SPECIAL THANKS TCU GEORGIA 2005 2008 2015 172 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl BOWL HISTORY HONORS BOWL EVENTS WELCOME 2006 – Paced by MVP Blake Mitchell’s four TD passes, Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Houston Cougars, 44-36. 2007 – In front of an AutoZone Liberty Bowl-record crowd of 63,816 fans, head coach Sylvester Croom and MVP Derek Pegues led the Mississippi State Bulldogs past George O’Leary’s UCF Knights, 10-3. 2010 – The No. 25 UCF Knights and Georgia Bulldogs played a low-scoring, hard-hitting, defensive contest. MVP Latavius Murray racked up 104 yards and scored the only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter to help the Knights take down the ‘Dawgs. The 10-6 victory was the first bowl win in UCF history. 2009 – Before a sellout crowd, Arkansas rallied to beat ECU 20-17. In the first overtime game in AutoZone Liberty Bowl history, the Razorbacks rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit behind MVP Ryan Mallett and won on Alex Tejada’s 37-yard field goal. 2008 – In the 50th edition of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Kentucky rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat the Pirates, 25-19. MVP Ventrell Jenkins returned an ECU fumble 56 yards for the gamewinning touchdown in the final minutes of the game. 2005 – Two fourth-quarter TDs by Tulsa, including MVP Paul Smith’s 4-yard run with less than three minutes to play, enabled the Golden Hurricanes to edge Fresno State, 31-24. 2011 – On a picture perfect day, #24 Cincinnati, co-champs of the Big East, battled Vanderbilt led by first-year head coach James Franklin. Behind the rushing attack of game MVP Isaiah Pead (149 yards, 1 TD) and a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD by Ralph David Abernathy IV, the Bearcats outlasted the Commodores, 31-24. 2012 – Iowa State took on C-USA Champion Tulsa in a rare rematch. The Cyclones took an early 17-7 lead, but Tulsa used its powerful running game to come back and win 31-17. Tulsa was led by game MVP Trey Watts, who rushed for 149 yards. 2013 – Mississippi State QB and game MVP Dak Prescott threw 3 TD passes and ran for 2 more as the Bulldogs defeated Rice 44-7 in the most one-sided victory in the Bowl’s history. 2014 – Texas A&M freshman QB and game MVP Kyle Allen steered the Aggies to victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers in an offensive shootout, 45-37. Allen’s 4 TD passes tied the bowl record. 2015 – Before a sellout crowd of 61,136, Arkansas RB and game MVP Alex Collins rushed for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Razorbacks over the Kansas State Wildcats, 45-23. More than 7 million viewers watched the telecast on ESPN.
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