GEORGIA TCU SPECIAL THANKS 1992 – Playing in their fourth straight AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Air Force couldn’t get anything past No. 20 Ole Miss’s stifling defense. Game MVP Cassius Ware led a defensive unit that surrendered only 185 total yards, as the Rebels won 13-0. 1992 1997 2004 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl | 171 WELCOME BOWL EVENTS HONORS BOWL HISTORY 1993 – No. 25 Louisville scored 15 fourth-quarter points to defeat Michigan State, 18-7. Game MVP Jeff Brohm threw for 197 yards and a score, while Ralph Dawkins sealed the game with an 11-yard TD scamper late in the fourth quarter. 1997 – MVP Sherrod Gideon broke the record for most touchdown receptions, while his team set the record for largest margin of victory as No. 22 Southern Miss beat the Pittsburgh Panthers, 41-7. 1998 – Behind the running and passing of Shaun King, Tulane capped a season for the ages with a 41-27 win over BYU. The Green Wave finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record and a top 10 national ranking. 1999 – MVP Adalius Thomas and the Southern Miss defense returned a fumble for a TD and shut out Colorado State in the second half to preserve a hard-fought 23-17 win. 1994 – There was little doubt who the MVP was in this one, as Illinois QB Johnny Johnson threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Illini to a 30-0 win over the East Carolina Pirates. Johnson’s career day included a 73-yard TD pass to Jasper Strong. 1995 – East Carolina used Darren Hart’s interception return for a TD and four Chad Holcomb field goals to knock off Tyrone Willingham and the Stanford Cardinals, 19-13. Holcomb’s four field goals are the most ever in AutoZone Liberty Bowl history. 2000 – In a tightly contested matchup, No. 23 Colorado St. edged No. 22 Louisville, 22-17. MVP Cecil Sapp carried the ball an AutoZone Liberty Bowl record 36 times for 160 yards and a score to lead the Rams to victory and an 11-1 record. 2001 – For the second straight year, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl featured a matchup of two top 25 teams. MVP Dave Ragone tossed three TDs in No. 23 Louisville’s 28-10 win over No. 19 BYU. 2002 – Gary Patterson and MVP LaTerrence Dunbar led the TCU Horned Frogs to a 17-3 upset win over Sonny Lubick and No. 23 Colorado State. 1996 – Donovan McNabb and Malcolm Thomas led a Syracuse offensive attack that compiled 396 rushing yards in a 30-17 win over Houston. 2003 – Southern Miss was no match for Urban Meyer and No. 25 Utah, as the Utes’ defense recovered four fumbles, one of which was returned 73 yards for a TD by MVP Morgan Scalley, en route to a 17-0 win. 2004 – In what is considered one of the greatest college bowl games of all time, No. 7 Louisville outlasted No. 10 Boise State 44-40 in the highestscoring game in AutoZone Liberty Bowl history. MVP Stefan Lefors passed for two scores and ran for another to lead Louisville to victory.
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