The Hawaiʻi Bowl is a college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, since 2002. The bowl is one of the post-season contests run by ESPN Events. Since 2018, the game has been sponsored by the personal finance company SoFi and officially known as the SoFi Hawai'i Bowl. Previous sponsors include ConAgra Foods (2002) and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii (2003–2013).
Typically played on or near Christmas Eve, the bowl normally features a team from the Mountain West Conference, playing a team from either the American Athletic Conference or Conference USA. For practical and logistical reasons, the Mountain West bid is automatically awarded to the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors if the team is bowl-eligible, and was not selected to play in a New Year's Six (or previously BCS) bowl game. This means that the Rainbow Warriors do not have to travel to the mainland for a bowl game unless it is of significant importance. As a result of this practice, they have also made the most appearances in the game, at eight.
|SoFi Hawai'i Bowl|
|Conference tie-ins||MWC (2012–present)|
The American (2019–present)
|Previous conference tie-ins||WAC (2002–2011)|
|Payout||US$650,000 (as of 2015)|
|Preceded by||Aloha Bowl|
ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl (2002)
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (2003–2013)
Hawaii Bowl (2014-2017)
|Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech|
(Louisiana Tech 31–14)
|MWC vs. The American (December 24, 2019)|
The Hawaii Bowl succeeds the Poi Bowl (1936–1939), Pineapple Bowl (1940–1941, 1947–1952), Aloha Bowl (1982–2000), and the Oahu Bowl (1998–2000) as bowl games played in Hawaii, This bowl is a new event not affiliated with the previous games. While the Aloha Bowl tried to move to San Francisco, California and was decertified by the NCAA, the O'ahu Bowl was moved to Seattle, Washington and was held for two years as the Seattle Bowl before losing certification in 2002.
In its first year, the Hawai'i Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra Foods. The following year, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii assumed sponsorship; the game's full name was changed to the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl until Sheraton declined to renew sponsorship in 2014. In 2018, SoFi signed on as title sponsor of the game which is officially known as the SoFi Hawai'i Bowl.
The 2005 appearance of the UCF Knights at the Hawaii Bowl was the first ever bowl game in that school's history. In 2006, the Pac-10 replaced Conference USA (C-USA) as the WAC's opposition, with C-USA as an alternate. Since Christmas Eve fell on a Monday in 2007, the game was scheduled for the night prior (December 23) to avoid a conflict with Monday Night Football (also on ESPN). In 2008, the bowl organizers selected Notre Dame as an at-large bid, marking the first time an independent played in the contest. C-USA again became a primary tie-in starting in 2009. The 2011 game featured the C-USA champion for the first time, as Southern Mississippi played instead of going to the Liberty Bowl, where the C-USA champion typically plays. The bowl featured the Mountain West champion for the first time in 2015, as San Diego State played instead of going to the Las Vegas Bowl, where the Mountain West champion typically plays.
Between 2002 and 2018, C-USA sent a team to the bowl 12 times, registering an 8–4 record. In 2019, the American Athletic Conference (The American) superseded C-USA as the primary tie-in to face a Mountain West team (or independent BYU).
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hawai'i Bowl, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, in conjunction with the bowl game, allowed fans to vote on a tenth anniversary team. Nine players were selected by a public vote, and an additional seven players were picked by a panel of sportswriters and organizers. The team was announced on December 16, 2011.
|Date||Winning team||Losing team||Attendance||notes|
|December 25, 2002||Tulane||36||Hawaii||28||35,513||notes|
|December 25, 2003||Hawaii||54||Houston||48 (3OT)||29,005||notes|
|December 24, 2004||Hawaii||59||UAB||40||39,754||notes|
|December 24, 2005||Nevada||49||UCF||48 (OT)||16,134||notes|
|December 24, 2006||Hawaii||41||Arizona State||24||43,435||notes|
|December 23, 2007||East Carolina||41||Boise State||38||30,467||notes|
|December 24, 2008||Notre Dame||49||Hawaii||21||43,487||notes|
|December 24, 2009||SMU||45||Nevada||10||32,650||notes|
|December 24, 2010||Tulsa||62||Hawaii||35||43,673||notes|
|December 24, 2011||Southern Miss||24||Nevada||17||32,630||notes|
|December 24, 2012||SMU||43||Fresno State||10||30,024||notes|
|December 24, 2013||Oregon State||38||Boise State||23||29,106||notes|
|December 24, 2014||Rice||30||Fresno State||6||25,365||notes|
|December 24, 2015||San Diego State||42||Cincinnati||7||22,793||notes|
|December 24, 2016||Hawaii||52||Middle Tennessee||35||23,175||notes|
|December 24, 2017||Fresno State||33||Houston||27||20,546||notes|
|December 22, 2018||Louisiana Tech||31||Hawaii||14||30,911||notes|
|Year||Winning team MVP||Losing team MVP|
|2002||Lynaris Elpheage||Tulane||CB||Justin Colbert||Hawaii||WR|
|2003||Timmy Chang||Hawaii||QB||Jackie Battle||Houston||RB|
|2005||B.J. Mitchell||Nevada||RB||Brandon Marshall||UCF||WR|
|Ryan Torain||Arizona State||RB|
|2007||Chris Johnson||East Carolina||RB||Jeremy Avery||Boise State||RB|
|2009||Kyle Padron||SMU||QB||Kevin Basped||Nevada||DE|
|2010||Damaris Johnson||Tulsa||WR||Greg Salas||Hawaii||WR|
|2011||Cordarro Law||Southern Miss||DL||Lampford Mark||Nevada||RB|
|2012||Margus Hunt||SMU||DE||Davante Adams||Fresno State||WR|
|2013||Rashaad Reynolds||Oregon State||CB||Matt Miller||Boise State||WR|
|Carl Mickelsen||Fresno State||LB|
|2015||Dakota Gordon||San Diego State||FB||Zach Edwards||Cincinnati||S|
|2016||Dru Brown||Hawaii||QB||Richie James||Middle Tennessee||WR|
|2017||Marcus McMaryion||Fresno State||QB||Steven Dunbar||Houston||WR|
|2018||Jaylon Ferguson||Louisiana Tech||DE||Kendall Hune||Hawaii||DE|
Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).
Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).
|Conference||Record||Appearances by season|
|C-USA||12||8||4||0.667||2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018||2003, 2004, 2005, 2016|
|WAC||10||4||6||0.400||2003, 2004, 2005, 2006||2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Mountain West||7||3||4||0.429||2015, 2016, 2017||2012, 2013, 2014, 2018|
|The American||2||0||2||0.000||2015, 2017|
The bowl has been televised on ESPN since its inception.
The 2002 ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl was the inaugural Hawaii Bowl game and matched the Tulane Green Wave with the hometown Hawaii Warriors. Hawaii came into the game 10–3 and Tulane came into the game 7–5. The game was sponsored by ConAgra Foods, a packaged foods company.
Hawaii opened the scoring with a 1-yard Thero Mitchell touchdown, to lead the game 7–0. In the second quarter, Josh Galeai scored on a 2-yard touchdown run giving the Warriors a 14–0 lead. Seth Marler kicked field goals from 22 and 37 yards before the end of the first half to cut the lead to 14–6. In the third quarter, Lynaris Elpheage scored on a 60-yard punt return to cut the lead to 14–12. Tulane went for two but failed, and the score remained 14-12 Hawaii.
Later, Tulane quarterback J. P. Losman scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. He ran in the two-point conversion, giving Tulane a 20–14 lead. Mewelde Moore later scored on a 25-yard touchdown run for Tulane. Tulane went for two again, but were denied, leaving the score 26–14 Tulane. Shawn Withy-Allen, subbing for an injured Timmy Chang, threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Colbert in the third quarter to cut the lead to 26–21.
Losman scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown. He then threw a pass to Damarcus Davis for the two-point conversion and a 34–21 lead. Wide receiver Colbert caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Withy-Allen to cut the lead to 34–28. On Hawaii's next drive, Withy-Allen was sacked in the end zone for a safety, making the final margin 36–28.2003 Hawaii Bowl
The 2003 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was played on December 25, 2003, in Honolulu and matched the hometown Hawaii Warriors with the Houston Cougars. This was the second Hawaii Bowl, and the first time Hawaii and Houston played each other. The game was sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.2004 Hawaii Bowl
The 2004 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, part of the 2004 bowl game season, took place on Christmas Eve 2004, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The competing teams were the UAB Blazers, representing Conference USA (C-USA) and the Hawaii Warriors, representing the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Hawaii won the game, 59–40. This was the third Hawaii Bowl, and was sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.2006 Hawaii Bowl
The 2006 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was a college football bowl game that was a part of the 2006-2007 bowl game schedule of the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. This was the fifth Hawaiʻi Bowl played, and was sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. It was played on December 24, 2006, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The game matched the Arizona State Sun Devils against the Hawaiʻi Warriors, and was televised on ESPN.
Hawaiʻi won the contest, 41–24, finishing the season with eleven wins, tying the school record for most wins in a season with the 1992 Rainbow Warriors team that went 11–2.
This game received extra attention because Hawaiʻi quarterback Colt Brennan was poised to set the NCAA single-season record for touchdown passes in a season. Entering the game, Brennan had 53 touchdown passes, one short of University of Houston quarterback David Klingler's mark of 54 set in 1990. Brennan finished the game having completed 33-of-42 passes for 559 yards and five touchdowns, setting the new single-season record at 58. He shared MVP honors with wide receiver Jason Rivers, who tied a school mark with 14 receptions and set a record with 308 receiving yards, the most in a college bowl game since the NCAA began keeping official records in 1937.2007 Hawaii Bowl
The 2007 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Boise State University Broncos from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the East Carolina University Pirates from Conference USA (C-USA). This sixth edition of the Hawaii Bowl, sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on December 23, 2007. The game was the final competition of the 2007 football season for each team and resulted in a 41–38 East Carolina victory, even though sportsbooks favored Boise State to win by 10 1⁄2 points. Many experts believed East Carolina to be big underdogs to Boise State, which had defeated the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. The 2007 Hawaiʻi Bowl paid $750,000 to each team's conference in exchange for their participation.The game was expected to be an offensive shootout. Boise State averaged 42.4 points during the 2007 season, while East Carolina averaged 31. That expectation turned out to be justified as East Carolina took a 31–14 lead in the first half. The Broncos fought back in the second half, however, tying the score at 38 late in the fourth quarter after East Carolina's Chris Johnson fumbled the ball, allowing Bronco defender Marty Tadman to recover the ball and return it 47 yards for a touchdown. The game remained tied until the final moments as East Carolina's Ben Hartman made a 34–yard game-winning field goal as time expired. The attendance of 30,467 was the largest crowd to attend a Hawaiʻi Bowl game that did not feature the host school. Boise State's loss dropped them to a final 2007 record of 10–3, while East Carolina's final-game win earned them a record of 8–5.2008 Hawaii Bowl
The 2008 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl game was a post-season college football bowl game played on December 24, 2008, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu between the Hawaiʻi Warriors of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) against the independent Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game was part of the 2008–2009 bowl game schedule and was the concluding game of the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. This seventh edition of the Hawaiʻi Bowl, sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, was planned as a matchup between the WAC and Pac-10, however the Pac-10 was not able to supply a bowl-eligible team.
Notre Dame's victory marked its first in the postseason since the Irish defeated Texas A&M in the 1994 Cotton Bowl Classic following the 1993 season, and ended a NCAA record nine-game bowl game losing streak. Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen broke school bowl game records after passing for 401 yards and five touchdowns, and his 84.6% completion rate was the second-best completion percentage for any player in any bowl game in NCAA history. Wide receiver Golden Tate also set Irish bowl records upon catching for 177 yards and three touchdowns.The game set the record for the Hawaiʻi Bowl's largest attendance, in both tickets sold and turnstile count, breaking the previous record set at the 2006 edition.2009 Hawaii Bowl
The 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was the eighth edition of the college football bowl game, played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game started at 3:00 pm local time (8:00 pm EST) on Thursday, December 24, 2009, with the SMU Mustangs of Conference USA beating the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Western Athletic Conference, 45–10. The game was sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and was televised on ESPN.
The 2009 Hawaiʻi Bowl was SMU's first bowl bid since playing in Hawaii in the 1984 Aloha Bowl, as well as their first since the program was relaunched in 1989 after being shut down for two years due to massive NCAA rules violations. Head coach June Jones made his first appearance as a coach in Aloha Stadium since leaving Hawaiʻi in 2008 to take over the SMU football program.SMU freshman starter Kyle Padron, who was a backup until an injury earlier in the season to then starter Bo Levi Mitchell, was named the game's MVP after throwing for 460 yards and two touchdowns.
The two teams met for the first time since 2004 when they were both members of the WAC. They previously played five times from 2000 to 2004, with Nevada having led the series with a 3–2 record. Prior to this game, their last meeting was a 38–20 victory by SMU.2010 Hawaii Bowl
The 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was the ninth edition of the college football bowl game. The game was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Friday, December 24, 2010, at 8 p.m. ET. The contest was televised live on ESPN and sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. The game featured Tulsa of Conference USA versus Hawai'i of the Western Athletic Conference.2011 Hawaii Bowl
The 2011 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the tenth edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on December 24, 2011, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season. It was telecast at 2:00 p.m. HT on ESPN and was sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.
The game featured the Nevada Wolf Pack from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) versus the Southern Miss Golden Eagles from Conference USA (C-USA). Southern Miss defeated Nevada, 24–17.2012 Hawaii Bowl
The 2012 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 24, 2012, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The eleventh edition of the Hawaii Bowl, sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, began at 3:00 p.m. HST and aired on ESPN. It featured the SMU Mustangs from Conference USA against the Mountain West Conference co-champion Fresno State Bulldogs, and was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. The Mustangs accepted their invitation after compiling a 6–6 record in the regular season, while the Bulldogs accepted their invitation with a 9–3 regular season record.
The pre-game buildup focused primarily on the strong rushing attacks of both teams as well as the overall sound offense of Fresno State. Most analysts predicted a resounding victory by Fresno State. Fresno State was a 12-point favorite over the Mustangs. Contrary to predictions, SMU won the game by a score of 43–10, largely thanks to the play of defensive end Margus Hunt, who forced two fumbles and totaled three sacks (including one safety) as well as two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Consequently, Hunt and Fresno State's Davante Adams, who totaled 13 receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown, were named the game's co-Most Valuable Player (MVP).2013 Hawaii Bowl
The 2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 24, 2013, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The twelfth edition of the Hawaii Bowl, sponsored by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, featured the Boise State Broncos from the Mountain West Conference against the Oregon State Beavers from the Pac-12 Conference. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. It began at 3:00 p.m. HST (8:00 p.m. EST) and aired on ESPN. Oregon State defeated Boise State, 38–23.2013 Oregon State Beavers football team
The 2013 Oregon State Beavers football team represented Oregon State University during the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by head coach Mike Riley, in his eleventh straight season and thirteenth overall. Home games were played at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, and they were members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. The Beavers defeated the Boise State Broncos 38–23 in the Hawaii Bowl to end the season with a 7–6 record.2014 Hawaii Bowl
The 2014 Hawaii Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 24, 2014 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii in the United States. The thirteenth annual Hawaii Bowl, it pitted the Fresno State Bulldogs of the Mountain West Conference against the Rice Owls of Conference USA. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. The game started at 3:00 p.m. HST and aired on ESPN.
Rice defeated Fresno State by a score of 30–6.2015 Hawaii Bowl
The 2015 Hawaii Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 24, 2015 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The fourteenth edition of the Hawaii Bowl featured the Cincinnati Bearcats of the American Athletic Conference against the San Diego State Aztecs from the Mountain West Conference. It began at 3:15 p.m. HST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season.2015 San Diego State Aztecs football team
The 2015 San Diego State Aztecs football team represented San Diego State University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Aztecs were led by fifth-year head coach Rocky Long and played their home games at Qualcomm Stadium. They were members of the West Division of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 11–3, 8–0 in Mountain West play to become West Division Champions. They represented the West Division in the Mountain West Championship Game where they defeated Mountain Division representative Air Force to be crowned Mountain West champions. They were invited to the Hawaii Bowl where they defeated Cincinnati.2016 Hawaii Bowl
The 2016 Hawaii Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 24, 2016 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The fifteenth edition of the Hawaii Bowl featured the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders from Conference USA against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors from the Mountain West Conference. It began at 3:15 p.m. HST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2016–17 bowl games that concluded the 2016 FBS football season.2017 Hawaii Bowl
The 2017 Hawaii Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 24, 2017, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The sixteenth edition of the Hawaii Bowl featured the Houston Cougars from the American Athletic Conference against the Fresno State Bulldogs from the Mountain West Conference. The game was one of the 2017–18 bowl games concluding the 2017 FBS football season. Fresno State defeated Houston, 33–27.2018 Hawaii Bowl
The 2018 Hawaii Bowl was a college football bowl game being played on December 22, 2018, in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was the 17th edition of the Hawaii Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. This was the first time since 2007 that the bowl was not played on Christmas Eve. Sponsored by the SoFi personal finance company, the game was officially called the SoFi Hawaii Bowl.List of Hawaii Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Hawaii Bowl throughout the years.
|Ten Year Anniversary Team|
|2002||Justin Colbert||Hawaii||9 catches for 158 yards and 2 TD's.|
|26 for 42, 475 yards, 5 TD's passing.|
19 carries for 124 yards and 3 TD's.
|2004||Chad Owens||Hawaii||8 catches for 114 yards, 2 TD's.|
5 punt returns for 90 yards and a TD.
|11 receptions for 114 yards.|
11 receptions for 210 yards and 3 TD's.
|33 for 42, 559 yards and 5 TD's.|
14 receptions for 308 yards and 2 TD's.
|2007||Chris Johnson||East Carolina||408 all purpose yards, 2 TD's.|
|6 receptions for 177 yards and 3 TD's.|
22 for 26, 401 yards and 5TD's
8 receptions for 109 yards and 2 TD's.
|2009||Kyle Padron||SMU||32 of 41 passing for 460 yards and 2 TD's.|
|5 carries for 98 yards and 1 TD, 4 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD, 6 returns for 127 yards.|
2 sacks, 8 UA Tackles, 2 Asst. Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 Int's for 106 yards and 1 TD
13 receptions for 214 yards and 2 TD's.
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