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2009 Fiesta - Profiles, History & More
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Posted Dec 30, 2008


Player profiles, team history, the breakout players, the best bowl moments and more for the 2009 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.


2009 Fiesta Bowl Histories & Profiles

Texas (11-1) vs. Ohio State (10-2)

January 5th, 8:00 p.m. ET, Fox

- 2008 CFN Fiesta Bowl Preview

Fiesta Bowl History
2008 West Virginia 48, Oklahoma 28
2007 Boise St 43, Oklahoma 42 OT
2006 Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
2005 Utah 35, Pitt 7
2004 Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28
2003 Ohio State 31, Miami 24 2OT
2002 Oregon 38, Colorado 16
2001 Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
2000 Nebraska 31, Tennessee 21
1999 Tennessee 23, Florida State 16
1997 (Dec.) Kansas State 35, Syracuse 18
1997 (Jan.) Penn State 38, Texas 15
1996 Nebraska 62, Florida 24
1995 Colorado 41, Notre Dame 24
1994 Arizona 29, Miami 0
1993 Syracuse 26, Colorado 22
1992 Penn State 42, Tennessee 17
1991 Louisville 34, Alabama 7
1990 Florida State 41, Nebraska 17
1989 Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21
1988 Florida State 31, Nebraska 28
1987 Penn State 14, Miami 10
1986 Michigan 27, Nebraska 23
1985 UCLA 39, Miami 37
1984 Ohio State 28, Pitt 23
1983 Arizona State 32, Oklahoma 21
1982 Penn State 26, USC 10
1980 Penn State 31, Ohio State 19
1979 Pitt 16, Arizona 10
1978 Arkansas 10, UCLA 10
1977 Penn State 42, Arizona State 30
1976 Oklahoma 41, Wyoming 7
1975 Arizona State 17, Nebraska 14
1974 Oklahoma State 16, BYU 6
1973 Arizona State 28, Pitt 7
1972 Arizona State 49, Missouri 35
1971 Arizona State 45, Florida St 38

Best Longhorn Bowl Moment: With all due respect to its recent thrilling comeback wins over USC and Michigan in the Rose Bowl, nothing defines the Texas bowl experience more than the Cotton Bowl, home to almost half of the program’s 46 bowl destinations. Arguably the most rewarding of those trips to Dallas was in 1970, when the ‘Horns came from behind twice in the fourth quarter to beat a Notre Dame team that was ending a 44-year self-imposed bowl-moratorium. The win, No. 500 in school history, cemented UT’s second national title.
 
Best Buckeye Bowl Moment: Beyond the plethora of Rose Bowl wins, nothing could compare to the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. In one of the most thrilling college football games of all-time, Ohio State upset Miami in overtime to cop its first unanimous national championship in 34 years. A distant runner-up was the come-from-behind win against USC in the 1969 Rose Bowl that put the finishing touches on that previous national title.

The Last Time You'll See ...

Ohio State:
RB Chris Wells. Depending on which other players decide to leave early, Wells has a chance to be the first back selected in April. He’s got the burst and quick feet in a 6-1, 237-pound frame that NFL types covet. Even a foot injury and modest support from the passing game and offensive line couldn’t keep the junior from running for more than 1,000 yards and eight scores. 
 
Texas: DE Brian Orakpo. After a modest beginning to his career, Orakpo put it all together at a most opportune time for himself and the program. A good fit in Will Muschamp’s up-tempo defense, he’s responded in his senior year with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks, both tops in the Big 12. His package of power and speed portend a very bright future at the next level.
 
Breakout Player ...

Texas
: WR Malcolm Williams. After toiling behind veterans Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley this season, Williams will be ready to wear the go-to tag in 2009. He showed glimpses of the future, especially in the Texas Tech game, finishing the regular season with 17 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns. At 6-3 and 218 pounds, he has the physical gifts and the work ethic to be a force, especially if Colt McCoy returns for his senior year.
 
Ohio State
: QB Terrelle Pryor. Everyone knows that the sky is the limit for Pryor once he improves his reads and fine-tunes his overall game as a passer. A bunch of practices in December and a date with a talented defense will only hasten the maturation process. If Pryor has a breakthrough game and somehow engineers an upset Texas, the expectations for his sophomore year will ramp up exponentially. 
 

Best Non-Game Event
The Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party is a New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Tempe that annually attracts 150,000 people and more than 40 bands on several stages. The fans from the four teams competing in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl are able to enjoy the event, and the Insight Bowl has been held in the afternoon on December 31 just down the street in Sun Devil Stadium. The event has a national headliner each year, including the Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Idol, Barenaked Ladies, LeAnn Rimes, Hootie & The Blowfish and Live, to name a few. Legendary band Styx will perform at this year's event. The Block Party has been named one of the top ten places in the nation to ring in the New Year by USA Today, and "The Place to Party" by The Sporting News.

Player Gift Package
Players from each team will receive a MyVu Personal Media Viewer, an Apple iPod Nano, a Kenneth Cole Tostitos Fiesta Bowl watch, a snack pack, and a game hat.

Charitable Component

As a non-profit organization, the Fiesta Bowl believes in the importance of community outreach and service.  Through our involvement and contributions to charitable groups, it has upheld its commitment of annually supporting organizations devoted to enhancing the community. The Fiesta Bowl contributes to more than 45 charities each year.

How Success is Measured
Every year is a success in a different way. The committee has been fortunate to have a sell-out in 23 of the past 24 Tostitos Fiesta Bowls and host six national championship games. The Insight Bowl continues to grow and it's an honor to be partnered with the Big 12 and Big Ten conferences in that game. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Insight Bowl and year-round events provide an economic boost to the local economy and all of its events give people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to participate. Some years they’ve got double-overtime thrillers and some years there are blowouts. However, their annual goal is to provide the best hospitality and experience possible for all of its customers, which includes the teams, fans, media, administrators and participants in all events.

MVP of the Bowl
It would be impossible to single one person out. The Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl have more than 3,000 volunteers, led this year chairman Dave Tilson, who give a great deal of time and effort in their respective areas. Some are involved with the bowl games, some with the parade, and some with the band championship. All are part of the Fiesta Bowl family and an integral part of the organizations.

Impact to the Community
The 2007 year that included the Insight Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and Tostitos BCS National Championship Game generated an economic impact of $401.7 million to the state's economy, according to the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business. In non-championship years, the games generate approximately $200 million to the state’s economy and have generated more than $2 billion to the state's economy over the last 37 years.

Role of Volunteers
As stated above, the Fiesta Bowl was started by volunteers and is successful because of its volunteers.  They are the most dedicated group of individuals an organization could ever have, and they continue to raise the bar each and every year.
  


Texas Bowl History (24-21-2)
2007 Holiday Texas 52, Arizona State 34
2006 Alamo Texas 26, Iowa 24
2005 Rose Texas 41, USC 38
2004 Rose Texas 38, Michigan 37
2003 Holiday Washington St 28, Texas 20
2003 Cotton Texas 35, LSU 20
2001 Holiday Texas 47, Washington 43
2000 Holiday Oregon 35, Texas 30
1999 Cotton Arkansas 27, Texas 6
1998 Cotton Texas 38, Miss State 11
1996 Fiesta Penn State 38, Texas 15
1995 Sugar Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
1994 Sun Texas 35, North Carolina 31
1990 Cotton Miami 46, Texas 3
1987 Bluebonnet Texas 32, Pittsburgh 27
1985 Bluebonnet Air Force 24, Texas 16
1984 Freedom Iowa 55, Texas 17
1983 Cotton Georgia 10, Texas 9
1982 Sun North Carolina 26, Texas 10
1981 Cotton Texas 14, Alabama 12
1980 Bluebonnet North Carolina 16, Texas 7
1979 Sun Washington 14, Texas 7
1978 Sun Texas 42, Maryland 0
1977 Cotton Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
1975 Bluebonnet Texas 38, Colorado 21
1974 Gator Auburn 27, Texas 3
1973 Cotton Nebraska 19, Texas 3
1972 Cotton Texas 17, Alabama 13
1971 Cotton Penn State 30, Texas 6
1970 Cotton Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
1969 Cotton Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
1968 Cotton Texas 36, Tennessee 13
1966 Bluebonnet Texas 19, Mississippi 0
1964 Orange Texas 21, Alabama 17
1963 Cotton Texas 28, Navy 6
1962 Cotton LSU 13, Texas 0
1961 Cotton Texas 12, Mississippi 7
1960 Bluebonnet Texas 3, Alabama 3 
1959 Cotton Syracuse 23, Texas 14
1957 Sugar Mississippi 39, Texas 7
1952 Cotton Texas 16, Tennessee 0
1950 Cotton Tennessee 20, Texas 14
1948 Orange Texas 41, Georgia 28
1947 Sugar Texas 27, Alabama 7
1945 Cotton Texas 40, Missouri 27
1943 Cotton Texas 7, Randolph Field 7 
1942 Cotton Texas 14, Georgia Tech 7
Ohio State Bowl History (19-20)
2008 BCS Champ LSU 38, Ohio State 24
2007 BCS Champ Florida 41, Ohio State14
2006 Fiesta Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
2004 Alamo Ohio State 33, Oklahoma State 7
2003 Fiesta Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28
2002 Fiesta Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (2 OT)
2001 Outback South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28
2000 Outback South Carolina 24, Ohio State 7
1998 Sugar Ohio State 24, Texas A&M 14
1997 Sugar Florida State 31, Ohio State 14
1996 Rose Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17
1996 Citrus Tennessee 20, Ohio State 14
1995 Citrus Alabma 24, Ohio State 17
1993 Holiday Ohio State 28, Brigham Young 21
1992 Citrus Georgia 21, Ohio State 14
1991 Hall of Fame Syracuse 24, Ohio State 17
1990 Liberty Air Force 23, Ohio State 11
1989 Hall of Fame Auburn 31, Ohio State 14
1986 Cotton Ohio State 28, Texas A&M 12
1985 Citrus Ohio State 10, Brigham Young 7
1984 Rose Southern California 20, Ohio State 17
1983 Fiesta Ohio State 28, Pittsburgh 23
1982 Holiday Ohio State 47, Brigham Young 17
1981 Liberty Ohio State 31, Navy 28
1980 Fiesta Penn State 31, Ohio State 19
1979 Rose Southern California 17, Ohio State 16
1978 Gator Clemson 17, Ohio State 15
1977 Sugar Alabama 35, Ohio State 6
1976 Orange Ohio State 27, Colorado 10
1975 Rose UCLA 23, Ohio State 10
1974 Rose Southern California 18, Ohio State 17
1973 Rose Ohio State 42, Southern California 21
1972 Rose Southern California 42, Ohio State 17
1970 Rose Stanford 27, Ohio State 17
1968 Rose Ohio State 27, Southern California 16
1957 Rose Ohio State 10, Oregon 7
1954 Rose Ohio State 20, Southern California 7
1949 Rose Ohio State 17, California 14
1920 Rose California 28, Ohio State 0