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California Bowl

"California Raisin Bowl" redirects here. For similarly named college football bowl game, see Raisin Bowl.
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California Bowl (defunct)
California Raisin Bowl
Stadium Bulldog Stadium
Location Fresno, California
Operated 1981–1991
Conference tie-ins PCAA/Big West, MAC
Sponsors

The California Bowl (later the California Raisin Bowl) was a post-season college football bowl game played annually at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California, from 1981 to 1991.[1] The game featured the champions of the Big West Conference (known prior to 1988 as the Pacific Coast Athletic Association) and the Mid-American Conference.

During the bowl's existence it was generally the first bowl game played during the postseason. It was regarded as one of the lower-profile bowl games in that the conferences involved were mid-majors,[citation needed] and was one of the first bowls to restrict its television marketing efforts to the medium of cable television.[citation needed] Fresno State largely dominated this game, playing in five of the 11 games and winning four of them. In 1988, the California Raisin Advisory Board purchased the naming rights to the bowl.

In 1992, the game moved to Las Vegas, Nevada after losing NCAA certification,[2] took the Big West and MAC affiliations with it, and became known as the Las Vegas Bowl.[3]

This game should not be confused with the bowl game, played 1946–1949, called the Raisin Bowl also played in Fresno.

Game results

Date played Winning team Losing team MVP
December 19, 1981 [[Toledo Rockets football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Toledo]]
27 [[San Jose State Spartans football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.San Jose State]]
25
December 18, 1982 [[Fresno State Bulldogs football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Fresno State]]
29 [[Bowling Green Falcons football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Bowling Green]]
28 Jeff Tedford QB
December 17, 1983 Northern Illinois 20 [[Cal State Fullerton Titans football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Cal State Fullerton]]
13 Lou Wicks FB
December 15, 1984 [[Toledo Rockets football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Toledo]]
*
13 [[UNLV Rebels football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.UNLV]]
30
December 14, 1985 [[Fresno State Bulldogs football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Fresno State]]
51 [[Bowling Green Falcons football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Bowling Green]]
7 Mike Mancini P
December 13, 1986 [[San Jose State Spartans football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.San Jose State]]
37 [[Miami RedHawks football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Miami (OH)]]
7 Mike Perez QB
December 12, 1987 [[Eastern Michigan Eagles football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Eastern Michigan]]
30 [[San Jose State Spartans football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.San Jose State]]
27 Gary Patton RB
December 10, 1988 [[Fresno State Bulldogs football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Fresno State]]
35 [[Western Michigan Broncos football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Western Michigan]]
30 Darrell Rosette RB
December 9, 1989 [[Fresno State Bulldogs football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Fresno State]]
27 [[Ball State Cardinals football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Ball State]]
6
December 8, 1990 [[San Jose State Spartans football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.San Jose State]]
48 [[Central Michigan Chippewas football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Central Michigan]]
24
December 14, 1991 [[Bowling Green Falcons football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Bowling Green]]
28 [[Fresno State Bulldogs football#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Fresno State]]
21

* Toledo lost this game, but was later awarded the win due to UNLV's use of ineligible players earlier in the season.

See also

References

  1. ^ Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.
  2. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1992-08-05/sports/sp-4944_1_bowl-ncaa-california
  3. ^ http://espn.go.com/ncf/topics/_/page/las-vegas-bowl "history"