1996 Plymouth Holiday Bowl
1234 Total
Colorado 71736 33
Washington 14700 21
DateDecember 30, 1996
StadiumJack Murphy Stadium
LocationSan Diego, California
MVPOffensive: Koy Detmer (Colorado)
Defensive: Nick Ziegler (Colorado)
Halftime showMarching bands
PayoutUS$1,433,883 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Holiday Bowl
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The 1996 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1996, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Colorado Buffaloes, and the Washington Huskies.

Game summary

Washington scored first following a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Corey Dillon, and the Huskies opened up a 7–0 lead. Corey Dillon later scored on a 12-yard touchdown run, increasing Washington's lead to 14–0. 45 seconds later, Colorado quarterback Koy Detmer threw a 75-yard 'bullet' to wide receiver Rae Carruth to close Colorado to within 14–7.

In the second quarter, Nick Ziegler returned a Washington interception 31 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 14. On the very next play, Jerome Pathon returned the kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, and Washington reclaimed the lead at 21–14. Koy Detmer later threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Chiaqverini for a 7-yard touchdown pass, and the score was tied at 21. Jeremy Aldrich kicked a 42-yard field goal before halftime, to put Colorado on top 24–21.

In the third quarter, Aldrich kicked a 36-yard field goal to increase Colorado's lead to 27–21. In the fourth quarter, Koy Detmer threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Rae Carruth, but the 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, and Colorado was up 33–21. They held on to that lead to win the game by that same margin. Koy Detmer went 25-for-45 for 371 yards and three touchdowns for Colorado. Defensive lineman Nick Ziegler was named defensive MVP.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Holiday Bowl Game History". Archived from the original on April 20, 2008. Retrieved April 23, 2008.
  2. ^ "Holiday Bowl – Buffs take down No. 13 Washington Huskies – CU at the Game".
  3. ^ "Colorado Wins Holiday Bowl". The New York Times. 31 December 1996.