All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls
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All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls
It's been 16 years since the Big Ten and the then-Pac 10 relented and joined the bizarre exercise known as the BCS to form the system
we have to deal with now. Over the last decade-plus have been some of the greatest games in the history of college football, to go along with a slew of major clunkers.
Now that the 2013 BCS season is over, here's the CFN ranking of all 68
BCS bowl games from 1999 to 2013 with the ones that might not
have been classics, but were very good, very strong games.
28. 2005 Sugar Bowl
No. 3 Auburn 16 ... No. 8 Virginia Tech 13
Auburn finished its season 13-0, but it wasn't easy as a dominant performance nearly turned into disaster. Early Tiger drives turned into field goals instead of touchdowns as John Vaughn connected on three kicks. Virginia Tech was able to move the ball a bit, but failed on its opportunities with a fourth down drop in the end zone and a missed short field goal. Up 9-0, Auburn appeared to be on its way to a rout with a five-yard touchdown pass to Devin Aromashodu, but the Hokies rallied on Josh Morgan touchdown catches from 29 and 80 yards. Two missed onside kicks proved costly and the Tigers were able to run out the clock.
Player of the Game: Auburn QB Jason Campbell completed 11-of-16 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown with an interception
Stat Leaders Virginia Tech - Passing: Bryan Randall, 19-36, 299, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Bryan Randall, 9-45. Receiving: Josh Morgan, 3-126, 2 TD
Auburn - Passing: Jason Campbell, 11-16, 189 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ronnie Brown, 14-67. Receiving: Courtney Taylor, 5-87
27. 2004 Orange Bowl
No. 9 Miami 16 ... No. 7 Florida State 14
Miami RB Jarrett Payton ran for 131 yards and Jon Peattie hit three field goals including a career-long 51-yard shot, but Florida State lost by yet another wide right as Xavier Beitia missed a 39-yard kick with 5:30 to play. The Noles were still in the game as the defense held, but Miami did a direct snap on a punt to D.J. Williams for a first down to keep the drive alive. FSU's B.J. Ward blocked a game-sealing kick, but the Noles couldn't get back into field goal range to give Beitia another shot. FSU got second quarter touchdowns from Lorenzo Booker and Matt Henshaw, while Miami got into the end zone on a three-yard run by Tyrone Moss.
Player of the Game: Miami RB Jarrett Payton ran 22 times for 131 yards
Stat Leaders Florida State - Passing: Chris Rix, 6-19, 96 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Greg Jones, 6-38. Receiving: Maurice Stovall, 4-79
Miami - Passing: Brock Berlin, 14-29, 157 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Jarrett Patron, 22-131. Receiving: Ryan Moore, 3-52
26. 2013 Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO
No. 6 Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14
Despite the return of Barry Alvarez to the sidelines, it was another year, another tough loss for Wisconsin and the Big Ten in Pasadena. Stanford looked like it was on its way to a rout with 14 first quarter points on a 16-yard Kelsey Young run and a three-yard score from Stepfan Taylor, set up by long pass plays, but the Badgers battled back with Montee Ball running it in from 11 yards out early in the second. Despite being denied on a fourth-and-goal from the one, they managed to use the field position to set up a touchdown with Jordan Fredrick’s four-yard touchdown catch with just 11 seconds to play at the end of the first half. But that was it for the Wisconsin scoring as both defenses clamped down in the second half. Jordan Williamson gave the Cardinal a six point lead on his second field goal of the game late in the fourth, but Wisconsin came back with a promising drive, only to be stopped on the only turnover of the game – an interception by Usua Amanam. Stanford was able to run out the clock.
Player of the Game Stanford SS Jordan Richards made seven tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss.
Game Notes: Stanford: QB Kevin Hogan completed 12-of-19 passes for 123 yards and ran seven times for 54 yards. … RB Stepfan Taylor was held to 88 yards and a score on 20 carries. … The Cardinal averaged 7.9 yards per pass. Wisconsin only averaged 4.9.
Wisconsin: The Badgers outgained Stanford 218 rushing yards to 187, but only threw for 83 yards. .. 3rd down conversions: 7-of-14. … QB Curt Phillips completed 10-of-16 passes for 83 yards and a score with a pick. … RB Montee Ball ran 24 times for 100 yards and a score. … LB Chris Borland made nine tackles
25. 2010 Rose Bowl
No. 8 Ohio State 26 … No. 7 Oregon 17
Terrelle Pryor found Brandon Saine on a 13-yard pass play to start the scoring and helped put the game away on a 17-yard floater to DeVier Posey to put the Buckeyes up nine midway through the fourth. Oregon hung tight all game long with short touchdown runs from Jermiah Masoli and LeGarrette Blount, but the offense failed to get back on the board over the final 26 minutes. Devin Barclay hit two short field goals for the Buckeyes from 19, 30 and 38 yards away, while Aaron Pettrey gave the team a 16-10 lead on the final play of the first half on a 45-yard field goal. Ohio State held on to the ball for 41:37 and outgained the Ducks 419 yards to 260.
Player of the Game: Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor completed 23-of-37 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and he ran 20 times for 72 yards.
Stat Leaders: Oregon: Passing: Jeremiah Masoli, 9-20, 81 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: LaMichael James, 15-70, Receiving: LaMichael James, 4-25
Ohio State: Passing: Terrelle Pryor, 23-37, 266 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Terrelle Pryor, 20-72, Receiving: Dane Sanzenbacher, 9-64
24. 2004 Rose Bowl
No. 3 USC 28 ... No. 4 Michigan 14
USC won at least a split of the national title as QB Matt Leinart threw three touchdown passes with two to Keary Colbert, but the it was the play of the Trojan defensive line that controlled the game sacking Michigan QB John Navarre nine times. Colbert made a one-handed grab for a 47-yard touchdown pass giving USC a 21-0 lead in the third quarter, and Michigan couldn't answer, only getting a six-yard touchdown pass to Tim Massaquoi before the Trojans sealed the win with a 15-yard scoring pass from WR Mike Williams on a reverse to Leinart. Michigan finished off the scoring with a short Chris Perry scoring run.
Player of the Game: USC QB Matt Leinart completed 23-of-34 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a pass for a touchdown.
Stat Leaders Michigan - Passing: John Navarre, 23-34, 327 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Chris Perry, 23-85, 1 TD. Receiving: Braylon Edwards, 10-107
USC - Passing: Matt Leinart, 23-34, 331 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Reggie Bush, 8-41. Receiving: Keary Colbert, 6-149, 2 TD
23. 2001 Rose Bowl
No. 4 Washington 34 … No. 14 Purdue, 24
Marques Tuisasosopo led the way with a five-yard touchdown run and an eight-yard touchdown pass as Washington stayed one step ahead of Drew Brees and the high-octane Purdue passing attack all game long. Brees threw two touchdown passes, both to Vinny Sutherland, but he was held to 275 passing yards. A 17-point Husky run in the second half helped put the game away with a Willie Hurst eight-yard touchdown run sealing the victory. The Washington offense kept control of the ball and the game, holding it for 35:52 with 268 rushing yards.
Player of the Game: Washington QB Marques Tuiasosopo completed 16-of-22 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 15 times for 75 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders Purdue - Passing: Drew Brees, 23-39, 275 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Montrell Lowe, 20-79. Receiving: Vinny Sutherland, 7-88, 2 TD
Washington - Passing: Marques Tuiasosopo, 16-22, 138 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Rich Alexis, 10-78. Receiving: Jerramy Stevens, 5-51
22. 2008 Orange Bowl
No. 8 Kansas 24 ... No. 3 Virginia Tech 21
In a strange game, Kansas started off the scoring with a 60-yard interception return for a score from Aqib Talib, and held a 17-0 first half lead after Marcus Henry caught a 13-yard touchdown pass. And then Virginia Tech found a groove, going 68 yards in 13 plays at the end of the half by running Branden Ore, who scored with a one-yard touchdown run. The Hokies got rolling in the second half on an 84-yard punt return for a score from Justin Harper on a reverse, but a blocked field goal and an interception gave the Kansas all the momentum as Todd Reesing scored on a two-yard run early in the fourth for the winning touchdown. Tech came up with a 15-play, 78-yard drive with a 20-yard touchdown grab from Harper, but KU recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Player of the Game: Kansas P Kyle Tucker punted five times for 250 yards, averaging 50 yards per kick, putting three inside the 20
Stat Leaders Virginia Tech - Passing: Sean Glennon, 13-28, 160 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Branden Ore, 23-116, 1 TD. Receiving: Justin Harper, 4-64, 1 TD
Kansas - Passing: Todd Reesing, 20-37, 227 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Brandon McAnderson, 15-75. Receiving: Dexton Fields, 7-101
21. 2004 Sugar Bowl
No. 2 LSU 21 ... No. 1 Oklahoma 14
The LSU defense controlled the game holding Oklahoma to only 154 yards of total offense and got a score on a Marcus Spears interception for a touchdown, but the Tigers couldn't breathe easy until the very end as the Sooners had two drives to try and tie up the game snuffed out. LSU LB Lionel Turner blew through for a sack on fourth down to end OU's final chance. The Tigers got up early on a 24-yard Skyler Green touchdown run, but OU answered on a Kejuan Jones one-yard touchdown run following a blocked punt. LSU took the lead for good on a Justin Vincent 18-yard scoring run just before halftime. The Sooners made things interesting on a fourth-quarter one-yard Jones touchdown run, but they couldn't capitalize late against the swarming Tiger D.
Player of the Game: LSU DEs Marquise Hill and Marcus Spears were in the Oklahoma backfield all game long disrupting the running game pressuring Jason White. Spears even picked off a pass for a touchdown.
Stat Leaders Oklahoma - Passing: Jason White, 13-37, 102 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Kejuan Jones, 20-59, 2 TD. Receiving: Mark Clayton, 4-32
LSU - Passing: Matt Mauck, 13-22, 124 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Justin Vincent, 16-117, 1 TD. Receiving: Michael Clayton, 4-38
20. 1999 Fiesta Bowl - National Championship
No. 1 Tennessee 23 … No. 2 Florida State 16
In a bit of a sluggish game with 21 penalties, seven penalties, and just 253 yards of total offense from Florida State, Tennessee got the big plays and the Noles didn’t. Dwayne Goodrich intercepted a Marcus Outzen pass 54 yards for a 14-0 Tennessee first half lead, but the Seminoles came back with ten straight points on a one-yard William McCray touchdown run and a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. Neither team was able to get the offense going in the third quarter, and then lightning struck for Tennessee as Tee Martin connected with Peerless Price for a 79-yard touchdown early in the fourth. The Vols got a bit of a cushion with a 23-yard Jeff Hall field goal, and they needed it as Outzen ran for a seven-yard score to pull the Noles within seven late.
Player of the Game: Tennessee WR Peerless Price caught four passes for 199 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders Florida State - Passing: Marcus Outzen, 9-22, 145 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Travis Minor, 15-83. Receiving: Ron Dugans, 6-135
Tennessee - Passing: Tee Martin, 11-18, 278 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Travis Stephens, 13-60. Receiving: Peerless Price, 4-199, 1 TD
19. 2004 Fiesta Bowl
No. 5 Ohio State 35 ... No. 10 Kansas State 28
Ohio State jumped out to a 21-0 lead on a blocked punt for a score and Craig Krenzel touchdown passes to Santonio Holmes and Michael Jenkins, but Kansas State finally got over the malaise from the off-the-field problems of QB Ell Roberson to make things interesting on a six-yard scoring run from Darren Sproles and a 14-yard scoring run from Roberson. OSU pulled away for good with Krenzel touchdown throws of eight yards to Jenkins and a brilliant 31-yard strike to Holmes. However, the Buckeyes had a hard time closing as two more KSU touchdown runs didn’t allow any Ohio State celebrating. Roberson had one final shot, but his Hail Mary was knocked down.
Player of the Game: Ohio State WR Michael Jenkins caught five passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders Kansas State - Passing: Ell Roberson, 20-51, 294 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Darren Sproles, 13-38, 1 TD Receiving: Davin Dennis, 7-113
Ohio State - Passing: Craig Krenzel, 11-24, 189 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Lydell Ross, 20-82 Receiving: Michael Jenkins, 5-96, 2 TD
18. 2009 BCS Championship
No. 2 Florida 24 … No. 1 Oklahoma 14
Florida PK Jonathan Phillips broke a 14-14 tie with a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, and following an interception from Ahmad Black, the Gator offense marched 76 yards in 11 plays with Tim Tebow hitting David Nelson with a jump-pass from four yards out for a game-clinching touchdown. Tebow started off the scoring with a 20-yard pass to Louis Murphy, but OU answered 2:13 later on a six-yard touchdown catch from Jermaine Gresham. The Sooners marched down near the goal line on two more drives, but were stuffed on two plays from the one to halt one march, and a Sam Bradford pass was batted and bounced into the hands of Major Wright at the end of the half. The Gators took the lead late in the third on a two-yard run by Percy Harvin off a direct snap, but OU tied it up in the fourth on an 11-yard Gresham catch. Florida was able to answer right back with a 68-yard drive culminating in the Phillips field goal, which turned out to be the winning points to give the Gators their second national title in three years.
Player of the Game: Florida QB Tim Tebow completed 18-of-30 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions and ran 22 times for 109 yards.
Stat Leaders Oklahoma - Passing: Sam Bradford, 26-41, 256 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Chris Brown, 22-110. Receiving: Jermaine Gresham, 8-62, 2 TD
Florida - Passing: Tim Tebow, 18-30, 231 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Percy Harvin, 9-122, 1 TD. Receiving: Aaron Hernandez, 5-57
17. 2006 Sugar Bowl
No. 11 West Virginia 38 ... No. 5 Georgia 35
West Virginia got out to a shocking 28-0 lead early in the second quarter highlighted by Steve Slaton touchdown runs from 52 and 18 yards, along with a touchdown run and catch from Darius Reynaud, but Georgia slowly crept back with a 34-yard touchdown run from Kregg Lumpkin, a 52-yard scoring dash from Thomas Brown, and a four-yard Leonard Pope touchdown catch to cut the lead to 31-21 at halftime. Georgia got the passing game going in the second half with a 34-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Bryant and a 43-yard scoring play to Bryan McClendon, but a second 52-yard touchdown run from Slaton midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. The Dawg defense apparently had West Virginia stopped with just under two minutes to play, but a fake punt kept the final drive alive and allowed the Mountaineers to seal the win. West Virginia outgained Georgia 382 rushing yards to 224, and didn't commit a turnover while the Dawgs gave away three.
Player of the Game: West Virginia RB Steve Slaton ran 26 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders West Virginia - Passing: Pat White, 11-14, 120 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Steve Slaton, 26-204, 3 TD Receiving: Darius Reynaud, 6-48, 1 TD
Georgia - Passing: D.J. Shockley, 20-33, 277 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Thomas Brown, 9-78, 1 TD Receiving: Leonard Pope, 6-50, 1 TD
16. 2001 Orange Bowl - National Championship
No. 1 Oklahoma 13 … No. 2 Florida State 2
The high-powered Florida State offense, led by Heisman-winning QB Chris Weinke, was shut down and shut out, with the only points coming from a safety off an Oklahoma punting snafu. FSU gained just 301 yards of total offense, but was in the game late as the Sooner offense only managed two Tim Duncan field goals before a ten-yard touchdown run from Quentin Griffin in the fourth quarter. The Sooners held on to the ball for 36:33, but only gained 270 yards of total offense even with a good game from Heisman runner-up, QB Josh Heuepel. OU ran for 56 yards on 36 carries, and FSU gained just 27 yards on the ground.
Player of the Game: Oklahoma P Jeff Ferguson averaged 44.7 yards on 10 punts, pinned FSU deep all game long, and fell on the ball late for a safety to prevent a Seminole touchdown.
Stat Leaders Florida State - Passing: Chris Weinke, 25-51, 274 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Michael Vick, 23-97, 1 TD Receiving: Atrews Bell, 7-137
Oklahoma - Passing: Josh Heupel, 25-39, 214 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Quentin Griffin, 11-40, 1 TD Receiving: Josh Norman, 3-49
15. 2000 Sugar Bowl - National Championship
No. 1 Florida State 46 … No. 2 Virginia Tech 29
Michael Vick put on a show in the first half, but Peter Warrick was unstoppable throughout the game starting out with a 64-yard touchdown catch to give Florida State the lead. Warrick also returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown, and he put the Hokies away with a 43-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. As good as Warrick was, Vick was magical early on with a three-yard touchdown run and a 49-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis. Andre Kendrick ran for scores from 29 and 6 yards out to give Virginia Tech a 29-24 lead going into the fourth quarter, and then it was all Florida State. Chris Weinke finished with four touchdown passes with two to Warrick and two to Ron Dugans, who scored early on a 63-yard play and caught a 14-yard touchdown pass in the fourth. Virginia Tech ended up outscoring FSU 503 yards to 359.
Player of the Game: Florida State WR Peter Warrick caught six passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns, returned a punt for a score, and caught a pass for a two-point conversion.
Stat Leaders Virginia Tech - Passing: Michael Vick, 15-20, 225 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Michael Vick, 23-97, 1 TD Receiving: Andre Davis, 7-108, 1 TD
Florida State - Passing: Chris Weinke, 20-34, 329 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jeff Chaney, 4-43 Receiving: Peter Warrick, 6-163, 2 TD
14. 2012 Sugar Bowl
Michigan 23 … Virginia Tech 20 OT
There might have been better, more deserving options for the catch-all BCS game, but the matchup worked. Michigan’s offense, however, didn’t, being held to just 184 yards with Denard Robinson struggling to get free and unable to come up with any big plays downfield. Two Virginia Tech turnovers and a 17-6 third quarter lead allowed the Wolverines to hang on as the Hokies went on a fourth quarter run. The drive stalled, but Justin Myer – the team’s third-string kicker – hit the 25-yard field goal attempt to force overtime. And then came the controversy. Virginia Tech’s Danny Coale made a terrific diving catch in overtime, but after a review it was ruled incomplete. Myer missed the field goal attempt, Michigan’s Brendan Gibbons nailed the 37-yard try, and Michigan had its 11-win season.
Player of the Game: Michigan LB Jake Ryan made seven tackles, a sack, and four tackles for loss.
Bowl Notes: Michigan: The Wolverines only had the ball
for 23:10 … Denard Robinson completed 9-of-21 passes for 117 yards and
two touchdowns with a pick, and ran 13 times for 13 yards. … Junior
Hemingway caught two passes for 63 yards and two scores. … Brendan
Gibbons was 3-for-3, connecting from 24, 39, and the game-winner from 37
yards out. … Jordan Kovacs led the Wolverines with 11 tackles.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies outgained the Wolverines 377 yards to 184. … Logan Thomas completed 19-of-28 passes for 214 yards and a pick, and he ran 16 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. … David Wilson ran 24 times for 82 yards. … Danny Coale caught eight passes for 117 yards. … Justin Myer hit his first four field goals, but missed the 37-yarder in overtime. … Tariq Edwards led the Hokies with eight tackles, a sack, and two tackles for loss.
13. 2006 Orange Bowl
No. 3 Penn State 26 ... No. 22 Florida State 23 3OT
After three overtimes and several missed kicks from both sides, Penn State's Kevin Kelly finally hit one, sneaking a 29-yarder inside the upright to end the marathon. FSU PK Gary Cismesia, who missed an extra point in the second quarter after a 57-yard Lorenzo Booker touchdown run, forced overtime with a 48-yard shot with 4:08 to play. In the first overtime, both Cismesia and Kelly missed field goal attempts. In the second overtime, Florida State answered a one-yard touchdown run from PSU's Austin Scott with a one-yard B.J. Dean touchdown. In the third OT, Cismesia's field goal attempt nailed the right upright before Kelly connected. Scott had started the scoring on a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but FSU got back in the game in the second on a 87-yard punt return for a touchdown from Willie Reid.
Player of the Game: Penn State RB Austin Scott ran 26 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders Penn State - Passing: Michael Robinson, 21-39, 253 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Austin Scott, 26-110, 2 TD. Receiving: Jordan Norwood, 6-110
Florida State - Passing: Drew Weatherford, 24-43, 258 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Leon Washington, 6-30, Receiving: Leon Washington 6-24
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