|2023 Tunnel to Towers Foundation Hula Bowl|
|77th Hula Bowl|
|Date||January 14, 2023|
|MVP||Offense: Holton Ahlers (QB, East Carolina) Defense: Jordan Ferguson (DE, Middle Tennessee)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Network||CBS Sports Network|
|Announcers||Jamie Seh (play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (color), Nick Lowery (sideline), Smacker Miles (sideline)|
The 2023 Hula Bowl was a postseason college football all-star game played on January 14, 2023, with kickoff at 12:00 noon EST, at FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando, Florida. It was the first all-star contest of the 2022–23 bowl games and, while not restricted to FBS players, one of the final games of the 2022 FBS football season. Television coverage was provided by CBS Sports Network. This was the second playing of the Hula Bowl outside of Hawaii, due to Aloha Stadium near Honolulu being closed for renovations. The game rostered players into Aina and Kai teams, the words for land and sea in the Hawaiian language. Through sponsorship from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the game was officially named the 2023 Tunnel to Towers Foundation Hula Bowl.
Selected players are listed below. Full roster are available online (link); note that a number may be shared by an offensive and defensive player.
Coach: Mike Smith
|16||Chase Brice||QB||6'2/235||Appalachian State|
|11||Adrian Martinez||QB||6'2/219||Kansas State|
Coach: Brian Billick
|10||Holton Ahlers||QB||6'3/237||East Carolina|
|12||Sean Clifford||QB||6'2/217||Penn State|
|2||Elijah Dotson||RB||5'9/199||Northern Colorado (FCS)|
|6||Calvin Tyler||RB||5'7/211||Utah State|
Team Kai wore white uniforms and Team Aina wore dark uniforms. The game was played using National Football League (NFL) rules; however, punt returns were not allowed. In place of kickoffs, teams automatically started possessions at their own 25-yard line.
The game was officiated by an all-female crew, assigned by the NFL "from their development pool of college officials." Referee Amanda Sauer had previously served as the center judge in the 2022 Fenway Bowl.
Note: bowl organizers had the three placekickers (Dunn, Podlesny, and Brown) rotate through opportunities to kick during the game, regardless of team affiliations.
- @ToledoFB (January 14, 2023). "@CoachScott_UT helped coach offensive MVP Holton Ahlers" (Tweet). Retrieved January 23, 2023 – via Twitter.
- @PeterAriz (January 15, 2023). "Congrats @JoFerg__ on a great week of practice and heck of a Defensive MVP performance in yesterday's @Hula_Bowl!" (Tweet). Retrieved January 23, 2023 – via Twitter.
- CBS Sports broadcast of the game
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- @therealBeede (January 14, 2023). "We've got points at the Hula Bowl! NC State kicker Chris Dunn made a 30-yard field goal for Team Kai. 2Q 5:03: Kai 3, Aina 0" (Tweet). Retrieved January 23, 2023 – via Twitter.
- Nick Lowery in-game interview with Jack Podlesny