Bahamas Bowl – Wikipedia

College football bowl game played annually in Nassau, Bahamas

The Bahamas Bowl is an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game played annually in Nassau, Bahamas, at the 15,000-seat Thomas Robinson Stadium.[2] The Bowl has tie-ins with the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA.

On October 2, 2020, the 2020 edition of the bowl was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions.[3]

History[edit]

The inaugural edition of the Bahamas Bowl, played in 2014, was the first major (FBS or historical equivalent) bowl game to be played outside the United States and Canada between two U.S. teams since the January 1, 1937, Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba.[4] The game featured teams from the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA;[5] that conference matchup has continued annually.[6] In July 2019, the MAC announced a continuation of its tie-in with the bowl through the 2025–26 football season.[7]

From its inception to 2017, the game was sponsored by the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant franchise and officially known as the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.[8] After Restaurant Brands International acquired Popeyes in 2017, they declined to renew sponsorship. Elk Grove Village, Illinois—”home to the largest industrial park in the United States”—picked up title sponsorship in 2018, with the bowl using the official naming of Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.[9] The name lasted until Elk Grove Village ended its sponsorship in March 2020.[10] On May 25, 2022, it was announced that HomeTown Lenders would be the new title sponsor of the game.[11]

The winning team is presented with a trophy, since 2016 named the Prime Minister’s Trophy.[12] The current trophy, in use since the 2018 playing, is approximately 30 inches (76 cm) tall and weighs nearly 30 pounds (14 kg).[12]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance Notes
December 24, 2014 Western Kentucky 49 Central Michigan 48 13,667 notes
December 24, 2015 Western Michigan 45 Middle Tennessee 31 13,123 notes
December 23, 2016 Old Dominion 24 Eastern Michigan 20 13,422 notes
December 22, 2017 Ohio 41 UAB 6 13,585 notes
December 21, 2018 FIU 35 Toledo 32 13,510 notes
December 20, 2019 Buffalo 31 Charlotte 9 13,547 notes
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[13]
December 17, 2021 Middle Tennessee 31 Toledo 24 13,596 notes

Source:[14]

Year Offensive MVP Defensive MVP Ref.
Player Team Pos. Player Team Pos.
2014 Brandon Doughty Western Kentucky QB Derik Overstreet Western Kentucky DL [15]
2015 Jamauri Bogan Western Michigan RB Grant DePalma Western Michigan LB [16]
2016 Ray Lawry Old Dominion RB TJ Ricks Old Dominion LB [17]
2017 Dorian Brown Ohio RB Javon Hagan Ohio FS [18]
2018 Christian Alexander FIU QB Edwin Freeman FIU LB [19]
2019 Jaret Patterson Buffalo RB Malcolm Koonce Buffalo DE [20][21]
2021 Nicholas Vattiato Middle Tennessee QB DQ Thomas Middle Tennessee LB [22][23]

Most appearances[edit]

Updated through the December 2021 edition (7 games, 14 total appearances).

Teams with multiple appearances
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Buffalo, FIU, Ohio, Old Dominion, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan

Lost: Central Michigan, Charlotte, Eastern Michigan, UAB

Appearances by conference[edit]

Updated through the December 2021 edition (7 games, 14 total appearances).

Conference Record Appearances by season
Games W L Win pct. Won Lost
MAC 7 4 3 .571 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 2014, 2016, 2018
C-USA 7 3 4 .429 2014, 2016, 2018 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021

Game records[edit]

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 49, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan 2014
Most points scored (losing team) 48, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky 2014
Most points scored (both teams) 97, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan 2014
Fewest points allowed 6, Ohio vs. UAB 2017
Largest margin of victory 35, Ohio vs. UAB 2017
Total yards 647, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan 2014
Rushing yards 282, Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee 2015
Passing yards 493, Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky 2014
First downs 29, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan 2014
Fewest yards allowed 278, Buffalo vs. Charlotte 2019
Fewest rushing yards allowed 80, Buffalo vs. Charlotte 2019
Fewest passing yards allowed 77, Charlotte vs. Buffalo 2019
Individual Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards 215, Jamauri Bogan (Western Michigan) 2015
Touchdowns (all-purpose) 4, shared by Bogan, Brown, and Davis (see below)
Rushing yards 215, Jamauri Bogan (Western Michigan) 2015
Rushing touchdowns 4, shared by:
Jamauri Bogan (Western Michigan)
Dorian Brown (Ohio)
 
2015
2017
Passing yards 493, Cooper Rush (Central Michigan) 2014
Passing touchdowns 7, Cooper Rush (Central Michigan) 2014
Receiving yards 183, Corey Davis (Western Michigan) 2015
Receptions
Receiving touchdowns 4, Titus Davis (Central Michigan) 2014
Tackles 12, Grant DePalma (Western Michigan)
8 (solo), Jamez Brickhouse (Old Dominion)
2015
2016
Sacks 2, shared by:
Derik Overstreet (Western Kentucky)
Malcolm Koonce,[24] (Buffalo)
Nate Givhan (Toledo)
2014
2019
2021
Interceptions 1, by multiple players
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 74 yds., Dorian Brown (Ohio) 2017
Touchdown pass 90 yds., Dequan Finn to Matt Landers (Toledo) 2021
Kickoff return 45 yds., Andre Wilson (UAB) 2017
Punt return 34 yds., Kylan Nelson (Ohio) 2017
Interception return 49 yds., Samuel Womack (Toledo) 2021
Fumble return 27 yds., Tony Annese (Central Michigan) 2014
Punt 54 yds., shared by:
Michael Farkas (Ohio)
Bailey Flint (Toledo)
 
2017
2018, 2021
Field goal 47 yds., Andrew Haldeman (Western Michigan) 2015

Source:[25]

Media coverage[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

•Elvis Gallegos became the analyst in 2021 after Rob Best died on October 4, 2020.[28] During the 2021 bowl broadcast Kyle Wiggs announced that the Bahamas Bowl broadcast booth had been renamed the Rob Best Broadcast Booth as a memorial to Coach Best.

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