The Bluebonnet Bowl was a college bowl game that began in the 1950s and ended in the 1980s. It was played in Houston and often pitted a team from Texas against a team from outside the state. Though it has not been played in more than 20 years, it is still looked back upon fondly by college football fans and football fans in the Houston area.
Here are some fun facts and interesting information about the Bluebonnet Bowl.
-The first Bluebonnet Bowl was played in 1959.
-The Bluebonnet Bowl was held at Rice Stadium from 1959 to 1967 when it was moved to the Houston Astrodome. It returned to Rice Stadium in 1985 and 1986 and then was played again in the Astrodome in 1987, which would be the final game of the series.
-The first Bluebonnet Bowl had Clemson defeating Texas Christian University 23-7.
-There were three tie games in Bluebonnet Bowl history. Alabama and Texas played to a 3-3 tie in 1960 (the second Bluebonnet Bowl ever!), Alabama and Oklahoma played to a 24-24 tie in 1970, and Houston and North Carolina State played in a 31-31 tie in 1974.
-When it was held in the Astrodome, the bowl game was referred to as the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.
-The first team to play in the Bluebonnet Bowl twice was Tulsa (1964 and 1965).
-The first team from outside the state of Texas to play in the game twice was Mississippi.
-The University of Houston was the first team to play in the Bluebonnet Bowl three times, as well as the first to play in it four times (1969, 1971, 1973, and 1974).
-The only armed forces institution to play in the Bluebonnet Bowl was Air Force in 1985.
-The last team to win the Bluebonnet Bowl was the University of Texas in 1987. They defeated Pitt by the score of 32-27.
-The University of Texas was the first and only team to appear in the Bluebonnet Bowl both five times and six times (1960, 1966, 1975, 1980, 1985, and 1987).
-With a 3-2-1 record in their six Bluebonnet Bowl appearances, the University of Texas has the most wins and is tied for the most losses in the history of the bowl game.
-At 24 years, Texas Christian University has the record for most years in between appearances at the Bluebonnet Bowl. They appeared in the first game ever in 1959 and did not get invited back until 1983.
-The Baylor Bears hold the record for most years between victories at the Bluebonnet Bowl. They won their first one in 1963 and wouldn’t win their again until 1986, a timespan of 24 years.
-The most appearances in the Bluebonnet Bowl by a school outside the state of Texas is four. That mark is held by the University of Colorado.
-The most points ever scored in a Bluebonnet Bowl game by any school is 47. This was done first in 1973 by the Houston Cougars in their win over Tuland and was matched in 1977 by the USC Trojans in their win over Texas A&M.
-There was only one shutout in the entire history of the Bluebonnet Bowl. This occurred in 1966 when Texas beat Mississippi 19-0.
-The mark for fewest combined points scored in any Bluebonnet Bowl is six. This occurred in the second one ever held in 1960 when Alabama and Texas played to a 3-3 tie.