The Garden State Bowl was an annual post-season college football bowl game played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, from 1978 to 1981.[1] Freezing temperatures and a lack of successful local college teams contributed to its demise.

Game resultsEdit

Date Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 16, 1978 Arizona State 34 Rutgers 18 Notes
December 15, 1979 Temple 28 California 17 Notes
December 14, 1980 Houston 35 Navy 0 Notes
December 13, 1981 Tennessee 28 Wisconsin 21 Notes


After the demise of the Garden State Bowl following the 1981 game, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operated and scheduled events at Giants Stadium, decided to host a game in the beginning of the season, rather than the end. This led to the formation of the Kickoff Classic, which was held either the last week of August or the first week of September every year for 20 seasons.

See alsoEdit


  1. Foldesy, Jody. "Bowls burgeon as big business", The Washington Times. December 21, 1997. Page A1.
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