Dec 22, 2022 | BOCA RATON BOWL


2022 Boca Roca Raton Bowl Week Recap

Friday, December 16 – Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Day 1 – December 16 

Bowl week began with team arrivals at the Palm Beach International Airport. As the teams stepped off the plane they were greeted by Lake Worth Community High School’s marching band led by Band Director Dr. Tiffany Cox and an enthusiastic welcoming crew.

Brown rustic autumn mood photo collageAfter landing, both head coaches left to the Cox Science Center for the Head Coaches Press Conference. Boca Raton Bowl Executive Director Doug Mosley moderated as Toledo’s head coach Jason Candle and Liberty’s interim head coach Josh Aldridge fielded questions from the media.

Both teams concluded their evenings with an exciting night around teammates, friends and local community leaders at their welcome parties. Toledo’s welcome party was held at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center and Liberty’s welcome party was held at the Hilton West Palm Beach. The Flames also received their team gifting during their welcome party which included custom bowl merch such as sunglasses, bags, tumblers, Nike hats and footballs.

Head Coach Press Conference Quotes

Liberty Interim Head Coach Josh Aldridge on what he’s seen from Toledo that really caught his eye:

Obviously one of the better defenses in the country, just very sound, being a defensive mind myself I have a lot of respect for how hard they play. On offense, I really love how they manage the game do a lot of things and make us prepare for a lot.”

Toledo Head Coach Jason Candle on continuing the season following winning a MAC conference championship:

You always at the end of the year look at the quality of opponent you are going to play, obviously we played a great team in Ohio in the championship game. We’re playing a program here that I have a tremendous amount of respect for, the coaches and staff has done a really good job and a super talented football team…I think it’s an opportunity you should look forward to.”

Day 2 – December 17

2Day two of the bowl week was packed from practices to beach parties. Liberty University went to Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm for morning practice. University of Toledo had practice at Boca Raton High School in the early afternoon. Both practices had open periods for the media to shoot footage and conduct interviews.

Later, both teams enjoyed some fun in the Florida sun at their team beach parties hosted by the bowl at Benny’s On The 3Beach. The teams had fun swimming in the ocean, fishing on the pier and enjoyed some tasty hamburgers and hot dogs by Benny’s.

To end the night, the Rockets had their team gifting at the Boca Raton Marriott. The players received custom bowl merch (sunglasses, bags, tumblers, Nike hats and footballs).



Day 3 – December 18

Day three of the bowl week revolved around practice, community outreach, and team bonding. The Rockets had practice at Boca High again. A few Toledo players went to Baptist Health Boca Raton Regional Hospital to show their appreciation for the frontline workers. A highlight of the community outreach event was when the players met with the hospital’s “Nurse of the Year” and thanked her for her hard work.


Liberty University had the incredible experience of practicing in the new indoor practice facility of the Miami Dolphins, the Baptist Health Training Complex. After practice, a group of Liberty players helped Toys for Tots Annual Gift Drive. Toys for Tots were thrilled as the players organized and packaged all the gifts in record time – completing everything in just thirty minutes!

Toledo ended the night with bowling and arcade games at Bowlero in Boca Raton.



Day 4 – December 19                                         

Day four – the final day leading up to the ninth annual Boca Raton Bowl – was filled with practices, the kick-off luncheon and joint pep rally.

After both teams practiced in the morning, they attended the Kick-off Luncheon at Palm Beach County Convention Center with local bowl partners and sponsors. ESPN 106.3, Evan Cohen, emceed the luncheon. Jacoby Ford was recognized as the Palm Beach County Legends Award Honoree Presented by the David A. 5Burke Foundation. The teams rallied during the Q&A session with Toledo Linebacker Dyontae Johnson and Liberty Safety Javon Scruggs. The luncheon concluded hearing from Toledo Head Coach Jason Candle and Liberty Interim Head Coach Josh Aldridge.

Media availability took place immediately after the luncheon featuring 14 players and both head coaches. This allowed media time to get one-on-one interviews with the teams.

The night ended on a high note with the bowl’s first ever joint pep rally at Mizner Park Amphitheater involving the band and spirit squads from both Toledo and Liberty. Rocky the Rocket, Toledo’s mascot, and Sparky the Eagle, Liberty’s mascot, were also in attendance. Families, fans, alumni and locals all gathered around the lively performance, as excitement for the bowl game grew!

Day 5 – December 20

Fan Fest kicked off at 3 p.m. with a live performance from the local band WolfHawk, entertaining games, and amusement park rides located on the south lawn of FAU Stadium. The teams arrived and were 6welcomed by their bands, spirit squads, alumni, and fans.

The bowl game kicked off at 7:30 p.m. and was aired live on ESPN in the primetime spot. The Flames led 7-3 at halftime, but Toledo came out strong in the second half and ultimately won the game with a score of 21-19.

Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Bowl Doug Mosley and Beverlee Schnellenberger presented the Howard Schnellenberger Championshp Trophy to the Toledo Rockets and announced the MVP awards. Dequan Finn was honored as the Offensive MVP, Nate Givhan was honored as the Defensive MVP and Thomas Cluckey was honored as the Special Teams MVP.

About the Boca Raton Bowl

The Boca Raton Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. The Boca Raton Bowl debuted in 2014 and has been well received in the community through its first eight years. It has twice held the distinction of matching up two conference champions – Marshall University vs. Northern Illinois University (2014), and UAB vs. Northern Illinois (2018). In all, six conference champions and another three conference division champions have played in the game. Among the bowl’s alumni who have moved on to the NFL are current New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (BYU, 2020), Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (FAU, 2017) and Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (Memphis, 2016). For more information about the Boca Raton Bowl visit or follow through social media on Facebook (, Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).

About ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes five early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and a college softball event, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official websiteFacebookTwitter or YouTube pages.


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