With snow falling into the 3rd quarter, both warm-weather teams made the best of a cold situation. The game was close through the first half, with Clemson pulling away on a 28 point run in the 3rd quarter. Clemson's senior quarterback and Most Valuable Player, Woodrow Dantzler, completed 15 of 23 passes for 218 yards. He ran 15 times for 57 yards before leaving with the Tigers ahead 42-10 after the third quarter. Delwyn Daigre earned Louisiana Tech's Most Valuable Player award with 178 yards on 10 receptions and 1 TD.
Returning to defend their 1999 Humanitarian Bowl victory, Boise State succeeded in overcoming future WAC opponent Texas-El Paso. Boise State's senior quarterback earned bowl Most Valuable Player honors, scoring three touchdowns and throwing for a fourth leading Boise State to its second consecutive Humanitarian Bowl win, 38-23 over Texas-El Paso in front of 26,203 fans at Bronco Stadium. UTEP's junior tailback Chris Porter ended the game with a career high 134 rushing yards in earning UTEP's bowl MVP honor.
1999: Boise State 34, Louisville 31
The game featured 10 lead changes, 31 first-quarter points, 29,283 screaming fans, and ESPN2's largest viewing audience of the bowl season. The two teams heated up the holiday air with 956 offensive yards and 54 first downs. Boise State's MVP of the game was running back and redshirt freshman Brock Forsey who rushed for 152 yards and had a school record 269 all-purpose yards. Louisville's MVP honor went to its quarterback, Chris Redman, who threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
1998: Idaho 42, Southern Mississippi 35
The Idaho Vandals stunned Southern Mississippi in 1998 after taking a surprise 28-21 half-time lead and battling through the Golden Eagles' rally attempts to hold onto the victory. Idaho quarterback John Welsh passed for four touchdowns in the game. Welsh was named the MVP for the game for Idaho. Southern Mississippi's MVP award went to Lee Roberts.
Cincinnati was too powerful for Utah State in the inaugural game, out-gaining Utah State 225-63 in rushing yardage, as well as in return yardage with a 129-26 difference. The Bearcats controlled the game from the start with a 21-0 lead by the beginning of the second half. Bearcat quarterback Chad Plummer took Cincinnati game MVP honors with 53 yards rushing, 62 yards passing and 64 yards in receiving. The MVP for Utah State was Steve Smith.