In the most competitive Cactus Bowl in history, which ended in thrilling finish highlighted by a bowl record eight lead changes, the West Virginia Mountaineers held on for a narrow 43-42 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils to win the 27th annual Motel 6 Cactus Bowl in front of a crowd of 39,321 at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The game featured two high octane offenses that combined for 1,196 total yards and felled multiple bowl records as both teams lit up the scoreboard in their final contest of the season.
The Oklahoma State University football team utilized a dominating opening half and held off a late surge from the University of Washington to take home a 30-22 victory at the TicketCity Cactus Bowl on Friday evening in Tempe, Ariz.
Kansas State rode three first-half touchdown passes from quarterback Jake Waters to wide receiver Tyler Lockett to snap a five-bowl losing streak covering 11 seasons in a dominant 31-14 win over Michigan in the silver anniversary Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
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Lady Luck finally smiled on Michigan State in the 24th Cactus Bowl. After enduring five losses by a total of 13 points during the regular season against one of the nation’s most difficult schedules, the Spartans turned the table on TCU to claim a narrow 17-16 victory.
Oklahoma rode three rushing touchdowns from freshman quarterback Blake Bell to a 31–14 victory over Iowa in the 23rd Cactus Bowl. The Sooners’ defense held the Hawkeyes scoreless for three quarters while methodically building a 21–0 lead on Bell’s first two scores — both four-yard runs — and a three-yard pass from quarterback Landry Jones, Oklahoma’s all-time passing leader, to tight end Trent Ratterree.
Unranked Iowa upset no. 12 Missouri in the 22nd Cactus Bowl behind a bludgeoning 225-yard rushing attack and a key fourth-quarter defensive play.
Iowa State had plenty to celebrate on New Year’s Eve. How about a 14-13 victory over Minnesota in the 21st Annual Cactus Bowl, which clinched the Cyclones’ first winning season since 2005?
It didn’t take Kansas long to make sure the scoreboard operator was working. On the game’s first snap, Todd Reesing threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Briscoe as the Jayhawks rolled to a decisive 42-21 win over Minnesota in the 20th Annual Cactus Bowl.
Oklahoma State Cowboys scored touchdowns on its first five possessions to take a commanding 35-10 halftime lead en route to a never-in-doubt 49-33 victory over Indiana in front of 48,892 fans, the third-largest crowd in the bowl’s history.
The Cactus Bowl has become a standard for high-scoring, exciting games and the 18th Annual version went to another level as Texas Tech overcame a 31-point deficit to rally for a 44-41 overtime victory over Minnesota to record the largest comeback in NCAA Division I-A bowl history.
On a night when Tony Soprano spent the majority of the game on the sidelines, it was somewhat ironic there was a shootout on the field. Not a real shootout, of course, but a wild display of offense in Arizona State’s 45-40 win over Rutgers in the final Cactus Bowl at Chase Field.
Derek Anderson wanted to end his Oregon State career on a high note. He did that and then some in leading the Beavers to a 38-21 win over Notre Dame in the 16th Annual Cactus Bowl at Cha
Whoever said “it’s never over until it’s over, must have had a front row seat at the 15th Annual Cactus Bowl. California kicker Tyler Fredrickson nailed a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give the Golden Bears a 52-49 win over Virginia Tech in one of the wildest bowl games ever played.
Pittsburgh and Oregon State entered the 14th Annual Cactus Bowl with two of the nation’s stingiest defenses. But it was the Panthers defense – and offense – that dominated the game to win convincingly, 38-13, at Chase Field.
James Mungro put his name in the Syracuse record book with some very elite company. Mungro rumbled 65 yards for a touchdown midway through the first quarter then added a pair of 1-yard scoring runs in the second period to lead Syracuse to a 26-3 win over Kansas State in the 13th Annual Cactus Bowl.
Based on the wild celebration by Iowa State’s players, coaches and fans, a bowl win was well worth the wait. The Cyclones defeated Pittsburgh, 37–29 for the first bowl victory in school history!
Colorado returned two interceptions and a punt for touchdowns and added three scores on the ground – all in the first half – to cruise to a 62-24 win over Boston College.
Missouri relied on the Joneses to win its first bowl game since 1981. Corby Jones rushed for three touchdowns and Julian Jones intercepted a pass and blocked a punt for a safety as the Tigers survived a furious second-half rally to beat West Virginia 34–31 in the 10th Annual Cactus Bowl.
Arizona rushed for 209 yards and intercepted four passes to win a hard-fought defensive battle over New Mexico, 20–14, in front of 49,385 fans, the largest crowd to watch the Cactus Bowl.
Bruising Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne gave everyone at Arizona Stadium a preview of what he would accomplish in his outstanding college career in the 8th Annual Cactus Bowl.
Quarterback Zebby Lethridge successfully directed a no-huddle offense and running back Byron Hanspard set bowl records with 260 yards rushing and four touchdowns to lead Texas Tech to a 55–41 win over Air Force in the 7th Annual Cactus Bowl.
Quarterback John Walsh and the Cougar offense clicked on all cylinders and the defense dominated throughout as BYU cruised past Oklahoma, 31–6, in the 6th Annual Cactus Bowl on a 65-degree night at Arizona Stadium.
Kansas State put the finishing touches on one of the best seasons in school history with a 52–17 win over Wyoming in the 5th Annual Cactus Bowl, in front of a then-record crowd of 49,075 fans.
Despite more than 1,100 yards of total offense and 59 points, the final outcome wasn’t decided until Washington State’s Aaron Price drilled a 22-yard field goal to give the Cougars a 31–28 win over Utah in the 4th Annual Cactus Bowl.
Running back Vaughn Dunbar and quarterback Trent Green broke school records and the Indiana defense made several big plays as the Hoosiers recorded the only shutout in Cactus Bowl history, a 24–0 win over Baylor on a 55-degree night in Tucson.
After a wild comeback on a 69-degree New Year’s Eve night in Tucson and an electrifying punt return for a touchdown, the 2nd Annual Cactus Bowl came down to a two-point conversion attempt with 49 seconds on the clock.
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The Pac-10 Conference’s Arizona Wildcats and Atlantic Coast Conference’s North Carolina State Wolfpack clashed in the inaugural Insight (Copper) Bowl on New Year’s Eve, 1989, in front of 37,237 fans on the Wildcats’ home field at Arizona Stadium on a 59-degree evening.