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The Las Vegas Bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS post-season college football bowl game. It has been played annually at the 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Whitney, Nevada, every December since 1992 (2019 will be its last, as it will move to Allegiant Stadium the year after). The bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events.

Las Vegas Bowl
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl
Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl.jpg
StadiumSam Boyd Stadium
LocationWhitney, Nevada
Operated1992–present
Conference tie-insAAC, MWC, Pac-12
Previous conference tie-insBig West, MAC (1992–96)
WAC (1997–1998)
PayoutUS$1,350,000
Sponsors
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (1998, 2000, 2003)
EA Sports (1999)
Sega/Sega Sports (2001–2002)
Pioneer (2004–2008)
Maaco (2009–2012)
Royal Purple (2013–2015)
GEICO (2016)
Mitsubishi (2018–present)
Former names
Las Vegas Bowl (1992–1998)
EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl (1999)
Las Vegas Bowl (2000)
Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl (2001–2002)
Las Vegas Bowl (2003)
Pioneer Purevision Las Vegas Bowl (2004–2006)
Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl (2007–2008)
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas (2009–2012)
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (2013–2015)
Las Vegas Bowl presented by GEICO (2016)
Las Vegas Bowl (2017)
2018 matchup
Arizona State vs. Fresno State
(Fresno State 31–20)
2019 matchup
MWC vs. Pac-12[1] (December 21, 2019)

Conference tie-insEdit

As the Las Vegas Bowl was initially the replacement for the California Bowl, it inherited that bowl's tie-ins with the champions of the Big West Conference and the Mid-American Conference. These remained intact until 1996, after which the Big West's champion earned a berth in the Humanitarian Bowl while the MAC's champion was given a berth in the Motor City Bowl. 1997 through 1999 saw a team from the Western Athletic Conference face an at-large team, and the Mountain West Conference took over for the WAC for the 1999 and 2000 games (the 1999 game featured both WAC and Mountain West teams). Since 2001, the Mountain West and Pac-12 Conferences (originally known as the Pacific-10 Conference) have matched up in Las Vegas.

From 2001 until 2005, the second place team in the Mountain West was chosen to face the Pac-12. Beginning in 2006, after its contract with the Liberty Bowl expired, the Mountain West agreed to send its champion to the Las Vegas Bowl to face the Pac-12's 5th or 6th place team. From 2006 until 2013, the Mountain West would send a secondary team if the champion qualified for the Bowl Championship Series or, as per the rules of the Hawai'i Bowl, was Hawai'i. The 2016 game would have pitted the Pac-12's #6 team against the winner of the Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game, provided that the winner of the game does not automatically qualify for one of the College Football Playoff's six bowls as the highest-ranking member of the "Group of Five" (champions of the Mountain West, Sun Belt, American, or Mid-American Conferences, as well as the Conference USA champion comprise this group). However, since the Pac-12 only had six bowl eligible teams and two of them qualified for New Years Six bowls, the bowl elected to invite Houston Cougars of the American Athletic Conference instead of a Pac-12 team.

Starting in 2020, the bowl game will be held at Allegiant Stadium and will feature a team from the Pac-12 against a team from the Big Ten Conference or Southeastern Conference.[2]

HistoryEdit

The game originated from the California Raisin Bowl, which was played in Fresno from 1981 to 1991. In 1992, the game reorganized and relocated to Las Vegas and was renamed the Las Vegas Bowl.

The NCAA adopted an overtime rule for the 1995 post-season and all games thereafter. In 1995, Toledo defeated Nevada, 40–37, in the first ever overtime game in Division I-A college football. The following season, the policy of overtime was adopted for regular season games to break ties.

In 2001, ESPN Regional Television purchased the Las Vegas Bowl from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.[3]

On December 25, 2002, UCLA interim coach Ed Kezirian was victorious in his only game as the UCLA head coach as UCLA won 27–13 over the New Mexico. In that game, New Mexico sent Katie Hnida in to kick an extra point which was the first time a woman played in a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (née Division I-A) college football game. The kick was blocked.

The 2007 Las Vegas Bowl featured a rematch between Mountain West Champion BYU and UCLA who defeated BYU during the regular season. UCLA scored first on a field goal after a fumble by BYU quarterback Max Hall. BYU answered with a touchdown reception by Austin Collie. BYU went up 17–6 with Michael Reed catch for a touchdown. A fumble by BYU with 19 seconds left in the first half allowed UCLA to score and cut the lead to 17-13. UCLA cut the deficit to 17-16 on a 50-yard field goal. With two minutes left UCLA took over at their own two-yard line. They were able to drive down to the BYU 13-yard line with 3 seconds left. The 28-yard field goal attempt was partially blocked by BYU defensive tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna and fell short giving BYU their second Vegas Bowl victory in three tries, also making the Cougars the first school to win back-to-back Las Vegas Bowls. The following year, though, the Arizona Wildcats denied BYU their third consecutive Las Vegas Bowl win by winning 31–21.

On September 25, 2013, Royal Purple was announced as the new title sponsor for the next three years.[4] Following the expiration of Royal Purple's sponsorship of the title from 2013 to 2015, the game is officially known as the Las Vegas Bowl.

With the relocation of the Oakland Raiders approved by the National Football League, Allegiant Stadium will be constructed to replace Sam Boyd Stadium. It is expected that the Las Vegas Bowl along with the other events currently held at Sam Boyd Stadium will move to the new stadium upon completion.

SponsorsEdit

The bowl was known as the SEGA Sports Las Vegas Bowl from 2001 to 2002. From 2003 to 2008, the title sponsor was the Pioneer Corporation. From 2009 to 2012, the game was known as the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, as the sponsor was MAACO. From 2013 to 2015, the game was known as the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl as the sponsor was Royal Purple. For the 2016 edition, the game was known as the Las Vegas Bowl presented by GEICO as GEICO was the presenting sponsor. On July 12, 2018, it was announced that Mitsubishi would be the new title sponsor, with the game renamed as the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. [5]

Game resultsEdit

Rankings per AP Poll prior to the game being played.

 
UCLA vs. Wyoming in 2004
Date Winning team Score Losing team Attendance Notes
December 18, 1992 Bowling Green 35–34 Nevada 15,476 notes
December 17, 1993 Utah State 42–33 Ball State 15,508 notes
December 15, 1994 UNLV 52–24 Central Michigan 17,562 notes
December 14, 1995 No. 25 Toledo 40–37 (OT) Nevada 12,500 notes
December 18, 1996 Nevada 18–15 Ball State 10,118 notes
December 20, 1997 Oregon 41–13 No. 23 Air Force 21,514 notes
December 19, 1998 North Carolina 20–13 San Diego State 21,429 notes
December 18, 1999 Utah 17–16 Fresno State 28,227 notes
December 21, 2000 UNLV 31–14 Arkansas 29,113 notes
December 25, 2001 Utah 10–6 USC 30,894 notes
December 25, 2002 UCLA 27–13 New Mexico 30,324 notes
December 24, 2003 Oregon State 55–14 New Mexico 25,437 notes
December 23, 2004 Wyoming 24–21 UCLA 27,784 notes
December 22, 2005 California 35–28 BYU 40,053 notes
December 21, 2006 No. 19 BYU 38–8 Oregon 44,615 notes
December 22, 2007 No. 19 BYU 17–16 UCLA 40,712 notes
December 20, 2008 Arizona 31–21 No. 17 BYU 40,047 notes
December 22, 2009 No. 15 BYU 44–20 No. 16 Oregon State 40,018 notes
December 22, 2010 No. 10 Boise State 26–3 No. 20 Utah 41,923 notes
December 22, 2011 No. 8 Boise State 56–24 Arizona State 35,720 notes
December 22, 2012 No. 20 Boise State 28–26 Washington 33,217 notes
December 21, 2013 USC 45–20 No. 21 Fresno State 42,178 notes
December 20, 2014 No. 23 Utah 45–10 Colorado State 33,067 notes
December 19, 2015 No. 20 Utah 35–28 BYU 42,213 notes
December 17, 2016 San Diego State 34–10 Houston 29,286 notes
December 16, 2017 No. 25 Boise State 38–28 Oregon 36,432 notes
December 15, 2018 No. 19 Fresno State 31–20 Arizona State 37,146 notes

Source: [6]

MVPsEdit

 
Game MVP Marshawn Lynch at the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl.
Date MVP Team Position
December 18, 1992 Erik White Bowling Green QB
December 17, 1993 Anthony Calvillo Utah State QB
December 15, 1994 Henry Bailey UNLV WR
December 14, 1995 Wasean Tait Toledo RB
December 18, 1996 Mike Crawford Nevada LB
December 20, 1997 Pat Johnson Oregon WR
December 19, 1998 Ronald Curry North Carolina QB
December 18, 1999 Mike Anderson Utah RB
December 21, 2000 Jason Thomas UNLV QB
December 25, 2001 Dameon Hunter Utah RB
December 25, 2002 Craig Bragg UCLA WR
December 24, 2003 Steven Jackson Oregon State RB
December 23, 2004 Corey Bramlet Wyoming QB
December 22, 2005 Marshawn Lynch California RB
December 21, 2006 Jonny Harline BYU TE
December 22, 2007 Austin Collie BYU WR
December 20, 2008 Willie Tuitama Arizona QB
December 22, 2009 Max Hall BYU QB
December 22, 2010 Kellen Moore Boise State QB
December 22, 2011 Doug Martin Boise State RB
December 22, 2012 Bishop Sankey Washington RB
December 21, 2013 Cody Kessler USC QB
December 20, 2014 Travis Wilson Utah QB
December 19, 2015 Tevin Carter Utah CB
December 17, 2016 Donnel Pumphrey San Diego State RB
December 16, 2017 Cedrick Wilson Jr. Boise State WR
December 15, 2018 Ronnie Rivers Fresno State RB

Most appearancesEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (27 games, 54 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 BYU 6 3–3
2 Utah 5 4–1
3 Boise State 4 4–0
T4 Fresno State 3 1–2
T4 Nevada 3 1–2
T4 Oregon 3 1–2
T4 UCLA 3 1–2
T8 UNLV 2 2–0
T8 Oregon State 2 1–1
T8 San Diego State 2 1–1
T8 USC 2 1–1
T8 Arizona State 2 0–2
T8 Ball State 2 0–2
T8 New Mexico 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Arizona, Bowling Green, California, North Carolina, Toledo, Utah State, Wyoming
Lost: Air Force, Arkansas, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Houston, Washington

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Updated through the December 2018 edition (27 games, 54 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
Mountain West 19 12 7 .632 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014
Pac-12 17 8 9 .471 1997, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018
Big West 5 3 2 .600 1993, 1994, 1996 1992, 1995
MAC 5 2 3 .400 1992, 1995 1993, 1994, 1996
WAC 4 1 3 .250 2010 1997, 1998, 1999
ACC 1 1 0 1.000 1998  
The American 1 0 1 .000   2016
Independents 1 0 1 .000   2015
SEC 1 0 1 .000   2000
  • Pac-12 record includes appearances when the conference was known as the Pac-10 (before 2011).
  • Independent appearances: BYU (2015)

Game recordsEdit

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 56, Boise State vs. Arizona State 2011
Most points scored (losing team) 37, Nevada vs. Toledo (OT)
34, Nevada vs. Bowling Green (regulation)
1995
1992
Most points scored (both teams) 80, Boise (56) vs. Arizona State (24) 2011
Fewest points allowed 3, Boise State vs. Utah 2010
Largest margin of victory 41, Oregon State (55) vs. New Mexico (14) 2003
Total yards
Rushing yards
Passing yards
First downs
Fewest yards allowed
Fewest rushing yards allowed
Fewest passing yards allowed
Individual Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards
Touchdowns (all-purpose)
Rushing yards
Rushing touchdowns
Passing yards
Passing touchdowns
Receiving yards
Receiving touchdowns
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 84, Doug Martin, Boise State vs. Utah 2010
Touchdown pass 78, Jason Mass to Pat Johnson, Oregon vs. Air Force 1997
Kickoff return 100, Doug Martin, Boise State vs. Arizona State 2011
Punt return 74, Craig Bragg, UCLA vs. New Mexico 2002
Interception return 100, Jamar Taylor, Boise State vs. Arizona State 2011
Fumble return
Punt 69, Garrett Swanson, Fresno State vs. USC 2013
Field goal 52, Kai Forbath, UCLA vs. BYU 2007

Source: [7]

Media coverageEdit

The Las Vegas Bowl has been televised by ABC since 2013; ABC also televised the game in 2001. Other editions of the game were broadcast by ESPN and ESPN2.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ESPN Events Reveals 2019-20 Bowl Season Slate". ESPN (Press release). May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "College Football Bowl Game Changes to Begin in 2020". Stadium Network. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Jessop, Alicia (January 5, 2013). "ESPN's Path to Becoming a Bowl Game Owner and Redefining Bowl Game Operations". Forbes. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Royal Purple Announced as Bowl Game's Title Sponsor" (Press release). September 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors Announced as Las Vegas Bowl Title Sponsor". Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Bowl Media Guide" (PDF). lvbowl.com. 2018. p. 30. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Media Guide". lvbowl.com. 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2019.

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