Bell was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 1983 Holiday Bowl in a 21-17 loss to BYU with four tackles and four quarterback sacks, a NCAA bowl game record. He played in the NFL with the New York Jets and the Chicago Bears.
Hayden Fry, Coach
University of Iowa, 1986-87, 1991.
Coach Fry’s teams are unbeaten in three exciting trips to the Holiday Bowl, with one-point wins over San Diego State (39-38, 1986) and Wyoming (20-19, 1987) and a 13-13 tie with BYU in 1991. The deadlock is the only tie game in Holiday Bowl history.
Tim Spencer, Running Back
Ohio State, 1982.
Spencer paced the Buckeyes to a one-sided 47-17 victory over BYU in the 1982 game. He rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns; his 61-yard touchdown run is the second longest in Holiday Bowl history. Spencer played nine seasons in the USFL and NFL, including six with the Chargers.
Steve Young, Quarterback
Young threw for 341 yards, and two touchdowns in BYU’s loss to Ohio State. The following year against Missouri, Young passed for 314 yards, rushed for 42 yards and caught the game winning touchdown pass with 23 seconds left in the 1983 game.