College Football Down Under Attracts 61,000 Fans at Sydney

After losing the coin toss and Cal decided to receive, Hawaii tried an on-side kick that the Bears were able to recover at midfield. 10 in San Diego.. Hawaii threw a few blitzes at us and our offensive line played well.”

“I wanted to make sure Australian fans got to see an onside kick, and in my first game, too.” Rolovich said, smiling. in prime time on Friday night, and was played under sunny skies and with light winds.

The Hawaii entourage went straight from the stadium to the airport to get a scheduled 9 p.m. Asian and middle Eastern food from nearby catering kiosks also featured, reflecting the multicultural makeup of the neighborhoods around the former Olympic precinct of Homebush in western Sydney.

“There is still plenty of work to be done, but overall we played a very good game and never let them get back into it,” Dykes said.

Coach Rolovich also did his bit to enliven the contest for the new fan base. It was quite the way to start the new college season.

Told he had 441 yards passing — 38 for 54, with no interceptions — Webb said dryly: “Yeah, it was OK, I’m just glad we got the victory. It was a midday start so that the game could be televised back to the U.S. “But seriously, I hope it sends a message that we are going to play aggressively and won’t back down.”

The favored Pac 12 conference’s California Golden Bears from Berkeley across the bay from San Francisco were 51-31 winners. Among the glitches was the person who sang the Star Spangled Banner mistakenly replacing one word for another during the American anthem. Cal’s charter left Sunday afternoon for its 14-hour flight back across the Pacific to San Francisco.

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The star of the show on the field was California quarterback Davis Webb, who made quite an impression in his first game as a graduate transfer from Texas Tech.

A local marching band provided halftime entertainment, supplemented by 30 members of the Hawaii marching band. Stadium officials said 70,000 cups of beer were sold, but one spectator tweeted he waited in line for an hour, while another said the reason there were so many empty seats is that most of the fans were in a queue somewhere.

Many of the Aussie fans were “barracking” more for the underdog Hawaiians than the more-fancied Cal side.

Cal coach Sonny Dykes said it was a good starting point for his team.

“Really, they were cheering for us more?” asked Hawaii’s first-year coach Nick Rolovich. A Rainbow Warriors spokesman said just before the game began that safety Daniel Lewis Jr., linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams and tight end Metuisela Unga were not with the team Saturday.

Things won’t get any easier for Hawaii when the Rainbow Warriors play Michigan at the Big House next weekend in Ann Arbor. flight back to Honolulu. He even admitted to noticing some traditional stadium features like the Kiss Cam, supplemented often by Karaoke Cam and Dance Cam — the highlight of the last feature was a young boy with a Cal Bears t-shirt busting some Michael Jackson-like moves on the giant stadium scoreboard.

This version corrects Cal State to Cal in 5th paragraph.

Tailgate parties weren’t a big part of the day — there aren’t a lot of ground-level parking lots close to the 83,500-seat stadium — but fans feasted on two-foot-long hotdogs and copious amounts of French fries and nachos.

The beer ran out in some sections of the Olympic stadium, but most of the 61,247 spectators at Saturday’s U.S. Cal has a bye week before taking on another Mountain West Conference opponent, San Diego State, on Sept. college football opener in Sydney between California and Hawaii appeared to be enjoying their American “gridiron” experience.

The concession stands, however, appeared to be unprepared for the crowds. And one of the referees made a not-so-flattering remark about someone on the sidelines, but forgot his stadium microphone was turned on.

Hawaii was without three key players for unspecified disciplinary reasons

College Football: 5 Biggest Upsets From College Football’s Opening Weekend

Last season, they upset the Louisville Cardinals, this season, the Oklahoma Sooners are their latest victims.

It was not a good day for quarterback Brandon Harris or the LSU offense. The Cavaliers dropped their home opener 37-20 against FCS opponent Richmond Spiders.

. 16 UCLA 31-24 in Overtime

1. Richmond over Virginia 37-20

Richmond even managed to accumulate more first downs with 24, the Cavaliers had 19. Rosen threw three interceptions, including two by Aggies cornerback Justin Evans, in what was a forgettable start to his sophomore season.

Things are off to a rocky start for the Virginia Cavaliers after opening weekend. are forreal. The Cougars defense forced two fumbles as well.

The Spiders forced four turnovers in the game (3 fumbles and 1 interception) and came out the gates fast, jumping out to an early 13-0 lead.

Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta led the way for the Spiders with 337 passing yards and three touchdowns. The game winning score came with 57 seconds left when Dallas Davis tossed a four yard strike to Gerald Everett in the back of the end zone.

3. 3 Oklahoma 33-23

Next: Texas A&M over UCLA

Quarterback Trevor Knight, on the other hand, was spectacular for the Texas A&M Aggies in his debut. South Alabama over Mississippi State 21-20

The Aggies started their 2016 in the win column with an upset victory over Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins. The Spiders rushed for 187 rushing yards and passed for 337 yards through the air. Running back Trayveon Williams led the way with 94 rushing yards for the Aggies.

The unranked Wisconsin Badgers upset the LSU Tigers and spoiled early Heisman hopes for the Leonard Fournette in the process.

2. Texas A&M over No. The Spiders scored twice before the Cavaliers ran an offensive play from scrimmage, which proved doom in the long run.

The Cougars dominated the line of scrimmage all game, only allowing 70 rushing yards and sacking quarterback Baker Mayfield five times. Wisconsin over No. One things for sure: It was a rough Week 1 for the SEC.

Running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 138 yards but did not score a touchdown. No. 15 Houston over No. If you saw the vicious cheap shot by Josh Boutte, you saw just how frustrating of a day it was for the Tigers.

Next: Houston over Oklahoma

The Aggies rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on the day. He threw for 321 passing yards and two passing touchdowns.

The Tigers dropped their first season opener since 2004.

5. Their other score came on a pick six by cornerback Tre’Davious White.

The Houston Cougars and Greg Ward Jr. Harris threw two interceptions and couldn’t seem to put the Tigers in a position to win all game.

Greg Ward Jr. The Sooners were attempting to take the lead with the Cougars up 19-17 before things went south.

Next: Wisconsin over LSU

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The Cavaliers were simply outplayed in Bronco Mendenhall’s debut. However, Graves put it off the upright with 9 seconds left.

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Next: South Alabama over Mississippi State

4.

The LSU Tigers only managed to score a touchdown on one offensive drive all game. The Cavaliers only managed 38 total rushing yards for the whole game and were outgained 524 to 302 total yards of offense.

It was a wild opening weekend of College Football! Some teams saw their College Football Playoff chances put in jeopardy while others overcame impossible odds to win their season openers. Knight, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, threw one passing touchdown and ran for two touchdowns in the season opener.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs were casualty number 1 in the SEC, dropping their season opener against FCS opponent South Alabama 21-20.

Brandon Wilson’s 109 yard kick six return was also a key turn of events. was spectacular for the Cougars. It was the first victory for the Spiders against the Cavaliers since 1946.

The Aggies defense sacked Rosen fives time.

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The Bulldogs had a chance for a victory on a field goal attempt by kicker Westin Graves from 28 yards out. 5 LSU 16-14

Badgers’ kicker Rafael Gaglianone kicked three field goals, including a 47-yarder with 3:57 left in the fourth quarter which proved to be the game winner.

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On Location Experiences Acquires Anthony Travel

Key industry partners include Disney Sports and ESPN Events.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Location Experiences, a premium experiential hospitality business

owned by Bruin Sports Capital, RedBird Capital Partners, 32 Equity (the

entity that oversees the NFL’s private equity efforts) and Jon Bon Jovi,

today announced the acquisition of Anthony Travel. Bruin Sports

Capital’s investor base, along with Pyne’s reputation, will allow access

to the best deals, and will provide a long-term and flexible capital

structure, operating expertise and a heightened speed of execution. RedBird Capital Partners is a New York and Dallas based principal

investment firm focused on providing flexible, long-term capital in

growth equity, build-up, and structured equity investments to help

entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Bruin Sports Capital’s global access and wherewithal will position the

company for unparalleled value creation opportunities. “Over 26 years we’ve grown by aligning with

exceptional people and iconic brands. Together, we aspire to create

lifetime experiences for guests around iconic events. WPP, the world’s largest communications services

group, is leading Bruin Sports Capital’s international syndicate of

investors. Anthony Travel is the

largest university and sports travel management company in the country. Financial terms of the investment were

not disclosed.

One of the highlights of Anthony Travel’s international work was

managing the travel needs of more than10,000 fans in Dublin for college

football’s 2012 Emerald Isle Classic between Notre Dame and Navy. “As the number one authority in

sports travel, John Anthony and his team immediately provide us with

important new expertise that will transform our company and position us

well for future growth. With 40 offices nationwide, Anthony Travel partners

with nearly 70 of the nation’s most prestigious universities, along with

leading amateur and youth sports organizations, to provide comprehensive

travel solutions and unforgettable experiences to teams, alumni and fans

at more than 300 domestic and international events annually. Anthony

Travel is a division of On Location Experiences, a premium experiential

hospitality business owned by RedBird Capital Partners, Bruin Sports

Capital, 32 Equity (the entity that oversees the NFL’s private equity

efforts), Jon Bon Jovi and John Anthony. For more

information, go to www.BruinSportsCapital.com.

About Bruin Sports Capital

About RedBird Capital Partners

“Anthony Travel is the perfect fit as we continue to expand the services

and offerings within the On Location Experiences platform,” said John

Collins, CEO of On Location Experiences. Pyne’s twenty-five year record of

accomplishments in building businesses and superior management teams led

to the transformation of both NASCAR and IMG, creating billions of

dollars in shareholder value for the respective companies. Adding the travel component enables us to go

deeper with our existing core business, offer fans a more complete and

customized experience and creates unlimited new opportunities with major

international events.”

About On Location Experiences

“John Collins, Jon Bon Jovi, Gerry Cardinale and George Pyne are people

and partners we believe in and who share our core purpose of helping

people experience and enjoy the world. Anthony Travel delivers exceptional service at

300-plus domestic and international events annually and is the largest

contractor of group hotel rooms, airline seats and bus charters in

sports.

As part of this deal, John Anthony will become an equity holder in On

Location Experiences and will join its board of directors. 3, 2016 in Dublin will be

Anthony’s fourth college football game in Ireland.

Added Anthony, “We’re going to be exposed to the best practices in the

guest experience world while taking on exciting new projects. On Location is the official event and hospitality

business of the NFL, providing proprietary fan access to marquee NFL

events, including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL Draft, and International

Series Games in London and Mexico City. RedBird seeks investment

opportunities in growth-oriented private companies in which its capital,

investor network, and strategic relationships can help prospective

business owners outperform operationally, financially and strategically

by virtue of RedBird’s involvement. Our people, values and core

purpose align extremely well with the On Location team and vision.”

About Anthony Travel

Bruin Sports Capital is a privately held international media, sports,

marketing and branded lifestyle company. With this

partnership, we are well-positioned for success and know the best is yet

to come for Anthony Travel, our clients and our people.”

. We’ll have

more resources and technology behind us and with increased volume, there

will be tangible benefits for our client organizations and travelers.”

Anthony Travel is the nation’s largest provider of sports travel

management services. Bruin Sports Capital raised

$250 million in equity capital, which provides for $500 million dollars

in buying power to acquire, operate and build businesses in the

respective segments. He will also

remain CEO of the continuing Anthony Travel business within the On

Location Experiences platform. For more

information, go to www.anthonytravel.com.

“Joining On Location Experiences will drive transformational growth for

our company and new opportunities for our people and current clients,”

said John Anthony. The

Boston College-Georgia Tech game on Sept.

On Location Experiences specializes in custom domestic and international

event and hospitality experiences in the worlds of sports and

entertainment. George Pyne, an international business executive, founded

Bruin Sports Capital in 2015. On Location is expanding its

offerings through new partnerships, including the acquisitions of

Anthony Travel, the nation’s largest provider of sports and travel

management services, and Runaway Tours, the VIP hospitality business for

premier music acts that was founded by Bon Jovi.

Based in Dallas, Anthony Travel was founded in 1989 and currently

partners with 67 universities, – along with many amateur and youth

sports organizations – to provide creative and comprehensive travel

management services. The integration with On

Location Experiences forms an unmatched vertical offering of

hospitality, experiential and travel management services. For more information, go to www.RedBirdCap.com.

On Location Experiences is a premium experiential hospitality business

owned by Bruin Sports Capital, RedBird Capital Partners, 32 Equity (the

entity that oversees the NFL’s private equity efforts) and Jon Bon Jovi