Hawaii Bowl

Hawaiʻi Bowl
Stadium Aloha Stadium
Location Halawa, Hawaii
Operated 2002–Present
Conference tie-ins MWC (2012–present)
C-USA (2009–present)
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (2002–2011)
C-USA/Pac-10 (2005–2008)
Payout US$650,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Preceded by Aloha Bowl
Former names
ConAgra Foods Hawaiʻi Bowl (2002)
Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl (2003–2013)
2016 matchup
Hawaiʻi vs. Middle Tennessee (Hawaiʻi 52–35)
2017 matchup
Houston vs. Fresno State (Fresno State 33–27)

The Hawaiʻi Bowl is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii since 2002. Typically played on either Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, the game matches teams from either Conference USA or the Pac-12 and a team from the Mountain West Conference. As part of the bowl charter, a "Hawaiʻi guarantee" allows the University of Hawaiʻi an automatic bid to the bowl provided it is bowl eligible and does not receive a bid to a bowl in the College Football Playoff, which goes to the highest ranking school among the members of the Mountain West, Sun Belt, Mid-American, and American Athletic Conferences and Conference USA. If Hawaiʻi is not eligible then another Mountain West team receives the bid.[2] This continues a tradition started when Hawaiʻi was a member of the Western Athletic Conference.

The bowl is one of 11 post-season contests run by ESPN Regional Television ("ESPN Plus"), a subsidiary of ESPN, which has carried the game since its outset.

Bowl games in Hawaii

The Hawaii Bowl succeeds the Poi Bowl (19361939), Pineapple Bowl (19401941, 19471952), Aloha Bowl (19822000), and the Oahu Bowl (19982000) as bowl games played in Hawaiʻi. This bowl is a new event not affiliated with the previous games. While the Aloha Bowl tried to move to San Francisco, California and was decertified by the NCAA, the Oʻahu Bowl was moved to Seattle, Washington and was held for two years as the Seattle Bowl before losing certification in 2002.

Game history

In its first year, the Hawaiʻi Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra Foods. The following year, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii assumed sponsorship; the game's full name was changed to the Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl until Sheraton declined to renew sponsorship in 2014.[3]

The 2005 appearance of the UCF Knights at the Hawaiʻi Bowl was the first ever bowl game in that school's history.

In 2006, the Pac-10 replaced C-USA as the WAC's opposition. If the Pac-10 was not able to provide a bowl-eligible team, C-USA would have supplied the team (assuming it had a sixth team that was bowl eligible). If neither conference had a bowl-eligible team, the spot would have been filled by an at-large team. In 2007, C-USA had a guaranteed spot in the Hawaiʻi Bowl, which was filled by the East Carolina Pirates.[4]

Since Christmas Eve fell on a Monday in 2007, the game was scheduled for the night prior (December 23) to avoid a conflict with Monday Night Football (also on ESPN).

In 2008, the bowl organizers selected Notre Dame as an at large, marking the first time an independent played in the contest.

The 2011 Hawai'i Bowl featured the Conference USA champion for the first time, as Southern Mississippi played in the bowl instead of going to the Liberty Bowl, where the C-USA champion typically plays.

The 2015 Hawai'i Bowl featured the Mountain West Conference champion for the first time as San Diego State played in the bowl instead of going to the Las Vegas Bowl, where the Mountain West champion typically plays.

Tenth Anniversary Team (2011)

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hawai'i Bowl, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, in conjunction with the bowl game, allowed fans to vote on a tenth anniversary team. Nine players were voted to the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Ten Year Anniversary Team by fan voting. An additional seven players were picked by a panel of sportswriters and Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Staff. The team was announced on December 16, 2011.

Ten Year Anniversary Team 
2002Justin ColbertHawaiʻi9 catches for 158 yards and 2 TD's.
2003Timmy Chang
Jackie Battle
26 for 42, 475 yards, 5 TD's passing.
19 carries for 124 yards and 3 TD's.
2004Chad OwensHawaiʻi8 catches for 114 yards, 2 TD's.
5 punt returns for 90 yards and a TD.
2005Caleb Spencer
Brandon Marshall
11 receptions for 114 yards.
11 receptions for 210 yards and 3 TD's.
2006Colt Brennan
Jason Rivers
33 for 42, 559 yards and 5 TD's.
14 receptions for 308 yards and 2 TD's.
2007Chris JohnsonEast Carolina408 all purpose yards, 2 TD's.
2008Golden Tate
Jimmy Clausen
Aaron Bain
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
6 receptions for 177 yards and 3 TD's.
22 for 26, 401 yards and 5TD's
8 receptions for 109 yards and 2 TD's.
2009Kyle PadronSMU32 of 41 passing for 460 yards and 2 TD's.
2010Damaris Johnson
Curnelius Arnick
Greg Salas
5 carries for 98 yards and 1 TD, 4 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD, 6 returns for 127 yards.
2 sacks, 8 UA Tackles, 2 Asst. Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 Int's for 106 yards and 1 TD
13 receptions for 214 yards and 2 TD's.

Game results

DateWinning teamLosing teamAttendanceTVnotes
December 25, 2002Tulane36Hawaiʻi2835,513ESPNnotes
December 25, 2003Hawaiʻi54Houston48 (3OT)29,005ESPNnotes
December 24, 2004Hawaiʻi59UAB4039,754ESPNnotes
December 24, 2005Nevada49UCF48 (OT)16,134ESPNnotes
December 24, 2006Hawaiʻi41Arizona State2443,435ESPNnotes
December 23, 2007East Carolina41Boise State3830,467ESPNnotes
December 24, 2008Notre Dame49Hawaiʻi2143,487ESPNnotes
December 24, 2009SMU45Nevada1032,650ESPNnotes
December 24, 2010Tulsa62Hawaiʻi3543,673ESPNnotes
December 24, 2011Southern Miss24Nevada1732,630ESPNnotes
December 24, 2012SMU43Fresno State1030,024ESPNnotes
December 24, 2013Oregon State38Boise State2329,106ESPNnotes
December 24, 2014Rice30Fresno State625,365ESPNnotes
December 24, 2015San Diego State42Cincinnati722,793ESPNnotes
December 24, 2016Hawaiʻi52Middle Tennessee3523,175ESPNnotes
December 24, 2017Fresno State33Houston2720,546[5]ESPNnotes


Year Winning team MVP(s) Team Position Losing team MVP Team Position
2002 Lynaris ElpheageTulaneCB Justin ColbertHawaiʻiWR
2003 Timmy ChangHawaiʻiQB Jackie BattleHoustonRB
2004 Timmy Chang
Chad Owens
Darrell HackneyUABQB
2005 B.J. MitchellNevadaRB Brandon MarshallUCFWR
2006 Colt Brennan
Jason Rivers
Ryan TorainArizona StateRB
2007 Chris JohnsonEast CarolinaRB Jeremy AveryBoise StateRB
2008 Jimmy Clausen
Golden Tate
Notre DameQB
Aaron BainHawaiʻiWR
2009 Kyle PadronSMUQB Kevin BaspedNevadaDE
2010 Damaris JohnsonTulsaWR Greg SalasHawaiiWR
2011 Cordarro LawSouthern MissDL Lampford MarkNevadaRB
2012 Margus HuntSMUDE Davante AdamsFresno StateWR
2013 Rashaad ReynoldsOregon StateCB Matt MillerBoise StateWR
2014 Driphus Jackson
Brian Nordstrom
Carl MickelsenFresno StateLB
2015 Dakota GordonSan Diego StateFB Zach EdwardsCincinnatiS
2016 Dru BrownHawaiʻiQB Richie JamesMiddle TennesseeWR
2017[6] Marcus McMaryionFresno StateQB Steven DunbarHoustonWR

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T2Fresno State31–2
T4Boise State20–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: East Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Rice, San Diego State, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa
Lost: Arizona State, Cincinnati, Middle Tennessee, UAB, UCF

Appearances by conference

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 16 games (32 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
3Mountain West6330.500
T4The American2020.000
6Independents[n 1]1101.000
  1. Notre Dame (2008)

See also

Other bowl games played in Hawaiʻi


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