Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Adds Three to Hall of Fame

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Image At a luncheon today at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, three individuals were added into the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame. Inductees included University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, University of Texas quarterback Major Applewhite, and a founding member of the bowl game’s board of directors , G.E. “Vinnie” Vinson.

Joey Harrington and the Oregon Ducks defeated the Texas Longhorns 35-30 in the 2000 Holiday Bowl. Harrington led the way, recording 273 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown. He was named the game’s most valuable offensive player. He is one of only three players to have recorded a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game in Holiday Bowl history (Steve Young, BYU, 1983 and Bucky Richardson, Texas A&M, 1990). Harrington played seven years in the National Football League and is now a radio analyst for Fox Sports in Portland, Oregon.

Major Applewhite led the Texas Longhorns to a thrilling 47-43 victory over the Washington Huskies in the 2001 Holiday Bowl. Applewhite completed 37 of 55 passes for 473 yards, a University of Texas bowl game record. He also connected on four touchdown passes en route to earning the game’s co-offensive most valuable player honors. He returned with Texas to the Holiday Bowl in 2003 as a graduate assistant to Head Coach Mack Brown. Applewhite currently is co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach for the Longhorns.

G.E. “Vinnie” Vinson was a founding member of the Holiday Bowl’s board of directors and served as the bowl’s first president in 1978 and 1979. He played an active role on the board of directors and as chairman of the team selection committee until his passing in 1995. He logged many hours traveling the country representing the bowl game and San Diego. He was so visible and popular that he became affectionately recognized as, “Mr. Holiday Bowl”. In 1996 he was honored with a bust at Qualcomm Stadium for his contributions to San Diego and college football.

The Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl selects the inductees on a bi-annual basis.

The other 26 members of the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame are:

Bobby Bell, Missouri (1983) defensive end, inducted 1995
Robbie Bosco, BYU (1984) quarterback, inducted 1997
Clay Brown, BYU (1978-80) tight end, inducted 1993
Ty Detmer, BYU (1989-91) quarterback, inducted 2001
LaVell Edwards, BYU (1978-84, 1989-91, 1993) head coach, inducted 1993
Hayden Fry, Iowa (1986-87, 1991) head coach, inducted 1995
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State (1988) quarterback, inducted 2003
Darran Hall, Colorado State (1997) wide receiver, inducted 2007
Raymont Harris, Ohio State (1993) running back, inducted 2003
Craig James, SMU (1980) running back, inducted 1997
Brian Kavanagh, Kansas State (1995), inducted 2005
Herb Klein, Holiday Bowl president (1987), inducted 2009
Les Land, Holiday Bowl’s first executive director (1978), inducted 2003
Sonny Lubick, Colorado State (1994-95, 1997) head coach, inducted 2009
Phil McConkey, Navy (1978) wide receiver, inducted 1993
Jim McMahon, BYU (1978, 1980-81) quarterback, inducted 1993
Bart Oates, BYU (1980-82) center, inducted 2005
John Reid, Holiday Bowl executive director (1980-2000), inducted 2001
Bucky Richardson, Texas A&M (1990) quarterback, inducted 2001
Tony Roberts, Holiday Bowl national radio announcer (1979-2004), inducted 2005
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (1988) running back, inducted 1999
Bill Snyder, Kansas State (1995, 1999, 2002) head coach, inducted 2007
Tim Spencer, Ohio State (1982) running back, inducted 1995
Leon White, BYU (1982-84) linebacker, inducted 2001
Kyle Whittingham, BYU (1978-81), linebacker, inducted 2009
Steve Young, BYU (1982-83) quarterback, inducted 1995

The Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and has a mission of generating tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation’s most exciting bowl game and festival of events.

The 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl kicks off Wednesday, December 28th at 5 p.m. PST. For more information, visit www.BridgepointEducationHolidayBowl.com.

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