CaliFlorida Bowl 7, sponsored by Air 7 Sports,
will kick off on December 31st, 2005 at 3 pm from Cal-State Fullerton, televised
on Fox Sports Net West 2. For those interested in following the game but not in FSNW2 viewing areas, you can follow the game action live with updates on the StudentSportsFootball.com messageboards.
The game is back in California this year after last year's game was played at
the historic Orange Bowl in Miami, the first time in the game's history that it
was played in the Sunshine State. The first five games of the series were all
played in Southern California, at various locations from the Rose Bowl to UC
As is always the case involving these two states, the talent on hand will be
very impressive, and you can expect several of these athletes to be tomorrow's
stars at the college level and beyond. A look at some of the alumni who played
in the game includes multiple NFL first round draft picks and college
Former Miami Hurricane standouts Sean Taylor (Washington Redskins), Vince
Wilfork (New England Patriots) and D.J. Williams (Denver Broncos) all played in
a CaliFlorida Bowl, as did USC All-American and first round pick Kenechi Udeze.
If you watch much college football at all on the weekends, you're sure to see
several college standouts who played in the CaliFlorida Bowl, too. USC
quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart played in the game, as did
his All-American teammate, safety Darnell Bing. UCLA tight end Marcedes Lewis
(2002), Bruins running back Maurice Drew (2003), Florida State linebacker Ernie
Sims (2003) and Miami all-purpose player Devin Hester (2002) all had standout
showings in the CaliFlorida game.
The game also has a history of close,
competitive battles. Florida leads the series 4-2, but the total score of the
series shows California with 127 points and Florida with 124, with three of
Florida's four victories coming by three points or fewer.
"We've had some great moments in this game for sure," Air 7 Sports Director
Steve Clarkson said. "My all-time favorite had to be in the 2000 game when one
of the Florida players called out D.J. Williams during a joint dinner one night.
D.J. was everyone's top player in the country that year and one of their players
stood up and said he wanted to know who D.J was.
"Later that night, D.J. got on the phone and called 18 of the Florida players to
tell them what a huge mistake that was. He then went out and dominated in the
CALIFLORIDA BOWL GAME HISTORY
2000 California 21, Florida 11
Florida MVP - WR Tavares Capers (Central Florida)
California MVP - DL Benard Thomas (Nebraska)
2001 Florida 17, California 14
Florida MVP - QB Adrian McPherson (Florida State/New Orleans Saints)
California MVP - DB Dominic Robinson (Florida State)