Game History - Fiesta Bowl | Fiesta Bowl

Dec 2018

TCU 10
Cal 7

In a match-up that featured two of the top 30 defenses in college football, TCU escaped the 30th Annual Cheez-It Bowl with a 10-7 overtime victory over Cal. The teams combined for nine interceptions, the most in Cheez-It Bowl history.

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Dec 2017

Kansas State 35

In his 19th bowl appearance, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder led the Kansas State Wildcats to a 35-17 win over the UCLA Bruins on December 26th in the 29th Annual Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. Down by 10 going into the second half, Kansas State scored 28 unanswered points to complete the comeback and help Snyder to his 210th career victory.

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Dec 2016

Baylor 31
Boise State 12

The Baylor Bears dominated in the Big 12 vs Mountain West matchup, breaking a school record for their 7th consecutive bowl appearance. The Bears started off strong with receiver KD Cannon reaching the 200-yard mark against Boise State for the first time since the Bronco’s MAACO Bowl appearance in 2011. Baylor outgained Boise State 515-388 and forced three Bronco turnovers in the game. With their quick-hitting offense led by freshman quarterback Zach Smith, Baylor closed out their season with nothing short of a bang.

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Jan 2016

West Virginia 43
Arizona State 42

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.

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Jan 2015

Washington 22
Oklahoma St. 30

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.

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Dec 2013

Michigan 14
Kansas State 31

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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Dec 2012

Texas Christian University 16
Michigan St. 17

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.

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Dec 2011

Iowa 14
Oklahoma 31

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.

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Dec 2010

Missouri 24
Iowa 27

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.

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Dec 2009

Iowa St. 14
Minnesota 13

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?

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Dec 2008

Kansas 42
Minnesota 21

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.

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Dec 2007

Indiana 33
Oklahoma St. 49

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.

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Dec 2006

Texas Tech 44
Minnesota 41

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.

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Dec 2005

Arizona St. 45
Rutgers 40

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.

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Dec 2004

Notre Dame 21
Oregon St. 38

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

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Dec 2003

California 52
Virginia Tech 49

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.

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Dec 2002

Pittsburgh 38
Oregon St. 13

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.

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Dec 2001

Syracuse 26
Kansas St. 3

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.

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Dec 2000

Pittsburgh 29
Iowa St. 37

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!

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Dec 1999

Colorado 62
Boston College 28

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.

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Dec 1998

West Virginia 31
Missouri 34

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.

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Dec 1997

New Mexico 14
Arizona 20

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.

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Dec 1996

Wisconsin 38
Utah 10

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.

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Dec 1995

Air Force 41
Texas Tech 55

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.

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Dec 1994

BYU 31
Oklahoma 6

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.

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Dec 1993

Kansas St. 52
Wyoming 17

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.

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Dec 1992

Utah 28
Washington St. 31

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.

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Dec 1991

Indiana 24
Baylor 0

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.

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Dec 1990

California 17
Wyoming 15

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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Dec 1989

North Carolina St. 10
Arizona 17

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.

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