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Liberty Bowl

Liberty Bowl

The Liberty Bowl is an annual U.S. American college football bowl game played in December of each year since 1959. The Liberty Bowl was sponsored by AXA Financial and was known as the AXA Liberty Bowl from 1997 to 2003. Since 2004, the game has been sponsored by Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone, and is now called the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The bowl game was first played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at John F. Kennedy Stadium (originally Municipal Stadium) until 1963. Initially, the game, the only cold-weather bowl game of its time, was plagued by poor attendance (the 1963 game drew only 8,309 spectators), so the 1964 game was the first bowl game ever played indoors in Atlantic City, New Jersey at Convention Hall before 6,059 fans.

Since 1965, the game has made its home in Memphis, Tennessee in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to much larger crowds and has established itself as one of the oldest non-BCS bowls. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Liberty Bowl offered an automatic invitation to the winner of the Commander in Chief's Trophy, if that team was bowl eligible. From 1997-2004, the regular season champion of Conference USA served as the host team. Since 2005, the winner of the C-USA Championship game has received the berth.

From 1998 to 2005, the opponent for the C-USA champion was the Mountain West Conference champion. There were two exceptions:

  • In 2004, Mountain West Champion Utah qualified for the BCS. In their place, the Liberty Bowl chose WAC champion Boise State.
  • In 2005, Mountain West Champion TCU chose to play in the Houston Bowl instead of the Liberty Bowl. At-large WAC team Fresno State took their place.

Since the 2006 football season, the game matches the Conference USA champion with a team from the SEC.

The game airs nationally on ESPN, and is carried nationwide by ESPN Radio.

Previous results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
December 19, 1959 Penn State 7 Alabama 0
December 20, 1960 Penn State 41 Oregon 12
December 16, 1961 Syracuse 15 Miami (Florida) 14
December 15, 1962 Oregon State 6 Villanova 0
December 21, 1963 Mississippi State 16 North Carolina State 12
December 19, 1964 Utah 32 West Virginia 6 notes
December 18, 1965 Mississippi 13 Auburn 7
December 10, 1966 Miami (Florida) 14 Virginia Tech 7 notes
December 16, 1967 North Carolina State 14 Georgia 7
December 14, 1968 Mississippi 34 Virginia Tech 17 notes
December 13, 1969 Colorado 47 Alabama 33
December 12, 1970 Tulane 17 Colorado 3
December 20, 1971 Tennessee 14 Arkansas 13
December 18, 1972 Georgia Tech 31 Iowa State 30
December 17, 1973 North Carolina State 31 Kansas 18
December 16, 1974 Tennessee 7 Maryland 3
December 22, 1975 USC 20 Texas A&M 0
December 20, 1976 Alabama 36 UCLA 6
December 19, 1977 Nebraska 21 North Carolina 17
December 23, 1978 Missouri 20 LSU 15
December 22, 1979 Penn State 9 Tulane 6
December 27, 1980 Purdue 28 Missouri 25
December 30, 1981 Ohio State 31 Navy 28
December 29, 1982 Alabama 21 Illinois 15 notes
December 29, 1983 Notre Dame 19 Boston College 18
December 27, 1984 Auburn 21 Arkansas 15
December 27, 1985 Baylor 21 LSU 7
December 29, 1986 Tennessee 21 Minnesota 14
December 29, 1987 Georgia 20 Arkansas 17
December 28, 1988 Indiana 34 South Carolina 10
December 29, 1989 Mississippi 42 Air Force 29
December 27, 1990 Air Force 23 Ohio State 11
December 29, 1991 Air Force 38 Mississippi State 15
December 31, 1992 Mississippi 13 Air Force 0
December 28, 1993 Louisville 18 Michigan State 7
December 31, 1994 Illinois 30 East Carolina 0
December 30, 1995 East Carolina 19 Stanford 13
December 27, 1996 Syracuse 30 Houston 17
December 31, 1997 Southern Miss 41 Pitt 7
December 31, 1998 Tulane 41 BYU 27
December 31, 1999 Southern Miss 23 Colorado State 17
December 29, 2000 Colorado State 22 Louisville 17
December 31, 2001 Louisville 28 BYU 10
December 31, 2002 TCU 17 Colorado State 3
December 31, 2003 Utah 17 Southern Mississippi 0
December 31, 2004 Louisville 44 Boise State 40
December 31, 2005 Tulsa 31 Fresno State 24
December 29, 2006 South Carolina 44 Houston 36
December 29, 2007 Mississippi State 10 UCF 3''' notes
January 2, 2009 TBD

MVPs

Date played MVP School Position
December 19, 1959 Jay Huffman Penn State C
December 17, 1960 Dick Hoak Penn State RB
December 16, 1961 Ernie Davis Syracuse RB
December 15, 1962 Terry Baker Oregon State QB
December 21, 1963 Ode Burrell Mississippi State HB
December 19, 1964 Ernest Allen Utah QB
December 18, 1965 Tom Bryan Auburn FB
December 10, 1966 Jimmy Cox Miami (Fla.) SE
December 16, 1967 Jim Donnan North Carolina State QB
December 14, 1968 Steve Hindman Mississippi TB
December 13, 1969 Bobby Anderson Colorado TB
December 12, 1970 Dave Abercrombie Tulane TB
December 20, 1971 Joe Ferguson Arkansas QB
December 18, 1972 Jim Stevens Georgia Tech QB
December 17, 1973 Stan Fritts North Carolina State FB
December 16, 1974 Randy White Maryland DT
December 22, 1975 Ricky Bell USC RB
December 20, 1976 Barry Krauss Alabama LB
December 19, 1977 Matt Kupec North Carolina QB
December 23, 1978 James Wilder Missouri RB
December 22, 1979 Roch Hontas Tulane QB
December 27, 1980 Mark Herrmann Purdue QB
December 30, 1981 Eddie Myers Navy TB
December 29, 1982 Jeremiah Castille Alabama DB
December 29, 1983 Doug Flutie Boston College QB
December 27, 1984 Bo Jackson Auburn RB
December 27, 1985 Cody Carlson Baylor QB
December 29, 1986 Jeff Francis Tennessee QB
December 29, 1987 Greg Thomas Arkansas QB
December 28, 1988 Dave Schnell Indiana QB
December 28, 1989 Randy Baldwin Mississippi RB
December 27, 1990 Rob Perez Air Force QB
December 29, 1991 Rob Perez Air Force QB
December 31, 1992 Cassius Ware Mississippi LB
December 28, 1993 Jeff Brohm Louisville QB
December 31, 1994 Johnny Johnson Illinois QB
December 30, 1995 Chad Holcomb East Carolina K
December 27, 1996 Malcolm Thomas Syracuse RB
December 31, 1997 Sherrod Gideon Southern Miss. WR
December 31, 1998 Shaun King Tulane QB
December 31, 1999 Adalius Thomas Southern Miss. DE
December 29, 2000 Cecil Sapp Colorado State RB
December 31, 2001 Dave Ragone Louisville QB
December 31, 2002 LaTarence Dunbar TCU WR
December 31, 2003 Brandon Warfield Utah RB
December 31, 2004 Stefan LeFors Louisville QB
December 31, 2005 Paul Smith Tulsa QB
December 29, 2006 Blake Mitchell South Carolina QB
December 29, 2007 Derek Pegues Mississippi State FS

Broadcasters

Date Network Play-by-play Color Commentator(s) Sideline Reporter(s)
December 29, 2007 ESPN Terry Gannon and David Norrie
December 29, 2006 ESPN Craig James and Doug Flutie Todd Harris
December 31, 2005 ESPN
December 31, 2004 ESPN Mike Tirico Kirk Herbstreit
December 31, 2003 ESPN

References

See also

List of college bowl games

External links

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