2017 Hawai’i Bowl Post Game Notes

Attendance: 20,546
Coin Toss: FS wins, defers to second half
Most Valuable Players: Marcus McMaryion (Fresno State, QB); Steven Dunbar (Houston,

– The 23 combined first half points was the fifth lowest in bowl history.
– The six combined field goals by Fresno State’s Jimmy Camacho (4) and Houston’s Caden
Novikoff (2) were the most in Hawai‘i Bowl history.
– Camacho’s four field goals set a new Hawai‘i Bowl record
– Houston’s Alexander Myres’ 94-yard touchdown off a blocked field goal attempt in the
third quarter was the first such touchdown in bowl history.
– Houston’s Steven Dunbar’s 197 recectption yards since BSU Matt Miller had 206 in
2013, ranking Dunbar No. 5 in Hawai‘i Bowl history.
– Fresno State’s Marcus McMaryion’s two rushing touchdowns were the most by a
quarterback since J.P. Mosman of Tulane in the inaugural Hawai‘i Bowl in 2002.
– McMaryion’s 33 completions tied fellow Fresno State alum, Derek Carr (2012) and UH’s
Colt Brennan (2006) for the most ever in Hawai‘i Bowl history. McMaryion’s 48 pass
attempts ranks No. 4 in the Hawai‘i Bowl record books. His 325 passing yards was the
most since Boise State’s Grant Hedrick’s 382 in 2013.
– Fresno State linebacker Jeffrey Allison’s 13 tackles were the third most in bowl history.
– Houston’s Matt Adams’ 12 tackles ties him for fourth place all-time in Hawai‘i Bowl
– Houston’s Alexander Myres recorded the first-ever return of a blocked field goal attempt
in Hawai‘i Bowl history for a 94-yard touchdown.
– Fresno State’s Jarron Bryant recorded the sixth pick-six in Hawai‘i Bowl history for a 44-
yard touchdown return off the interception.
– FSU’s six point margin of victory ties for third smallest victory margin with Hawai‘i’s
triple-overtime, 54-48 win over Houston in 2003.
– FSU’s 33 points were the third fewest points scored by a winning team in Hawai‘i Bowl
– Fresno State’s Blake Cusick’s 58-yard punt in the first quarter was the seventh longest in
bowl history.
– The first quarter lasted 44 minutes and featured 10 drives – 5 for each team – with six
combined punts.
– The 20,546 attendance was the smallest in Hawai‘i Bowl history.
– Fresno State is now 1-2 in the Hawai‘i Bowl, Houston is now 0-2.
– The Mountain West is now 3-3 in the Hawai‘i Bowl, the American is now 0-2.

The best and not-so-best of 2017’s college football bowl game gifts for players – SBNation.com

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The 2017-18 bowl season is upon us, and players who participate in them will get gifts from their games. Players can’t be paid money, per NCAA rules, unlike most other big-revenue sports’ postseasons.

Sports Business Daily gave us the lowdown on everything players will be taking home this year. The majority of bowls stepped up their game from a couple of years ago. With the games happening around the holiday season — and the fact that these players work at this sport 12 months a year — kudos to most of these bowls for giving participants some pretty awesome gifts within the NCAA’s $550 limit.


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PRIMESPORT, ESPN Events Renew Partnership To Provide Official Ticket Exchange, VIP Hospitality and Fan Travel For College Football

ATLANTA (Nov. 29, 2017) – PRIMESPORT, an industry leader in providing VIP access to the biggest sporting events in the world, has announced a renewed and expanded partnership with ESPN Events to remain the Official VIP Hospitality and Travel Provider for all of their college football games. PRIMESPORT will also offer fans the chance to buy and sell tickets through an Official Ticket Exchange service for many of the ESPN Events College Football Games.

PRIMESPORT will provide premium VIP ticket packages and fan travel experiences for the Birmingham Bowl, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl, Celebration Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Lockheed Martin Armed Services Bowl, Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, DXL Frisco Bowl and the 2018 Orlando Kickoff and Texas Kickoff game.

ESPN Events is a branch of ESPN charged with creating and organizing sporting events to be broadcast across ESPN networks. Over the years, ESPN Events has created and organized many high-quality bowl games and has become an industry leader in providing fans with great events and elite matchups in many of college football’s marquee bowl games.

As part of the renewed partnership, PRIMESPORT will continue to offer premium ticket packages for all of ESPN Events’ college football games that include college football tickets, plus VIP Experiences like pregame field passes or exclusive pregame party access. Choice Fan Travel Packages will also be available to include hotel accommodations, game tickets, official souvenirs and more. PRIMESPORT will further offer college football fans an officially designated and approved Ticket Exchange marketplace to buy and sell tickets in a convenient, secure and protected environment.

“We are thrilled to renew and extend our partnership with ESPN Events,” said Michael Huber, Senior Vice President for Business Development at PRIMESPORT. “Just as ESPN is one of the most recognizable name in sports, PRIMESPORT’s experiences are some of the most elite in the fan experience industry. Our top priority is to give fans the best experience possible when they enjoy premier events and this partnership ensures that quality.”

For more information on official tickets, travel packages or fan-to-fan ticket exchange to any one of the nearly 20 events, visit PRIMESPORT.com.

About PRIMESPORT: PRIMESPORT is an industry leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events in the world, offering tickets, travel, hospitality and VIP experiences on behalf of more than 25 bowl games and nearly two dozen universities. PRIMESPORT additionally partners with over 150 teams, leagues and events, including select NCAA Championships, NHL fixtures, 20 NFL teams, and many more. For more information, visit www.PRIMESPORT.com or call (800)591-9198.


About ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages. ESPN Media Contact: Anna Negron at 860-766-2233 or anna.m.negron@espn.com.

Houston, Fresno State To Meet In 2017 Hawai‘i Bowl

HONOLULU – The University of Houston and Fresno State will participate in the 2017 HAWAI‘I BOWL, announced by Hawai‘i Bowl executive director Daryl Garvin. The game will pit the Cougars (7-4) of the American Athletic Conference against the Bulldogs (9-4) of the Mountain West.

The 2017 HAWAI‘I BOWL is scheduled for Christmas Eve (Sunday, Dec. 24) at Aloha Stadium. Kick-off is 8:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. HST and will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio. All games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN app, computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.

Fans can purchase tickets online at www.eTicketHawaii.com and print them on their home computer. They can also visit the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office and Aloha Stadium Box Office (Monday– Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or call (808) 944-2697 during the same hours.

“On behalf of the Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Committee, I congratulate Houston and Fresno State on their successful seasons and look forward to an exciting match-up at Aloha Stadium,” Garvin said. “Throughout bowl week, the players, coaches and fans will experience the Aloha Spirit combined with the holiday season to make for a once in a lifetime bowl experience.”

Under first-year head coach Major Applewhite, the Cougars will make their second trip to the HAWAI‘I BOWL and first since appearing in the 2003 game. UH, which finished second in The American’s West Division, will play in a bowl game for the fifth consecutive season and 12th in the last 15 years. Applewhite took over the program full-time this season after coaching the Cougars in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl. Despite playing 11 games in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Applewhite became only the fifth coach in school history to lead his team to a bowl game in his first season as head coach.

“We’re excited to head to Hawai‘i to face Fresno State in this year’s Hawai‘i Bowl,” Applewhite said. “The trip provides not only a great reward for our program, but a great challenge as well. Coach Tedford’s teams have always been well-coached and prepared, and we know we will receive their best efforts. Our preparation starts today and our focus will be on sending our seniors out as one of the most-winningest classes in program history.”

Fresno State will appear in its third HAWAI‘I BOWL since 2012 and will make its first bowl game since the 2014 HAWAI‘I BOWL and 15th overall bowl in the last 19 years. The West Division champion Bulldogs finished as MW runners-up after falling to Boise State 17-14 in the championship game on Saturday. After posting a 1-11 mark in 2016, first-year head coach Jeff Tedford led Fresno State to an eight-win improvement, which is among the highest in FBS history.

“To finish this incredible season that Coach Tedford has led our program to with the Hawai‘i Bowl is an honor,” said interim AD Steve Robertello. “We look forward to returning to the Islands and representing the Mountain West.”

The American teams have appeared in the HAWAI‘I BOWL just once prior with Cincinnati competing in the 2015 game. Houston, which appeared in the 2003 HAWAI‘I BOWL as members of the Conference USA, lost to Hawai‘i 54-48 in triple overtime in one of the bowl’s most exciting games.

Mountain West teams have appeared in the HAWAI‘I BOWL every year since 2012. Fresno State is 0-2 in two previous HAWAI‘I BOWL appearances with losses to SMU (43-10) in 2012 and Rice (30-6) in 2014. However, MW teams have won the last two Hawai‘i Bowls – San Diego State in 2015 and Hawai‘i in 2016.

The participating teams will be enjoying accommodations at the Sheraton Waikiki and Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa with our official resort partner, SPG Resorts.   


ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Florida); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); DXL Frisco Bowl (Frisco, Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); The Home Depot College Football Awards Presented by Gildan (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)


Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (Hartford, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 presented by State Farm (Portland, Ore.); Puerto Rico Tip-OffState Farm Champions Classic (Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

About the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism, the leading industry for the Hawaiian Islands. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai‘i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the visitor industry and general public. HTA annually supports a wide range of Hawaiian cultural celebrations, community festivals and sports events to perpetuate Hawai‘i’s legacy and showcase the islands’ natural resources.

For more information about HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. Follow updates about HTA on FacebookTwitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.