Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Bowl Game History (Wins, Appearances and All-Time Record)

Larry Rupp
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders bowl game history, including wins, appearances and all-time record. / AP Photos/Wilfredo Lee

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 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Here's everything you need to know about MTU's bowl history before making its next appearance.

Middle Tennessee Bowl Game History

College football fans have gotten familiar with Middle Tennessee given it has made seven bowl appearances in the last decade. The Blue Raiders have played in a total of 14 bowl games all-time.

Middle Tennessee's first bowl game appearance came in the 1956 Refrigerator Bowl under head coach Charles M. Murphy. The Blue Raiders fell short in a 27-13 loss to Sam Houston State, but earned their first ever bowl win three years later thanks to a 21-12 Tangerine Bowl victory.

The Blue Raiders' most recent bowl appearance was in the 2022 Hawai'i Bowl against San Diego State. MTU topped the Aztecs in Honolulu, winning 25-23.

Middle Tennessee Bowl Game Wins and Appearances

Middle Tennessee owns a 6-8 all-time record in bowl games. Check out the school's full bowl results below.

  • Refrigerator Bowl (Dec. 1, 1956): Sam Houston State 27, Middle Tennessee 13
  • Tangerine Bowl (Jan. 1, 1960): Middle Tennessee 21, Presbyterian 12
  • Tangerine Bowl (Dec. 29, 1961): Lamar Tech 21, Middle Tennessee 14
  • Grantland Rice Bowl (Dec. 12, 1964): Middle Tennessee 20, Muskingum 0
  • Motor City Bowl (Dec. 26, 2006): Central Michigan 31, Middle Tennessee 13
  • New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 20, 2009): Middle Tennessee 42, Southern Miss 32
  • GoDaddy.com Bowl (Jan. 6, 2011): Miami (OH) 35, Middle Tennessee 21
  • Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 30, 2013): Navy 24, Middle Tennessee 6
  • Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 24, 2015): Western Michigan 45, Middle Tennessee 31
  • Hawai'i Bowl (Dec. 24, 2016): Hawaii 52, Middle Tennessee 35
  • Camellia Bowl (Dec. 16, 2017): Middle Tennessee 35, Arkansas State 30
  • New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 15, 2018): Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13
  • Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 17, 2021): Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo 24
  • Hawai'i Bowl (Dec. 24, 2022): Middle Tennessee 25, San Diego State 23

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