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. It was renamed again, to the Redbox Bowl, in 2018.
|Location||Santa Clara, California|
|Previous stadiums||AT&T Park (2002–2013)|
|Previous locations||San Francisco, California (2002–2013)|
|Conference tie-ins||Pac-12 (2006–present)|
Big Ten (2014–present)
|Previous conference tie-ins||Big East (2002–2004)|
Mtn West (2002–2005)
|Payout||US$2,212,500 (as of 2015)|
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)
|Arizona vs. Purdue (Purdue 38–35)|
|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.
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. 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. According to Sports Illustrated, the executive director of the bowl, Gary Cavalli, was paid a $377,475 salary in 2009. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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|
|Game||Offensive MVP||Defensive MVP|
|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|
Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).
- Teams with multiple appearances
- 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
Appearances by conferenceEdit
Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).
|6||Big East[n 3]||2||2||0||1.000|
- Includes appearances when the conference was the Pac-10
- Navy (2004, 2012) and BYU (2013)
- 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.
|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|
|Fewest yards allowed|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed|
|Fewest passing yards allowed|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Miscellaneous||Record, Team vs. Team||Year|
|Bowl Attendance||42,268, California vs. Miami (FL)||2008|
- McMurphy, Brett (November 11, 2014). "Fight Hunger Bowl Changes Name to Foster Farms Bowl", ESPN. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- "Eye On Football". CBSSports.com. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- "Air Force accepts invitation to San Francisco Bowl". 2002-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
- "Kraft Foods to sponsor San Francisco Bowl Game" (Press release). Kraft Foods. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
- Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 45.
- "Foster Farms Bowl". BigTen.org. Big Ten Conference. November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- "San Francisco 49ers Assume Management of Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's® Stadium". 49ers.com. Forty Niners Football Company LLC. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- "Bay Area bowl changing name for sixth time". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
- "Levi's Stadium picks up sponsor for their annual college bowl game". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2018-11-18.
- Bay Area Bowl will feature Pac-12 vs. BIG TEN matchup, Fight Hunger Bowl, June 24, 2013