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Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowls - The Duds
Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Alabama RB Mark Ingram
By S
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season with the best to the worst bowls, here are The Duds. These were the bowls that gave fuel to the too-many-bowls argument.

Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowls

The Duds

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The Duds
These gave fuel to the too-many-bowls argument

35. 2011 Capital One Bowl
Alabama 49 … Michigan State 7
What Happened: Alabama destroyed Michigan State getting up early on a 13-play drive culminating in a one-yard Mark Ingram touchdown run. And then the floodgates opened. Trent Richardson and Ingram each ran for short scores, and Julio Jones ran for a 35-yard score for a 28-0 first half lead. After a 37-yard Marquis Maze touchdown catch to start the second half, the Tide started to pull some of the offensive starters. It didn’t matter as Eddie Lacy took over with touchdown runs from 12 and 62 yards out. MSU finally got on the board with a 49-yard touchdown catch from Bennie Fowler with just under six minutes to play.
Player of the Game: Alabama QB Greg McElroy completed 13-of-17 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Michigan State – Passing: Kirk Cousins, 10-18, 120 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Edwin Baker, 12-14 Receiving: Keshawn Martin, 3-41
Alabama – Passing: Greg McElroy, 13-17, 220 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Eddie Lacy, 5-86, 2 TD Receiving: Marquis Maze, 4-77, 1 TD
Bowl Notes: Rushing yards: Alabama 275 – Michigan State -48 … Alabama quarterbacks Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron combined to complete 19-of-23 passes for 271 yards and a score. … Sacks: Alabama 5 – Michigan State 0 … Total offense: Alabama 546 yards – Michigan State 171 … Average yards per play: Alabama 8.1 – Michigan State 3.0 … Average yards per carry: Alabama 6.2 – Michigan State -1.7 … The two teams combined to convert 14-of-29 third down chances.

34. 2010 New Mexico Bowl
BYU 52 … UTEP 24
What Happened: BYU got up quickly and never let up as Bryan Kariya ran for a four-yard scores and Jake Heaps hooked up with Luke Ashworth for a nine-yard touchdown for an early 14-0 lead. Heaps and Cody Hoffman then went to work on touchdown connections from 31 and three yards away on the way to a 31-3 lead less than 22 minutes into the game before UTEP finally got in the end zone on a 67-yard Kris Adams touchdown catch. Adams made two more catches on the day with both going from scores from 37 and 49 yards away, but it wasn’t nearly enough as BYU kept its foot on the gas with Hoffman scoring from 29 yards out and J.J. Di Luigi and Joshua Quezada each running for short scores.
Player of the Game: BYU S Andrew Rich made a team-leading five tackles with a sack, two tackles for loss, and two interceptions with a broken up pass.
Stat Leaders: UTEP – Passing: Trevor Vittatoe, 14-29, 245 yds, 3 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Joe Banyard, 2-11 Receiving: Marlon McClure, 4-38
BYU – Passing: Jake Heaps, 25-34, 264 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Joshua Quezada, 15-101 ,1 TD Receiving: Cody Hoffman, 8-137, 3 TD
Bowl Notes: UTEP WR Kris Adams caught three passes for 153 yards and three scores … UTEP finished with -12 yards rushing … The third Cody Hoffman touchdown catch from 29 yards out appeared to be a drop, but replay officials let the on-field ruling stand. … Jake Heaps came of age with four touchdown passes and only one bad misread for an interception. … BYU outgained UTEP 514 yards to 233. … BYU held on to the ball for 38:16 converting 9-of-16 third down chances.

33. 2011 Gator Bowl
Mississippi State 52 … Michigan 14
What Happened: In a dominant performance, Mississippi State overcame a 14-10 first quarter deficit with 42 unanswered points with Vick Ballard running for three short scores and Chris Relf throwing three touchdown passes including a 15-yard strike to Ricco Sanders in the final seconds of the first half and a 31-yard pass play to Michael Carr in the fourth to cap off the blowout. Michigan kept up the pace early on with Denard Robinson starting out the scoring with a ten-yard pass to Roy Roundtree and a 27-yard touchdown pass to Martavious Odoms late in the first quarter, but that was it as drive after drive sputters while the Bulldogs ripped through the Wolverine defense. MSU went on five scoring drives of ten plays or more.
Player of the Game: Mississippi State QB Chris Relf completed 18-of-23 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and he ran 15 times for 30 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Michigan – Passing: Denard Robinson, 27-41, 254 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Denard Robinson, 11-59 Receiving: Roy Roundtreee, 9-53, 1 TD
Mississippi State – Passing: Chris Relf, 18-23, 28 1yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Vick Ballard, 20-76, 3 TD Receiving: Chris Smith, 4-46
Bowl Notes: Fourth down conversions: Miss State 5-of-5 – Michigan 0-of-5 … Rushing yards: Miss State 204 – Michigan 88 … Total offense: Miss State 485 yards – Michigan 342 … Time of possession: Miss State 35:15 – Michigan 24:45 … Third down conversions: Miss State 9-of-15 – Michigan 2-of-10 … Red zone chances: Miss State 6-of-6 – Michigan 1-of-4 … Michigan LB Kenny Demens led all defenders with 13 stops.

32. 2010 Humanitarian Bowl
Northern Illinois 40 … Fresno State 17
What Happened: With an almost perfectly balanced offense, Northern Illinois destroyed Fresno State as Chandler Harnish threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Skarb and ran for touchdowns from seven and 28 yards out in the blowout on Boise State’s snowy blue field. Fresno State scores first on an 11-yard Jamel Hamler catch, but the offense didn’t get back into the end zone until an 11-yard Rashad Evans catch in garbage time. Chad Spann ran for second half scores from 18 and eight yards away for NIU, and Michael Cklamovski nailed field goals from 45 and 51 yards away.
Player of the Game: Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish completed 17-of-26 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown, and he ran ten times for 72 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Fresno State – Passing: Ryan Colburn, 28-38, 288 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Jalen Saunders, 5-58 Receiving: Jamel Hamler, 7-87, 1 TD
Northern Illinois – Passing: Chandler Harnish, 17-26, 300 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Chad Spann, 15-95, 2 TD Receiving: Martel Moore & Willie Clark, 4-88
Game Notes: In his final game, 26-year-old Marine Jake Coffman made six tackles with three sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss for the Huskies … NIU didn’t punt and didn’t turn the ball over. … Fresno State’s Chris Carter, who came into the game seventh in the nation in sacks and 16th in tackles for loss, didn’t make the stat sheet. DT Logan Harrell made five tackles with plays behind the line. … NIU came up with six sacks and 14 tackles for loss to Fresno State’s zero sacks and two tackles for loss. … NIU averaged 7.2 yards per carry, Fresno State averaged 2.1.

31. 2010 Champs Sports Bowl
NC State 23 … West Virginia 7
What Happened: West Virginia moved the ball reasonably well, but it couldn’t stop turning the ball over giving it up five times with four fumbles turning a tight game into a rout. Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes hitting Mustafa Greene for a 16-yard touchdown pass for a late first quarter 7-0 Wolfpack lead, but West Virginia was able to tie it up with a 32-yard Stedman Bailey catch with just over two minutes to play in the half. State answered with the first of Josh Czajkowski’s three field goals to kick off a run of 16 unanswered points. Taking advantage of great field position thanks to the Mountaineer errors, State took control of the game but couldn’t put it out of reach until late on a seven-yard Jarvis Williams catch with just under four minutes to play.
Player of the Game: NC State QB Russell Wilson completed 28-of-45 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 14 times for 41 yards.
Stat Leaders: West Virginia – Passing: Geno Smith, 22-39, 196 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Geno Smith, 12-59 Receiving: Jock Sanders, 5-58
NC State – Passing: Russell Wilson, 28-45, 275 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: James Washington, 18-62 Receiving: Jarvis Williams, 6-77, 1 TD
Bowl Notes: The punting was terrific. NC State’s Jeff Ruiz put four of his six kicks inside the 20, averaging 39 yards per kick, while West Virginia’s Gregg Pugnetti averaged 43 yards per punt putting three of his four kicks inside the 20. … Turnovers: WVU 5 – NC State 0 … Time of possession: NC State 36:46 – West Virginia 23:14 … Sacks: WVU 5 – NC State 0 … Average yards per carry: West Virginia 5.2 – NC State 2.9 … West Virginia’s J.T. Thomas led all tacklers with ten stops.

30. 2010 Texas Bowl
Illinois 38 … Baylor 14
What Happened: Illinois stopped Baylor’s opening drive when a backwards pass was recovered by Travon Bellamy, and the rest of the first half was all Illini. QB Nathan Scheelhaase completed all 13 of his passes, but the offense only managed three Derek Dimke field goals until Mikel Leshoure ran it in from five yards out. Leshoure helped make it 24-0 on a 13-yard dash and dive on the opening drive of the second half, and then he ran it in for two. Baylor didn’t give up and made it interesting with a four-yard Jay Finley run and a 39-yard Kendall Wright fourth down catch, but it wasn’t enough. Leshoure ran for a five-yard score midway through the fourth, and Scheelhaase took a bootleg 55 yards in the final minute to complete the blowout.
Player of the Game: Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase completed 18-of-23 passes for 242 yards, and he ran nine times for 53 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Baylor – Passing: Robert Griffin, 30-41, 306 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jay Finley, 12-63, 1 TD Receiving: Kendall Wright, 12-127, 1 TD
Illinois – Passing: Nathan Scheelhaase, 18-23, 242 yds
Rushing: Mikel Leshoure, 29-184, 3 TD Receiving: A.J. Jenkins, 6-52
Bowl Notes: Rushing yards: Illinois 291 – Baylor 124 … The two teams combined for 970 yards of total offense. … Illinois punter Anthony Santella averaged 40.2 yards per kick on his five boots, putting four inside the 20. .. Baylor didn’t convert a third down play until the second half, and finished converting 2-of-10 chances. … Griffin set Baylor’s career passing record, breaking the previous mark held by J.J. Joe. Griffin III now has 6,073 career passing yards in 28 career games. … Jay Finley set Baylor’s single-season rushing record with 1,218 yards, breaking the previous mark held by Walter Abercombie.

29. 2010 Holiday Bowl
Washington 19 … Nebraska 7
What Happened: In a total stunner, Washington got 177 yards and a three-yard score from Chris Polk, a 39-yard field goal from Erik Folk, and a 25-yard touchdown run from Jake Locker on offense, and the defense did the rest. Nebraska was held to 189 yards of total offense and managed just a 15-yard Kyler Reed touchdown catch in the second quarter. In the second half, the Nebraska offense still couldn’t get going and Taylor Martinez was replaced by Cody Green, who completed just 3-of-12 passes. Washington put the game out of reach with a fourth quarter safety on a Husker holding call in the end zone.
Player of the Game: Washington RB Chris Polk ran 34 times for 177 yards and a score and caught two passes for 22 yards
Stat Leaders: Nebraska – Passing: Taylor Martinez, 7-9, 53 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Rex Burkhead, 12-39 Receiving: Mike McNeill, 3-33
Washington – Passing: Jake Locker, 5-16, 56 yds
Rushing: Chris Polk, 34-177, 1 TD Receiving: DeAndre Goodwin, 2-30
Bowl Notes: Total yards: Washington 340 – Nebraska 189 … Sacks: Washington 5 – Nebraska 0 … Rushing yards: Washington 268 – Nebraska 91 … Penalties: Nebraska 12 for 102 yards – Washington 3 for 30 yards … Passing yards; Nebraska 98 – Washington 72 … Nebraska averaged 2.2 yards per carry. … In relief of Taylor Martinez, Nebraska’s Cody Green completed 3-of-12 passes for 45 yards

28. 2011 BBVA Compass Bowl
Pitt 27 … Kentucky 10
What Happened: Pitt took advantage of two Kentucky punting errors, with an Andrew Taglianetti block leading to a one-yard Tino Sunsieri run in the final minute of the first half, and a misfire on a fake punt leading to a 13-yard Brock DeCicco touchdown catch for a 20-3 Panther lead in the third. Kentucky scored first on a 50-yard Craig McIntosh field goal, but Pitt scored 20 straight points with two Dan Hutchins field goals starting off the run in the second. The Wildcats pulled within ten on a one-yard Moncell Allen run, but the Panthers answered on the ensuing drive in the fourth finishing off a 12-play drive with a two-yard Dion Lewis run.
Player of the Game: Pitt RB Dion Lewis ran 22 times for 105 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Kentucky – Passing: Morgan Newton, 21-36, 211 yds
Rushing: Derrick Locke, 12-71 Receiving: Derrick Locke, 6-61
Pitt – Passing: Tino Sunseri, 9-19, 96 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dion Lewis, 22-105, 1 TD Receiving: Mike Cruz, 2-24
Bowl Notes: Kentucky LB Danny Trevathan led all defenders with 12.5 tackles, 11 solo … Pitt S Dom DeCicco made nine tackles with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble … Kentucky RB Derrick Locke led the team with 71 rushing yards and with six catches … Sacks: Pitt 4 – UK 0 … Fourth quarter time of possession: Pitt 10:27 – Kentucky 4:33 … Passing yards: UK 211 – Pitt 96 … Rushing yards: Pitt 261 – UK 104

- 2010-2011 Bowl Central, Thoughts, Recaps & Scoreboard 
- Ranking the 2009/2010 Bowl Season  
- Ranking the 2008/2009 Bowl Season

- Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season - The Classics 
- Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season - The Excellent 
- Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season - The Above-Average 
- Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season - The Good  
- Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season - The Mediocre