Dollar General Bowl

Dollar General Bowl
"Mobile Bowl"
Stadium Ladd Peebles Stadium
Location Mobile, Alabama
Operated 1999–present
Conference tie-ins Sun Belt, MAC
Previous conference tie-ins ACC, C-USA, WAC
Payout US$750,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Sponsors
Mobile Alabama, Inc. (1999)
GMAC (now Ally Financial) (2000–2010)
GoDaddy (2011–2015)
Dollar General (2016-present)
Former names
Mobile Alabama Bowl (1999)
GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl (2000)
GMAC Bowl (2001–2010)
GoDaddy.com Bowl (2011–2013)
GoDaddy Bowl (2014–2015)
2016 matchup
Ohio vs. Troy (Troy 28–23)
2017 matchup
Toledo vs. Appalachian State (Appalachian State 34–0)

The Dollar General Bowl is a postseason NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game that has been played annually at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, since 1999. The game currently matches teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid-American Conference.

History

The game was known as the Mobile Alabama Bowl from 1999 to 2000. It was then known as the GMAC Bowl from 2000 to 2010 when its corporate sponsorship was GMAC (now Ally Financial), then known as first the GoDaddy.com Bowl from 2011 to 2013 when Go Daddy took over sponsorship and then the GoDaddy Bowl from 2014 to 2015. From 1999 to 2009, the bowl pitted a Conference USA team against a team from either the Mid-American Conference except for the first two playings, where the Western Athletic Conference could receive the bid if one of its easternmost teams qualified as bowl eligible.

For the 2010 game the Atlantic Coast Conference was to participate in the bowl as its ninth bowl tie-in. The ACC failed to have sufficient bowl-eligible teams to fill the slot, and the bowl chose Sun Belt conference champion Troy as a replacement.[2] The Mid-American Conference was the other conference tie-in.[3] The MAC vs. Sun Belt matchup has been retained for every game since.

The 2001 game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and East Carolina Pirates set the record as the highest-scoring bowl game of all time, and Marshall achieved what was then the greatest scoring comeback in bowl history.[4] In this contest, Marshall battled back from a 38–8 deficit to win 64–61 in double overtime. Thundering Herd quarterback Byron Leftwich threw for 576 yards in the game.

When the GoDaddy Bowl first began, it was played as one of the first games of the bowl season and occupied a pre-Christmas date. The 2006-07 season saw the game moved to after New Year's Day, and it served as one of the last bowls played before the national championship game of either the Bowl Championship Series or the College Football Playoff. For the 2015-16 season, the GoDaddy Bowl was moved back to its pre-Christmas slot.

In the first January playing the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi knocked off the Ohio Bobcats, 287. The 2008 game became the largest blowout in bowl history, with Tulsa beating Bowling Green, 637.

On October 18, 2010, it was announced that the GMAC Bowl was renamed the GoDaddy.com Bowl.[5] The 2013 edition of the GoDaddy.com Bowl was played on January 6, 2013, and featured No. 25 Kent State from the MAC and Arkansas State from the Sun Belt.

On May 15, 2013, it was announced that GoDaddy, in accordance with new generic top-level domain extensions being rolled out later in the year, had dropped the ".com" from the bowl's name, rebranding it as the GoDaddy Bowl.[6][7]

Dollar General, a variety store chain, took over sponsorship on August 17, 2016.[8]

Game results

TitleDateWinning teamLosing teamNote
1999 Mobile Alabama BowlDecember 22, 1999TCU28East Carolina14
2000 GMAC Mobile Alabama BowlDecember 20, 2000Southern Miss28TCU21
2001 GMAC BowlDecember 19, 2001Marshall64East Carolina612OT
2002 GMAC BowlDecember 18, 2002Marshall38Louisville15
2003 GMAC BowlDecember 18, 2003Miami (Ohio)49Louisville28
2004 GMAC BowlDecember 22, 2004Bowling Green52Memphis35
2005 GMAC BowlDecember 21, 2005Toledo45UTEP13
2007 GMAC BowlJanuary 7, 2007Southern Miss28Ohio7
2008 GMAC BowlJanuary 6, 2008Tulsa63Bowling Green7
2009 GMAC BowlJanuary 6, 2009Tulsa45Ball State13
2010 GMAC BowlJanuary 6, 2010Central Michigan44Troy412OT
2011 GoDaddy.com BowlJanuary 6, 2011Miami (OH)35Middle Tennessee21
2012 GoDaddy.com BowlJanuary 8, 2012Northern Illinois38Arkansas State20
2013 GoDaddy.com BowlJanuary 6, 2013Arkansas State17Kent State13
2014 GoDaddy BowlJanuary 5, 2014Arkansas State23Ball State20
2015 GoDaddy Bowl (January)January 4, 2015Toledo63Arkansas State44
2015 GoDaddy Bowl (December)December 23, 2015Georgia Southern58Bowling Green27
2016 Dollar General BowlDecember 23, 2016Troy28Ohio23
2017 Dollar General BowlDecember 23, 2017Appalachian State34Toledo0

MVPs

Date playedMVPSchoolPosition
December 22, 1999Casey PrintersTCUQB
December 20, 2000LaDainian TomlinsonTCURB
December 19, 2001Byron LeftwichMarshallQB
December 18, 2002Byron LeftwichMarshallQB
December 18, 2003Ben RoethlisbergerMiami (OH)QB
December 22, 2004Omar JacobsBowling GreenQB
December 21, 2005Bruce GradkowskiToledoQB
January 7, 2007Damion FletcherSouthern MissRB
January 6, 2008Paul SmithTulsaQB
January 6, 2009Tarrion AdamsTulsaRB
January 6, 2010Dan LeFevourCentral MichiganQB
January 6, 2011Austin BoucherMiami (Ohio)QB
January 8, 2012Chandler HarnishNorthern IllinoisQB
January 6, 2013Ryan AplinArkansas StateQB
January 5, 2014Fredi KnightenArkansas StateQB
January 4, 2015Kareem HuntToledoRB
December 23, 2015Favian UpshawGeorgia SouthernQB
December 23, 2016Justin LucasTroyLB
December 23, 2017Jalin MooreAppalachian StateRB

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
RankTeamAppearancesRecord
1Arkansas State42–2
T2Toledo32–1
T2Bowling Green31–2
T4Marshall22–0
T4Miami (Ohio)22–0
T4Southern Mississippi22–0
T4Tulsa22–0
T4TCU21–1
T4Troy21–1
T4Ball State20–2
T4East Carolina20–2
T4Louisville20–2
T4Ohio20–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Georgia Southern, Northern Illinois
Lost: Kent State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, UTEP

Appearances by conference

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 19 games (38 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1MAC1798.529
2C-USA1046.400
3Sun Belt954.556
4WAC211.500

See also

References

  1. "College Bowl Game Payouts". 6 September 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/05/08/article/acc_adds_gmac_bowl_to_its_postseason_lineup
  3. "The sports world in 60 seconds". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. "Leftwich throws for 576 yards in 64–61 GMAC Bowl win". CNN.
  5. "GODADDY.COM JOINS COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL LINEUP". 2010-10-18. Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  6. "Date Set for 15th Annual GoDaddy Bowl". GoDaddyBowl.com. GoDaddy Bowl. May 15, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  7. Inabinett, Mark (May 15, 2013). "GoDaddy Bowl tweaks name, sets date for 2014 game". AL.com/mobile. Mobile Press-Register. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  8. Stephenson, Creg (August 17, 2016). "Dollar General takes over as title sponsor of Mobile bowl game". AL.com. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
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