On Dec. 20, 2014, the inaugural Camellia Bowl kicked off at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama

The Cramton Bowl has played host to Major League Baseball, minor league baseball and plenty of football. The stadium has the designation of having been the first in the South to feature a football game under the lights, a night game pitting Cloverdale against Pike Road High School in 1927. The game drew more than 7,200 attendees and helped prompt a stadium seating expansion in 1929. Cramton Bowl is also formerly the home of the Blue-Gray Football Classic college football game. The Alabama Crimson Tide played home games in the capital city at Cramton Bowl from 1922 to 1932 and in various years through 1954.


CAMELLIA BOWL HISTORY

ALL OF THE PAST 5 CAMELLIA BOWL GAMES HAVE BEEN DECIDED BY A TOTAL OF 17 POINTS

History figures


  • The five Camellia Bowl games have been decided by 17 total points
  • There have been three game-winning field goals and one TD in the fourth quarter
  • There have been two walk-off wins in the five-year history
  • Appalachian State kicker Zach Matics drilled a walk-off FG in the 31-28 win over Ohio in 2016
  • Georgia Southern kicker Tyler Bass hit a 40-yard FG as time expired to beat Eastern Michigan 23-21 in 2018

CAMELLIA BOWL RESULTS

2014

Bowling Green 33, South Alabama 28 (Dec. 20, 2014)

  • BGSU and South Alabama met in inaugural Camellia Bowl
  • James Knapke 78-yard TD pass to Roger Lewis with 1:04 left in the game lifted the Falcons to victory

Post-Game StoryPost-Game NotesFinal Stats (PDF)


2015

Appalachian State 31, Ohio 29 (Dec. 19, 2015)

  • APSU kicker Zach Matics hits game-winning 23-yard FG as time expired for the win
  • Appalachian State scored 24 points in the fourth quarter for the win
  • The Mountaineers trailed 24-7 entering the fourth quarter

Post-Game StoryPost-Game NotesFinal Stats (PDF)


2016

Appalachian State 31, Toledo 28 (Dec. 17, 2016)

  • APSU is the only two-time winner in Camellia Bowl history
  • Michael Rubino hits game-winning 39-yard FG with 5:19 left in the game
  • The game was tied 7-7, 14-14, 21-21 and 28-28 before Rubino’s game-winning kick 

Post-Game StoryPost-Game NotesFinal Stats (PDF)


2017

Middle Tennessee 35, Arkansas State 30 (Dec. 16, 2017)

  • Darrius Liggins sack and forced fumble on the final play of the game thwarted a last-minute drive and preserved the 35-30 win for the Blue Raiders.
  • Arkansas State trailed by double digits entering the fourth quarter and responded with two TDs to cut the Middle Tennessee lead to 35-30. The Red Wolves looked poised for a fourth-quarter comeback, but back-to-back sacks by the Blue Raiders curtailed the final drive.

Post-Game StoryPost-Game Notes (Arkansas)Post-Game Notes (Middle Tennessee)Final Stats (PDF)


2018

Georgia Southern 23, Eastern Michigan 21 (Dec. 15, 2018)

  • Georgia Southern delivered another walk-off win in the short history of the Camellia Bowl
  • GSU kicker Tyler Bass drilled  a40-yard FG as time expired to give the Eagles the win
  • GSU QB Shai Werts set up the winning FG with a 29-yard run on fourth and 10 from his own 41 yard line
  • EMU had taken a 21-20 lead on Mike Glass’ 5-yard TD pass to Arthur Jackson on fourth and goal at the GSU 5 yard line with just over three minutes to play

Post-Game StoryPost-Game NotesFinal Stats (PDF)


2019

Arkansas State 34, FIU 26 (Dec. 21, 2019)

Final Stats (PDF)


BART STARR MVP AWARD

The Camellia Bowl Most Valuable Player Award is named for former Sidney Lanier High School, Alabama and Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr.

Camellia Bowl MVP Trophy Named for Bart Starr

Roger Lewis, Bowling Green (2014)

Marcus Cox, Appalachian State (2015)

Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State (2016)

Darrius Harris, Middle Tennessee (2017)

Shai Werts, Georgia Southern (2018)


ALABAMA FOOTBALL COACHING LEGEND

The Camellia Bowl honors an Alabama Football Legend each year at the Camellia Bowl Luncheon on Friday before the game. The annual award is presented by Regions Bank.

Bobby Bowden, Florida State Head Coach (2014)

Pat Dye, Auburn Head Football Coach (2015)

Woodrow Lowe, Alabama Linebacker (2016)

Gene Stallings, Alabama Head Coach (2017)

Johnny Davis, Alabama Fullback (2018)

Larry Blakeney, Troy Head Coach (2019)