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Date: Friday, December 31, 1993
The inaugural Builders Square Alamo Bowl featured the University of Iowa of the Big Ten Conference against the University of California of the Pacific-10 Conference on December 31, 1993. Electricity filled the air as 45,716 fans gathered to kick off the New Year with a San Antonio-style football fiesta.
Unfortunately for Iowa Head Coach Hayden Fry and his Hawkeyes, the excitement at kickoff did not translate to points on the scoreboard. Cal took advantage of the Hawkeyes sputtering offense as they marched inside the Iowa 20-yard line on their first three drives. Cal kicker connected on successive field goals of 37, 20 and 30 yards to take a 9-0 lead.
Then, California quarterback Dave Barr kept the pressure on the Hawkeye defense as the Bears launched a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive. It ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Barr to Mike Caldwell off a play-action fake.
Barr kept the drive alive with a great play on third and 10. He scrambled, took a hit and still found Iheanyi Uwaezuoke with a 21-yard pass to the Iowa 8. Two plays later, Caldwell caught the scoring strike for a 16-0 Bears` lead with 35 seconds remaining.
Any chances of an Iowa comeback were dashed on the last play of the second quarter when Cal's Regan Upshaw smashed into Hawkeye quarterback Paul Burmeister as he released the ball. Jerrot Willard picked off the errant pass and ran 61 yards for the touchdown to give the Bear a 23-0 lead as time in the first half expired.
Iowa produced its only points of the night in the third quarter on a 42-yard field goal by Brion Hurley. Barr`s other two touchdown passes were a 34-yarder to Nigerian-native Uwaezuoke and a 12-yarder to Brian Remington. Barr lead his team on several impressive drives, including three of over 70 yards.
Cal ran up 445 yards of total offense compared to Iowa`s 90. Barr, the game`s Offensive MVP, completed 21 of 28 passes for 266 yards and fired three touchdown passes as the Bears won their third bowl game in three tries since 1990. With the win, the Golden Bears finished their season at 9-4 and ranked No. 24 in the country after opening the year at 5-0. The Hawkeyes finished the season at 6-6.
The bowl crowd of 45,716 boosted the Alamodome's total attendance for 1993 over the 1 million mark. The win marked California's 20th victory in 23 games over non-conference opponents from 1989-93.
Cal QB Dave Barr, the game's Offensive MVP, passed for 200-plus yards for the ninth time in 1993 and the 15th in his career. It was also his fifth three-touchdown game of 1993.
California's 37 points marked the 21st time in the 1990s they scored 30 or more in a game surpassing the 17 times they scored over 30 in the 1980s. Cal linebacker Jerrott Willard, the game's Defensive MVP, had six tackles and the game-breaking 61 yard interception for a touchdown that put the Bears up 23-0 at halftime.
Iowa's Brian Hurley accounted for the Hawkeyes only score with his 42 yard field goal in the third quarter. The kick was Hurley's first collegiate field goal attempt.