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The 2008 Motor City Bowl was a National Collegiate Athletic Association bowl game in which the Florida Atlantic Owls defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas 24–21. It was played on December 26, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan and aired on ESPN. The underdog FAU team from the Sun Belt Conference was led by game Most Valuable Player Rusty Smith. CMU had finished in third place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.
The game was the 12th installment of the Motor City Bowl and was attended by 41,399 people, the fourth-lowest all time for the Motor City Bowl.
| Scoring play
| 1st Quarter
|FAU – DiIvory Edgecomb 1 yard TD run (Ross Gornall kick), 7:37
| 2nd Quarter
|CMU – Kito Poblah 5 yard TD pass from Dan LeFevour (Andrew Aguila kick), 13:30
|CMU – Aguila 35 yard FG, 9:30
|FAU – Gornall 36 yard FG, :47
| 3rd Quarter
|FAU – Chris Bonner 52 yard TD pass from Rusty Smith (Gornall kick), 7:57
|CMU – Aguila 33 yard FG, 4:59
| 4th Quarter
|FAU – Cortez Gent 18 yard TD pass from Smith (Gornall kick), 10:17
|CMU – Antonio Brown 15 yard TD pass from LeFevour (Poblah pass from LeFevour), 3:09