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Alamo Bowl Corner
The Alamo Bowl has been an annual college football bowl game since 1993. From 1993 through 1998, the Alamo Bowl was known as the Builders Square Alamo Bowl. From 1999 through 2001, the Alamo Bowl was known as the Sylvania Alamo Bowl. From 2002 through 2005, the Alamo Bowl was known as the MasterCard Alamo Bowl. In May 2007, the Alamo Bowl announced a partnership with Valero Energy Corporation, and the bowl game has been known as the Valero Alamo Bowl ever since. The Alamo Bowl has always been played at the Alamodome.
Currently, the Alamo Bowl matches a team from the Big Ten Conference (usually the 4th or 5th choice) against a team from the Big 12 Conference (also usually the 4th or 5th choice).
The 2008 Alamo Bowl game will be played on December 29, 2008. The 2008 Alamo Bowl game will feature 2 NCAA college football teams that may be ranked in the top 25 of either the Associated Press Poll or the Coaches Poll preceding the contest.
The Alamo Bowl game will be televised on the ESPN Sports television network.
Alamo Bowl History
The first two Alamo Bowl games involved teams without ties to any college football conference. California defeated Iowa 37-3 in the inaugural Alamo Bowl game which occurred on December 31, 1993. The following year, Washington State defeated Baylor 10-3 in a hard-fought defensive battle. The University of Nebraska is undefeated in Alamo Bowl contests with 3 total victories. Nebraska also holds the most lopsided victory in an Alamo Bowl game with its 66-17 drubbing of Northwestern University in the December 30, 2000 Alamo Bowl. Purdue University is also undefeated in Alamo Bowl contests with 2 total victories. Surprisingly, the University of Michigan, a traditional Big Ten Conference powerhouse, is winless in 2 trips to the Alamo Bowl. The University of Michigan, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are the only 3 teams with multiple Alamo Bowl game losses. Each team has lost 2 Alamo Bowl contests without a victory.
In more recent history, on December 29, 2003, the University of Nebraska defeated Michigan State 17-3 with a dominating defensive performance. Nebraska Quarterback Jamal Lord was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the contest, while Nebraska Defensive Lineman Trevor Johnson was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the contest. One year later, the Ohio State Buckeyes handed the Oklahoma State Cowboys a humiliating Alamo Bowl loss with a convincing 33-7 victory. Ohio State’s defense set the tone with an early interception, as the Buckeyes never trailed during the contest. Ohio State Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the contest, while Ohio State Defensive End Simon Fraser was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the contest. On December 28, 2005, the University of Nebraska defeated the University of Michigan 32-28 in one of the more exciting games during the 2005-2006 college football bowl season. Nebraska overcame an 11-point 4th quarter deficit to secure the victory. The game ended on a controversial play - Michigan Quarterback Chad Henne passed the football to one of his wide receivers and the Michigan players continued to lateral the bowl until Nebraska tackled a Michigan player on its own 17 yard line. During the play, numerous Nebraska coaches and fans had already stormed the field, but the play was ruled dead and Nebraska emerged victorious. The play was reminiscent of the last second kickoff return for a touchdown that propelled Cal to a 25-20 victory over arch-rival Stanford in November 1982 after the Stanford coaches, band and students had stormed the field to celebrate what they thought was a sure victory. Nebraska Running Back Cory Ross was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the contest for his 1 touchdown, 161 yard rushing effort, while Michigan Cornerback Leon Hall was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the contest.
The Alamo Bowl has always been played at the Alamodome. The Alamodome holds a seating capacity of up to 65,000 raucous college football fans for the annual Alamo Bowl. The seating capacity is expandable to 72,000 for special events, so it could potentially host a Super Bowl at some point in the future. However, while it was a state-of-the-art arena at the time it was built in 1993, it would need to undergo significant renovations in order for it to feasibly be the home for a National Football League franchise. Luxury suites would need to be added to the Alamodome as well as improvements to the concourses and concession stands throughout the stadium. From 1993 through 2002, the Alamodome was the home stadium for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. In 1995, the Alamodome was the home stadium for the San Antonio Texans of the Canadian Football League. Most recently, following the devastating tragedy that befell the city of New Orleans in August 2005, the Alamodome hosted several games for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. By showing that it could host NFL football games during that 2005 season, the city of San Antonio hopes to lure another NFL team to the Alamodome in the very near future. The Alamodome hosted the Men’s NCAA Final Four Championship in 1998, 2004 and 2008. The Alamodome hosted the Women’s NCAA Final Four Championship in 2002 and is slated to host the event again in 2010.
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