When former Villanova athletic director A. F. "Bud" Dudley started the Liberty Bowl in 1959, in Philadelphia, it was the only cold-weather bowl game. The attendance showed it. In 1964, the game was moved to Convention Hall in Atlantic City, making it the first indoor bowl game. This was before Astroturf; Convention Hall got a grass-like surface with burlap underneath it over cement. Only a shade more than 6,000 fans saw Utah beat West Virginia.
Finally, in 1965, Dudley moved the game to Memphis, Tenn. Currently, the bowl is a matchup between the top pick in Conference USA against the eighth pick in the SEC. The fifth pick in the AAC is the alternate.
• In the 1969 game, Colorado's Bob Anderson ran for 254 yards as the Buffaloes beat Alabama 47-33.
• In 1982, Alabama intecepted seven passes and defeated Illinois 21-15 in Bear Bryant's final game.
• The highest-scoring Liberty Bowl happened in 2004, when Louisville ended Boise State's 22-game winning streak. The game's turning point came when UofL safety Kerry Rhodes intercepted a pass in the end zone as time expired.
|1963||Mississippi State||16||NC State||12|
|1968||Ole Miss||34||Virginia Tech||17|
|1972||Georgia Tech||31||Iowa State||30|
|1983||Notre Dame||19||Boston College||18|
|1989||Ole Miss||42||Air Force||29|
|1990||Air Force||23||Ohio State||11|
|1991||Air Force||38||Mississippi State||15|
|1992||Ole Miss||13||Air Force||0|
|1999||Southern Miss||23||Colorado State||17|
|No game played in 2008. The 2007 game was played in late December while the 2009 game was played in early January. Two games were played in 2010 -- one in early January, one in late December.|