American Football Database
1987 SeaWorld Holiday Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Iowa 0 7 0 13 20
University of Wyoming 12 7 0 0 19
Date December 30, 1987
Season 1987
Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offensive: Craig Burnett (Wyoming)
Defensive: Anthony Wright[disambiguation needed] (Iowa)
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 61,892[1]
Payout US$771,624 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Holiday Bowl
 < 1986  1988

The 1987 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1987 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the 18th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, and the 10-2 Wyoming Cowboys.

Wyoming placekicker Greg Worker kicked field goals of 43 and 38 yards as the Cowboys jumped out to an early 6-0 lead. Quarterback Craig Burnett found James Loving for a 15 yard touchdown, and Wyoming doubled its lead to 12-0 at the end of 1 quarter. In the second quarter, Iowa blocked a punt and ran it back 10 yards for a touchdown, making it 12-7 Wyoming. Wyoming's Scott Abraham scored on a 3 yard rushing touchdown, to give Wyoming a 19-7 halftime lead.

In the fourth quarter, Iowa's Wright intercepted a Wyoming pass, and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown, cutting the margin to 19-14. David Hudson scored on a 1 yard touchdown run, capping an 86 yard drive. The 2 point conversion attempt failed, but Iowa still had a 20-19 lead. They were able to hold on for the win.

External links


  • ESPN College Football Encyclopedia