LAS VEGAS -- The Mountain West Conference and Pac-10 have renewed deals for the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas.
The new deal runs through 2013.
The bowl game will continues to have to pit the No. 1 choice from the MWC against the No. 5 selection from the Pac-10. The bowl previously was in a rotation with the Emerald Bowl for its Pac-10 representative but will now have its choice of schools at that fifth spot starting in 2010.
"We are ecstatic that the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will continue to pit the two top conferences in the West against each other here in the Entertainment Capital of the World," said MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. "There is a lot of movement going on out there right now in the bowl landscape and our executive committee worked really hard to get this extension done. It's a great move for our city and our new title sponsor, MAACO."
Kunzer-Murphy also said they are "exploring opportunities to move future dates of our bowl to after the Christmas holiday."
The game has matched up the leagues since 2001 with each side winning four times. Last season saw Arizona down BYU 31-21 in front of the bowl's fourth consecutive sellout crowd.
The 2009 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be played Tuesday, Dec. 22, with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m. MT at Sam Boyd Stadium.
|2008||Arizona 31, BYU 21|
|2007||BYU 17, UCLA 16|
|2006||BYU 38, Oregon 8|
|2005||California 35, BYU 28|
|2004||Wyoming 24, UCLA 21|
|2003||Oregon State 55, New Mexico 14|
|2002||UCLA 27, New Mexico 13|
|2001||Utah 10, Southern California 6|