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#TBT: 1988 Holiday Bowl

Bob Carpenter (left) and Kevin Kiley are shown commentating from the 1988 Holiday Bowl. (Kirk Schlea)
Bob Carpenter (left) and Kevin Kiley provided the commentary for ESPN’s 1988 Holiday Bowl coverage. (Kirk Schlea)

The 1988 SeaWorld Holiday Bowl saw Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders rush for 222 yards and score five touchdowns in a 62-14 victory over Wyoming. The Holiday Bowl was one of the first major college bowl games on ESPN. In 1982, ESPN televised nine postseason games live – six of them as a simulcast with Mizlou Network including the Holiday, Bluebonnet, California, Hall of Fame, Independence and Tangerine Bowls.

The 2014 National University Holiday Bowl – pitting Nebraska against No. 24 (Saturday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN Radio) will be one of 38 bowl games on the ESPN platforms this postseason, with the first of the bowls this Saturday.

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