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The Maaco Bowl Las Vegas (formerly the Las Vegas Bowl) is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadiummarker in Las Vegas, Nevadamarker since 1992. Since 2001, the game has featured a matchup of teams from the Pac-10 and Mountain West conferences. From 1992 to 1996, matchups featured the champion teams from the Big West and Mid-American Conference. From 1997 to 1998, matchups featured a representative from the Western Athletic Conference and an at-large bid. From 1999 to 2000, match-ups featured a representative from the newly formed Mountain West Conference and an at-large bid.

Since 2006, the bowl gets first choice of Mountain West Conference teams. This would normally be the conference champion unless that team qualifies for the BCS (previously, the Mountain West Champion faced off against the Conference USA champion in the Liberty Bowl from the formation of the conference in 1998 until 2005, when the contract ran out).

The Maaco Bowl Las Vegas gets to choose either the fourth-place or fifth-place Pac-10 team to meet its MWC opponent.

Last year's winner of the Las Vegas Bowl was Arizona, which defeated BYU 31–21.


The game originated from the California Raisin Bowl, which was played in Fresnomarker from 1981–1991. In 1992, the game reorganized and relocated to Las Vegas and was renamed the Las Vegas Bowl.

In 1995, defeated , 40–37, in the first ever overtime game in Division I-A college football. The following season the policy of overtime was adopted for regular season games to break ties.

The bowl was known as the SEGA Sports Las Vegas Bowl from 2001 to 2002. From 2003 to 2008, the title sponsor was the Pioneer Corporation. With the current sponsor, the bowl is called the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. The owner of the bowl is ESPN Plus (a/k/a/ "ESPN Regional Television") of which the parent network, ESPN carries the game, one of six contests run by the group better known as ESPN Plus.

On December 25, 2002, UCLA interim coach Ed Kezirian was victorious in his only game as the head coach as UCLA won 27–13 over the . In that game, New Mexico sent Katie Hnida in to kick an extra point which was the first time a woman played in a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (nee Division I-A) college football game. The kick was blocked.

The 2007 Las Vegas Bowl featured a rematch between Mountain West Champion BYU and UCLA who defeated BYU during the regular season. UCLA scored first on a field goal after a fumble by BYU quarterback Max Hall. BYU answered with a touchdown reception by Austin Collie. BYU went up 17–6 with Michael Reed catch for a touchdown. A fumble by BYU with 19 seconds left in the first half allowed UCLA to score and cut the lead to 17-13. UCLA cut the deficit to 17-16 on a 50-yard field goal. With two minutes left UCLA took over at their own two yard line. They were able to drive down to the BYU 13 yard line with 3 seconds left. The 28-yard field goal attempt was partially blocked by BYU defensive tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna and fell short giving BYU their second Vegas Bowl victory in three tries, also making the Cougars the first school to win back-to-back Las Vegas Bowls. The following year, though, the Arizona Wildcats denied BYU their third consecutive Las Vegas Bowl win in a row by winning 31–21. The 2009 game will be broadcast on ESPN 2 due to a conflict with Monday Night Football on ESPN.

Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 18, 1992 35 34 notes
December 17, 1993 42 33 notes
December 15, 1994 52 24 notes
December 14, 1995 40 37 (OT) notes
December 18, 1996 18 15 notes
December 20, 1997 41 13 notes
December 19, 1998 North Carolina 20 13 notes
December 18, 1999 Utah 17 16 notes
December 21, 2000 31 14 notes
December 25, 2001 Utah 10 Southern California 6 notes
December 25, 2002 27 13 notes
December 24, 2003 Oregon State 55 14 notes
December 23, 2004 Wyoming 24 21 notes
December 22, 2005 California 35 28 notes
December 21, 2006 BYU 38 Oregon 8 notes
December 22, 2007 BYU 17 UCLA 16 notes
December 20, 2008 Arizona 31 BYU 21 notes


Game MVP Marshawn Lynch at the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl.

Date played MVP Team Position
December 18, 1992 Erik White QB
December 17, 1993 Anthony Calvillo QB
December 15, 1994 Henry Bailey WR
December 14, 1995 Wasean Tait RB
December 18, 1996 Mike Crawford LB
December 20, 1997 Pat Johnson WR
December 19, 1998 Ronald Curry North Carolina QB
December 18, 1999 Mike Anderson Utah RB
December 21, 2000 Jason Thomas QB
December 25, 2001 Dameon Hunter Utah RB
December 25, 2002 Craig Bragg WR
December 24, 2003 Steven Jackson Oregon State RB
December 23, 2004 Corey Bramlet Wyoming QB
December 22, 2005 Marshawn Lynch California RB
December 21, 2006 Jonny Harline BYU TE
December 22, 2007 Austin Collie BYU WR
December 20, 2008 Willie Tuitama Arizona QB

Most Appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 BYU 4 2-2
T2 Nevada 3 1-2
T2 UCLA 3 1-2
T4 UNLV 2 2-0
T4 Utah 2 2-0
T4 Oregon 2 1-1
T4 Ball State 2 0-2
T4 New Mexico 2 0-2
T9 Arizona 1 1-0
T9 Bowling Green 1 1-0
T9 California 1 1-0
T9 North Carolina 1 1-0
T9 Oregon State 1 1-0
T9 Toledo 1 1-0
T9 Utah State 1 1-0
T9 Wyoming 1 1-0
T9 Air Force 1 0-1
T9 Arkansas 1 0-1
T9 Central Michigan 1 0-1
T9 Fresno State 1 0-1
T9 San Diego State 1 0-1
T9 Southern California 1 0-1

Television coverage

External links


  1. Brian Hilderbrand - What does Pioneer have to gain by sponsoring the Las Vegas Bowl?. Las Vegas Sun, December 14, 2006

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