The Gasparilla Bowl is an annual NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game played in the Tampa Bay Area. It was first played in 2008 as the St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game was renamed the Gasparilla Bowl in 2017 as a nod to the legend of José Gaspar, a mythical pirate who supposedly operated in the Tampa Bay area and who is the inspiration for Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Festival. In May 2018, the owners announced the bowl would be relocated to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Since 2017, the game has been sponsored by Bad Boy Mowers and officially known as Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. Previous sponsors include Bitcoin (2014), Beef O'Brady's (2009–2013), and magicJack (2008). From 2010 to 2013 when Beef O'Brady's was the title sponsor, the game was officially known as simply the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.
The bowl game features teams from the American Athletic Conference against either the Atlantic Coast Conference or Conference USA, unless one of the conferences does not have enough bowl-eligible teams, in which case the Mid-American or Sun Belt Conference are eligible to send a team. The 2016 edition of the game featured an SEC team, Mississippi State.
|Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl|
|Stadium||Raymond James Stadium|
|Previous stadiums||Tropicana Field|
|Previous locations||St. Petersburg, Florida|
|Conference tie-ins||American, ACC, C-USA|
Alternates: MAC, Sun Belt
magicJack Bowl (2008)
St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O'Brady's (2009)
Beef O'Brady's Bowl (2010–2013)
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl (2014)
St. Petersburg Bowl (2015–2016)
|South Florida vs. Marshall (Marshall 38–20)|
|TBD vs. TBD (December 23, 2019)|
On April 30, 2008, the NCAA's Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee approved a to-be-named bowl for Tropicana Field to be played after the 2008 college football season. On November 25, 2008, ESPN Regional Television, the game's owner, announced a one-year title sponsorship agreement with magicJack.
The inaugural magicJack Bowl was played on Dec 20, 2008, between the South Florida Bulls and Memphis Tigers, with the USF Bulls winning by a score of 41–14. USF Quarterback Matt Grothe was named Most Outstanding Player, after throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 83 yards on 15 carries.
magicJack did not renew its sponsorship, and the UCF Knights and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights met in the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef O'Brady's in December 2009 after the restaurant chain obtained a title sponsorship. In the second St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef O'Brady's, Rutgers defeated Central Florida 45–24.
In 2010, the bowl's name was shortened to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl and pitted the Southern Miss Golden Eagles against the Louisville Cardinals on December 21, 2010. It was the 29th meeting between former Conference USA rivals. After falling behind 14–0 and 21–7, Louisville came back to win their sixth contest in a row against Southern Miss, 31–28
The 2011 game featured the first Sun Belt Conference team to play in the game, as Florida International lost 20–10 to Marshall (Conference USA). This was the first time that the Big East was unable to send a team to the game. FIU joined Marshall in C-USA in 2013, both will compete in the conference's East Division for football.
Beef 'O' Brady's stopped sponsoring the bowl after the 2013 edition. On June 18, 2014, it was announced that Bitcoin payment service provider BitPay would become the new sponsor of the game under a two-year deal, renamed the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Bitcoin, the digital currency, was accepted for ticket and concession sales at the game as part of the sponsorship, and the sponsorship itself was also paid for using bitcoin. On April 2, 2015, after one year of sponsorship, BitPay declined to renew sponsorship of the game, and it was again called the St. Petersburg Bowl for the next two years.
On August 23, 2017, Bad Boy Mowers signed a three-year deal to become the official title sponsor of the game, which was rebranded as the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl after Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Festival.
Since Tropicana Field is the home field of the Tampa Bay Rays and was designed for baseball, the football gridiron was arranged along the right field line, from home plate to the foul pole. At the time it was last played at Tropicana Field, the bowl was one of three to take place in a stadium used predominantly for baseball, the others two being the Cactus Bowl, played at Chase Field in Phoenix, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, home of the New York Yankees. The Fight Hunger Bowl was played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, home of the San Francisco Giants, but moved to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in 2014. The Miami Beach Bowl was played at Marlins Park in Miami, home of the Miami Marlins, but moved to Toyota Stadium, home to FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, to become the Frisco Bowl in 2017.
In May 2018, bowl organizers announced that the bowl would be moving from Tropicana Field to Raymond James Stadium.
|Date||Bowl name||Winning Team||Losing Team||Attendance|
|December 20, 2008||St. Petersburg Bowl||South Florida||41||Memphis||14||25,205|
|December 19, 2009||St. Petersburg Bowl||Rutgers||45||UCF||24||28,793|
|December 21, 2010||Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl||Louisville||31||Southern Miss||28||20,017|
|December 20, 2011||Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl||Marshall||20||FIU||10||20,072|
|December 21, 2012||Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl||UCF||38||Ball State||17||21,759|
|December 23, 2013||Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl||East Carolina||37||Ohio||20||20,053|
|December 26, 2014||St. Petersburg Bowl||NC State||34||UCF||27||26,675|
|December 26, 2015||St. Petersburg Bowl||Marshall||16||Connecticut||10||14,652|
|December 26, 2016||St. Petersburg Bowl||Mississippi State||17||Miami (OH)||16||15,717|
|December 21, 2017||Gasparilla Bowl||Temple||28||FIU||3||16,363|
|December 20, 2018||Gasparilla Bowl||Marshall||38||South Florida||20||14,135|
From 2008 through 2016, an MVP was selected from each team; since 2017, a single game MVP is named.
|Year||Winning team MVP||Losing team MVP|
|2008||Matt Grothe||South Florida||QB||Duke Calhoun||Memphis||WR|
|2009||Mohamed Sanu||Rutgers||WR||Kamar Aiken||UCF||WR|
|2010||Jeremy Wright||Louisville||RB||Austin Davis||Southern Miss||QB|
|2011||Aaron Dobson||Marshall||WR||T. Y. Hilton||FIU||WR|
|2012||Blake Bortles||UCF||QB||Jahwan Edwards||Ball State||RB|
|2013||Vintavious Cooper||East Carolina||RB||Donte Foster||Ohio||WR|
|2014||Jacoby Brissett||NC State||QB||Josh Reese||UCF||WR|
|2015||Deandre Reaves||Marshall||WR||Bobby Puyol||Connecticut||K|
|2016||Nick Fitzgerald||Mississippi State||QB||Gus Ragland||Miami (OH)||QB|
Updated through the December 2018 edition (11 games, 22 total appearances).
Updated through the December 2018 edition (11 games, 22 total appearances).
|Conference||Record||Appearances by season|
|C-USA||9||5||4||0.556||2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018||2008, 2009, 2010, 2017|
|The American||7||4||3||0.571||2008, 2009, 2010, 2017||2014, 2015, 2018|
|MAC||3||0||3||0.000||2012, 2013, 2016|
|Team||Performance, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored (one team)||45, Rutgers vs. UCF||2009|
|Most points scored (both teams)||69, Rutgers vs. UCF||2009|
|Most points scored (losing team)||28, Southern Miss vs. Louisville||2010|
|Fewest points allowed||3, Temple vs. FIU||2017|
|Margin of victory||27, South Florida vs. Memphis||2008|
|First downs||30, East Carolina vs. Ohio||2013|
|Rushing yards||281, East Carolina vs. Ohio||2013|
|Passing yards||401, South Florida vs. Memphis||2008|
|Total yards||568, East Carolina vs. Ohio||2013|
|Fewest yards allowed||213, Marshall vs. Connecticut||2015|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed||35, Rutgers vs. UCF||2009|
|Fewest passing yards allowed||86, Marshall vs. Connecticut||2015|
|Individual||Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Points scored||18, shared by:
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers vs. UCF
Latavius Murray, UCF vs. Ball State
Josh Reese, UCF vs. NC State
|Passing touchdowns||3, Matt Grothe, South Florida vs. Memphis||2008|
|Rushing yards||198, Vintavious Cooper, East Carolina vs. Ohio||2013|
|Passing yards||294, Tom Savage, Rutgers vs. UCF||2009|
|Receiving Yards||165, Randall St. Felix, Marshall vs. South Florida||2018|
|All-purpose yards||220, Vintavious Cooper, East Carolina vs. Ohio||2013|
|Touchdowns (overall)||3, shared by Sanu, Murray, Reese (above)|
|Rushing touchdowns||2, multiple times—most recent:
Keion Davis, Marshall vs. South Florida
|Receiving touchdowns||3, Josh Reese, UCF vs. NC State||2014|
|Tackles||14, shared by:
Andrew Adams, Connecticut vs. Marshall
Greg Reaves, South Florida vs. Marshall
|Long Plays||Player, Record, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Touchdown run||62, Desmond Johnson, Southern Miss vs. Louisville||2010|
|Touchdown pass||80, Donte Foster, Ohio vs. East Carolina||2013|
|Kickoff return||95, Jeremy Wright, Louisville vs. Southern Miss||2010|
|Punt return||39, Andre Snipes-Booker, Marshall vs. FIU||2011|
|Interception return||36, Josh Jones, NC State vs. UCF||2014|
|Punt||61, Tyler Williams, Marshall vs. Connecticut||2015|
|Field goal||52, Bobby Puyol, Connecticut vs. Marshall||2015|
|Miscellaneous||Record, Team vs. Team||Year|
|Attendance||28,793 at Rutgers vs. UCF||2009|
The bowl has been televised on ESPN since its inception.
The 2008 South Florida Bulls football team represented the University of South Florida (USF) in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Their head coach was Jim Leavitt, and the USF Bulls played all of their home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The 2008 college football season was the 12th season overall for the Bulls and their fourth season in the Big East Conference. The 2008 season was the first in which the team was ranked in the preseason rankings.2008 St. Petersburg Bowl
The 2008 magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl was the inaugural edition of the new college football bowl game, and was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game was played beginning at 4:30 PM US EST on Saturday, December 20, 2008, and was telecast on ESPN2, saw the South Florida Bulls (based in nearby Tampa) defeat their former conference rivals Memphis Tigers, 41-14. Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Rob Stone called the game.2009 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team
The 2009 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Their head coach was Greg Schiano and they played their home games at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights finished the season 9–4, 3–4 in Big East play and won the St. Petersburg Bowl, 45–24, over UCF.2009 St. Petersburg Bowl
The 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef 'O' Brady's, formerly known as the St. Petersburg Bowl, was the second edition of the college football bowl game and was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game began at 8:00 PM US EST on Saturday, December 19, 2009, was telecast on ESPN and featured the UCF of Conference USA and Rutgers of the Big East. Rutgers defeated UCF 45–24 in a game where Mohamed Sanu, the game's MVP, caught 4 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in addition to rushing 14 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns.
The game marked the Scarlet Knights' fifth consecutive bowl appearance, and their fourth consecutive victory, after not playing in a bowl game from 1979 to 2005. Rutgers was one of nine BCS teams to win a bowl game in each of the last three seasons. This was UCF's third bowl game, the last one was in the 2007 Liberty Bowl. With the loss, Central Florida dropped to 0–3 in the postseason. The bowl game marked the first ever meeting between Rutgers and UCF, both teams being called "Knights".2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
The 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg was the third edition of the college football bowl game formerly known as the St. Petersburg Bowl. It was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 8 p.m. (ET). The game was telecast on ESPN and featured the Southern Miss Golden Eagles from Conference USA (C-USA) versus the Louisville Cardinals from the Big East Conference.2010 Louisville Cardinals football team
The 2010 Louisville Cardinals football team represented the University of Louisville in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Cardinals were led by head coach Charlie Strong, who was in his first season. They played their home games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and were members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 3–4 in Big East play and were invited to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, where they defeated Southern Miss, 31–28.2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
The 2012 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the fifth edition of the St. Petersburg Bowl, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on December 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida as part of the 2012–13 NCAA Bowl season.
The game, which commenced at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, featured the UCF Knights from Conference USA and Ball State Cardinals from the Mid-American Conference. It was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. The Knights advanced to the game after losing to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the Conference USA Championship Game.2013 East Carolina Pirates football team
The 2013 East Carolina Pirates football team represented East Carolina University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Ruffin McNeill and played their home games at Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium. They were a member of the East Division of Conference USA. This was their final season in C-USA before joining the American Athletic Conference in 2014.2014 NC State Wolfpack football team
The 2014 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference during the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Carter–Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was the team's second season under head coach Dave Doeren. They finished the season 8–5, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the St. Petersburg Bowl where they defeated UCF.2016 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team
The 2016 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by eighth-year head coach Dan Mullen. Despite having a 5–7 record, the first losing season since 2009, Mississippi State qualified for a bowl bid due to their high APR score. Mississippi State beat the Miami RedHawks in the St. Petersburg Bowl to finish the season at 6–7.2016 St. Petersburg Bowl
The 2016 St. Petersburg Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game that was played on December 26, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. The ninth edition of the St. Petersburg Bowl featured the Miami Redhawks from the Mid-American Conference against the Mississippi State Bulldogs from the Southeastern Conference.2017 FIU Panthers football team
The 2017 FIU Panthers football team represented Florida International University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Panthers played their home games at the Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, Florida as members of the East Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They were led by first-year head coach Butch Davis. The Panthers finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in C-USA play to finish in second place in the East Division. They received an invitation to the Gasparilla Bowl where they lost to Temple.2017 Gasparilla Bowl
The 2017 Gasparilla Bowl is a college football bowl game that was played on December 21, 2017, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The tenth annual Gasparilla Bowl featured the Temple Owls of the American Athletic Conference against the FIU Panthers of Conference USA. It began at 8:00 PM EST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2017–18 bowl games that concluded the 2017 FBS football season. Sponsored by lawnmower manufacturing company Bad Boy Mowers, the game was officially known as the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. The Owls defeated the Panthers by a score of 28–3. It was also the last Gasparilla Bowl to be played in Tropicana Field.2017 Temple Owls football team
The 2017 Temple Owls football team represented Temple University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Owls were led by first-year head coach Geoff Collins 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 7–6, 4–4 in AAC play to finish in third place in the East Division. They were invited to the Gasparilla Bowl where they defeated FIU.2018 Gasparilla Bowl
The 2018 Gasparilla Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 20, 2018, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST. It was the 11th edition of the game originally known as the St. Petersburg Bowl and renamed before its 2017 playing as the Gasparilla Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. Sponsored by lawn mower manufacturing company Bad Boy Mowers, the game was officially known as the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
This was the first time for the bowl to be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, as the prior 10 editions of the bowl were held at Tropicana Field in nearby St. Petersburg.2018 Marshall Thundering Herd football team
The 2018 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Thundering Herd played their home games at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, and competed in the East Division of Conference USA (C-USA). They were led by ninth-year head coach Doc Holliday. They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for second place in the East Division. They were invited to the Gasparilla Bowl where they defeated South Florida.2018 South Florida Bulls football team
The 2018 South Florida Bulls football team represented the University of South Florida (USF) in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and were led by second-year head coach Charlie Strong. The Bulls competed as members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 3–5 in AAC play to finish in fourth place in the East Division. They were invited to the Gasparilla Bowl where they lost to Marshall.
The 2018 Bulls became the first team in college football history to start a season 7–0 and lose their final six games.2019 Gasparilla Bowl
The 2019 Gasparilla Bowl is a college football bowl game that will be played on December 23, 2019, with kickoff scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST on ESPN. It will be the 12th edition of the Gasparilla Bowl, though only the third under that name, and will be one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season. Sponsored by lawn mower manufacturing company Bad Boy Mowers, the game will be officially known as the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.List of Gasparilla Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Gasparilla Bowl throughout the years.
The bowl has had several prior names, including St. Petersburg Bowl and Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.
St. Petersburg / Beef 'O' Brady's / Gasparilla Bowl
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