Camping World Bowl History

Originally titled the Blockbuster Bowl, the game was born in Miami, Florida, in 1990 and thrived in its first year with a marquee matchup between Penn State and Florida State which drew more than 74,000 fans. Over the next 11 years, however, the game’s attendance dwindled, and it became apparent that the game would not survive in south Florida.

Sensing a unique opportunity to bring a second bowl game to Orlando, then Florida Citrus Sports Executive Director Chuck Rohe and the Board of Directors initiated a process of obtaining the bowl’s certification. The first game was called the Tangerine Bowl, a tribute to the name of Orlando’s original bowl game (now the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl).

With each successive year in Orlando, the bowl has continued to make strides, at one point posting eight consecutive years of attendance increases (a standing record among bowl games). That growth reached a crescendo in 2011, the last game under the Champs Sports Bowl name, when Florida State and Notre Dame played before a sold-out crowd of 68,305. Over the past five years, the bowl has averaged just shy of 55,000 fans per game.

The game’s place in the postseason lineup has also improved significantly over its time in Orlando. In the new College Football Playoff era, the bowl will match the top selection from the ACC (inclusive of Notre Dame) outside of the CFP series against the second selection from the Big 12 outside of the CFP series.

In early 2017, Camping World signed an agreement with Florida Citrus Sports to be the new title sponsor of the game through 2020.

Big Time Moments

1990

  • Photo of Team
    12/28/1990

    In a matchup between coaching legends Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno, Florida State quarterback Casey Weldon completed 22-of-36 passes for 248 yards to lead the Seminoles to a 24-17 win over Penn State in the inaugural Blockbuster Bowl

  • Photo of Team
    12/20/2001

    Pittsburgh, making its first bowl trip since 1989, defeated NC State, 34-19, in the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl in the game?s first installment in Orlando. Receiver Antonio Bryant caught seven passes for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Panthers and earn Most Valuable Player honors for the game.

  • Photo of Team
    12/29/2011

    The Florida State Seminoles rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 18-14, in the final edition of the Champs Sports Bowl. Following a fourth quarter interception by FSU linebacker Nigel Bradham, the Seminoles found the endzone in two plays as QB EJ Manuel completed the go-ahead touchdown pass to true freshman, and game MVP, Rashad Greene and erased a 14-0 deficit.

  • Photo of Team
    12/29/2015

    Despite being without its top two quarterbacks, top running back and award-winning wide receiver, Baylor exploded for a bowl-record 756 yards of total offense, shattering other numerous bowl records along their way to a 49-38 victory over North Carolina.

2019

Game Scores

Camping World Bowl

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 12/28/2018 Syracuse 34 - West Virginia 18 41,125
  • 12/28/2017 Oklahoma State 30 - Virginia Tech 21 39,610

Russell Athletic Bowl

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 12/28/2016 Miami 31 - West Virginia 14 48,625
  • 12/29/2015 Baylor 49 - North Carolina 38 40,418
  • 12/29/2014 Clemson 40 - Oklahoma 6 40,071
  • 12/28/2013 Louisville 36 - Miami 9 51,098
  • 12/28/2012 Virginia Tech 13 - Rutgers 10 48,129

Champs Sports Bowl

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 12/29/2011 Florida State 18 - Notre Dame 14 68,305
  • 12/28/2010 NC State 23 - West Virginia 7 48,962
  • 12/29/2009 Wisconsin 20 - Miami 14 56,747
  • 12/27/2008 Florida State 42 - Wisconsin 13 52,692
  • 12/28/2007 Boston College 24 - Michigan State 21 46,554
  • 12/29/2006 Maryland 24 - Purdue 7 40,168
  • 12/27/2005 Clemson 19 - Colorado 10 31,470
  • 12/21/2004 Georgia Tech 51 - Syracuse 14 28,237

Mazda Tangerine Bowl

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 12/22/2003 NC State 56 - Kansas 26 26,482
  • 12/23/2002 Texas Tech 55 - Clemson 15 21,689

Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 12/20/2001 Pittsburgh 34 - NC State 19 28,562

Micronpc.com Bowl (Miami)

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 12/28/2000 NC State 38 - Minnesota 30 28,359

Micronpc Bowl (Miami)

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 12/30/1999 Illinois 63 - Virginia 21 31,089
  • 12/29/1998 Miami 46 - NC State 23 44,387

Carquest Bowl (Miami)

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 12/29/1997 Georgia Tech 35 - West Virginia 30 28,262
  • 12/27/1996 Miami 31 - Virginia 21 46,418
  • 12/30/1995 North Carolina 20 - Arkansas 10 34,428
  • 01/02/1995 South Carolina 24 - West Virginia 21 50,853
  • 01/01/1994 Boston College 31 - Virginia 13 38,516

Blockbuster Bowl (Miami)

  • Date: Score: Attendance:
  • 01/01/1993 Stanford 24 - Penn State 3 45,554
  • 12/28/1991 Alabama 30 - Colorado 25 46,123
  • 12/28/1990 Florida State 24 - Penn State 17 74,021

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