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Stadium Alamodome Location San Antonio, Texas Operated 1993–present Conference tie-ins Big 12, Pac-12 Previous conference tie-ins Southwest, Big Ten Payout US$3,000,000 (As of 2010[update]) Sponsors Builders Square (1993–1998)
Valero Energy Corporation (2007–present)
Former names Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998)
Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001)
MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2002–2005)
Alamo Bowl (2006)
2010 (January) matchup Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (TTU 41, MSU 31) 2010 (December) matchup Oklahoma State vs. Arizona (December 29, 2010)
The Alamo Bowl is a major American college football bowl game played annually since 1993 in the 65,000-seat Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It matches the second choice team from the Pacific-12 Conference and the third choice team from the Big 12 Conference.
Traditionally, the Alamo Bowl has been played in December. The game following the 2009 season marked the first time the game was played in January, making it be played in 2010. The game following the 2010 season returned to December.
The game was previously known as the Builders Square Alamo Bowl (1993–1998), the Sylvania Alamo Bowl (1999–2001) and the MasterCard Alamo Bowl (2002–2005). The logo of the event has evolved to reflect the changes in sponsorship. On May 24, 2007 the Alamo Bowl announced a partnership with Valero Energy Corporation, and thus the bowl's full name was changed to the Valero Alamo Bowl.
The game originally gave an automatic invite to a team from the now-defunct Southwest Conference (SWC). However, in 1993, only two of the eight SWC teams finished with the necessary 6 wins to become bowl-eligible (and those two teams were already committed to other bowls). The Alamo Bowl invited the Iowa Hawkeyes instead. The SWC was able to provide participants for the next two seasons (Baylor and Texas A&M) before the conference disbanded.
During the 1996 Alamo Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes wore plain black helmets (removing their tigerhawk logo and gold stripe) in honor of linebacker Mark Mitchell's mother, who died in a car accident while traveling to San Antonio for the game.
The 2002 Alamo Bowl played between Colorado and Wisconsin was the first ever game to have gone into overtime, with the unranked Badgers defeating the No. 14 ranked Buffaloes after kicking a field goal to win 31–28, completing a perfect non-conference schedule at 6-0 (they went 2-6 in the Big Ten). The 2008 Alamo Bowl between Missouri and Northwestern also went into overtime, with Missouri defeating Northwestern 30–23.
The 2005 Alamo Bowl ended on one of the most controversial plays in bowl game history, a multi-lateral play in which almost the entire Nebraska team and coaching staff (as well as a few Michigan players, Michigan coaches and media) entered onto the field, and Nebraska gave their coach the Gatorade Dunk before the play was blown dead, bringing up memories of 1982's "The Play", 2000's "Music City Miracle", and 2002's "Bluegrass Miracle".
The 2007 Alamo Bowl between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Texas A&M Aggies was attended by 66,166, which set an Alamodome facility-record crowd for a sporting event, breaking the previous year's game between Iowa and Texas. Penn State won the game 24–17.
The Alamo Bowl has sold out six of its fifteen games (1995, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2007).
In the fictional TV series Coach, the Alamodome (site of the Alamo Bowl) was the host of College Football's 1993 National Championship game.
On August 28, 2009, the Alamo Bowl organizers announced they had reached an agreement with the then-Pac-10 Conference to replace the Big Ten in the Alamo Bowl. Under the terms of the agreement, the now-Pac-12's #2 team, unless they qualify as a BCS at large team, will earn an automatic bid to the Alamo Bowl. The agreement takes effect beginning with the 2010 college football season. The now-Pac-12's second place team was previously contracted to play in the Holiday Bowl against a Big XII team; that bowl will instead take the #3 team in the Pac-12 to face a Big XII opponent.
The Alamo Bowl has produced eight of the top 20 most-watched bowl games in ESPN history. In 2006, the Alamo Bowl featured the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa Hawkeyes in a game that earned a 6.0 rating, making it the most-watched college football game in ESPN history as more than 8.83 million viewers saw the telecast.
Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes December 31, 1993 California 37 Iowa 3 45,716 notes December 31, 1994 (24) Washington State 10 Baylor 3 44,106 notes December 28, 1995 (19) Texas A&M 22 (14) Michigan 20 64,597 notes December 29, 1996 (21) Iowa 27 Texas Tech 0 55,677 notes December 30, 1997 (16) Purdue 33 (24) Oklahoma State 20 55,552 notes December 29, 1998 Purdue 37 (4) Kansas State 34 60,780 notes December 28, 1999 (13) Penn State 24 (18) Texas A&M 0 65,380 notes December 30, 2000 (8) Nebraska 66 (19) Northwestern 17 60,028 notes December 29, 2001 Iowa 19 Texas Tech 16 65,232 notes December 28, 2002 Wisconsin 31 (14) Colorado 28 (OT) 50,690 notes December 29, 2003 (22) Nebraska 17 Michigan State 3 56,229 notes December 29, 2004 (24) Ohio State 33 Oklahoma State 7 65,265 notes December 28, 2005 Nebraska 32 (20) Michigan 28 62,016 notes December 30, 2006 (18) Texas 26 Iowa 24 65,875 notes December 29, 2007 Penn State 24 Texas A&M 17 66,166 notes December 29, 2008 (25) Missouri 30 (22) Northwestern 23 (OT) 55,986 notes January 2, 2010 Texas Tech 41 Michigan State 31 64,757 notes December 29, 2010 (14) Oklahoma State 36 Arizona 10 57,593 notes
†Rankings reflect rank at time of bowl game and taken from AP Top 25 poll
Date MVPs Team Position December 31, 1993 Dave Barr California QB Jerrot Willard California LB December 31, 1994 Chad Davis Washington State QB Ron Childs Washington State LB December 28, 1995 Kyle Bryant Texas A&M K Keith Mitchell Texas A&M LB December 29, 1996 Sedrick Shaw Iowa RB Jared DeVries Iowa DL December 30, 1997 Billy Dicken Purdue QB Adrian Beasley Purdue S December 29, 1998 Drew Brees Purdue QB Rosevelt Colvin Purdue DE December 28, 1999 Rashard Casey Penn State QB LaVar Arrington Penn State LB December 30, 2000 Dan Alexander Nebraska RB Kyle Vanden Bosch Nebraska DL December 29, 2001 Aaron Greving Iowa RB Derrick Pickens Iowa DL December 29, 2002 Brooks Bollinger Wisconsin QB Jeff Mack Wisconsin LB December 29, 2003 Jammal Lord Nebraska QB Trevor Johnson Nebraska DL December 29, 2004 Ted Ginn Jr. Ohio State WR/PR/KR Simon Fraser Ohio State DE December 28, 2005 Cory Ross Nebraska RB Leon Hall Michigan CB December 30, 2006 Colt McCoy Texas QB Aaron Ross Texas CB December 29, 2007 Rodney Kinlaw Penn State RB Sean Lee Penn State LB December 29, 2008 Jeremy Maclin Missouri WR/PR/KR Sean Weatherspoon Missouri LB January 2, 2010 Taylor Potts Texas Tech QB Jamar Wall Texas Tech CB December 29, 2010 Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State WR
Rank Team Appearances Record 1 Iowa 4 2–2 T2 Nebraska 3 3–0 T2 Oklahoma State 3 1–2 T2 Texas A&M 3 1–2 T2 Texas Tech 3 1–2 T6 Penn State 2 2–0 T6 Purdue 2 2–0 T6 Michigan 2 0–2 T6 Michigan State 2 0–2 T6 Northwestern 2 0–2 T11 California 1 1–0 T11 Missouri 1 1–0 T11 Texas 1 1–0 T11 Ohio State 1 1–0 T11 Washington State 1 1–0 T11 Wisconsin 1 1–0 T11 Arizona 1 0–1 T11 Baylor 1 0–1 T11 Colorado 1 0–1 T11 Kansas State 1 0–1
- ^ 2005 Alamo Bowl: Michigan v. Nebraska end of game, YouTube.
- ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl attendance ranks as the #1 all-time sports attendance in Alamodome history, The San Antonio Bowl Association, December 30, 2006.
- ^ a b "Alamo Bowl crowd sets Alamodome record". Bevo Beat (blog). December 30, 2006. http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/longhorns/entries/2006/12/30/alamo_bowl_crowd_sets_alamodome_record.html. Retrieved 2006-12-30.
- ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl Media Guide, pp. 1–22, (PDF), The San Antonio Bowl Association.
- ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4429272
- ^ 2006 Alamo Bowl ranks as ESPN's most-watched bowl game, MackBrown-TexasFootball.com, January 3, 2007.
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