2009 was the eighth edition of the Hawai ʻi Bowl college football bowl game, played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game started at 3:00 pm local time (8:00 pm US EST) on Thursday, December 24, 2009, with the SMU Mustangs of Conference USA beating the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Western Athletic Conference 45–10.
The 2009 Hawai
ʻi Bowl was SMU's first bowl bid since playing in Hawaii in the 1984 Aloha Bowl, and more notably was their first since the program was relaunched in 1989 after being shut down for two years due to massive NCAA rules violations. Head coach June Jones made his first appearance as a coach in Aloha Stadium since leaving Hawai in 2008 to take over the SMU football program. ʻi
SMU freshman starter
Kyle Padron, who was himself a backup until an injury earlier in the season to then starter Bo Levi Mitchell, was named the game's MVP after throwing for 460 yards and two touchdowns.
The two teams met for the first time since 2004 when they were both members of the WAC. They previously played five times from 2000–2004 with Nevada having led the series with a 3–2 record. Previous to this game, the last meeting was a 38–20 victory by SMU.
Game summary Edit
Nevada wore their home blue jerseys and SMU wore their white away jerseys.
Scoring summary Edit
SMU - Shawnbrey McNeal 9 Yd run (Matt Szymanski kick), 13:29
SMU - Shawnbrey McNeal 2 Yd run (Matt Szymanski kick), 8:22
SMU - Matt Szymanski 22 Yd, 2:49
SMU - Emmanuel Sanders 17 Yd pass from Kyle Padron (Matt Szymanski kick), 5:37
SMU - Cole Beasley 2 Yd pass from Kyle Padron (Matt Szymanski kick), 1:17
SMU - Zach Line 3 Yd run (Matt Szymanski kick), 7:45
NEV - Ricky Drake 21 Yd, 3:08
SMU - Shawnbrey McNeal 17 Yd run (Matt Szymanski kick), 3:27
NEV - Brandon Wimberly 10 Yd pass from Colin Kaepernick (Ricky Drake kick), 1:04
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