Fiesta Bowl
Fiesta Bowl
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
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Stadium University of Phoenix Stadium
Location Glendale, Arizona
Previous stadiums Sun Devil Stadium (1971-2006)
Previous locations Tempe, Arizona (1971-2006)
Operated 1971-present
Conference tie-ins At-large/Group of Five (Dec. 2014-present)
Previous conference tie-ins WAC
(1971-1978)
Big 12
(1997-2014)
Payout US$17 million (As of 2009)[1]
Sponsors
Former names
Fiesta Bowl (1971-1985, 1991-1992)
Sunkist Fiesta Bowl (1986-1990)
IBM OS/2 Fiesta Bowl (1993-1995)
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (1996-Jan. 2014)
Vizio Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 2014)
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2016)
2016 season matchup
Ohio State vs. Clemson (Clemson 31-0)
2017 season matchup
TBD (December 30, 2017)[2]

The Fiesta Bowl is an American college football bowl game played annually at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Between its origination in 1971 and 2006, the game was hosted in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium.

As of November 2016, it is sponsored by PlayStation.[3] From 1996 through the January 2014 game, Frito-Lay was the bowl's title sponsor through its Tostitos tortilla chip brand. It was most recently sponsored by BattleFrog, creators of the obstacle racing series featured in the ESPN program BattleFrog College Championship for the January 2016 game and Vizio for the December 2014 game.[4][5][6] Other previous sponsors include Sunkist and IBM.

In 1998, the Fiesta Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and before 2006 every four years (most recently in 2010) was the designee for the national championship game. Beginning with the 2014 season, Fiesta Bowl became a member of College Football Playoff, hosting a semifinal game every three years, and all the teams playing in this bowl will be selected by the CFP Selection Committee.

History

Origins (1968-1971)

The current generic Fiesta Bowl logo (with no corporate sponsor logo attached).

The Fiesta Bowl was born from the Western Athletic Conference's frustrated attempts to obtain bowl invitations for its champions. In 1968 and 1969 respectively, champions Wyoming and Arizona State failed to secure any bowl selection. The next year, undefeated Arizona State was bypassed by the major bowls and had to settle for an appearance in the less prestigious Peach Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl therefore initially provided an automatic berth for the WAC champion.

1970s

In its first decade of existence, the Fiesta Bowl was played in the last week of December (including the afternoon of Christmas Day from 1976 to 1979). The 1971 inaugural game featured another top-ten Arizona State squad against top-twenty opponent Florida State. The 1974 game featured WAC champ BYU and their new coach, future Hall of Fame member LaVell Edwards in their first ever bowl game vs. Oklahoma State. BYU was in control until BYU's first All-American quarterback Gary Sheide went down with a leg injury and eventually lost 16-6. By 1975, the game was able to attract Big Eight co-champion Nebraska to play undefeated Arizona State in a matchup of top-five teams. In 1977, the game was again able to attract a top-five opponent in Penn State, despite WAC champion #16 BYU refusing to play in the bowl due to its being held on Sunday.

In 1978, Arizona and Arizona State both joined the Pac-10 Conference and the Fiesta Bowl's tie-in with the WAC ended.

1980s

The game continued to attract high quality matchups, so beginning with the 1981 game the Fiesta Bowl shifted to New Year's Day alongside the major bowl games--the Cotton, Orange, Sugar, and Rose. The Fiesta Bowl was the first bowl game to acquire a title sponsor when it became the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl starting with the 1986 game.

A major breakthrough occurred after the 1986 season when the top two teams in the country, Miami and Penn State, agreed to play for the de facto national championship in the Fiesta Bowl. At the time, the traditional four "major" bowl games granted automatic bids to their conference champions. Both Miami and Penn State were independents at that time, and were thus free to choose a bowl. As such, the Fiesta Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl, each free from the obligation of conference tie-ins, vied to host the Miami-Penn State matchup in order to ensure that they would meet on the field. The Fiesta Bowl won the bidding and the game was set to be played on January 2, 1987--a day after the "big four" bowls. Penn State won 14-10 over Miami, and the game drew the largest television audience in the history of college football at the time. Two years later, #1 Notre Dame played undefeated #3 West Virginia for the national championship at the 1989 Fiesta Bowl.

The 1987 and 1989 games were two of four straight matchups of teams ranked in the AP Top 10 going into the bowl season to close out the 1980s. This significantly increased the Fiesta Bowl's prestige, to the point that it was now considered a major bowl by many fans and pundits.

1990s

Before the 1991 game, several major universities declined invitations due to the State of Arizona's decision at that time not to adopt the Martin Luther King Holiday. However, in 1992, the Fiesta Bowl was invited to participate in the Bowl Coalition, a predecessor to the Bowl Championship Series. This assured the game would feature major conference champions or prestigious runners-up and cemented its status as a major bowl. When the Bowl Coalition was reconfigured as the Bowl Alliance, the Fiesta was included as one of the three top games.

In 1996, it hosted the Bowl Alliance National Championship game featuring undefeated #1 Nebraska playing undefeated #2 Florida for the National Championship. Nebraska won the game 62-24, the largest win margin in the history of the national championship game, and the most points ever scored in a national championship game. Finally, with the addition of the Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences to the new Bowl Championship Series, the Fiesta Bowl became a permanent fixture in the four-year BCS National Championship Game rotation. In 1998, the Fiesta Bowl featured the first BCS National Championship Game, which Tennessee won over Florida State, 23 to 16.

Starting with the 1999 season, the Fiesta Bowl began hosting the Big 12 Conference champion in years when it was not slated as the BCS title game, an arrangement that continued to the end of the BCS era.

2000s

2006 Fiesta Bowl, the last Fiesta Bowl game in Sun Devil Stadium

In 2002, the Fiesta Bowl had the right to take the Pac-10 Conference Champion, should that team not reach the Rose Bowl, which served as the National Championship game that season. Oregon failed to qualify for the championship game, and thus played Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. A similar arrangement was made for the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. However, instead of gaining the Pac-10 Conference champion in addition to their usual tie-in with the Big 12, the Fiesta Bowl would have had a choice of the two teams. This turned out to be a moot point as both the Big 12 champion Texas and Pac-10 champion Southern California qualified for the National Championship Game (USC's participation has since been vacated).[7]

2007 Fiesta Bowl, Boise State vs. Oklahoma; January 1, 2007, the first Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium

The BCS National Championship game returned to the Fiesta Bowl in 2003 with the Big Ten champions Ohio State Buckeyes beating the Big East champions Miami Hurricanes in the first overtime national championship game. The game went into double overtime with the Buckeyes coming out on top 31-24 to claim the 2002 National Championship.

The Fiesta Bowl was the first BCS bowl to have had an entry from outside the parameters of the BCS (the Big 12, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Southeastern Conference (SEC), Pac-10, Big East, and Notre Dame had tie-ins, while all of the other conferences did not). The 2005 game saw undefeated Utah from the Mountain West Conference become the first non-BCS school ever to play in a BCS game, easily defeating Big East champion Pittsburgh 35-7.

In 2007, the Fiesta Bowl game was played for the first time at the new University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, across the Phoenix metropolitan area from Sun Devil Stadium. The undefeated Boise State Broncos won by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 43-42 in overtime. It has been called one of the greatest college football games ever played, due to the combination of an underdog team, trick plays, comebacks by each team, and a thrilling overtime finish.[8]

2010s

The 2010 Fiesta Bowl featured #6 Boise State defeating #4 TCU, 17-10. It was the first time a BCS bowl matched-up two non-automatic qualifying teams (i.e. two teams from conferences without automatic BCS bids) and the first time that two teams who went undefeated faced each other in a BCS game outside of the National Championship. In the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma State defeated Stanford 41-38. Notable players included Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon for Oklahoma State, and Andrew Luck for Stanford.

The December 2016 Fiesta Bowl will serve as a semifinal for the College Football Playoff. The Fiesta Bowl will host a semifinal, alongside the Peach Bowl, again in 2019, 2022, and 2025.

In November 2016, PlayStation was announced as the bowl's new title sponsor.[3]

Controversies

Invitations

In 1996, a group of students from Brigham Young University, led by BYU professor Dennis Martin, burned bags of Tostitos tortilla chips in a bonfire and called for a boycott of all Tostitos products.[9] This came after #5 ranked BYU was not invited to play in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl in favor of #7 ranked Penn State. This event is one of those referred to by proponents of college football implementing a playoff series rather than the controversial Bowl Alliance. Penn State went on to win the game over #20 Texas 38-15, while BYU defeated #14 Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl Classic 19-15.[10]

For the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, the selections of TCU and Boise State caused a great deal of controversy. For the first and only time in the BCS era, two "non-BCS" or "non-AQ" teams were chosen to play in BCS bowls in the same bowl season: however, they ended up facing each other in this bowl. Because both non-AQ teams were placed in the same bowl game, the bowl was derisively referred to as the "Separate But Equal Bowl",[11] the "Quarantine Bowl", the "Fiasco Bowl", the "BCS Kids' Table",[12] etc. Some had called for a boycott because of this.[13] There was wide speculation that the BCS bowl selection committees maneuvered TCU and Boise State into the same bowl so as to deny them the chances to "embarrass" two AQ conference representatives in separate bowls, as Boise State had done in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and Utah had done in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and 2009 Sugar Bowl (prior to the game, non-AQ teams were 3-1 versus AQ teams in BCS bowls).[12][14] In response, Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker called those allegations "the biggest load of crap that I've ever heard in my life" and said that "We're in the business of doing things that are on behalf of our bowl game and we don't do the bidding of someone else to our detriment."[15] Beyond the unappealing nature of a "David vs. David" contest which resulted from this pairing in a major bowl, the appeal was further diminished due to the fact that it was a rematch of the Poinsettia Bowl from the previous bowl season.

Financial scandals

In 2009, in the weeks prior to the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, past and present Fiesta Bowl employees alleged that they were encouraged to help maintain its position as one of the four BCS bowls by making campaign contributions to politicians friendly to the Fiesta Bowl, with those contributions subsequently reimbursed to the employees. If true, this would be a violation of both state and federal campaign finance laws.[16] Furthermore, as a non-profit organization, the Fiesta Bowl is prohibited from making political contributions of any kind.[17] The Fiesta Bowl commissioned an "independent review" which found "no credible evidence that the bowl's management engaged in any type of illegal or unethical conduct."[18]

The following year, in a November 2010 article, Sports Illustrated reported that Fiesta Bowl officials, including bowl CEO John Junker, spent $4 million since 2000 to curry favor from BCS bigwigs and elected officials, including a 2008 "Fiesta Frolic", a golf-centered gathering of athletic directors and head coaches. The journal also reported that Junker's annual salary was close to $600,000 and that the bowl, in 2007 turned an $11.6 million profit.[19] While these alleged activities are not illegal, they did result in considerable damage to the reputation of the Fiesta Bowl.

On March 29, 2011, the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors released a 276-page "scathing internal report", commissioned by them to re-examine the accusations of illegal political activities.[20] The commission determined that $46,539 of illegal campaign contributions were made and the board immediately fired Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker, who had already been suspended pending the results of this investigation.[21] The scandal threatened the Fiesta Bowl's status as a BCS game, as the BCS said it might replace the bowl in its lineup if officials could not convince them it should remain.[22][23] The BCS ultimately chose not to expel the Fiesta Bowl, instead fining the organization $1 million.

In June 2011 University of Arizona president Robert Shelton was hired to replace Junker.[24] On February 22, 2012, former CEO John Junker pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge in the campaign financing matter, and two members of his former staff pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.[25] Junker was to be sentenced soon after, facing up to 2.5 years in prison as the result of his plea, but as of January 2014 his sentencing has been repeatedly postponed in return for cooperation in other cases.[26][27] In March 2014, Junker was sentenced to eight months in prison, with the sentence starting on June 13, 2014;[28] he was released on February 11, 2015.[29] On March 20, 2014, Junker was sentenced to three years of probation on state charges.[30]

Broadcasting

As of the 2010-11 season, the game along with the rest of the BCS, exclusively airs on ESPN.[31] From 2007 through 2010, Fox telecast the game along with the other BCS games - the Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and BCS National Championship Game from 2006 though 2009, while only the Rose Bowl and the 2010 BCS National Championship Game aired on ABC in that period. From 1999 to 2006, the game aired on ABC as part of the first BCS package, and from 1996 to 1998 the game aired on CBS as part of its bowl coverage. Prior to that, NBC aired the game for several years. This game, along with the Orange Bowl, is one of only two bowl games ever to air on all the "Big 4" broadcast television networks in the United States.

ESPN Radio is the current radio home for the Fiesta Bowl.

In 2013, ESPN Deportes provided the first Spanish U.S. telecast of the Fiesta Bowl.[32]

Parade

In addition to the game, the annual Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade takes place in downtown Phoenix, which includes marching bands from high schools as well as the two universities participating in the Fiesta Bowl and the two universities participating in the Cactus Bowl, along with floats, equestrian units, and a seven-member queen and court. It started back in 1973. Past Grand Marshals include many celebrities from sports and entertainment.

Game results

Italics denote a tie game.

Date played Winning team Losing team Notes
December 27, 1971 #8 Arizona State 45 Florida State 38 Notes
December 23, 1972 #15 Arizona State 49 Missouri 35 Notes
December 21, 1973 #10 Arizona State 28 Pittsburgh 7 Notes
December 28, 1974 Oklahoma State 16 #17 BYU 6 Notes
December 26, 1975 #7 Arizona State 17 #6 Nebraska 14 Notes
December 25, 1976 #8 Oklahoma 41 Wyoming 7 Notes
December 25, 1977 #8 Penn State 42 #15 Arizona State 30 Notes
December 25, 1978 #8 Arkansas 10 #15 UCLA 10 Notes
December 25, 1979 #10 Pittsburgh 16 Arizona 10 Notes
December 26, 1980 #10 Penn State 31 #11 Ohio State 19 Notes
January 1, 1982 #7 Penn State 26 #8 Southern California 10 Notes
January 1, 1983 #11 Arizona State 32 #12 Oklahoma 21 Notes
January 2, 1984 #14 Ohio State 28 #15 Pittsburgh 23 Notes
January 1, 1985 #14 UCLA 39 #13 Miami 37 Notes
January 1, 1986 #5 Michigan 27 #7 Nebraska 23 Notes
January 2, 1987 #2 Penn State 14 #1 Miami 10 Notes
January 1, 1988 #3 Florida State 31 #5 Nebraska 28 Notes
January 2, 1989 #1 Notre Dame 34 #3 West Virginia 21 Notes
January 1, 1990 #5 Florida State 41 #6 Nebraska 17 Notes
January 1, 1991 #18 Louisville 34 #25 Alabama 7 Notes
January 1, 1992 #6 Penn State 42 #10 Tennessee 17 Notes
January 1, 1993 #6 Syracuse 26 #10 Colorado 22 Notes
January 1, 1994 #16 Arizona 29 #10 Miami 0 Notes
January 2, 1995 #4 Colorado 41 Notre Dame 24 Notes
January 2, 1996BA #1 Nebraska 62 #2 Florida 24 Notes
January 1, 1997 #7 Penn State 38 #20 Texas 15 Notes
December 31, 1997 #10 Kansas State 35 #14 Syracuse 18 Notes
January 4, 1999BCS #1 Tennessee 23 #2 Florida State 16 Notes
January 2, 2000 #3 Nebraska 31 #6 Tennessee 21 Notes
January 1, 2001 #5 Oregon State 41 #10 Notre Dame 9 Notes
January 1, 2002 #2 Oregon 38 #3 Colorado 16 Notes
January 3, 2003BCS #2 Ohio State 31 #1 Miami 24 (2 OT) Notes
January 2, 2004 #7 Ohio State 35 #8 Kansas State 28 Notes
January 1, 2005 #5 Utah 35 #19 Pittsburgh 7 Notes
January 2, 2006 #4 Ohio State 34 #5 Notre Dame 20 Notes
January 1, 2007 #9 Boise State 43 #7 Oklahoma 42 (OT) Notes
January 2, 2008 #11 West Virginia 48 #3 Oklahoma 28 Notes
January 5, 2009 #3 Texas 24 #10 Ohio State 21 Notes
January 4, 2010 #6 Boise State 17 #3 TCU 10 Notes
January 1, 2011 #9 Oklahoma 48 #25 Connecticut 20 Notes
January 2, 2012 #3 Oklahoma State 41 #4 Stanford 38 (OT) Notes
January 3, 2013 #5 Oregon 35 #7 Kansas State 17 Notes
January 1, 2014 #15 UCF 52 #6 Baylor 42 Notes
December 31, 2014 #21 Boise State 38 #12 Arizona 30 Notes
January 1, 2016 #7 Ohio State 44 #8 Notre Dame 28 Notes
December 31, 2016CFP #2 Clemson 31 #3 Ohio State 0 Notes
^BA Denotes Bowl Alliance Championship Game
^BCS Denotes BCS National Championship Game
^CFP Denotes College Football Playoff semifinal game

Game MVPs

Appearances by team

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Ohio State 8 5-3
T2 Penn State 6 6-0
T2 Arizona State 6 5-1
T2 Nebraska 6 2-4
T5 Oklahoma 5 2-3
T5 Notre Dame 5 1-4
T7 Florida State 4 2-2
T7 Pittsburgh 4 1-3
T7 Miami 4 0-4
T10 Boise State 3 3-0
T10 Colorado 3 1-2
T10 Kansas State 3 1-2
T10 Tennessee 3 1-2
T10 Arizona 3 1-2
T15 Oklahoma State 2 2-0
T15 Oregon 2 2-0
T15 Syracuse 2 1-1
T15 Texas 2 1-1
T15 West Virginia 2 1-1
T15 UCLA 2 1-0-1
T21 Louisville 1 1-0
T21 Michigan 1 1-0
T21 Oregon State 1 1-0
T21 UCF 1 1-0
T21 Utah 1 1-0
T21 Clemson 1 1-0
T21 TCU 1 0-1
T21 Arkansas 1 0-0-1
T21 Alabama 1 0-1
T21 Baylor 1 0-1
T21 BYU 1 0-1
T21 Connecticut 1 0-1
T21 Florida 1 0-1
T21 Missouri 1 0-1
T21 Southern California 1 0-1
T21 Stanford 1 0-1
T21 Wyoming 1 0-1

Appearances by conference

Conference Teams Games Won Lost Tied Pct.
American Athletic Conference 1 1 1 0 0 1.000
Atlantic Coast Conference 2 2 1 1 0 .500
Big Eight Conference 5 11 4 7 0 .364
Big 12 Conference 7 12 5 7 0 .417
Big East Conference 5 6 2 4 0 .333
Big Ten Conference 3 10 7 3 0 .700
Independents 7 21 10 11 0 .476
Mountain West Conference 3 3 2 1 0 .667
Pac-10/12 Conference 7 11 6 4 1 .545
Southeastern Conference 3 5 1 4 0 .200
Southwest Conference 1 1 0 0 1 .000
Western Athletic Conference 4 9 6 3 0 .667

Game records

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 62, Nebraska vs. Florida (24) 1996
Fewest points allowed 0, Clemson (31) vs. Ohio State
0, Arizona (29) vs. Miami
2016
1994
First downs 33, Texas vs. Ohio State
33, Arizona State vs. Missouri
2009
1972
Rushing yards 524, Nebraska vs. Florida 1996
Passing yards 458, Louisville vs. Alabama 1991
Total yards 718, Arizona State vs. Missouri 1972
Individual Performance, Team vs. Opponent Year
Total Offense 431, Browning Nagle, Louisville vs. Alabama (39 plays) 1991
Rushing Yards 245, Marcus Dupree, Oklahoma vs. Arizona State (17 att., 0 TD) 1983
Rushing TDs 4, Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame
4, Woody Green, Arizona State vs. Missouri
2016
1972
Long plays Performance, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 94, De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon vs. Kansas State 2013
Touchdown pass 85, Troy Smith to Santonio Holmes, Ohio State vs. Notre Dame 2006

See also

References

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