Memphis Tigers Bowl Game History (Wins, Appearances and All-Time Record)

Memphis Tigers Bowl Game History (Wins, Appearances and All-Time Record)


Bowl game season is an exciting time in college football. Schools across the nation will battle it out for postseason glory and a chance to end their year on a high note.

One team that's no stranger to playing in bowl games is the Memphis Tigers. Here's everything you need to know about Memphis' bowl history before making its next appearance.

Memphis Bowl Game History

Memphis has frequented the college football postseason more often in recent years. The Tigers have played in 15 bowls across the school's history.

The Tigers made their first bowl appearance in 1956 as an independent program. They picked up the 32-12 victory against East Tennessee State in the Burley Bowl that year.

After playing in the 1971 Pasadena Bowl, Memphis went over 30 years before its next bowl game (2003 New Orleans Bowl). Fortunately, the Tigers have qualified for a lot more bowl games in the 2000s, most recently winning 38-10 over Utah State in the 2022 First Responder Bowl.

Memphis Bowl Game Wins and Appearances

Memphis owns a 7-8 all-time record in bowl games. Check out the school's full bowl results below.

  • Burley Bowl (Nov. 22, 1956): Memphis 32, East Tennessee State 12
  • Pasadena Bowl (Dec. 18, 1971): Memphis 28, San Jose State 9
  • New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 16, 2003): Memphis 27, North Texas 17
  • GMAC Bowl (Dec. 22, 2004): Bowling Green 52, Memphis 35
  • Motor City Bowl (Dec. 26, 2005): Memphis 38, Akron 31
  • New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 21, 2007): Florida Atlantic 44, Memphis 27
  • St. Petersburg Bowl (Dec. 20, 2008): South Florida 41, Memphis 14
  • Miami Beach Bowl (Dec. 22, 2014): Memphis 55, BYU 48
  • Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 30, 2015): Auburn 31, Memphis 10
  • Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 20, 2016): Western Kentucky 51, Memphis 31
  • Liberty Bowl (Dec. 30, 2017): Iowa State 21, Memphis 20
  • Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 22, 2018): Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34
  • Cotton Bowl (Dec. 28, 2019): Penn State 53, Memphis 39
  • Montgomery Bowl (Dec. 23, 2020): Memphis 25, Florida Atlantic 10
  • Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24, 2021): Canceled
  • First Responder Bowl (Dec. 27, 2022): Memphis 38, Utah State 10

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