Hawai‘i To Make 10th Appearance In EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i has accepted an invitation to the 2021 EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl.

The Rainbow Warriors (6-7) will represent the Mountain West and will face Memphis of the American Athletic Conference in the 19th edition of the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl.

“On behalf of the EasyPost Hawaiʻi Bowl Executive Committee and ESPN Events, I’m pleased to announce the University of Hawaiʻi has accepted an invitation to represent the Mountain West in the 2021 EasyPost Hawaiʻi Bowl,” said EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin.

UH will be making its 10th Hawai‘i Bowl appearance and playing in its 15th bowl all-time with an 8-6 overall record. Hawai‘i is bowl bound for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in the last six years.

Under the direction of second-year head coach Todd Graham, the Rainbow Warriors finished the season in a tie for fourth place in the MW’s West Division. Hawai‘i is among the nation’s leaders in takeaways (27) while defensive back Khoury Bethley is tied for the FBS lead with five interceptions. All-purpose back Calvin Turner, Jr., leads the team with 12 touchdowns.

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl will be played Friday, Dec. 24 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus. Kickoff is 3 p.m. HT (8 p.m. ET) and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Tickets for the 2021 EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl are currently on sale at etickethawaii.com or at the UH Ticket Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. HST). All attendees must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative test and download the LumiSight UH app where they will upload their vaccination card/test results and complete the daily health check-in. Anyone entering the state of Hawai‘i must adhere to the state’s Safe Travels program. Click here for more information about Safe Travels Hawai‘i.

ESPN Events 

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 12 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, 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 websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

About EasyPost:

The platform behind billions of packages, EasyPost’s reliable, scalable, and flexible shipping API empowers eCommerce businesses across the globe to ship with ease. Compare rates of 100+ carriers through a single integration and take advantage of our RESTful API’s 99.99% uptime; the most reliable in the industry. Tap into our data-backed optimizations to save up to 74% on shipping costs and improve on-time delivery to 90 percent or higher. We’ve already saved our customers tens of thousands of hours of development, removing technical complexities and allowing them to focus on business growth. We’re just getting started! Visit EasyPost.com to set up an account today.

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Media contacts

EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl Contact: Derek Inouchi at 808-956-4478 or hawaiibowlmedia@gmail.com
ESPN Events Media Contact: Bill Hofheimer at 860-766-9589 or bill.hofheimer@espn.com

Memphis Accepts Invitation to EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl

HONOLULU – The University of Memphis has accepted an invitation to the 2021 EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl. Representing the American Athletic Conference, the Tigers (6-6) will meet a team from the Mountain West in the 19th edition of the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl.

“We are thrilled to welcome the University of Memphis Tigers to the EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl, and look forward to sharing the aloha spirit with their student athletes, administrators and fans,” said EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin.

Memphis became bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season after a 33-28 win over Tulane on Saturday. The Tigers will be making their 15th all-time bowl appearance with a 6-8 overall bowl record.

The Tigers feature one of the nation’s top wide receivers in Calvin Austin III, who has 1,149 yards on 74 receptions and 10 total touchdowns. Defensively, linebacker JJ Russell is among the nation’s leaders in tackles with 123. Head Coach Ryan Silverfield (14-10) is in his second full season at Memphis and will be coaching his third bowl game with the Tigers.

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl will be played Friday, Dec. 24 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus. Kickoff is 3 p.m. HST (8 p.m. ET) and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Tickets for the 2021 EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl went on sale Monday, Nov. 29, online at etickethawaii.com or at the UH Ticket Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. HST). All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and download the LumiSight UH app where they will upload their vaccination card and complete the daily health check-in. Anyone entering the state of Hawai‘i must adhere to the state’s Safe Travels program. Click here for more information about Safe Travels Hawai‘i.

 

ESPN Events 

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 12 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, 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 websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

About EasyPost:

The platform behind billions of packages, EasyPost’s reliable, scalable, and flexible shipping API empowers eCommerce businesses across the globe to ship with ease. Compare rates of 100+ carriers through a single integration and take advantage of our RESTful API’s 99.99% uptime; the most reliable in the industry. Tap into our data-backed optimizations to save up to 74% on shipping costs and improve on-time delivery to 90 percent or higher. We’ve already saved our customers tens of thousands of hours of development, removing technical complexities and allowing them to focus on business growth. We’re just getting started! Visit EasyPost.com to set up an account today.

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Media contacts

EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl Contact: Derek Inouchi at 808-956-4478 or hawaiibowlmedia@gmail.com

ESPN Media Contact: Amanda Brooks at 704-973-5042 or Amanda.D.Brooks@espn.com

EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl Tickets On Sale

HONOLULU – Tickets for the 2021 EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl go on sale Monday, Nov. 29 either online at etickethawaii.com or at the UH Ticket Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. HST).

The 19th edition of the bowl game will be played Friday, Dec. 24 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus, and will feature a team from the Mountain West against a team from the American. Kickoff is 3 p.m.

Prices:

Sidelines – $65

Diamond Head Endzone – $50

‘Ewa Endzone – $30

Fees may apply

In order to attend the game, attendees must show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Spectators must download the free LumiSight UH health check app, where they will be able to upload their vaccination card (24 hours prior) and complete the daily health screening prior to entering the campus.

LumiSight UH is available for free on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It is also available on the LumiSight UH website for those without access to a suitable mobile device, or those who prefer not to download the mobile app.

The Ching Complex will serve as the temporary home of the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl while construction of the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District is completed.

For more game day information and guidelines for the Ching Complex, visit TheHawaiiBowl.com.

ESPN Events 

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, 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 websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

About EasyPost:

The platform behind billions of packages, EasyPost’s reliable, scalable, and flexible shipping API empowers eCommerce businesses across the globe to ship with ease. Compare rates of 100+ carriers through a single integration and take advantage of our RESTful API’s 99.99% uptime; the most reliable in the industry. Tap into our data-backed optimizations to save up to 74% on shipping costs and improve on-time delivery to 90 percent or higher. We’ve already saved our customers tens of thousands of hours of development, removing technical complexities and allowing them to focus on business growth. We’re just getting started! Visit EasyPost.com to set up an account today.

 

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Media contacts

Hawai‘i Bowl Contact: Derek Inouchi at 808-956-4478 or hawaiibowlmedia@gmail.com

ESPN Media Contact: Amanda Brooks at 704-973-5042 or Amanda.D.Brooks@espn.com

EasyPost Named New Title Sponsor for Hawai‘i Bowl

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Bowl has signed a three-year title sponsorship agreement with EasyPost to become the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl. The ESPN Events’ owned and operated event is set for Christmas Eve – Friday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/3 p.m. HT, featuring a team from the Mountain West versus a team from the American Athletic Conference. Founded in 2012, EasyPost is the first RESTful API for shipping. The title sponsorship was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment, a Playfly Sports company.

The 19th edition of the bowl game will be played at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus.

“This year marks a new chapter for our bowl game with a new title sponsor, and kick off at the new Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on Christmas Eve,” said Daryl Garvin, executive director. “We are thrilled to welcome EasyPost to Hawaii’s holiday tradition.”

“EasyPost is extremely proud to be the title sponsor for the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl,” said Jarrett Streebin, Founder and CEO of EasyPost. “The team behind our best-in-class shipping API is honored to support these best-in-class athletes on their journeys to greatness. EasyPost can’t wait to cheer on these talented athletes as they participate in this beloved football tradition.”


About EasyPost:

The platform behind billions of packages, EasyPost’s reliable, scalable, and flexible shipping API empowers eCommerce businesses across the globe to ship with ease. Compare rates of 100+ carriers through a single integration and take advantage of our RESTful API’s 99.99% uptime; the most reliable in the industry. Tap into our data-backed optimizations to save up to 74% on shipping costs and improve on-time delivery to 90 percent or higher. We’ve already saved our customers tens of thousands of hours of development, removing technical complexities and allowing them to focus on business growth. We’re just getting started! Visit EasyPost.com to set up an account today.

 

About Impression Sports & Entertainment

Impression Sports & Entertainment, a division of Playfly Sports, is an international sports marketing agency that provides clients with full-service sponsorship sales representation, sponsorship consulting and venue naming rights services. Founded in 2011 and based in Denver, Impression Sports partners with top organizations in the sports world including USC, Florida Citrus Sports, The Independence Bowl Foundation, New Orleans Pelicans, Auburn University, the Fiesta Bowl Organization, USA Swimming, Sun Bowl Association and ESPN Events among others. Follow Impression Sports and Entertainment on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook: @ImpressionISE.

www.impressionsports.com

 

About Playfly Sports

Playfly Sports is the full-service, leading sports marketing and media company that enables brands to engage with sports fans on a local, regional, and national level through scaled linear, digital, and experiential assets. Playfly Sports drives outcome-based solutions into 90-million households via more than 7,800 live U.S. broadcasts of MLB, NBA, and NHL games; and influences sports fans of all ages through the management of high school and college multimedia rights, uniform branding, and high-profile sports sponsorship platforms. The company introduces high school and college students to career development opportunities in esports through CSL Esports, operators of North America’s largest college esports league. Playfly Sports has the unique ability to partner, innovate, and advance the aspirations of athletes, brands, academic institutions, and sports fans across the U.S. Playfly Sports is Powered by Partnership. Visit Playfly Sports online at playfly.com and follow Playfly Sports on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook: @PlayflySports.

www.playfly.com

ESPN Events 

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, 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 websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.

Smith leads Louisiana Tech past Hawai’i 31-14 in SoFi Hawai’i Bowl

HONOLULU — Skip Holtz felt the need to refocus his players after they spent the better part of a week in paradise.

The sixth-year Louisiana Tech coach dressed down his team one night before the bowl game and it certainly appeared to pay off.

J’Mar Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score in a big third quarter to lead Louisiana Tech to a 31-14 win over Hawai’i in the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (8-5) rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to secure their fifth bowl victory in as many seasons, a program first.

“I got a little bit upset (Friday) night, got a little emotional last night because I felt like we were here for vacation and the bowl game, not for the win, and I was wrong. These guys flipped the switch, they went out there and they played their tails off,” Holtz said.

Defensive end Jaylon Ferguson, who had 2 1/2 sacks to become the NCAA’s career leader, said Holtz’s fiery talk ignited the Bulldogs.

“We thought it was just a typical meeting but he turned it up on us. He turned it all the way around on us,” Ferguson said. “Being in Hawai’i and waking up to the ocean view is relaxing, to be honest, and it felt like everybody was a little too relaxed. But after last night we were all dialed up. Me and my roommate, we stayed up and talked about it all night. We all knew Coach was upset. We know we came here to win. We know he wants to win, and everything that was said wasn’t negative at all, it was to encourage us.”

Smith threw for 285 yards on 19-of-31 passing with an interception. He tossed a 58-yard touchdown to Jaqwis Dancy and scored on a 4-yard run that was part of a 21-point third quarter.

Louisiana Tech took the lead for good on Israel Tucker‘s 5-yard TD run with 10:27 left in the third.

“In the first half I thought our defense played their tails off. Our offense had three turnovers, we shot ourselves in the foot, we had a number of foolish penalties, we just kept kind of shooting ourselves in the foot. But we came out in the second half, we kept banging that rock and the defense played 60 minutes. I’m proud of these guys, the way they came in, the way they competed,” Holtz said.

Ferguson set the sacks record when he dropped Hawai’i quarterback Chevan Cordeiro for a 2-yard loss late in the third quarter.

“The play that it happened on wasn’t by me, but created by the effort on the back end,” said Ferguson, who finished the season with 17 1/2 sacks.

His 45 career sacks broke the previous mark set by Arizona State’s Terrell Suggs.

“Coming into the game, that wasn’t my goal. The goal was to win the game in Hawaii. I could have had zero sacks tonight as long as we won the game,” said Ferguson, selected MVP of the game along with Hawaii defensive end Kendall Hune.

Hawai’i played without wide receiver John Ursua, who leads the nation with 16 touchdown catches. Ursua, sidelined with an undisclosed injury, was ruled out just minutes before the start of the game.

The Bulldogs had a Hawai’i Bowl-record nine sacks, four by Willie Baker. Amik Robertson had two of their three interceptions.

It was the most sacks allowed in a game by Hawai’i.

“They’re really good,” Hawai’i coach Nick Rolovich said of Louisiana Tech’s defensive line. “I think that’s the best defensive front we’ve seen. They can get home with three (pass rushers), they can get home with four, they’re an extremely talented group and I think they were motivated today.”

The Rainbow Warriors (8-6) were just 2 of 14 on third down and got penalized 12 times for 140 yards.

Hawai’i is 6-6 in bowl games and 4-4 in the Hawai’i Bowl. The Rainbow Warriors lead the series against Louisiana Tech 8-3.

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs entered with the 28th-best pass defense in the country, allowing just 193.6 yards per game. They held Hawai’i’s ninth-ranked passing offense to 168 yards, well below its average of 321.2 yards. Three of four starters in the secondary will be back for Louisiana Tech next season.

Hawai’i: While the Rainbow Warriors were denied their second Hawai’i Bowl victory in three seasons, they still improved by five wins from last year’s 3-9 record and finished with the program’s first winning season since 2010. All but three of 22 starters are expected to return next year.

“I think eight wins is a very encouraging step for this program, but we don’t feel very good right now,” Rolovich said. “When you take a step back and think about what this team has done, I think that there’s a lot of positives.”

A HAPPY RETURN

While it was the Bulldogs’ first appearance in the Hawai’i Bowl, it was Holtz’s second win in two trips to the postseason game. He previously coached East Carolina to a 41-38 victory over Boise State in the 2007 Hawai’i Bowl.

“I had the opportunity to bring one other team out here and I said to these players that this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and we have the opportunity to make this trip and it will be a lifetime of memories,” Holtz said.

UP NEXT

Louisiana Tech, which will have to replace three of its four starting defensive linemen and five of its 11 defensive starters next year, kicks off at Texas on Aug. 31.

Hawai’i opens against Arizona on Aug. 24, its first of three consecutive Pac-12 opponents to begin the 2019 season. It will host Oregon State the following week before visiting Washington.

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25

Hawai‘i Bowl Names SoFi As New Title Sponsor

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Bowl has named SoFi (pronounced so-FI) as its new title sponsor. The 17th edition of the SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl will feature the hometown University of Hawai‘i against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5:30 p.m. HT (10:30 p.m. ET) at Aloha Stadium and will air on ESPN and available via the ESPN app.

“On behalf of our executive committee and football fans across the islands, I’m pleased to welcome SoFi as our new title sponsor,” said Daryl Garvin, executive director of the bowl. “There is no place like Hawai‘i during the holidays and SoFi will quickly become a part of our holiday traditions in the islands and across the country with the ESPN telecast of the SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl.”

“SoFi is all about fostering and rewarding the ambition of our members, and the Hawai‘i Bowl annually celebrates the ambitions of two great teams,” said Margi Brown, vice president of marketing and media at SoFi. “We’re proud to be the Hawai‘i Bowl entitlement sponsor as well as a long-time partner of ESPN.”

Tickets are on sale for the 2018 SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl. Tickets range from $45 for sideline seating to $20 for general admission end zone seating. Visit www.TheHawaiiBowl.comfor more information.

About SoFi

SoFi helps people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions. Our products for borrowing, saving, spending, investing, and protecting give our more than half a million members fast access to tools to get their money right. SoFi membership comes with the key essentials for getting ahead, including career advisors and connection to a thriving community of like-minded, ambitious people. For more information, visit SoFi.com.

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.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 32 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 15 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 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.

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitteror YouTube pages.

HAWAI‘I, LOUISIANA TECH TO FACE OFF IN 2018 HAWAI‘I BOWL

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i (Mountain West) and Louisiana Tech (Conference USA) will meet in the 2018 HAWAI‘I BOWL. The Rainbow Warriors (8-5) and Bulldogs (7-5) will play Saturday, Dec. 22 at Aloha Stadium.

Kick-off is 5:30 p.m. HT / 10:30 p.m. ET 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.

Tickets are currently on sale with prices ranging from $45 for sideline seating to $20 for general admission end zone seating. Fan may 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’m proud to announce this thrilling match-up between Louisiana Tech University and the University of Hawai‘i and congratulate both teams on successful seasons,” Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin said. “What better location to end a football season than the beautiful and scenic island of O‘ahu.”

UH will make its eighth Hawai‘i Bowl appearance and second in the last three years while Tech will appear in the bowl for the first time and make its 11thall-time bowl appearance. The Bulldogs are one of only four teams in the country to win four straight bowl games the last four seasons, all under head coach Skip Holtz.

“We could not be more excited to represent Louisiana Tech in the Hawai‘i Bowl,” Holtz said. “I want to thank the Hawai‘i Bowl committee, the people of Hawai‘i and everyone involved for giving us this incredible opportunity to play our final game of the 2018 season in the great state of Hawai‘i. I am very excited for this football team to experience the culture and hospitality of the Hawai‘i Bowl while also having the opportunity to face off against a great opponent in such a historic stadium. This is a once in a lifetime experience for many of our players, coaches and fans.

“I have been to the Hawai‘i Bowl before and it is an unbelievable bowl experience that is second to none as far as the culture, the destination and the people involved are concerned. The beauty and uniqueness of the Hawai‘i Bowl is what makes this bowl so special.”

In his sixth year, Holtz has guided Tech to five straight winning seasons, including this year, in which the Bulldogs were tied for runner-up in C-USA’s West Division. Holtz has a 45-33 record at the Ruston, La., school and a 133-104 overall mark, which includes a five-year stint at East Carolina, where he led the 2007 squad to a Hawai‘i Bowl victory over Boise State.

In just his third season as head coach, Nick Rolovich has directed the Rainbow Warriors to two bowls including a win over Middle Tennessee in the 2016 Hawai‘i Bowl. Rolovich has led UH to a five-win improvement from last year – among the best in the nation – and a runner-up finish in the MW’s West Division. The Warriors, who are assured a winning record for the first time since 2010, will make their 12thall-time bowl appearance, which includes a 4-3 mark in the Hawai‘i Bowl.

“We’re extremely proud to represent our University in the Hawai‘i Bowl,” Rolovich said. “We’re also very excited to rekindle some old Western Athletic Conference battles against a very talented Louisiana Tech team on December 22. It could very well be one of the more exciting games of the bowl season.”

Tech features the nation’s top sack leader in Jaylon Ferguson (15), who is also No. 2 in tackles-for-loss (23.5) while the Warriors’ prolific Run-and-Shoot offense features Top 10 quarterback Cole McDonald (3,790 yards, 35 TDs) and receiver John Ursua (1,343 yards, 16 TDs).

C-USA teams have appeared in the Hawai‘i Bowl 11 times with a 7-4 record. Mountain West teams have appeared in every Hawai‘i Bowl since 2012, including last year’s participant Fresno State, who defeated Houston of the American Athletic Conference, 33-27. MW teams have won the last three Hawai‘i Bowls.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 32 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 15 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 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); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl(Atlanta); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl(Tampa, Fla.); Birmingham Bowl(Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl(Florida); Camping World Kickoff(Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl(Boise); DXL Frisco Bowl(Texas);Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff(Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl(Dallas-Fort Worth); Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl(Nassau); Myrtle Beach Bowl(South Carolina); MEAC/SWAC Challenge(Atlanta);Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl(Nevada);   New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl(Montgomery, Ala.); SERVPRO First Responder Bowl(Dallas-Fort Worth); The Home Depot College Football Awards(Atlanta)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational(Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic(Fort Bliss, Texas);Charleston Classic(South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s(Los Angeles); 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(South Bend, Ind.); Myrtle Beach Invitational(Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off(Brooklyn, N.Y.); State Farm Champions Classic(Indianapolis) and Wooden Legacy(Fullerton, Calif.)

Collegiate Softball

St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational(Clearwater, Fla.)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitteror YouTubepages.

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.

FB: 2018 C-USA Watch List Members

The 2018 football season is right around corner and the previewing of the upcoming campaign is well underway.  Conference USA always has a number of exceptional players that make their mark both in the league and nationally.  The people who select the various college football awards are taking notice of these players once again.  Most of these individual awards have released their official watch lists during July and C-USA is well-represented.  Here is a look at C-USA’s official preseason honorees:

2018_Football_Watchlist_Members

ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS TEAM
Juwan Foggie, Sr., LB, Charlotte
Chase Hancock, Sr., LB, Marshall
Matt Bonadies, Sr., P, Middle Tennessee
Oshane Ximines, Sr., DE, Old Dominion
Picasso Nelson, Jr., Gr., DB, Southern Miss
Jalen Rhodes, Sr., RB, UTSA

BEDNARIK (DEFENSIVE PLAYER)
Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr., LB, Florida Atlantic
Jaylon Ferguson, Sr., Louisiana Tech
Oshane Ximines, Sr., DE, Old Dominion

BILETNIKOFF (WIDE RECEIVER)
Teddy Veal, Sr., Louisiana Tech
Tyre Brady, Sr., Marshall
Ty Lee, Jr., Middle Tennessee
Jalen Guyton, Jr., North Texas
Michael Lawrence, Jr., North Texas

BRONKO NAGURSKI (DEFENSIVE PLAYER)
Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr., LB, Florida Atlantic
Shelton Lewis, Sr., DB, Florida Atlantic
Jaylon Ferguson, Sr., DE, Louisiana Tech
Ryan Bee, Sr., DL, Marshall
Oshane Ximines, Sr., DE, Old Dominion

BUTKUS (LINEBACKER)
Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr., Florida Atlantic
Juwon Young, Sr., Marshall
Darius Harris, Sr., Middle Tennessee

DAVEY O’BRIEN (QUARTERBACK)
Brent Stockstill, Sr., Middle Tennessee
Mason Fine, Jr., North Texas

DOAK WALKER (RUNNING BACK)
Devin Singletary, Jr., Florida Atlantic
Tavares Thomas, Sr., Middle Tennessee
Jeremy Cox, Sr., Old Dominion
Spencer Brown, So., RB, UAB

HORNUNG (MOST VERSATILE)
Keion Davis, Sr., RB, Marshall
Kelvin Smith, Jr., TE, North Texas
Isaiah Harper, Sr., WR/KR, ODU

JIM THORPE (DEFENSIVE BACK)
Shelton Lewis, Sr., Florida Atlantic
Jalen Young, Sr., Florida Atlantic
Amik Robertson, So., Louisiana Tech
Malik Gant, Jr., Marshall

JOHN MACKEY (TIGHT END)
Harrison Bryant, Jr., Florida Atlantic
Kelvin Smith, Jr., North Texas
Logan Scott, Sr., UAB
Mik’Quan Deane, Sr., WKU

LOMBARDI (LINEMAN/LINEBACKER)
(will be announced at a later date)

LOU GROZA (KICKER)
Jose Borregales, So., FIU
Parker Shaunfield, Sr. Southern Miss
Jared Sackett, So., UTSA

MAXWELL (OUTSTANDING PLAYER)
Devin Singletary, Jr., RB, Florida Atlantic
Brent Stockstill, Gr., QB, Middle Tennessee
Mason Fine, Jr., QB, North Texas
Spencer Brown, So., RB, UAB

OUTLAND (INTERIOR LINEMAN)
O’Shea Dugas, Jr., Louisiana Tech
Ryan Bee, Sr., DL, Marshall

RAY GUY (PUNTER)
Matt Bonadies, Sr., Middle Tennessee
Bailey Cate, Jr., Old Dominion

RIMINGTON (CENTER)
Levi Brown, Jr., Marshall
Sosaia Mose, Jr., North Texas
Nick Clarke, Sr., Old Dominion
Lee Dufour, Jr., UAB
Derron Gatewood, Sr., UTEP

UNITAS GOLDEN ARM (QB)
(will be announced at a later date)

TED HENDRICKS (DEFENSIVE END)
(will be announced at a later date)

WALTER CAMP (OUTSTANDING PLAYER)
Devin Singletary, Jr., RB, Florida Atlantic
Mason Fine, Jr., QB, North Texas
Spencer Brown, So., RB, UAB

WUERFFEL (COMMUNITY SERVANT)
Juwan Foggie, Sr., LB, Charlotte
Gerald Hearns, Sr., RB, Florida Atlantic
J’Mar Smith, Jr., QB, Louisiana Tech
Chase Hancock, Sr., LB, Marshall
Brent Stockstill, Gr., Middle Tennessee
Quinn Shanbour, Sr., QB, North Texas
Oshane Ximines, Sr., DE, Old Dominion
Picasso Nelson, Jr., Gr., DB, Southern Miss
Craig Kanyangarara, Sr., LB, UAB
Kalaii Griffin, Jr., LB, UTEP
Jalen Rhodes, Sr., RB, UTSA
Josiah Tauaefa, Jr., LB, UTSA
Julien Lewis, Sr., DL, WKU

New Christmas Eve Kick-off Time For 16th Hawai’i Bowl

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Bowl has announced the 2017 Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Sunday, Dec. 24, at Aloha Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN and will feature a new kick-off time of 8:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. HT).

In its 16th year, the Hawai‘i Bowl will feature a team from the Mountain West against a team from the American Athletic Conference.

“We are very happy to announce that Hawai‘i’s holiday tradition, the Hawai‘i Bowl, remains on Christmas Eve,” said Daryl Garvin, Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director. “This will be the tenth straight year the Hawai‘i Bowl is played on December 24th and the game date is a family tradition for many visitors and kama‘?ina.”
Last year’s game featured the hometown University of Hawai‘i of the MW against CUSA’s Middle Tennessee. The Rainbow Warriors made their first appearance in the bowl since 2010 and rallied for a 52-35 victory.

The Hawai‘i Bowl is known for its high scoring (the winning team has scored 40 or more points 11 times), thrilling offenses and close games with two overtime contests and five games decided by one touchdown or less.

In addition to promoting the island way of life by sponsoring events intrinsic to Hawai‘i, the bowl supports many non-profit organizations through the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation. More than $1 million has been awarded to charities since the inception of the Hawai’i Bowl Foundation.

The bowl game was created in 2002 after the hometown University of Hawai‘i finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and was not invited to a bowl game. The Hawai‘i Bowl provides UH an invitation when bowl eligible. The Rainbow Warriors have participated in the bowl seven times.

The Hawai‘i Bowl is one of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

 

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Hawaii rallies to beat Middle Tennessee 52-35 in Hawaii Bowl

HONOLULU – Dru Brown threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns and Hawaii overcame an early deficit to beat Middle Tennessee 52-35 in the Hawaii Bowl on Saturday night.

The Rainbow Warriors (7-7) amassed 500 yards of total offense and their highest-scoring output this season to end the year on a three-game winning streak.

Brown completed 20 of 30 passes without an interception. He had a 2-yard touchdown run and was sacked just once. Brown has nine touchdowns to zero interceptions in his last two games.

“I think the offensive line played a solid role in that,” Brown said. “They played really well the last two games and really all year. Most of the time when the offense isn’t working it’s my fault. I still think I made some mistakes today, (but) they just weren’t magnified. The receivers played great and the coaches called great plays.” | More… |

2015 Hawai'i Bowl

52-35
(Final)

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