All-American Bowl

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The All-American Bowl was an annual post-season college football game played at Legion Field from 1986 to 1990. Before 1985 the city hosted the Hall of Fame Classic which was relocated to Tampa, Florida for the 1986 season. After 1990, organizers dropped the bowl game to focus on hosting the first SEC Championship Game at Legion Field.


  • Florida State defeated Indiana 27-13


  • Virginia defeated Brigham Young 22-16


  • Florida defeated Illinois 14-10 on the strength of Emmitt Smith's 159 rushing yards.


  • Texas Tech defeated Duke 49-21 in the most lopsided win in the series. Running back James Gray overcame illness to set an NCAA bowl record with 280 rushing yards. The Red Raiders finished the season ranked #19 in the AP poll. The game was Steve Spurrier's last as Duke's head coach.


  • North Carolina State defeated Southern Mississippi 31-27 on December 28. It was USM coach Jeff Bower's debut, and Brett Favre quarterbacked the losing team.