Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl

Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
(Formerly St. Petersburg Bowl)
Stadium Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
Operated 2008–present
Conference tie-ins Big East;
Sun Belt (alternate)
Payout US$$1 million
magicJack (2008)
Beef O'Brady's (2009–2010)
Former names
magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl (2008)
St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's (2009)
2010 matchup
Louisville Cardinals vs.Southern Miss Golden Eagles (Louisville 31, Southern Miss 28)

The Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg (formerly the St. Petersburg Bowl) is a NCAA Division I FBS college football bowl game played annually at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was first played following the 2008 college football season, when it was known as the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl after corporate sponsor magicJack. When Beef O'Brady's became the sponsor in 2009, the official name was changed to the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's. The bowl game features teams from the Big East Conference and Conference USA, unless one of the conferences does not have enough teams bowl eligible, in which case the Sun Belt Conference is eligible to send a team.



The Beef O' Brady's Bowl is the third college bowl game to be played in the Tampa Bay area; both the long-defunct Cigar Bowl and the ongoing Outback Bowl have been held across the bay in Tampa.

On April 30, 2008, the NCAA's Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee approved a to-be-named bowl for Tropicana Field to be played after the 2008 college football season.[1] On November 25, 2008, ESPN Regional Television, the game's owner, announced a one-year title sponsorship agreement with magicJack.[2]

The inaugural game was played on Dec 20, 2008, between the South Florida Bulls and Memphis Tigers, with the USF Bulls winning by a score of 41–14. USF Quarterback Matt Grothe was named Most Outstanding Player, after throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 83 yards on 15 carries.

Both the UCF Knights and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights accepted bids to play in the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl on December 19, 2009. On December 9, 2009, the bowl's name was changed to the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef O'Brady's after the restaurant chain obtained a title sponsorship.[3] In the second St. Petersburg Bowl, Rutgers defeated Central Florida 45-24.

The 2010 Beef 'O' Brady's bowl pitted the Southern Miss Golden Eagles against the Louisville Cardinals on December 21, 2010. It was the 29th meeting between former Conference USA rivals[4]. After falling behind 14–0 and 21–7, Louisville came back to win their sixth contest in a row against Southern Miss, 31–28 [5]


Tropicana Field

Since Tropicana Field was originally designed for baseball, the football gridiron is arranged along the right field line, from home plate to the foul pole. If the new Rays Ballpark is approved and built on the site of Progress Energy Park (formerly Al Lang Stadium), the game would move there as well.[6] The game is one of three to take place in a baseball-only stadium among current post-season football contests; the others are the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (see the Emerald Bowl), played at San Francisco's AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, and Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees, hosting the Pinstripe Bowl. Between 2000 and 2005, the Insight Bowl was played at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field (see Bank One Ballpark) in Phoenix, Arizona after being moved from Tucson, while the 2001 Seattle Bowl was played at Safeco Field while Qwest Field was being built on the site of the Kingdome. Original plans had the EagleBank Bowl in Washington being played at Nationals Park, but the game has been played at RFK Stadium instead.

Game results

Date Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 20, 2008 South Florida 41 Memphis 14 Notes
December 19, 2009 Rutgers 45 UCF 24 Notes
December 21, 2010 Louisville 31 Southern Miss 28 Notes


Year MVP(s) Team Position
2008 Matt Grothe USF QB
2009 Mohamed Sanu Rutgers WR
2010 Jeremy Wright Louisville RB

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Louisville 1 1–0
T1 Rutgers 1 1–0
T1 South Florida 1 1–0
T1 Memphis 1 0–1
T1 Southern Miss 1 0–1
T1 UCF 1 0–1

Results by conference

Conference Wins Losses Pct Win
Big East 3 0 1.000
C-USA 0 3 .000


  1. ^ NCAA committee approves 34 football bowl games The Associated Press, April 30, 2008. Accessed April 30, 2008.
  2. ^ "No longer St. Pete Bowl" from Tampa Tribune, 2008-11-25, retrieved 2008-12-02
  3. ^ *"Beef O Brady's Sponsorship Press Release" 2009-12-09, retrieved 2009-12-13
  4. ^ [1]"Golden Eagles to Face Louisville in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl" 2010-12-05, retrieved 2010-12-05]
  5. ^
  6. ^ "NCAA approves St. Petersburg Bowl" from St. Petersburg Times, 2008-05-01, retrieved 2008-05-12

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