MONTGOMERY – The sixth annual Camellia Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m. ET at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.
“We are once again excited to be a part of the opening weekend of the College Football Bowl Season,” Johnny Williams, Camellia Bowl executive director said. “We are grateful for our partnership with ESPN Events, the city of Montgomery and Montgomery County. In a short time, we have been blessed with some terrific games and we are looking forward to another thriller this time around.”
The five previous Camellia Bowl games have been decided by 17 total points. There have been three game-winning field goals and one fourth-quarter touchdown. Two games have ended with walk-off field goals. Appalachian State kicker Zach Matics drilled a walk-off FG in the 31-28 win over Ohio in 2015. Georgia Southern kicker Tyler Bass hit a 40-yard FG as time expired to beat Eastern Michigan 23-21 in 2018.
Bowling Green defeated South Alabama 33-28 in the inaugural Camellia Bowl on Dec. 20, 2014. Appalachian State is the only two-time Camellia Bowl winner, with wins over Ohio (2015) and Toledo (2016). Middle Tennessee State defeated Arkansas State 35-30 in 2017. Georgia Southern edged Eastern Michigan in last year’s game.
Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers and Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield won the first three Camellia Bowl games and both are now Power 5 head coaches. Babers is the current head coach at Syracuse, while Satterfield is the new head coach at Louisville.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
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