2008 Motor City - Profiles, History & More
Central Michigan WR Bryan Anderson
Central Michigan WR Bryan Anderson
Posted Dec 19, 2008

Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2008 Motor City Bowl.

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Florida Atlantic (6-6
) vs. Central Michigan (8-4)

Dec. 24th, 8:00 pm, ESPN

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By Richard Cirminiello

Motor City Bowl History
2007 Purdue 51, Central Mich 48
2006 C. Michigan 31, Middle Tenn14
2005 Memphis 38, Akron 31
2004 Connecticut 39, Toledo 10
2003 Bo. Green 28, Northwestern 24
2002 Boston College 51, Toledo 25
2001 Toledo 23, Cincinnati 16
2000 Marshall 25, Cincinnati 14
1999 Marshall 21, BYU 3
1998 Marshall 48, Louisville 29
1997 Mississippi 34, Marshall 31

Best Golden Eagle Bowl Moment: TCU entered the 2000 Mobile Alabama Bowl with the nation’s No. 1 defense, top rusher in LaDainian Tomlinson, and a nifty 10-1 record. The Horned Frogs left the Heart of Dixie with their second blemish.  Southern Miss rallied in the fourth quarter to stun the TCU 28-21 when Jeff Kelly found Kenneth Johnson for the game-winning touchdown with eight ticks left in the game.

Best Trojan Bowl Moment: In its brief stay in the FBS, Troy has split its two bowl appearances, losing to Northern Illinois in the 2004 Silicon Valley Bowl and routing Rice in the 2006 New Orleans Bowl. As was the case throughout the season, QB Omar Haugabook was the headliner for the Trojans, accounting for 319 total yards and five touchdowns.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Notre Dame: SS David Bruton. Of this year’s class of draft-eligible Irish players, no one has greater upside for the NFL than Bruton, a big-hitting safety with the speed and hops usually reserved for cornerbacks. A track guy when he arrived in South Bend, he’ll be leaving as a 210-pound enforcer who has made 93 tackles and a team-high three picks this season.  

Hawaii: DE David Veikune. Veikune took flight in the Oct. 14 defeat of Louisiana Tech, and has been soaring into opposing backfields ever since. The Warriors top pass rusher and MVP of the 2008 season, he’s racked up 14 tackles for loss and nine sacks over the last eight games, which ought to concern a flimsy Notre Dame offensive line.

Breakout Player ...

Notre Dame: TE Kyle Rudolph. The new Tight End U. has located its newest member of the fraternity. Forced into a prominent role when starter Mike Ragone tore his ACL in August, Rudolph has responded with 25 catches for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns. At 6-6 and 252 pounds, he already has the size of a future Mackey Award candidate to go with the long stride to create nightmares for opposing linebackers. 

Hawaii: QB Greg Alexander. Okay, Alexander is not the second-coming of Colt Brennan, but he sure has done a nice impression since replacing Inoke Funaki in October. The first-year transfer from Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College with the rocket arm has thrown 12 touchdown passes and just two interceptions since entering the lineup six games ago. He’s also shown unexpected mobility for a 6-5, 240-pounder, scrambling for positive yards in each of those games.   

Best Non-Game Event
For the players, it’s the Motor City Bowl “Players Night Out”. For the fans, it has to be the pre-game pep rally in Greektown.

Player Gift Package
Players from each school will receive a leather, rolling logoed athletic travel bag, a computer/backpack style bag, a Motor City Bowl commemorative watch, and an autographed Motor City Bowl souvenir football.

Charitable Component
The Motor City Bowl contributes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It’s also a prominent member of the Stocking Stuffer Program, in which corporate donations benefit charities and students throughout the Metro Detroit and southeast Michigan area.

How Success is Measured
The bowl's success is measured by the combination of attendance and local economic impact.

MVP of the Bowl
The bowl's Executive Director Ken Hoffman is the visionary that devised the plan to bring a college bowl game to Detroit, and that it is a celebration of the city's legacy with the auto industry. He brought in partner, George Perles, and even today continues to be the driving force behind the Motor City Bowl.

Impact to the Community
The Metro Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates that the Motor City Bowl generates an economic impact of $14 million on the Greater Detroit economy.

Role of Volunteers
The Motor City Bowl is a non-BCS bowl game, and is also only in its 12th year of operation. Therefore, the bowl does not have the available budget of older, more historic bowls. Further, the bowl is not in one of the nation's warm weather climates during the winter months, which impacts the outdoor "play time" available to the bowl travel parties and the ancillary sponsor opportunities that go with such advantages. This combination makes for a limited paid-staff, even though the same tasks that are required to operate a successful bowl in those other locales must be carried out.  As a result, volunteers are the lifeblood of the Motor City Bowl's success.

Florida Atlantic Bowl History (1-0)
2007 New Orleans Florida Atlantic 44, Memphis 27
Central Mich. Bowl History (1-3)
2007 Motor City Purdue 51, Central Mich 48
2006 Motor City Central Mich, 31, Middle Tennessee 14
1994 Las Vegas UNLV 52, Central Mich 24
1990 California SJSU 48, Central Mich 24

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