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The Redbox Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually since 2002. It was originally the San Francisco Bowl. It was the Emerald Bowl from 2004 to 2009, the Fight Hunger Bowl from 2010 to 2013, and the Foster Farms Bowl from 2014 to 2017.[2] It was renamed again, to the Redbox Bowl, in 2018.

Redbox Bowl
Redbox Bowl logo.svg
StadiumLevi's Stadium
LocationSanta Clara, California
Previous stadiumsAT&T Park (2002–2013)
Previous locationsSan Francisco, California (2002–2013)
Conference tie-insPac-12 (2006–present)
Big Ten (2014–present)
Previous conference tie-insBig East (2002–2004)
Mtn West (2002–2005)
ACC (2005–2010)
Army (2011)
Navy (2012)
BYU (2013)
PayoutUS$2,212,500 (as of 2015)[1]
Diamond Foods (2002–2009)
Kraft Foods (2010–2012)
Foster Farms (2014–2017)
Redbox (2018–present)
Former names
San Francisco Bowl (2002)
Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl (2002–2003)
Emerald Bowl (2004–2009)
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (2010–2012)
Fight Hunger Bowl (2013)
Foster Farms Bowl (2014–2017)
2017 matchup
Arizona vs. Purdue (Purdue 38–35)
2018 matchup
Michigan State vs. Oregon (Oregon 7–6)

From 2002 to 2013, the annual game was played at 40,800-seat AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco, California. Starting in 2014, it has been played at Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara, California.[3]



The plans for the inaugural 2002 San Francisco Bowl were established on Dec. 2, 2002, when the Air Force Falcons football program accepted a bid to play against an undetermined team from the Big East Conference.[4] Their initial sponsor was Diamond Foods, a producer of walnuts and other nuts under the Emerald brand name, resulting in the name Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, and later the Emerald Bowl.

In 2010, Kraft Foods became the sponsor of the bowl and announced the new name, which the corporation launched as part of a broader hunger relief program.[5] According to Sports Illustrated, the executive director of the bowl, Gary Cavalli, was paid a $377,475 salary in 2009.[6] Mondelēz International continued to support the game and the program related with Feeding America in 2013.

In August 2014, the bowl's official website listed the game's name as the San Francisco Bowl once again.[7] However, on November 11, 2014, it was announced that the San Francisco Bowl Game Association had reached a multi-year naming rights deal with Northern California-based poultry company Foster Farms, resulting in the game being named the Foster Farms Bowl.[8]

On July 12, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers NFL team announced that it had taken over management of the Foster Farms Bowl from the San Francisco Bowl Game Association, and also announced a new, four-year broadcast rights deal with Fox Sports, replacing ESPN.[9]

In September 2018, Redbox (a chain of video rental kiosks) announced it had become the new title sponsor.[10][11]

Field configurationEdit

Because AT&T Park is a baseball park and not normally used for football, arrangement of the field required both teams to be on the same sideline (southeast), separated by a barrier at the 50-yard line (in shallow right-center field). The opposite sideline (northwest) ran along the third base line, with an end zone near the first base dugout, and the other near the left field wall. Primary seating was in the third base grandstand, with temporary bleacher seating in right-center field.


The game had a contract to host the Pac-12's sixth-place team during the 2010 through 2013 seasons. There were multiple contracts that determined the opponent. In 2011, the Pac-12 team's opponent was Illinois, replacing Army, which did not achieve bowl eligibility; in 2012, it was Navy; and in 2013, it was BYU. Had these teams not qualified for bowl eligibility, they would have been replaced by teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) or the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Beginning with the 2014 season, teams come from the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences.[12]


Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.

Date Bowl name Winning team Losing team Attnd.
December 31, 2002 San Francisco Bowl No. 21 Virginia Tech 20  Air Force 13   25,966
December 31, 2003 San Francisco Bowl Boston College 35 Colorado State 21 25,621
December 30, 2004 Emerald Bowl Navy 34 New Mexico 19 30,563
December 29, 2005 Emerald Bowl Utah 38 No. 24 Georgia Tech 10 25,742
December 27, 2006 Emerald Bowl Florida State 44 UCLA 27 40,331
December 28, 2007 Emerald Bowl Oregon State 21 Maryland 14 32,517
December 27, 2008 Emerald Bowl California 24 Miami (FL) 17 42,268
December 26, 2009 Emerald Bowl USC 24 Boston College 13 40,121
January 9, 2011 Fight Hunger Bowl   No 13. Nevada 20 Boston College 13 41,063
December 31, 2011 Fight Hunger Bowl Illinois 20 UCLA 14 29,878
December 29, 2012 Fight Hunger Bowl Arizona State 62 Navy 28 34,172
December 27, 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl Washington 31 BYU 16 34,136
December 30, 2014 Foster Farms Bowl Stanford 45 Maryland 21 34,780
December 26, 2015 Foster Farms Bowl Nebraska 37 UCLA 29 33,527
December 28, 2016 Foster Farms Bowl Utah 26 Indiana 24 27,608
December 27, 2017 Foster Farms Bowl Purdue 38 Arizona 35 28,436
December 31, 2018 Redbox Bowl Oregon 7 Michigan State 6 30,212


Cal running back Jahvid Best (no. 4) accepts the 2008 Emerald Bowl Offensive MVP trophy from Emerald Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli
Game Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
2002 Bryan Randall Virginia Tech QB Anthony Schlegel Air Force LB
2003 Derrick Knight Boston College RB T. J. Stancil Boston College FS
2004 Aaron Polanco Navy QB Vaughn Keley Navy CB
2005 Travis LaTendresse Utah WR Eric Weddle Utah CB
2006 Lorenzo Booker Florida State RB Tony Carter Florida State CB
2007 Yvenson Bernard Oregon State RB Derrick Doggett Oregon State LB
2008 Jahvid Best California RB Zack Follett California LB
2009 Damian Williams USC WR Luke Kuechly Boston College LB
Jan. 2011 Rishard Matthews Nevada WR Luke Kuechly Boston College LB
Dec. 2011 Nathan Scheelhaase Illinois QB Terry Hawthorne Illinois DB
2012 Marion Grice Arizona State RB Will Sutton Arizona State DT
2013 Bishop Sankey Washington RB Hau'oli Kikaha Washington DE
2014 Kevin Hogan Stanford QB James Vaughters Stanford LB
2015 Tommy Armstrong Jr. Nebraska QB Jaleel Wadood UCLA S
2016 Joe Williams Utah RB Tegray Scales Indiana LB
2017 Elijah Sindelar Purdue QB Ja'Whaun Bentley Purdue LB
2018 Dillon Mitchell Oregon WR Josiah Scott Michigan State CB

Most appearancesEdit

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

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Boston College 3 1–2
T1 UCLA 3 0–3
T3 Utah 2 2–0
T3 Navy 2 1–1
T3 Maryland 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won (13): Arizona State, California, Florida State, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington
Lost (9): Air Force, Arizona, BYU, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Miami (FL), Michigan State, New Mexico

With Oregon's appearance in the 2018 edition, Colorado and Washington State are the only Pac-12 members who have not appeared in the game.

Appearances by conferenceEdit

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

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1 Pac-12[n 1] 12 8 4 .667
T2 Big Ten 6 3 3 .500
T2 ACC 6 1 5 .167
4 Mountain West 4 1 3 .250
5 Independents[n 2] 3 1 2 .333
6 Big East[n 3] 2 2 0 1.000
7 WAC 1 1 0 1.000
  1. ^ Includes appearances when the conference was the Pac-10
  2. ^ Navy (2004, 2012) and BYU (2013)
  3. ^ Virginia Tech (2002) and Boston College (2003) appeared as members of the Big East. Following the 2013 split of the original Big East along football lines, the FBS schools reorganized as the new American Athletic Conference, which retains the charter of the original Big East.

Game recordsEdit

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 62, Arizona State vs Navy 2012
Most points scored (losing team) 35, Arizona vs Purdue 2017
Most points scored (both teams) 90, Arizona State vs Navy 2012
Fewest points allowed 6, Oregon vs. Michigan State 2018
Largest margin of victory 34, Arizona State vs Navy 2012
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 (overall)
Rushing yards
Rushing touchdowns
Passing yards
Passing touchdowns
Receiving yards
Receiving touchdowns
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run
Touchdown pass
Kickoff return
Punt return
Interception return
Fumble return
Field goal
Miscellaneous Record, Team vs. Team Year
Bowl Attendance 42,268, California vs. Miami (FL) 2008

Media coverageEdit

From 2002 through 2015, the bowl was televised by ESPN or ESPN2. Since 2016, it has been carried by Fox.


  1. ^
  2. ^ McMurphy, Brett (November 11, 2014). "Fight Hunger Bowl Changes Name to Foster Farms Bowl", ESPN. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Eye On Football". 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  4. ^ "Air Force accepts invitation to San Francisco Bowl". 2002-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  5. ^ "Kraft Foods to sponsor San Francisco Bowl Game" (Press release). Kraft Foods. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 45.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Foster Farms Bowl". Big Ten Conference. November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "San Francisco 49ers Assume Management of Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's® Stadium". Forty Niners Football Company LLC. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Bay Area bowl changing name for sixth time". Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  11. ^ "Levi's Stadium picks up sponsor for their annual college bowl game". Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  12. ^ Bay Area Bowl will feature Pac-12 vs. BIG TEN matchup, Fight Hunger Bowl, June 24, 2013

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