|1996 Plymouth Holiday Bowl|
|Date||December 30, 1996|
|Stadium||Jack Murphy Stadium|
|Location||San Diego, California|
|MVP||Offensive: Koy Detmer (Colorado)|
Defensive: Nick Ziegler (Colorado)
|Halftime show||Marching bands|
|Payout||US$1,433,883 per team|
|United States TV coverage|
The 1996 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1996, in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the Colorado Buffaloes, and the Washington Huskies.
Washington scored first following a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Corey Dillon, and the Huskies opened up a 7-0 lead. Corey Dillon later scored on a 12-yard touchdown run, increasing Washington's lead to 14-0. 45 seconds later, Colorado quarterback Koy Detmer threw a 75-yard 'bullet' to wide receiver Rae Carruth to close Colorado to within 14-7.
In the second quarter, Nick Ziegler returned a Washington interception 31 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 14. On the very next play, Jerome Pathon returned the kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown, and Washington reclaimed the lead at 21-14. Koy Detmer later threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Chiaqverini for a 7-yard touchdown pass, and the score was tied at 21. Jeremy Aldrich kicked a 42-yard field goal before halftime, to put Colorado on top 24-21.
In the third quarter, Aldrich kicked a 36-yard field goal to increase Colorado's lead to 27-21. In the fourth quarter, Koy Detmer threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Rae Carruth, but the 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, and Colorado was up 33-21. They held on to that lead to win the game by that same margin. Koy Detmer went 25-for-45 for 371 yards and three touchdowns for Colorado. Defensive lineman Nick Ziegler was named defensive MVP.