CELEBRATING THE HISTORY
OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The 2019 season has been a celebration of
the 150 Anniversary of College Football that
traces its roots back to a game between
Princeton and Rutgers on November 6, 1869.
However, here in San Antonio we are especially
fond of the last 27 years.
The inaugural Builders Square Alamo Bowl on
December 31, 1993 was supposed to match up the
#3 team from the Southwest Conference vs. the #4
team from the Pac-10.
But when the SWC failed to produce a bowl
eligible team in that slot, Iowa was selected to play a
high-fl ying Cal team that was Rose Bowl bound until
their quarterback Dave Barr got injured. He returned
for the bowl game and Cal outscored Iowa 37-3 in
front of 45,716 fans.
The combined team payout to bring these two
teams to San Antonio was $1.4 million.
From 1995-2009 the Valero Alamo Bowl
matched the Big 12 #4/#5 team with the Big Ten
Conference #4/#5 followed by four years with the Big 12
Conference #2 team against the Pac-12 Conference
#1 team after the BCS.
Beginning in 2014, a new bowl match-up began between the #1 Big 12 team
and the #1 Pac-12 team after the CFP selections. With the help of our title sponsor
Valero, the Valero Alamo Bowl has become the #1 game outside of the CFP and
this year will combine to pay the two participating teams $8.8 million.
This popular Big 12 and Pac-12 match-up that has delivered record-setting
attendance and TV viewership will continue through 2025.
Each year brings new and unforgettable moments to the Alamodome as we
watch the Valero Alamo Bowl evolve into one of college football’s most exciting
post season games! Some of our favorite memories include TCU’s triple overtime
comeback to beat Oregon, Gardner Minshew’s record setting 35 pass completions,
Baylor and Washington’s combined 123-point game and the cheers of 66,166
fans all gathered under one dome.
Over the years the Valero Alamo Bowl has made its mark in college football
with over 62,000 average attendance in the last 10 years, $915 million in total
economic impact and $1 million in annual local scholarship giving.
As teams have come and gone, one thing is for sure, the San Antonio bowl
experience is unique and special. Here’s to another exciting game and many
more years of memorable moments at the Valero Alamo Bowl!
18 DECEMBER 31, 2019 / OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM