32,650 notes
December 24, 2010 Tulsa 62 Hawaii 35 43,673 notes
December 24, 2011 Southern Miss 24 Nevada 17 32,630 notes
December 24, 2012 SMU 43 Fresno State 10 30,024 notes
December 24, 2013 Oregon State 38 Boise State 23 29,106 notes
December 24, 2014 Rice 30 Fresno State 6 25,365 notes
December 24, 2015 San Diego State 42 Cincinnati 7 22,793 notes
December 24, 2016 Hawaii 52 Middle Tennessee 35 23,175 notes
December 24, 2017 Fresno State 33 Houston 27 20,546 notes
December 22, 2018 Louisiana Tech 31 Hawaii 14 30,911 notes

MVPsEdit

Year Winning team MVP Losing team MVP
Player Team Position Player Team Position
2002 Lynaris Elpheage Tulane CB Justin Colbert Hawaii WR
2003 Timmy Chang Hawaii QB Jackie Battle Houston RB
2004 Timmy Chang
Chad Owens
Hawaii QB
WR
Darrell Hackney UAB QB
2005 B.J. Mitchell Nevada RB Brandon Marshall UCF WR
2006 Colt Brennan
Jason Rivers
Hawaii QB
WR
Ryan Torain Arizona State RB
2007 Chris Johnson East Carolina RB Jeremy Avery Boise State RB
2008 Jimmy Clausen
Golden Tate
Notre Dame QB
WR
Aaron Bain Hawaii WR
2009 Kyle Padron SMU QB Kevin Basped Nevada DE
2010 Damaris Johnson Tulsa WR Greg Salas Hawaii WR
2011 Cordarro Law Southern Miss DL Lampford Mark Nevada RB
2012 Margus Hunt SMU DE Davante Adams Fresno State WR
2013 Rashaad Reynolds Oregon State CB Matt Miller Boise State WR
2014 Driphus Jackson
Brian Nordstrom
Rice QB
DE
Carl Mickelsen Fresno State LB
2015 Dakota Gordon San Diego State FB Zach Edwards Cincinnati S
2016 Dru Brown Hawaii QB Richie James Middle Tennessee WR
2017 Marcus McMaryion Fresno State QB Steven Dunbar Houston WR
2018 Jaylon Ferguson Louisiana Tech DE Kendall Hune Hawaii DE

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record Win pct.
1 Hawaii 8 4–4 0.500
T2 Nevada 3 1–2 0.333
T2 Fresno State 3 1–2 0.333
T4 SMU 2 2–0 1.000
T4 Houston 2 0–2 0.000
T4 Boise State 2 0–2 0.000
Teams with a single appearance

Won: East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Rice, San Diego State, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa
Lost: Arizona State, Cincinnati, Middle Tennessee, UAB, UCF

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
C-USA 12 8 4 0.667 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016
WAC 10 4 6 0.400 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Mountain West 7 3 4 0.429 2015, 2016, 2017 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018
Pac-12 2 1 1 0.500 2013 2006
The American 2 0 2 0.000   2015, 2017
Independents 1 1 0 1.000 2008  
  • Pac-12 record includes appearances when the conference was known as the Pac-10 (before 2011).
  • Independent appearances: Notre Dame (2008)

Media coverageEdit

The bowl has been televised on ESPN since its inception.

See alsoEdit

Other bowl games played in Hawaii

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.statisticbrain.com/college-bowl-game-payouts/
  2. ^ "Hawaii Bowl returns to Christmas Eve for 2019". ESPN. Associated Press. May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Kirshner, Alex (2016-12-24). "Why Hawaii is in the Hawaii Bowl so much". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  4. ^ "Sheraton Hotels & Resorts drops title sponsorship of Hawaii Bowl college football game".
  5. ^ "Hawai'i Bowl Names SoFi As New Title Sponsor". Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mountain West Conference aligns with Sheraton Hawaii Bowl starting in 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ "2019 SoFi Hawai'I Bowl to Return to Dec. 24". thehawaiibowl.com (Press release). May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.

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