Photo: The 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, when Iowa State played Memphis. (Courtesy photo)
The Iowa State Cyclones and the Memphis Tigers will square off in the 65th AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 29, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. (CST). The game will be televised by ESPN.
Iowa State will be making its fourth appearance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The Cyclones played in the Bowl game in 1972, 2012 and 2017.
The Tigers will be making their second trip to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. This will be a rematch of the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl when Iowa State won a 21-20 thriller over Memphis in front of a sold out crowd of 57,266.
Iowa State is designated the home team. Memphis is designated the visiting team. Iowa State will have the west sideline and will be seated on the west side of the stadium. Memphis will have the east sideline and will be seated on the east side of the stadium.
“We’re thrilled to welcome back the Iowa State Cyclones to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. “Coach Matt Campbell led his team to an 7-5 regular season, including a 6-3 record in the Big 12. Their wins included Oklahoma State, that played on the Big 12 Championship Game, and a season-ending win on the road, in the snow at Kansas State. Beale Street and all of the restaurants and clubs in Memphis will have plenty of Busch Light stocked, ready for the great fans from Iowa State who will be following their team to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.”
Ehrhart continued, “It’s been a highly successful season for the Memphis Tigers. Coach Ryan Silverfield and his team have won nine games and this makes their 10th straight bowl appearance. It’s only the second time in our 65-year history to have the University of Memphis in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. We had a packed stadium back in 2017 and expect the same again this year.
“With the planned major renovations to Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium, this year’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl takes on even more significance for the Memphis community. We’re proud to host the Tigers and their outstanding fans as we join hands to send a resounding message that both organizations are strong and the investment in the stadium is needed and also vital to the future of both the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Tiger Football.”
For event and game tickets, call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at 901-795-7700.
Iowa State promotional video for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl: https://iastate.box.com/s/yh9dvhnhu8mac1y4hh6mkzgpuvuwy5s6