The Redbox Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually since 2002. It was originally the San Francisco Bowl. It was the Emerald Bowl from 2004 to 2009, the Fight Hunger Bowl from 2010 to 2013, and the Foster Farms Bowl from 2014 to 2017. It was renamed again, to the Redbox Bowl, in 2018.
From 2002 to 2013, the annual game was played at 40,800-seat AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco, California. Starting in 2014, it has been played at Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara, California.
|Location||Santa Clara, California|
|Previous stadiums||AT&T Park (2002–2013)|
|Previous locations||San Francisco, California (2002–2013)|
|Conference tie-ins||Pac-12 (2006–present)|
Big Ten (2014–present)
|Previous conference tie-ins||Big East (2002–2004)|
Mtn West (2002–2005)
|Payout||US$2,212,500 (as of 2015)|
San Francisco Bowl (2002)
Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl (2002–2003)
Emerald Bowl (2004–2009)
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (2010–2012)
Fight Hunger Bowl (2013)
Foster Farms Bowl (2014–2017)
|Arizona vs. Purdue (Purdue 38–35)|
|Michigan State vs. Oregon (Oregon 7–6)|
The plans for the inaugural 2002 San Francisco Bowl were established on Dec. 2, 2002, when the Air Force Falcons football program accepted a bid to play against an undetermined team from the Big East Conference. Their initial sponsor was Diamond Foods, a producer of walnuts and other nuts under the Emerald brand name, resulting in the name Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, and later the Emerald Bowl.
In 2010, Kraft Foods became the sponsor of the bowl and announced the new name, which the corporation launched as part of a broader hunger relief program. According to Sports Illustrated, the executive director of the bowl, Gary Cavalli, was paid a $377,475 salary in 2009. Mondelēz International continued to support the game and the program related with Feeding America in 2013.
In August 2014, the bowl's official website listed the game's name as the San Francisco Bowl once again. However, on November 11, 2014, it was announced that the San Francisco Bowl Game Association had reached a multi-year naming rights deal with Northern California-based poultry company Foster Farms, resulting in the game being named the Foster Farms Bowl.
On July 12, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers NFL team announced that it had taken over management of the Foster Farms Bowl from the San Francisco Bowl Game Association, and also announced a new, four-year broadcast rights deal with Fox Sports, replacing ESPN.
Because AT&T Park is a baseball park and not normally used for football, arrangement of the field required both teams to be on the same sideline (southeast), separated by a barrier at the 50-yard line (in shallow right-center field). The opposite sideline (northwest) ran along the third base line, with an end zone near the first base dugout, and the other near the left field wall. Primary seating was in the third base grandstand, with temporary bleacher seating in right-center field.
The game had a contract to host the Pac-12's sixth-place team during the 2010 through 2013 seasons. There were multiple contracts that determined the opponent. In 2011, the Pac-12 team's opponent was Illinois, replacing Army, which did not achieve bowl eligibility; in 2012, it was Navy; and in 2013, it was BYU. Had these teams not qualified for bowl eligibility, they would have been replaced by teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) or the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
Beginning with the 2014 season, teams come from the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences.
Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.
|Date||Bowl name||Winning team||Losing team||Attnd.|
|December 31, 2002||San Francisco Bowl||No. 21 Virginia Tech||20||Air Force||13||25,966|
|December 31, 2003||San Francisco Bowl||Boston College||35||Colorado State||21||25,621|
|December 30, 2004||Emerald Bowl||Navy||34||New Mexico||19||30,563|
|December 29, 2005||Emerald Bowl||Utah||38||No. 24 Georgia Tech||10||25,742|
|December 27, 2006||Emerald Bowl||Florida State||44||UCLA||27||40,331|
|December 28, 2007||Emerald Bowl||Oregon State||21||Maryland||14||32,517|
|December 27, 2008||Emerald Bowl||California||24||Miami (FL)||17||42,268|
|December 26, 2009||Emerald Bowl||USC||24||Boston College||13||40,121|
|January 9, 2011||Fight Hunger Bowl||No 13. Nevada||20||Boston College||13||41,063|
|December 31, 2011||Fight Hunger Bowl||Illinois||20||UCLA||14||29,878|
|December 29, 2012||Fight Hunger Bowl||Arizona State||62||Navy||28||34,172|
|December 27, 2013||Fight Hunger Bowl||Washington||31||BYU||16||34,136|
|December 30, 2014||Foster Farms Bowl||Stanford||45||Maryland||21||34,780|
|December 26, 2015||Foster Farms Bowl||Nebraska||37||UCLA||29||33,527|
|December 28, 2016||Foster Farms Bowl||Utah||26||Indiana||24||27,608|
|December 27, 2017||Foster Farms Bowl||Purdue||38||Arizona||35||28,436|
|December 31, 2018||Redbox Bowl||Oregon||7||Michigan State||6||30,212|
|Game||Offensive MVP||Defensive MVP|
|2002||Bryan Randall||Virginia Tech||QB||Anthony Schlegel||Air Force||LB|
|2003||Derrick Knight||Boston College||RB||T. J. Stancil||Boston College||FS|
|2004||Aaron Polanco||Navy||QB||Vaughn Keley||Navy||CB|
|2005||Travis LaTendresse||Utah||WR||Eric Weddle||Utah||CB|
|2006||Lorenzo Booker||Florida State||RB||Tony Carter||Florida State||CB|
|2007||Yvenson Bernard||Oregon State||RB||Derrick Doggett||Oregon State||LB|
|2008||Jahvid Best||California||RB||Zack Follett||California||LB|
|2009||Damian Williams||USC||WR||Luke Kuechly||Boston College||LB|
|Jan. 2011||Rishard Matthews||Nevada||WR||Luke Kuechly||Boston College||LB|
|Dec. 2011||Nathan Scheelhaase||Illinois||QB||Terry Hawthorne||Illinois||DB|
|2012||Marion Grice||Arizona State||RB||Will Sutton||Arizona State||DT|
|2013||Bishop Sankey||Washington||RB||Hau'oli Kikaha||Washington||DE|
|2014||Kevin Hogan||Stanford||QB||James Vaughters||Stanford||LB|
|2015||Tommy Armstrong Jr.||Nebraska||QB||Jaleel Wadood||UCLA||S|
|2016||Joe Williams||Utah||RB||Tegray Scales||Indiana||LB|
|2017||Elijah Sindelar||Purdue||QB||Ja'Whaun Bentley||Purdue||LB|
|2018||Dillon Mitchell||Oregon||WR||Josiah Scott||Michigan State||CB|
Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).
Won (13): Arizona State, California, Florida State, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington
Lost (9): Air Force, Arizona, BYU, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Miami (FL), Michigan State, New Mexico
Updated through the December 2018 edition (17 games, 34 total appearances).
|6||Big East[n 3]||2||2||0||1.000|
|Team||Record, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points scored||62, Arizona State vs Navy||2012|
|Most points scored (losing team)||35, Arizona vs Purdue||2017|
|Most points scored (both teams)||90, Arizona State vs Navy||2012|
|Fewest points allowed||6, Oregon vs. Michigan State||2018|
|Largest margin of victory||34, Arizona State vs Navy||2012|
|Fewest yards allowed|
|Fewest rushing yards allowed|
|Fewest passing yards allowed|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Long Plays||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Miscellaneous||Record, Team vs. Team||Year|
|Bowl Attendance||42,268, California vs. Miami (FL)||2008|
The 2002 Virginia Tech Hokies football team represented the Virginia Tech in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Frank Beamer.2003 Boston College Eagles football team
The 2003 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College during the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. Boston College was a member of the Big East Conference. The Eagles played their home games at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, which has been their home stadium since 1957.2003 San Francisco Bowl
The 2003 San Francisco Bowl was the second edition of the post-season college football bowl game between the Colorado State Rams and the Boston College Eagles at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco on December 31, 2003. The game was the final contest of the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season for both teams, and ended in a 35–21 victory for Boston College.2004 Navy Midshipmen football team
The 2004 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy (USNA) during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season. Navy competed as an independent with no conference affiliation.
The team was led by third-year head coach Paul Johnson. The Midshipmen finished the regular season with a 9–2 record, the first time since the 1963 college football season that Navy had won nine or more games in a season. Wins over Army and the Air Force Falcons secured Navy's second consecutive Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Navy secured a berth in the 2004 Emerald Bowl when the Pacific-10 Conference did not have enough teams to fill its bowl obligations. The other tie-in was with the Mountain West Conference (MWC), and the Midshipmen ended up playing the New Mexico Lobos. They won the game with a score of 34–19, finishing with a 14-minute, 26-play drive that set the record for the longest drive in a college football game. The win gave the Midshipmen a final record of 10–2, the first time since the 1905 season that the Midshipmen finished with ten or more wins.2005 Emerald Bowl
The 2005 Emerald Bowl, part of the 2005-06 NCAA football bowl games season, was played on December 29, 2005, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. It featured the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the Utah Utes.2005 Utah Utes football team
The 2005 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. This was Kyle Whittingham's first year as head coach after having been promoted from defensive coordinator following the departure of Urban Meyer for Florida. Their 4–4 conference record put them tied for fourth in the conference. The Utes played their homes games in Rice-Eccles Stadium.2006 Emerald Bowl
The 2006 Emerald Bowl, one of the 2006–07 NCAA football bowl games, was played on December 27, 2006, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. It featured the UCLA Bruins, and the Florida State Seminoles.2007 Emerald Bowl
The 2007 Emerald Bowl, one of the 2007–08 NCAA football bowl games, was played on December 27, 2007, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, with the Atlantic Coast Conference represented by the Maryland Terrapins against the Oregon State Beavers, representing the Pacific-10 Conference.
The Terrapins scored all of their 14 points in the first quarter, while the Beavers scored successive touchdowns in the first, second and third quarters to win the game 21–14. Running back Yvenson Bernard and linebacker Derrick Doggett were the game MVPs.2008 Emerald Bowl
The 2008 Emerald Bowl, part of the 2008-09 NCAA football bowl games season, was played on December 27, 2008, at AT&T Park, the home field of the Giants in San Francisco, California. The Miami Hurricanes of the ACC were matched against the California Golden Bears (based in nearby Berkeley, California) of the Pac-10, the first appearance by either team in the seven-year history of the Emerald Bowl.
With a 24–17 victory over Miami, Cal improved its record to 10–8–1 all-time in bowl games, and 2–2 all-time vs. Miami. Miami fell to 18–14 all-time in bowl games. California and Miami had met three times previously, with Miami holding a 2–1 advantage. The first meeting resulted in a 9–7 win by Cal in Miami on October 10, 1964. Miami won the next two meetings, 31–3 on September 16, 1989, in Miami, and 52–24 on September 15, 1990, in Berkeley.2009 Emerald Bowl
The 2009 Emerald Bowl was the eighth edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. The game started at 5:00 PM PST on Saturday, December 26, 2009. The game was telecast on ESPN. USC defeated Boston College 24–13.
The presenting sponsor of the 2009 Emerald Bowl was Diamond Foods, promoting its Emerald Nuts brand of snack foods. The company had served as title sponsor of the game for all eight years of the bowl's existence.2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football team
The 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football team represented the University of Nevada, Reno in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolf Pack were led by head coach Chris Ault. They played their home games at Mackay Stadium and were members of the Western Athletic Conference. They finished the regular season 12–1, 7–1 in WAC play to share the conference championship with Boise State and Hawaii. They were invited to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl where they defeated Boston College 20–13 to finish the season with a 13–1 record.2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (December)
The 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the 10th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on December 31, 2011 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season.
The game, which was telecast at 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time (3:30 p.m. Eastern Time) on ESPN, featured the UCLA Bruins (6–7) versus the Illinois Fighting Illini (6–6). The Bruins, with a losing record, were granted a waiver to play in a bowl game by the NCAA after the Pac-12 conference did not have enough eligible teams to fill its bowl commitments. Both teams fired their head coach this season after .500 records. Mike Johnson, who replaced Rick Neuheisel, is the interim coach for UCLA. The Fighting Illini were led by interim coach Vic Koenning while their newly hired head coach Tim Beckman, who replaced Ron Zook, was on the sidelines. UCLA lost the matchup and subsequently finished the season with a losing record (6–8).2014 Foster Farms Bowl
The 2014 Foster Farms Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 30, 2014 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. The 13th edition of the Foster Farms Bowl (previously known as the Fight Hunger Bowl), it featured the Stanford Cardinal from the Pac-12 Conference against the Maryland Terrapins from the Big Ten Conference. The game began at 7:00 p.m. PST and aired on ESPN/ESPN Radio. It was sponsored by the Foster Farms poultry company. Stanford won the game by a final score of 45–21.2015 Foster Farms Bowl
The 2015 Foster Farms Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 26, 2015 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season. The 14th edition of the Foster Farms Bowl (previously known as the Fight Hunger Bowl) featured the UCLA Bruins from the Pac-12 Conference against the Nebraska Cornhuskers from the Big Ten Conference. Since there were not enough bowl-eligible teams at the end of the regular season, 5–7 Nebraska was given a spot in this bowl because of its high Academic Progress Rate. Underdog Nebraska was victorious, winning the game 37–29.2017 Foster Farms Bowl
The 2017 Foster Farms Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 27, 2017, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It was one of the 2017–18 bowl games concluding the 2017 FBS football season. The 16th edition of the Foster Farms Bowl, the game featured the Arizona Wildcats from the Pac-12 Conference against the Purdue Boilermakers from the Big Ten Conference. It was sponsored by the Foster Farms poultry company.2018 Oregon Ducks football team
The 2018 Oregon Ducks football team represented the University of Oregon during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by first-year head coach Mario Cristobal who took over for Willie Taggart who departed for Florida State. Oregon played their games at Autzen Stadium and competed as members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.
Coming off a 7–6 season under Taggart in 2017, Oregon began the year ranked 24th in the preseason AP Poll. After sweeping their non-conference slate, they fell to then-No. 7 Stanford in overtime. The team bounced back with wins over No. 24 California and No. 7 Washington and rose to 12th in the polls before losing three of their next four games. The Ducks finished the regular season in fourth in the Pac-12 North Division with a conference record of 5–4. They were invited to the Redbox Bowl, where they defeated Michigan State to end the year at 9–4 overall.
The Oregon offense was led by junior quarterback Justin Herbert, who finished in second the Pac-12 Conference with 31 total touchdowns (29 passing and 2 rushing). Running back CJ Verdell finished with 1,018 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Defensively, the team was led by defensive end Jalen Jelks, who was named first-team all-conference.2018 Redbox Bowl
The 2018 Redbox Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 31, 2018 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, with kickoff at noon PST (3:00 p.m. EST). It was one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. This was the 17th annual edition of a game that has gone by different names, and was known as the Foster Farms Bowl for the previous four years. For 2018 the game was renamed for its new sponsor, the DVD and video game rental company Redbox.2019 Redbox Bowl
The 2019 Redbox Bowl is a college football bowl game that will be played on December 30, 2019, with kickoff scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. local PDT) on ESPN. It will be the 18th edition of the Redbox Bowl, though only the second under the current name, and will be one of the 2019–20 bowl games concluding the 2019 FBS football season. The game is sponsored by Redbox, a DVD and video game rental company.List of Redbox Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Redbox Bowl throughout the years.
San Francisco / Emerald / Fight Hunger / Foster Farms / Redbox Bowl
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