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Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg
(Formerly St. Petersburg Bowl)
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Stadium Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
Operated 2008- present
Conference tie-ins Big East, C-USA
Alternates: MAC, Sun Belt
Payout US$500,000 [1]
Sponsors
magicJack (2008)
Beef O'Brady's (2009-present)
Former names
magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl (2008)
St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's (2009)
2011 matchup
FIU vs. Marshall (Marshall 20–10)
2012 matchup
Ball State vs. UCF (December 21, 2012)

The Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl (formerly the St. Petersburg Bowl) is an NCAA-sanctioned post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, since 2008. It was first played known as the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl, after corporate sponsor magicJack. When Beef O'Brady's became the sponsor in 2009, the official name was changed to the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's. The bowl game features teams from the Big East Conference and Conference USA, unless one of the conferences does not have enough bowl eligible teams, in which case the MAC or Sun Belt Conference are eligible to send a team.

HistoryEdit

The Beef O' Brady's Bowl is the third college bowl game to be played in the Tampa Bay area; both the long-defunct Cigar Bowl and the ongoing Outback Bowl have been held across the bay in Tampa.

On April 30, 2008, the NCAA's Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee approved a to-be-named bowl for Tropicana Field to be played after the 2008 college football season.[2] On November 25, 2008, ESPN Regional Television, the game's owner, announced a one-year title sponsorship agreement with magicJack.[3]

The inaugural game was played on Dec 20, 2008, between the South Florida Bulls and Memphis Tigers, with the USF Bulls winning by a score of 41–14. USF Quarterback Matt Grothe was named Most Outstanding Player, after throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 83 yards on 15 carries.

Both the UCF Knights and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights accepted bids to play in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl on December 19, 2009. On December 9, 2009, the bowl's name was changed to the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef O'Brady's after the restaurant chain obtained a title sponsorship.[4] In the second St. Petersburg Bowl, Rutgers defeated Central Florida 45-24.

The 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's bowl pitted the Southern Miss Golden Eagles against the Louisville Cardinals on December 21, 2010. It was the 29th meeting between former Conference USA rivals.[5] After falling behind 14–0 and 21–7, Louisville came back to win their sixth contest in a row against Southern Miss, 31–28 [6]

The 2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl featured the first Sun Belt conference team to play in the game, as Florida International lost 20-10 to Marshall (Conference USA). This was the first time that the Big East was unable to send a team to the game.

StadiumEdit

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Since Tropicana Field was originally designed for baseball, the football gridiron is arranged along the right field line, from home plate to the foul pole. The game is one of three to take place in a baseball-only stadium among current post-season football contests; the others are the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (see the Emerald Bowl), played at San Francisco's AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, and Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees, hosting the Pinstripe Bowl. Between 2000 and 2005, the Insight Bowl was played at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field (see Bank One Ballpark) in Phoenix, Arizona after being moved from Tucson, while the 2001 Seattle Bowl was played at Safeco Field while CenturyLink Field was being built on the site of the Kingdome. Original plans had the Military Bowl (see Eaglebank Bowl) in Washington being played at Nationals Park, but the game has been played at RFK Stadium instead.

Game resultsEdit

Date Winning Team Losing Team Attendance Notes
December 20, 2008 South Florida 41 Memphis 14 25,205 Notes
December 19, 2009 Rutgers 45 UCF 24 28,793 Notes
December 21, 2010 Louisville 31 Southern Miss 28 20,017 Notes
December 20, 2011 Marshall 20 FIU 10 20,072 Notes
December 21, 2012 UCF 38 Ball State 17 21,759 Notes

MVPsEdit

Year MVP(s) Team Position
2008 Matt Grothe USF QB
2009 Mohamed Sanu Rutgers WR
2010 Jeremy Wright Louisville RB
2011 Aaron Dobson Marshall WR
2012 Blake Bortles UCF QB

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 UCF 2 1–1
T2 Louisville 1 1–0
T2 Marshall 1 1–0
T2 Rutgers 1 1–0
T2 South Florida 1 1–0
T2 Ball State 1 0–1
T2 FIU 1 0–1
T2 Memphis 1 0–1
T2 Southern Miss 1 0–1

Wins by conferenceEdit

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
Big East 3 0 1.000
C-USA 2 3 .400
MAC 0 1 .000
Sun Belt 0 1 .000

Game recordsEdit

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 45, Rutgers vs. UCF 2009
Fewest points allowed 10, Marshall vs. Florida International 2011
Margin of victory 27, South Florida vs. Memphis 2008
First downs 29, South Florida vs. Memphis 2008
Rushing yards 232, South Florida vs. Memphis 2008
Passing yards 401, South Florida vs. Memphis 2008
Total yards 496, South Florida vs. Memphis 2008
Individual Player, Team Year
Points scored 12, many times (Last: Rakeem Cato, Marshall) 2010
Passing touchdowns 3, Matt Grothe, South Florida 2008
Rushing yards 83, Matt Grothe, South Florida 2008
Passing yards 294, Tom Savage, Rutgers 2009
Receiving Yards 99, Tim Brown, Rutgers 2009

Former logosEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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