Boca Raton Bowl

The Boca Raton Bowl is an annual National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned post-season Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football bowl game played in Boca Raton, Florida, since December 2014 at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.

Since 2017, the game has been sponsored by the New York-based beverage company Cheribundi and for sponsorship reasons was the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl that year; it has been the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl since 2018.

Boca Raton Bowl
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl logo
StadiumFAU Stadium
LocationBoca Raton, Florida
Operated2014–present
Conference tie-insC-USA, The American, MAC
PayoutUS$1,000,000 (as of 2018)[1]
Sponsors
Marmot (2015)
Cheribundi (2017–present)
Former names
Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (2017)
Boca Raton Bowl (2014, 2016)
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (2015)
2018 matchup
Northern Illinois vs. UAB (UAB 37–13)
2019 matchup
TDB vs. TBD[2] (December 21, 2019)

History

The bowl was founded on October 10, 2013,[3] and was first played in December 2014 as one of the 2014–15 bowl games.[4]

The bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, and is televised by ESPN as part of its annual "Bowl Week".[4] On October 6, 2015, Marmot, an outdoor clothing and sporting goods company, was announced as the title sponsor of the game.[5] On December 1, 2017, Cheribundi, a New York based beverage company, was announced as the new title sponsor.[6][7]

In 2016, Kenneth Langone was named "Lifetime Commissioner" of the Boca Raton Bowl. Langone is known to walk around the stands selling LEOs (Lox, Eggs, and Onions) during the game.[8]

Conference tie-ins

The bowl had a tie-in with the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for 2014 and 2015, to face opponents from Conference USA (C-USA) in the first year and the American Athletic Conference (The American) in the second.[9]

In 2014, Northern Illinois, winner of the 2014 MAC Championship Game, was sent as the conference's representative, while C-USA also sent its champion, Marshall. The MAC and C-USA did not have automatic bowl bids for their champions entering 2014; C-USA had lost its contract with the Liberty Bowl, while the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which usually took the MAC champion, was discontinued after its 2013 playing and the GoDaddy Bowl, which takes a MAC team and has the option to take the conference champion if it desires, did not invite Marshall. In 2015, the MAC sent Toledo and The American sent Temple.

In 2016 and 2017, C-USA and The American had primary tie-ins with the bowl.[10] In 2016, C-USA sent Western Kentucky and The American sent Memphis. In 2017, C-USA sent Florida Atlantic while their opponent, Akron, came from the MAC. A C-USA vs. MAC matchup was again featured in 2018. The "affiliated conferences" for the 2019 game are The American, C-USA and MAC.[11]

Game results

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 23, 2014 Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 29,419 notes
December 22, 2015 Toledo 32 Temple 17 25,908 notes
December 20, 2016 Western Kentucky 51 Memphis 31 24,726 notes
December 19, 2017 Florida Atlantic 50 Akron 3 25,912 notes
December 18, 2018 UAB 37 Northern Illinois 13 22,614 notes

MVPs

Year Offensive MVP Defensive MVP
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
2014 Rakeem Cato Marshall QB no selection
2015 Phillip Ely Toledo QB Ju'Wan Woodley Toledo LB
2016 Anthony Wales Western Kentucky RB Keith Brown Western Kentucky LB
2017 Jason Driskel Florida Atlantic QB Azeez Al-Shaair Florida Atlantic LB
2018 Xavier Ubosi UAB WR Anthony Rush UAB NT

Most appearances

Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Northern Illinois 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Toledo, UAB, Western Kentucky
Lost: Akron, Memphis, Temple

Appearances by conference

Updated through the December 2018 edition (5 games, 10 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
C-USA 4 4 0 1.000 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018  
MAC 4 1 3 0.250 2015 2014, 2017, 2018
The American 2 0 2 0.000   2015, 2016

Game records

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 52, Marshall vs. Northern Illinois 2014
Most points scored (losing team) 31, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky 2016
Most points scored (both teams) 82, Western Kentucky vs. Memphis 2016
Fewest points allowed 3, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Largest margin of victory 47, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Total yards 598, Western Kentucky vs. Memphis 2016
Rushing yards 312, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Passing yards 418, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky 2016
First downs 29, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Fewest yards allowed 146, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Fewest rushing yards allowed 69, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Fewest passing yards allowed 77, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Individual Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards
Touchdowns (all-purpose)
Rushing yards 245, Anthony Wales, Western Kentucky vs. Memphis 2016
Rushing touchdowns 3, shared by:
Anthony Wales, Western Kentucky vs. Memphis
Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron
 
2016
2017
Passing yards 373, Tyler Johnston III, UAB vs. Northern Illinois 2018
Passing touchdowns 4, shared by:
Riley Ferguson, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
Tyler Johnston III, UAB vs. Northern Illinois
 
2016
2018
Receiving yards 227, Xavier Ubosi, UAB vs. Northern Illinois[12] 2018
Receiving touchdowns 3, shared by
Anthony Miller, Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
Xavier Ubosi, UAB vs. Northern Illinois
 
2016
2018
Tackles
Sacks
Interceptions
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 41, Kareem Hunt, Toledo vs. Temple 2015
Touchdown pass 80, Cody Thompson, Toledo vs. Temple 2015
Kickoff return 93, Deandre Reaves, Marshall vs. Northern Illinois 2014
Punt return 24, Jalen Young, Florida Atlantic vs. Akron 2017
Interception return 15, Mykelti Williams, Northern Illinois vs. UAB 2018
Fumble return
Punt 71, Alex Starzyk, Temple vs. Toledo 2015
Field goal 42, Nick Vogel, UAB vs. Northern Illinois[13] 2018

Media coverage

TV and radio coverage includes play-by-play announcers, color commentators, and sideline reporters.

Television

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentary Sideline reporter
2014 ESPN Dave LaMont Desmond Howard Quint Kessenich
2015 Allen Bestwick Dan Hawkins
2016 Dave LaMont Desmond Howard Quint Kessenich
2017 Clay Matvick Kirk Morrison Cole Cubelic
2018 Dave LaMont Desmond Howard and Jonathan Vilma Alyssa Lang

Radio

Date Network Play-by-play Color commentary Sideline reporter
2014 ESPN Radio Marc Kestecher John Congemi
2015 Dave LaMont John Congemi
2016 Marc Kestecher John Congemi Brett McMurphy
2017 Steve Levy Desmond Howard Paul Carcaterra
2018 Bill Rosinski David Norrie Ian Fitzsimmons

Legends Honoree

Each December, the bowl recognizes one person associated with football in the state of Florida with the Palm Beach County Football Legends Award.

Year Honoree Role Florida team Ref.
2014 Howard Schnellenberger College & NFL head coach Florida Atlantic Owls [14]
2015 Reidel Anthony College & NFL wide receiver Florida Gators [15]
2016 John Carney College & NFL placekicker Cardinal Newman High School [16]
2017 Steve Walsh College & NFL quarterback; High School & CFL coach Miami Hurricanes [17]
2018 Brad Banks College & CFL quarterback; 2002 Heisman Trophy runner-up Glades Central High School [18]

References

  1. ^ http://www.collegefootballpoll.com/bowl-schedule/2018/
  2. ^ "ESPN Events Reveals 2019-20 Bowl Season Slate". ESPN (Press release). May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "MAC Announces The Creation Of The Boca Raton Bowl". Mac-sports.com. October 11, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Drew, David (May 14, 2014). "Dates and times set for inaugural MAC football-affiliated Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl". mlive.com. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Marmot Becomes Title Sponsor of Boca Raton Bowl". ESPN Events. 6 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Boca Raton Bowl Announces Cheribundi Tart Cherry As The New Title Sponsor". Boca Raton News Most Reliable Source | Boca Raton Newspaper. 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  7. ^ "BOCA RATON BOWL ANNOUNCES CHERIBUNDI TART CHERRY AS THE NEW TITLE SPONSOR". Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.cheribundibocaratonbowl.com/history/
  9. ^ Ellis, Zac (October 11, 2013). "MAC announces creation of Boca Raton Bowl in 2014". College-football.si.com. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "FB: C-USA Bowl Partners Announce 2017 Dates". conferenceusa.com. May 10, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Matchup". cheribundibocaratonbowl.com. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  12. ^ @UAB_FB (December 18, 2018). "The 227 yards receiving by Xavier Ubosi is a new @BocaBowl record!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ @UAB_FB (December 18, 2018). "Nick Vogel knocks through a 42-yard field goal and sets a new @BocaBowl record with the longest made field goal in bowl history!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ @BocaBowl (December 2, 2014). "Howard Schnellenberger to Receive First-Ever Palm Beach County Football Legends Award Presented by Sun Trust" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Reidel Anthony to receive Palm Beach County Football Legends Award". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  16. ^ @bsschiller (November 29, 2016). "Cardinal Newman alumnus & former NFL kicker, John Carney will receive the 2016 Built Ford Tough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Zips Keep Busy on Final Day Before Bowl Game". gozips.com. December 18, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.
  18. ^ @BocaBowl (December 17, 2018). "Honoring our #BuiltFordTough Palm Beach County Football Legends Award Winner" (Tweet). Retrieved December 18, 2018 – via Twitter.

External links

2014 Boca Raton Bowl

The 2014 Boca Raton Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game that was played on December 23, 2014 at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. The first edition of the Boca Raton Bowl, it featured the Conference USA champion Marshall Thundering Herd against the Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois Huskies. The game began at 6:00 p.m. EST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. Marshall beat Northern Illinois by a score of 52–23.

2014 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

The 2014 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fifth-year head coach Doc Holliday and played their home games at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. They were a member of the East Division of Conference USA. They finished the season 13–1, 7–1 in C-USA play to win the East Division title. As East Division champions, they played West Division champion Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Championship Game, defeating the Bulldogs 26–23 to become C-USA Champions. They were invited to the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl, where they defeated MAC champion Northern Illinois, 52–23.

2014 Northern Illinois Huskies football team

The 2014 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies competed in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They were led by second-year head coach Rod Carey. They played their home games at Huskie Stadium. The Huskies' regular season loss to Central Michigan snapped a 26-game home winning streak dating back to the 2009 season. They finished the season 11–3, 7–1 in MAC play to win a share of the MAC West Division Title with Toledo. Due to their head-to-head win over Toledo, the Huskies represented the West Division in the MAC Championship Game where they defeated Bowling Green to be crowned MAC Champions. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they lost to Conference USA Champion Marshall.

The season marked the Huskies' seventh consecutive trip to a bowl game and their third consecutive bowl game loss.

2014–15 NCAA football bowl games

The 2014–15 NCAA football bowl games were a series of college football bowl games. They completed the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and included 39 team-competitive games and four all-star games. The games began on December 20, 2014 and, aside from the all-star games, ended with the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship which was played on January 12, 2015.A new record total of 39 team-competitive bowl games were played, including the national championship game and the inaugural Camellia Bowl, Boca Raton Bowl and Bahamas Bowl. While bowl games had been the purview of only the very best teams for nearly a century, this was the ninth consecutive year that teams with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games. To fill the 76 available team-competitive bowl slots, a total of 13 teams (17% of all participants) with non-winning seasons participated in bowl games—12 with a .500 (6-6) season and, for the third time in four years, a team with a sub-.500 (6-7) season.

2015 Boca Raton Bowl

The 2015 Boca Raton Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game that was played on December 22, 2015 at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season. The second edition of the Boca Raton Bowl featured the Mid-American Conference West Division co–champion Toledo Rockets against the American Athletic Conference East Division champion Temple Owls. The game began at 7:00 p.m. EST and aired on ESPN. Sponsored by the Marmot outdoor clothing and sporting goods company, the game was officially known as the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl.

2015 Temple Owls football team

The 2015 Temple Owls football team represented Temple University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Owls were led by third-year head coach Matt Rhule and played their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. They were members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 10–4, 7–1 in American Athletic play to finish as champions of the East Division. They represented the East Division in the American Athletic Championship Game where they lost to Houston. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they lost to Toledo.

The season was highlighted by the first win against Penn State since 1941, their first ever 7–0 start, and their first AP Poll and Coaches Poll ranking since 1979, and was considered a breakout season for the program.

2015 Toledo Rockets football team

The 2015 Toledo Rockets football team represented the University of Toledo in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by head coach Matt Campbell in his fourth year. They played their home games at the Glass Bowl and were members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 10–2, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in a four way tie for the West Division title. However, due to losses to Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, two other teams to finish 6–2 in the West Division, they did not represent the West Division in the MAC Championship Game. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they defeated #24 Temple.

On November 29, head coach Matt Campbell resigned to become the head coach at Iowa State. On December 2, offensive coordinator Jason Candle was promoted to head coach and led the Rockets in their bowl game.

2016 Boca Raton Bowl

The 2016 Boca Raton Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 20, 2016 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The third annual edition of the Boca Raton Bowl was one of the 2016–17 bowl games concluding the 2016 FBS football season.

2016 Memphis Tigers football team

The 2016 Memphis Tigers football team represented the University of Memphis in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by first-year head coach Mike Norvell and played their home games at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The Tigers competed as a member of the West Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in American Athletic play to finish in a tie for third place in the West Division. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they lost to Western Kentucky.

2016 Toledo Rockets football team

The 2016 Toledo Rockets football team represented the University of Toledo in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by head coach Jason Candle in his first full overall year, after coaching the 2015 Boca Raton Bowl. They played their home games at the Glass Bowl and were members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Camellia Bowl where they lost to Appalachian State.

2016 WKU Hilltoppers football team

The 2016 WKU Hilltoppers football team represented Western Kentucky University (WKU) in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Hilltoppers played their home games at the Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and competed in the East Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They were led by third year head coach Jeff Brohm. They finished the season 11–3, 7–1 in C-USA play to win a share of the East Division title with Old Dominion. Due to their head-to-head victory over Old Dominion, WKU represented the East Division in the Conference USA Championship Game where they defeated Louisiana Tech to be crowned C-USA champions. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they defeated Memphis.

On December 5, head coach Jeff Brohm resigned to become the head coach at Purdue. He finished at WKU with a record of 30–10, two bowl wins, and two C-USA titles. Defensive coordinator Nick Holt lead WKU in the Boca Raton Bowl.

2017 Akron Zips football team

The 2017 Akron Zips football team represented the University of Akron in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by sixth-year head coach Terry Bowden and played their home games at InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field in Akron, Ohio as members of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. The Zips finished the season 7–7, 6–2 in MAC play to win the East Division. They lost to Toledo in the MAC Championship. They received an invitation to play in the Boca Raton Bowl where they lost to Florida Atlantic.

2017 Boca Raton Bowl

The 2017 Boca Raton Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 19, 2017, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, United States. The fourth edition of the Boca Raton Bowl featured the Conference USA champion Florida Atlantic Owls against the Mid-American Conference East Division champion Akron Zips. Kickoff was scheduled for 7:00 PM EST and the game aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2017–18 bowl games that concluded the 2017 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Cheribundi beverage company, the game was officially known as the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl.

2017 Florida Atlantic Owls football team

The 2017 Florida Atlantic Owls football team represented Florida Atlantic University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Owls played their home games at the FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, and competed in the East Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They were led by first-year head coach Lane Kiffin. They finished the season 11–3, 8–0 in C-USA play to win the East Division title and represented the East Division in the Conference USA Championship Game where they defeated North Texas to be crowned C-USA champions. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl, where they defeated Akron.

2018 Boca Raton Bowl

The 2018 Boca Raton Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 18, 2018, with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST. It was the fifth edition of the Boca Raton Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. Sponsored by the Cheribundi beverage company, the game is officially known as the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl.

The game featured the UAB Blazers, champions of Conference USA, and the Northern Illinois Huskies, champions of the Mid-American Conference. The Boca Raton Bowl was the first of three 2018–19 bowl games featuring two conference champions, along with the Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl. In just the second season since restarting its football program, the UAB Blazers defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies, 37–13, earning UAB their first-ever bowl victory.

2018 Northern Illinois Huskies football team

The 2018 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies were led by sixth-year head coach Rod Carey. They played their home games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois as members of the West Division of Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 8–6, 6–2 in MAC play to finish as champions of the West Division. They represented the West Division in the MAC Championship Game where they defeated East Division champion Buffalo to become MAC champions for the first time since 2014. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they lost to UAB.

2018 UAB Blazers football team

The 2018 UAB Blazers football team represented the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season as a member of the West Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They were led by third-year head coach Bill Clark and played their home games at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season 11–3, 7–1 in C-USA play to be champions of the West Division. They represented the West Division in the C-USA Championship Game where they defeated Middle Tennessee to win their first ever C-USA championship. They were invited to the Boca Raton Bowl where they defeated Northern Illinois to claim their first bowl win in program history.

On November 11th, 2018, the Blazers made their first appearance in the Coaches' Poll at No. 25, marking the first time since 2004 they had been ranked in any of the major three polls.

FAU Stadium

FAU Stadium is a college football stadium located at the north end of the main campus of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. Opened in 2011, it is home to the Florida Atlantic Owls football team and is intended to be the first part of FAU's multi-use development project, "Innovation Village".

After selecting an architect in 2008, the university began to raise funds for the $70 million facility with the intent to begin construction in 2009. The $70 million stadium was funded through student fees, private donations, and naming rights partnerships, some of which have yet to be determined. After fundraising efforts slowed, the school delayed construction until 2010. The stadium opened when the 2011 Florida Atlantic Owls football team lost to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on October 15, 2011.

Starting in 2014, FAU Stadium became home to the Boca Raton Bowl, a college football bowl game which will feature teams from the Mid-American Conference and in alternating years Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference.Also starting in 2014, FAU Stadium became home to Major League Lacrosse's expansion team the Florida Launch until 2019.The playing surface was named Howard Schnellenberger Field, after the founding coach of the Owls football program, on August 20, 2014. Schnellenberger spent the final 11 seasons of his coaching career at FAU, retiring after the 2011 season.

UAB Blazers football statistical leaders

The UAB Blazers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the UAB Blazers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Blazers represent the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the NCAA's Conference USA (C-USA). The football program returned in 2017 after a two-season hiatus.UAB began competing in intercollegiate football in 1991. Entries on these lists tend to be dominated by more recent players, however, as regular seasons expanded from 11 to 12 games in 2002-03 and permanently in 2006. Additionally, the Blazers have played in three bowl games, the 2004 Hawaii Bowl, 2017 Bahamas Bowl, and 2018 Boca Raton Bowl, and also played in (and won) the C-USA Championship Game in 2018, giving that team a second extra game. Accordingly, the 2004, 2017, and 2018 seasons have a disproportionately high amount of entries.

These lists are updated through the 2018 season.

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