All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls
The Total Clunkers
All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls
The Good Ones
It's been 17 years since the Big Ten and the then-Pac 10 relented and
joined the bizarre exercise known as the BCS. 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. Here's the CFN ranking of all 72 BCS bowl games from 1999 to 2014 with
the ones that rank among the
worst bowl games ever.
72. 2008 Sugar Bowl
No. 5 Georgia 41 ... No. 10 Hawaii 10
Georgia destroyed Hawaii with eight sacks and several other pressures while holding the high-octane Warrior attack to a mere 306 yards. Most of those came late. Hawaii turned it over six times leading to several easy scores, but Georgia had no problem moving the ball on its own with Knowshon Moreno running for scores from 17 and 11 yards out in the first quarter, Sean Bailey catching an 11-yard scoring pass in the second, and Marcus Howard recovering a fumble off a sack in the third. Brandon Coutu blasted field goals from 52 and 45 yards out for the Bulldogs on the way to a 31-3 lead before Hawaii finally got in the end zone on a Tyler Graunke touchdown pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen in the fourth. The two teams combined for 22 penalties for 190 yards.
Player of the Game: Georgia DE Marcus Howard made four tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, forced two tumbles, and recovered one for a touchdown.
Stat Leaders Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 14-23, 175 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Thomas Brown, 19-73, 1 TD. Receiving: Mo Massaquoi, 5-54
Hawaii - Passing: Colt Brennan, 22-38, 169 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: Kealoha Pilares, 7-26. Receiving: Jason Rivers, 10-105
71. 2005 Fiesta Bowl
No. 6 Utah 35 ... No. 21 Pittsburgh 7
Utah, who was left out of the national title discussion despite going unbeaten, showed everyone how dominant it could be on both sides of the ball. QB Alex Smith threw for 328 yards and four touchdown passes, while Paris Warren ripped apart the Panthers for 15 catches for 199 yards and two scores, highlighted by a hook and lateral off a screen pass to Steve Savoy. Pittsburgh QB Tyler Palko time had problems with the Ute pass rush, while the Panther running game netted just 16 yards. Palko had one shining moment with a brilliant throw and an even better catch by Greg Lee for a 31-yard touchdown, but that was it for the attack.
Player of the Game: Utah QB Alex Smith completed 29-of-37 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns and ran 14 times for 68 yards
Stat Leaders Utah - Passing: Alex Smith, 29-37, 328 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Alex Smith, 14-68. Receiving: Paris Warren, 15-199, 2 TD
Pittsburgh - Passing: Tyler Palko, 22-40, 251 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Tim Murphy, 12-37. Receiving: Joe DelSardo, 9-109
70. 2001 Fiesta Bowl
No. 6 Oregon State 41 … No. 11 Notre Dame 9
Oregon State shocked the Irish with 446 yards of total offense as Jonathan Smith hit Chad Johnson for a 74-yard score, T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 23-yard touchdown, and Johnson for a four-yard touchdown on the way to a 41-3 lead after three quarters. The Beavers exploded with a 29-point third quarter to make the game a rout, and they also exploded with celebrations and other penalties getting flagged 18 times for 174 yards. Notre Dame didn’t get into the end zone until Tony Fisher ran for a one-yard score in the fourth.
Player of the Game: Oregon State QB Jonathan Smith completed 18-of-24 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders Notre Dame- Passing: Matt LoVecchio, 13-33, 138 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Julius Jones, 13-30. Receiving: David Givens, 4-23
Oregon State - Passing: Jonathan Smith, 18-24, 305 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Ken Simonton, 18-85, 1 TD. Receiving: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 6-74, 1 TD
69. 2005 Orange Bowl ... The National Championship
No. 1 USC 55 ... No. 2 Oklahoma 19
Oklahoma marched down the field for an easy score and a 7-0 lead as Jason White connected with Travis Wilson for a five-yard touchdown pass. And then the floodgates opened up as Matt Leinart threw an Orange Bowl record five touchdown passes highlighted by brilliant diving catches from Dominique Byrd and Steve Smith, whose 33-yard grab made it 35-10 on the way to a 38-10 halftime lead. Smith caught three touchdown passes in the rout. OU turned it over five times and USC took advantage, on its 55-3 run before the Sooner garbage time points started to come.
Player of the Game: USC QB Matt Leinart completed 18-of-35 passes for 332 yards and five touchdown passes.
Stat Leaders OU - Passing: Jason White, 18-35, 244 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Adrian Peterson. 25-82. Receiving: Travis Wilson, 7-58, 2 TD
USC - Passing: Matt Leinart, 18-35, 342 yds, 5 TD
Rushing: LenDale White, 15-118, 2 TD. Receiving: Steve Smith, 7-113, 3 TD
68. 2007 BCS Championship
No. 2 Florida 41 ... No. 1 Ohio State 14
Florida dominated Ohio State on both sides of the ball holding the Buckeye offense to eight first downs and 82 total yards of offense while amassing 370 yards and scoring 21 straight points in the first 15:04. Things started out on a high note for OSU as Ted Ginn Jr. took the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, but the Gators responded with a big kickoff return, helped by a penalty, and a seven-play, 46-yard drive finishing with a 14-yard Dallas Baker touchdown catch. Percy Harvin ran for a four-yard score, and DeShawn Wynn ran for a two-yard touchdown for the big lead, but the Buckeyes appeared to have some life after an 18-yard Antonio Pittman touchdown run. That would be it as Florida got two Chris Hetland field goals and took advantage of a sack and Troy Smith fumble to go five yards in the final minute of the first half finishing with a one-yard Andre Caldwell touchdown catch from Tim Tebow. Tebow closed out the scoring with a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Player of the game: Florida DEs Jarvis Moss and Derrick Harvey. The two Gator ends combined to make six tackles, five sacks, and came up with several hurries. Moss forced a key Troy Smith fumble at the end of the first half deep in Buckeye territory, and Harvey recovered it.
Stat Leaders Florida - Passing: Chris Leak, 35-36, 213 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: DeShawn Wynn, 19-69, 1 TD Receiving: Percy Harvin, 9-60
Ohio State - Passing: Troy Smith, 4-14, 35 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Antonio Pittman, 10-62, 1 TD Receiving: Anthony Gonzalez, 2-11
67. 2002 Orange Bowl
No. 5 Florida 56 ... No. 10 Maryland 23
Brock Berlin and Rex Grossman combined to throw for 442 yards and five touchdowns as the Gators amassed 659 total yards of total offense. Earnest Graham ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns, while Taylor Jacobs set a Orange Bowl record 10 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. Brock Berlin started the game and threw well completing 11-of-19 passes for 196 yards, but he threw two interceptions. Grossman, who was suspended for the first half, came in an helped lead the Gators to touchdowns on his first six possessions. Marc Riley ran for two fourth quarter scores for the Terps.
Player of the Game: Jacobs might have set the Orange Bowl records, but Rex Grossman was the star completing 20-of-28 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns.
Stat Leaders Florida - Passing: Rex Grossman, 20-28, 248, 4 TD
Rushing: Earnest Graham, 16-149, 2 TD Receiving: Taylor Jacobs, 10-170, 2 TD
Maryland - Passing: Shaun Hill, 23-39, 257 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Shaun Hill, 11-31 Receiving: Jafar Williams, 4-91, 1 TD
66. 2007 Sugar Bowl
No. 4 LSU 41 ... No. 11 Notre Dame 14
LSU rolled up 577 yards of total offense and scored 27 unanswered points on the way to a blowout. The Tigers got up 14-0 in the first quarter on a three-yard touchdown run from Keiland Williams and an 11-yard scoring grab from Dwayne Bowe, but Notre Dame got back in it with a perfectly thrown 24-yard pass to David Grimes and a ten-yard pitch to Jeff Samardzija. The Tigers answered by going 82 yards in five plays ending the first half with a five-yard JaMarcus Russell run, and the rout was on. After two long drives finished with Colt David field goals, the Tigers put it away on a 58-yard pass to Brandon LaFell. Williams scored on a 20-yard run to finish off the Irish.
Player of the game: LSU QB JaMarcus Russell completed 21-of-34 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns and an interception and ran for 16 yards and a score
Stat Leaders LSU - Passing: JaMarcus Russell, 21-34, 332 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Keiland Williams, 14-107, 2 TD Receiving: Early Doucet, 8-115
Notre Dame - Passing: Brady Quinn, 15-35, 148 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Darius Walker, 22-128 Receiving: Jeff Samardzija, 8-59, 1 TD
65. 2013 BCS Championship
No. 2 Alabama 42, No. 1 Notre Dame 14
Alabama dominated from the opening drive, ripping apart the Irish defense going 82 yards in just five plays, culminating in a 20-yard Eddie Lacy touchdown run, and it didn’t get any better from there. Helped by a slightly controversial call on a muffed punt, the Tide got the ball back and finished with the first of four AJ McCarron touchdown passes. Lacy and T.J. Yeldon each added scoring runs in the first half – with Lacy’s second coming in the final seconds – for a 28-0 lead, and Amari Cooper caught a 34-yard strike midway through the third to turn the game into a rout. Notre Dame and QB Everett Golson kept fighting, with Golson running for a two-yard score and connecting with Theo Riddick for a six-yard touchdown, but the Tide kept trying, too, with Cooper catching a 19-yard touchdown pass in the fourth.
Player of the Game: The entire Alabama offensive line. C Barrett Jones, LG Chance Warmack, LT Cyrus Kouandijo, RG Anthony Steen, RT D.J. Fluker
Game Notes Alabama: The Tide outgained Notre Dame 529 yards to 302 … Time of possession: Alabama 38:13 – ND 21:47 … QB AJ McCarron completed 20-of-28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns. … RB Eddie Lacy ran 20 times for 140 yards and one score … RB T.J. Yeldon ran 21 times for 108 yards and one touchdown. … WR Amari Cooper caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. … P Cody Mandell averaged 49.2 yards per kick on his four kicks, putting two inside the 20. … LB C.J. Mosley led the Tide with eight tackles with a tackle for loss.
Notre Dame: QB Everett Golson completed 21-of-36 passes for 270 yards and a score with one interception. … WR T.J. Jones caught seven passes for 90 yards. … RB Theo Riddick ran ten times for 37 yards. … S Zeke Motta made 16 tackles … LB Manti Te’o made ten tackles.
All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls
The Good Ones