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The Las Vegas Bowl

By

Mike Stoops

Mike Stoops and Arizona knocked off BYU in the 2008 Las Vegas Bowl.

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Backers of the Mountain West Conference believe their league is every bit as tough as the Pac-10. Each year in the Las Vegas Bowl, they get a chance to prove it.

The Las Vegas Bowl has been played annually at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas since 1992, and since 2001 has matched teams from the Pac-10 and MWC. The conferences are 4-4 against each other in that time, though to be fair it should be noted that while the MWC sends its No. 1 team to the game (or, in seasons when the league's No. 1 team goes to the BCS, its No. 2 team) the Pac-10 sends its No. 4 or No. 5 team.

The game is currently sponsored by Maaco.

The past results of the Las Vegas Bowl are listed here.

December 18, 1992: Bowling Green 35 Nevada 34
December 17, 1993: Utah State 42 Ball State 33
December 15, 1994: UNLV 52 Central Michigan 24
December 14, 1995: Toledo 40 Nevada 37 (OT)
December 18, 1996: Nevada 18 Ball State 15
December 20, 1997: Oregon 41 Air Force 13
December 19, 1998: North Carolina 20 San Diego State 13
December 18, 1999: Utah 17 Fresno State 16
December 21, 2000: UNLV 31 Arkansas 14
December 25, 2001: Utah 10 Southern California 6
December 25, 2002: UCLA 27 New Mexico 13
December 24, 2003: Oregon State 55 New Mexico 14
December 23, 2004: Wyoming 24 UCLA 21
December 22, 2005: California 35 BYU 28
December 21, 2006: BYU 38 Oregon 8
December 22, 2007: BYU 17 UCLA 16
December 20, 2008: Arizona 31 BYU 21

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