The Emerald Bowl will be played this Saturday at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The game will be shown on ESPN starting at 8ET/5PT. This year's Emerald Bowl consists of a Pac-10 team and an ACC team. From the ACC is the Miami Hurricanes. And from the Pac-10 is the California Golden Bears. We at WFG took a look at some of the the Emerald Bowls of the past and here's what we found out:
Did you know the first coin flip in the Emerald Bowl was won by Virginia Tech? Or how about the first field goal was kicked by Air Force's Joey Ashcroft? That went for 45 yards, which was a career long for him at the time.
For the Pac-10, their Emerald Bowl "first" is James Rodgers's fumble return for a touchdown in 2007. In that same game, Beaver tailback Yvenson Bernard rushed for 177 yards, marking the highest rushing total yet. Bernard was also named the Outstanding Offensive Player of the game with a record 38 rushing attempts. His defensive teammate Derrick Doggett was the Outstanding Defensive Player for that game. Not to be outdone, another Pac-10 player, UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan, has the longest touchdown pass (78 yards) in the 2006 Emerald Bowl (teammate Brandon Breazell caught the ball that day). On the special teams side, UCLA punter Aaron Perez has the longest punt of 53 yards. When it comes to punt returns, Oregon State returner Taylor Kavanaugh had a 26 yard return to add to 54 yards over four returns. As for kick returns, though, the pendulum swings back to UCLA, with a record 166 yards in 2006.
Needless to say, a college bowl game will have a history behind it. Let's see if the Golden Bears can add to that storied tome.