Fiesta Bowl

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The Fiesta Bowl, now sponsored by Tostitos tortilla chips (a Frito-Lay product), is a United States college football game played annually since 1971 in Tempe, Arizona, hosted by Arizona State University.

In 2000 the Fiesta Bowl became part of the Bowl Championship Series, and every four years (most recently in 2003) is the designee for the national championship game. In January 2007, the next time the Fiesta Bowl will host the BCS title game, the game will be played at Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Previous results

Italics denote a tie game.
* - Denotes BCS National Championship Games # - Denotes overtime

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
December 27, 1971 Arizona State 45 Florida State 38
December 23, 1972 Arizona State 49 Missouri 35
December 21, 1973 Arizona State 28 Pittsburgh 7
December 28, 1974 Oklahoma State 16 BYU 6
December 26, 1975 Arizona State 17 Nebraska 14
December 25, 1976 Oklahoma 41 Wyoming 7
December 25, 1977 Penn State 42 Arizona State 30
December 25, 1978 Arkansas 10 UCLA 10
December 25, 1979 Pittsburgh 16 Arizona 10
December 26, 1980 Penn State 31 Ohio State 19
January 1, 1982 Penn State 26 Southern Cal 10
January 1, 1983 Arizona State 32 Oklahoma 21
January 2, 1984 Ohio State 28 Pittsburgh 23
January 1, 1985 UCLA 39 Miami 37
January 1, 1986 Michigan 27 Nebraska 23
January 2, 1987 Penn State 14 Miami 10
January 1, 1988 Florida State 31 Nebraska 28
January 2, 1989 Notre Dame 34 West Virginia 21
January 1, 1990 Florida State 41 Nebraska 17
January 1, 1991 Louisville 24 Alabama 7
January 1, 1992 Penn State 42 Tennessee 17
January 1, 1993 Syracuse 26 Colorado 22
January 1, 1994 Arizona 29 Miami 0
January 2, 1995 Colorado 41 Notre Dame 24
January 2, 1996 Nebraska 62 Florida 24
January 1, 1997 Penn State 38 Texas 15
December 31, 1997 Kansas State 35 Syracuse 18
January 4, 1999* Tennessee 23 Florida State 16
January 2, 2000 Nebraska 31 Tennessee 21
January 1, 2001 Oregon State 41 Notre Dame 9
January 1, 2002 Oregon 38 Colorado 16
January 3, 2003*# Ohio State 31 Miami 24
January 2, 2004 Ohio State 35 Kansas State 28
January 1, 2005 Utah 35 Pittsburgh 7
January 2, 2006

History

The creation of Fiesta Bowl grew out of the frustration of the Western Athletic Conference in trying to obtain suitable bowl invitiations for its champions. In 1968 and 1969, respectively, champions Wyoming and Arizona State failed to obtain any invitation, while in 1970, undefeated Arizona State was bypassed by the major bowls and had to settle for a less prestigious Peach Bowl appearance. The Fiesta Bowl therefore initially provided an automatic bowl tie-in for the Western Athletic Conference champion.

The 1971 inaugural game featured another top ten Arizona State squad against top twenty opponent Florida State. 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.

In 1978, the University of Arizona and Arizona State each joined the Pac 10 Conference, and the Fiesta Bowl's tie-in with the Western Athletic Conference ended. The game continued to attract high quality matchups, however, and beginning with the 1981 game shifted to New Year's Day with the other major bowl games.

A major breakthrough occurred in 1987 when the top two teams in the country, Miami and Penn State, agreed to play for the National Championship in the Fiesta Bowl. Both universities were independents at that time and all of the other major bowls had tie-ins with conferences. This circumstance repeated itself in 1989 when #1 Notre Dame played undefeated #3 West Virginia for the National Championship at the Fiesta Bowl.

For 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.

In 1992, the Fiesta Bowl was invited to participate in the Bowl Coalition, a predecessor to the Bowl Championship Series, assuring the game would feature major conference champions or prestigious runners up, and the possibility of hosting further national title games. When this series incorporated a title game with a preset rotating site beginning in 1996, the Fiesta Bowl was the first to host the game, featuring undefeated #1 Nebraska playing undefeated #2 Florida for the National Championship. Finally, with the addition of the Big Ten and Pac 10 conferences to the rechristened Bowl Championship Series, the Fiesta Bowl became a permanent fixture in the four year National Championship Game rotation.

See also

List of college bowl games

External link

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