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2008 Las Vegas Bowl

2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl
Bowl Game.

Las Vegas Bowl logo.
1 2 3 4 Total
BYU 0 7 7 7 21
Arizona 7 3 14 7 31
Date December 20, 2008
Season 2008
Stadium Sam Boyd Stadium
Location Whitney, Nevada
MVP QB Willie Tuitama, Arizona
National anthem David Hasselhoff[1]
Attendance 40,047[2]
Payout US$1,000,000 per team[3]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Nielsen ratings 2.2
Las Vegas Bowl
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The 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl was an NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS post-season college football bowl game between the Arizona Wildcats, the fifth pick from the Pacific-10 Conference and the BYU Cougars, third place overall in the Mountain West Conference. This bowl game was played on December 20, 2008 at 5 p.m. PST at 40,000-seat off campus Sam Boyd Stadium of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Whitney, Nevada[4] and broadcast on ESPN. Since 2001, the game has featured a matchup of teams from the MWC and Pac-10. The announcers were Mike Patrick and Todd Blackledge with the sideline reporting by Holly Rowe. The Wildcats stunned the 16th ranked Cougars in the coldest Las Vegas Bowl in history, 31-21.

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
Arizona - Nic Grigsby 1-yard TD run (Jason Bondzio kick), 6:23 Arizona 7-0
2nd Quarter
Arizona - Bondzio 31-yard FG, 9:21 Arizona 10-0
BYU - Harvey Unga 1-yard TD run (Mitch Payne kick), 6:50 Arizona 10-7
3rd Quarter
BYU - Andrew George 1-yard TD pass from Max Hall (Payne kick), 11:21 BYU 14-10
Arizona - Delashaun Dean 37-yard TD pass from Willie Tuitama (Bondzio kick), 7:07 Arizona 17-14
Arizona - Chris Gronkowski 24-yard TD pass from Tuitama (Bondzio kick), :25 Arizona 24-14
4th Quarter
Arizona - Tuitama 6-yard TD run (Bondzio kick), 6:09 Arizona 31-14
BYU - Hall 1-yard TD run (Payne kick), 3:38 Arizona 31-21


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  4. ^ "BYU and Arizona to meet in Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl XVII". 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 

External links

  • Official Las Vegas Bowl website
  • BYU Sports Guy Las Vegas Bowl Summary
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