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EagleBank Bowl
EagleBankBowl.jpg
The logo for the EagleBank Bowl.
Stadium RFK Stadium
Location Washington, D.C.
Operated 2008–present
Conference Tie-ins ACC, Navy, Army (Independent);
MAC; C-USA; Big Ten (Alternates)
Previous Conference Tie-ins none
Payout US$1 million (each)
Sponsors
EagleBank
2008 Matchup
Navy vs. Wake Forest (WF 29–19)
2009 Matchup
UCLA vs. Temple [1] (UCLA 30–21)

The EagleBank Bowl is an annual college football bowl game first played on December 20, 2008 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium[2 ] in Washington, D.C., and is one of the two newest bowl games to be approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (the other being the St. Petersburg Bowl). The NCAA's Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee approved the bowl on April 30, 2008, allowing the committee that had proposed the game to host it after the 2008 college football season.[3] The game, which was originally dubbed "The Congressional Bowl" before sponsorship was received by EagleBank, was televised by ESPN, with kickoff scheduled for 11 AM US EST, making it officially the first bowl game of the 2008–09 postseason. Terry Gannon and David Norrie announced the inaugural game.

Prior to the game's approval by the NCAA, Navy[4] and the Atlantic Coast Conference[5] signed agreements to participate in the game if it was approved. Under the agreement, the ACC would provide its ninth-best team for the bowl if the league had nine bowl eligible (records of 6–6 or better) teams.[6]

However, if the primary options do not provide two bowl eligible teams to play or another bowl chooses one of those teams, the committee can select a team from the Mid-American Conference, Conference USA, or the Big Ten Conference as a replacement.[7]

The UCLA Bruins defeated the Temple Owls 30–21 in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl.

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Origins

The idea for the EagleBank Bowl originated with the Washington, D.C. Bowl Committee, a group founded by Marie Rudolph and Sean Metcalf in December 2006 with the intended purpose of bringing a bowl game to the Washington, D.C. area as a boon to the region's economy.[8] The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Washington, D.C. Convention and Tourism Corporation announced their support of the proposed event in 2007.[8]

The initial EagleBank Bowl game was a battle between Navy and Wake Forest University. The two teams had played earlier in the season and Navy was victorious 24–17. In the bowl game rematch, however, Wake Forest won 29–19.

Game results

Season Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
2008[9] December 20, 2008 Wake Forest 29 Navy 19
2009[10] December 29, 2009 UCLA 30 Temple 21

MVPs

Date played MVP School Position
December 20, 2008 Riley Skinner Wake Forest QB
December 29, 2009 Akeem Ayers UCLA LB

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 UCLA 1 1–0
T1 Wake Forest 1 1–0
T1 Navy 1 0–1
T1 Temple 1 0–1

See also

List of college bowl games

References

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4111912
  2. ^ EagleBank could be lead sponsor of Congressional Bowl Washington Business Journal. September 5, 2008.
  3. ^ NCAA committee approves 34 football bowl games The Associated Press, ESPN.com. April 30, 2008. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  4. ^ Mids could play in new D.C. bowl game in 2008 The Navy Times, December 12, 2007. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  5. ^ Johnson on DC Bowl: We'll play Navy Scout.com. March 31, 2008. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  6. ^ Group awaits decision on bowl Tim Lemke, The Washington Times. April 18, 2008. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  7. ^ Tenorio, Paul. "Bowl Game Brings Football Back to RFK". The Washington Post. September 11, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2008.
  8. ^ a b Proposed D.C. Bowl Would Feature Service Academies The Washington Post. November 29, 2007. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  9. ^ [http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/bowls/eagle EagleBank Wake Forest vs. Navy]
  10. ^ Temple in the EagleBank Bowl

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