2008 Emerald Bowl
Bowl Game
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford accepts the 2008 Emerald Bowl trophy
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Miami 0 7 7 3 17
University of California, Berkeley 14 0 3 7 24
Date December 27, 2008
Season 2008
Stadium AT&T Park
Location San Francisco, California
MVP RB Jahvid Best, California (Offensive)
LB Zack Follett, California (Defensive)
Favorite Cal by 8
Referee Nick Define[1]
Halftime show Band of the Hour
University of California Marching Band
Attendance 42,268[1]
Payout US$850,000 (Pac-10) • $750,000 (ACC)
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Joe Tessitore play-by-play
Rod Gilmore color
Quint Kessenich sideline
Nielsen ratings 4.6[2]
Emerald Bowl
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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 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.[3]


A number of Emerald Bowl records were set in this game:[4]

  • Attendance: 42,268
  • Longest Pass Play: 74 yards; Nate Longshore to Verran Tucker (California)
  • Most Yards Rushing: 186 yards, Jahvid Best (California)
  • Longest Rush: 42 yards, Jahvid Best (California)
  • Quarterback Sacks By: 2, Zack Follett (California)
  • Most Total Plays: 124, Miami (73) vs. California (51)

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
Cal - Jahvid Best 1 yard TD run (Giorgio Tavecchio kick), 7:15 Cal 7-0
Cal - Best 42 yard TD run (Tavecchio kick), 4:55 Cal 14-0
2nd Quarter
Miami - Laron Byrd 9 yard TD pass from Jacory Harris (Matt Bosher kick), 12:54 Cal 14-7
3rd Quarter
Miami - Thearon Collier 6 yard TD pass from Harris (Bosher kick), 7:34 Tie 14-14
Cal - Tavecchio 23 yard FG, :27 Cal 17-14
4th Quarter
Miami - Bosher 22 yard FG, 9:13 Tie 17-17
Cal - Anthony Miller 2 yard TD pass from Nate Longshore (Tavecchio kick), 2:41 Cal 24-17


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