Switzer claims victory over Bowden in Iraq bowl game

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Football legend Tony Casillas (92), playing for Team Freedom, tries to evade Team Liberty's Spc. Aaron Decker, (41) of Marshfield, Wis., and college quarterback legend Tee Martin, who were playing defense during the first-ever Tostitos "Salute the Troops" Bowl in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 1, 2010.

Football legend Tony Casillas (92), playing for Team Freedom, tries to evade Team Liberty's Spc. Aaron Decker, (41) of Marshfield, Wis., and college quarterback legend Tee Martin, who were playing defense during the first-ever Tostitos "Salute the Troops" Bowl in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 1, 2010.

The Barry Switzer-led “Team Freedom” beat Tommy Bowden’s “Team Liberty” 36-8 in the first-ever Tostitos “Salute the Troops” flag football bowl game held at Camp Liberty, Iraq, New Year’s day.

Tostitos partnered with the USO to bring college football legends down range for a head-to-head match with U.S. military members.

“These brave men and women weren’t able to experience the excitement of the bowl season, so we brought the thrill to them, complete with some of their favorite college football legends,” former University of Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer said. “It was something I know I won’t forget and I hope they feel the same.”

Highlights from the game were played during the halftime broadcast of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Jan. 4 on Fox.

Here’s how the teams broke down.

Team Freedom: Coached by Switzer, one of a few head coaches to win a NCAA National Championship and a Superbowl.

  • Spc. Keven Adside
  • Spc. Ryan Bale
  • Brian Bosworth, University of Oklahoma, winner of the first two Butkus Awards
  • Tony Casillas, University of Oklahoma, NCAA National Championship in 1985
  • Ty Detmer, Brigham Young University, 1990 Heisman Trophy winner
  • Sgt. Bryeem Garner
  • Staff Sgt. Cecil Graham
  • Spc. Phillip Hall
  • Sgt. Sean Harrell
  • Spc. Eric Johnson
  • Maj. William Manley
  • Sgt. 1st Class Rashad Mclean
  • Spc. Daniel Oubre
  • Sgt. 1st Class Antwion Peyton
  • Master Sgt. James Roundtree
  • Joe Washington, University of Oklahoma, two-time first-team all-American.

Team Liberty: Coached by Tommy Bowden, former Clemson University head coach.

  • Spc. Aaron Decker
  • Daniel DeMars
  • Tommie Frazier, University of Nebraska, NCAA National Championships in 1994 and 1995.
  • Senior Airman Karrington Harrison
  • Rocket Ismail, University of Notre Dame, NCAA National Championship in 1988
  • Senior Airman Greg Jones
  • Staff Sgt. Bret Magolski
  • Capt. Richard Martin
  • Tee Martin, University of Tennessee
  • Spc. John Marz
  • Julian Merelopez
  • Petty Officer 3 Derek Messenger
  • Sgt. Angel Powell
  • Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech University
  • Staff Sgt. Elliot Trubee
  • Sgt. Eric Trubee
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  1. Maybe some of the younger folks aren’t familiar with Joe Washington. He was a beast. Witness his awesomeness:

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