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Organized by community leaders out of a need to fill hotel rooms during a traditionally slow period in a world-class destination city, the Las Vegas Bowl first kicked off on Dec. 18, 1992, and has been nationally televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC every year.
Originally pitting the champions of the Big West and Mid-American conferences, the gameâ€™s initial offering was a nail-biter as Bowling Green held on to slip by Nevada 35-34 in what was hailed by many as the best bowl game that year.
Known for the next decade as the first bowl each season, the event was switched to later in the month starting in 2001 when hometown entry UNLV defeated Arkansas on Dec. 21. Moves to Christmas Day and then to Christmas Eve were staged and, indeed, the now-named MAACO Bowl Las Vegas keeps inching up and down the calendar looking for a perfect day to pit football teams from the Pac-10 and Mountain West conferences against each other at Sam Boyd Stadium.
DID YOU KNOW?
The first-ever Division I-A overtime game took place at the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl when Toledo outlasted Nevada 40-37.
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In the last 12 years, the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas has hosted teams from the Pac-10, Mountain West, Western Athletic, Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences. Pac-10 teams have played in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas 10 times and hold a 5-6 record. Schools now in the MW have combined to play in 14 such games and sport a 9-6 record, including a winning 8-4 mark since splitting from the WAC and forming the new league in 1999.
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The first-ever woman to play in a Division I-A football game was Katie Hnida when she attempted an extra point vs. UCLA in 2002.
2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Boise State 56, Arizona State 24
MVP: BSU RB Doug Martin
2010 MAACO BOWL LAS VEGAS
Boise State 26, Utah 3
MVP: Kellen Moore
2009 MAACO BOWL LAS VEGAS (Dec. 22):
BYU 44, Oregon State 20
MVP: BYU QB Max Hall
2008 Pioneer LAS VEGAS BOWL (Dec. 20):
Arizona 31, BYU 21
MVP: UA QB Willie Tuitama
2007 Pioneer LAS VEGAS BOWL (Dec. 22):
BYU 17, UCLA 16
MVP: BYU WR Austin Collie
2006 Pioneer PureVision LAS VEGAS BOWL (Dec. 26):
BYU 38, Oregon 8
MVP: BYU TE Johnny Harline
2005 Pioneer PureVision LAS VEGAS BOWL (Dec. 22):
California 35, BYU 28
MVP: Cal RB Marshawn Lynch
2004 Pioneer PureVision LAS VEGAS BOWL (Dec. 23):
Wyoming 24, UCLA 21
MVP: UW QB Corey Bramlet
2003 LAS VEGAS BOWL XII (Dec. 24):
Oregon State 55, New Mexico 14
MVP: OSU RB Steven Jackson
2002 SEGA Sports LAS VEGAS BOWL (Dec. 25):
UCLA 27, New Mexico 13
MVP: UCLA WR Craig Bragg
2001 SEGA Sports LAS VEGAS BOWL (Dec. 25):
Utah 10, USC 6
MVP: Utah RB Dameon Hunter
2000 LAS VEGAS BOWL IX (Dec. 21):
UNLV 31, Arkansas 14
MVP: UNLV QB Jason Thomas
1999 LAS VEGAS BOWL VIII (Dec. 18):
Utah 17, Fresno State 16
MVP: Utah RB Mike Anderson
1998 LAS VEGAS BOWL VII (Dec. 19):
North Carolina 20, San Diego St. 13
MVP: UNC QB Ronald Curry
1997 LAS VEGAS BOWL VI (Dec. 20):
Oregon 41, Air Force 13
MVP: OU WR Pat Johnson
1996 LAS VEGAS BOWL V (Dec. 18):
Nevada 18, Ball State 15
MVP: UNR LB Sam Crawford
1995 LAS VEGAS BOWL IV (Dec. 14):
Toledo 40, Nevada 37 (OT)
MVP: UT RB Wasean Tait
1994 LAS VEGAS BOWL III (Dec. 15):
UNLV 52, Central Michigan 24
MVP: UNLV WR Henry Bailey
1993 LAS VEGAS BOWL II (Dec. 17):
Utah State 42, Ball State 33
MVP: USU QB Anthony Calvillo
1992 LAS VEGAS BOWL I (Dec. 18):
Bowling Green 35, Nevada 34
MVP: BGSU QB Erik White