Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowls - The Mediocre
Boise State RB Doug Martin
Boise State RB Doug Martin
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season with the best to the worst bowls, here are The Mediocre. They had their moments, but these were bowl games. No more, no less.


Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowls

The Mediocre

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The Mediocre
They had their moments, but these were bowl games. No more, no less.

27. 2010 Alamo Bowl
Oklahoma State 36 … Arizona 10
What Happened: Oklahoma State got up early with Jeremy Smith running for a six-yard score and a wide open Justin Blackmon catching a 71-yard touchdown pass. Arizona got a five-yard Juron Criner touchdown catch, but that would be it for the Wildcat touchdowns. The Cowboy defense got into the act with four takeaways including a Markelle Martin interception return for a score in the second quarter for a 24-7 lead going into the locker room. Following a 42-yard Alex Zendejas field goal to pull the Wildcats within 13, but the Cowboys woke up with an 11-play, 71-yard drive with Blackmon making a brilliant catch from three yards out to kick off a run of 13 unanswered points. Dan Bailey nailed field goals from 40, 50, and 44 yards out for OSU.
Player of the Game: Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon caught nine passes for 117 yards and two scores
Stat Leaders: Arizona – Passing: Nick Foles, 32-50, 280 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Nic Grigsby, 16-59 Receiving: Juron Criner, 9-47, 1 TD
Oklahoma State – Passing: Brandon Weeden, 25-41, 240 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Kendall Hunter, 10-32 Receiving: Justin Blackmon, 9-117, 2 TD
Bowl Notes: Arizona outgained OSU 370 yards to 312 … The Cowboys came up with five sacks, Arizona didn't generate a sack. … OSU RB Kendall Hunter was held to 32 yards on ten carries … Not only did Dan Bailey hit three long field goals, but he also filled in for punter Quinn Sharp, who was academically ineligible, averaging 39 yards per kick. … OSU LB Orie Lemon led all tackles with 14 stops. … Arizona's Robert Golden had problems with Justin Blackmon, but he broke up four passes.

26. 2011 Orange Bowl
Stanford 40 … Virginia Tech 12
What Happened: Stanford broke open a tight after halftime with 27 unanswered points including a two play, 97-yard drive capped off by a 41-yard Coby Fleener touchdown catch. Fleener scored the final three touchdowns of the day with plays from 58 and 38 yards out to help make it rout, while the Cardinal defense took care of the rest eight sacks including three from Shayne Skov, who also led all defenders with 12 tackles. Stanford scored first on a 60-yard Jeremy Stewart dash, but the Hokies were able to take the lead in with a safety and an 11-yard David Wilson touchdown catch. Stanford responded with the first of four Andrew Luck touchdown passes, a 25-yard play to Zach Ertz, but the Hokies cut the lead to one on a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half. And that was it as the Cardinal owned the second half.
Player of the Game: Stanford LB Shayne Skov made 12 tackles with three sacks and four tackles for loss with a broken up pass.
Stat Leaders: Virginia Tech – Passing: Tyrod Taylor, 16-31, 222 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Darren Evans, 12-37 Receiving: Danny Coale, 7-92
Stanford – Passing: Andrew Luck, 18-23, 287 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Stepfan Taylor, 13-114 Receiving: Coby Fleener, 6-173, 3 TD
Bowl Notes: Stanford struggled with extra points with Nate Whitaker getting one blocked and yanking another one wide … Virginia Tech came into the game 20th in the nation in sacks, but only came up with one. Stanford registered eight. … Total yards: Stanford 534 – VT 288 … Average yards per carry: Stanford 8 – VT 1.9 … Tackles for loss: Stanford 11 – VT 3 … Average yards per pass attempt: Stanford 12.5 – VT 6.7.

25. 2010 New Orleans Bowl
Troy 48 … Ohio 21
What Happened: Troy struck first on a 12-yard Jerrel Jernigan run, but Ohio answered with a 34-yard Steven Goulet touchdown catch with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter. And then the floodgates opened. The Trojans scored 35 straight points as Tebiarus Gill caught touchdown passes from 31, 17 and 26 yards out, Jernigan caught a 16-yard scoring pass, and Michael Taylor nailed field goals from 50 and 33 yards away. Down 41-7 with 28 minutes still to play, Ohio kept pushing getting two Boo Jackson touchdown passes, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the 602 yards of total Trojan offense.
Player of the Game: Troy QB Corey Robinson completed 32-of-42 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Ohio – Passing: Boo Jackson, 14-21, 209 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Vince Davidson, 6-36 Receiving: Riley Dunlop, 4-91, 1 TD
Troy – Passing: Corey Robinson, 32-42, 387 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: DuJuan Harris, 14-105, 1 TD Receiving: Jerrel Jernigan, 7-48, 1 TD
Game Notes: Troy DE Jonathan Massaquoi tied Brannon Bryan for the team lead in tackles with eight, but he also ruined the Ohio offense with 2.5 sacks and three tackles for loss. … Ohio CB Shannon Ballard led the team with 13 stops … Troy's Tebiarus Gill only caught four passes, but they went for 80 yards and three scores. … Ohio never got the ground game going and couldn't stop the Troy onslaught by pounding out yards. The Bobcats needed to move the chains but only converted on 4-of-12 third down chances. … Sacks: Troy 5 – Ohio 0. … After missing practices with academic issues, Ohio QB Boo Jackson didn't start, but he finished with three touchdown passes. Phil Bates started, but he only ran for 11 yards and threw a pick on his only pass attempt.

24. 2010 Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman
Maryland 51 … East Carolina 20
What Happened: Maryland took a little while to heat up, and then the floodgates opened helped by four takeaways from the defense and an unstoppable running game. Danny O'Brien started out the scoring with a 45-yard pass to Kevin Dorsey, but the extra point was blocked. That was about the only thing that went wrong for the Terps as D.J. Adams ran for three one-yard scores on the way to a 30-13 lead in the third quarter, and then Da'Rel Scott added some flash with touchdown runs from 61 and 91 yards out. Adams added a fourth short score from four yards away. ECU managed to get in the end zone on a 20-yard Lance Lewis touchdown catch in the third, and put some garbage time points on the board with a Justin Jones 14-yard catch in the final moments.
Player of the Game: Maryland RB Da'Rel Scott ran 13 times for 201 yards and two scores
Stat Leaders: East Carolina – Passing: Dominique Davis, 34-56, 267 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Giavanni Ruffin, 13-33 Receiving: Lance Lewis, 11-137, 1 TD
Maryland – Passing: Danny O'Brien, 13-22, 181 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Da'Rel Scott, 13-201, 2 TD Receiving: Davin Meggett, 2-52
Bowl Notes: East Carolina committed 15 penalties for 123 yards. Maryland committed 11 penalties for 98 yards. … ECU turned it over four times, Maryland threw two picks. … The Terps averaged 7.8 yards per carry with Da'Rel Scott averaging 15.5 yards per pop and Davin Meggett averaging 8.9 yards per try. … ECU netted 32 rushing yards. … ECU attempted 61 passes, while Maryland ran 60 plays. … Maryland LB Demetrius Hartsfield led all tacklers with 13 stops with 1.5 tackles for loss.

23. 2010 Sun Bowl
Notre Dame 33 … Miami 17
What Happened: Notre Dame put the game away in the first half as Harrison Smith came up with three of the team's four interceptions and Michael Floyd caught touchdown passes from three and 34 yards away and Cierre Wood tore off a 34-yard scoring dash. David Ruffer nailed field goals from 40 and 50 yards out for a 27-0 lead, and put up a 19-yarder in the third quarter to answer a 47-yard Matt Bosher field goal at the end of the first half. The Hurricanes tried to make it interesting with Stephen Morris finding Leonard Hankerson for a six-yard touchdown and Tommy Streeter for a 42-yard score to pull within 13 in the final four minutes, but the Irish iced it with a 34-yard Nick Tausch kick.
Player of the Game: Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith made seven tackles and three first half interceptions
Stat Leaders: Miami – Passing: Stephen Morris, 22-33, 282 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Damien Berry, 9-34 Receiving: Leonard Hankerson, 6-71, 1 TD
Notre Dame – Passing: Tommy Rees, 15-29, 201 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Cierre Wood, 12-81, 1 TD Receiving: Michael Floyd, 6-109, 2 TD
Bowl Notes: Miami LB Colin McCarthy led all defenders with 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. … Tackles for loss: Miami 12 – Notre Dame 1 … Miami QB Jacory Harris completed 4-of-7 passes for 37 yards with three interceptions. … Time of possession: Notre Dame 37:09 – Miami 21:30 … Miami came into the game sixth in the nation in sacks averaging over three per game. The D didn't register a sack. … Penalties: Miami 10-for-106 yards – Notre Dame 3-for-20 yards … Total offense: Miami 422 yards – Notre Dame 397.

22. 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Nevada 20 … Boston College 13
What Happened: Neither running game could get going, with Nevada being held to 114 yards and Boston College 64, but the Wolf Pack was able to overcome an early 30-yard Andre Williams touchdown dash to go on a 17-point run. Rishard Matthews caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from a scrambling Colin Kaepernick late in the first quarter, and changed the game with a 72-yard punt return for a score in the second. Two Anthony Martinez field goals put the Wolf Pack ahead by ten, but BC made it interesting late with a 32-yard Nate Freese field goal with under four minutes to play. With one final drive, and after a 32-yard pass play to Chris Pantale to get it going, BC fizzled as a Chase Rettig pass was picked off by Khalid Wooten.
Player of the Game: Nevada WR Rishard Matthews caught seven passes for 86 yards and a score, and he returned four punts for 72 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Boston College – Passing: Chase Rettig, 14-34, 121 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Andre Williams, 19-70, 1 TD Receiving: Chris Pantale, 4-47
Nevada – Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 20-33, 192 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Vai Taua, 22-76 Receiving: Richard Matthews, 7-86, 1 TD
Bowl Notes Nevada P Brad Langley averaged 43.4 yards on seven kicks putting five inside the 20 … Boston College LB Luke Kuechly led all defenders with 12 tackles with an interception … Rushing yards: Nevada 114 – BC 64 … Toal offense: Nevada 306 – BC 185 … Turnovers: Nevada 3 – BC 2 … Average yards per carry: Nevada 2.8 – BC 2.6 … Time of possession: Nevada 34:46 – BC 25:14

21. 2010 MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Boise State 26 … Utah 3
What Happened: After a sloppy first several minutes, and even with four turnovers and a few key mistakes, Boise State won in a blowout. Utah scored first on a 44-yard Joe Phillips field goal, and that was it. Doug Martin tore off an 84-yard touchdown in the middle of the second quarter sparking the run of 26 unanswered Broncos points, and Utah couldn't adjust. Kellen Moore found Tyler Shoemaker for a 25-yard score with 18 seconds left in the first half and connected with Austin Pettis from 18 yards away in the third, and Kyle Brotzman, who dropped a pass in the first half on a trick play, nailed field goals from 29 and 21 yards away. Utah only gained 200 yards of total offense and had several key plays brought back on penalties and was plagued by dropped passes.
Player of the Game: Boise State QB Kellen Moore completed 28-of-38 passes for 339 yards and a touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Utah – Passing: Terrance Cain, 10-24, 93 yds
Rushing: Eddie Wide, 6-34 Receiving: Shaky Smithson, 3-56
Boise State – Passing: Kellen Moore, 28-38, 339 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Doug Martin, 17-147, 1 TD Receiving: Austin Pettis, 12-147
Game Notes: First Downs: Boise State 23 – Utah 8 … Total yards: Boise State 563 – Utah 200 … Utah turned it over three times, missed two field goals, dropped six passes, was 0-for-2 in the red zone, committed ten penalties, and converted 20-of-13 third down chances. … Utah DB Lamar Chapman led all defenders with 8.5 tackles with a forced fumble and a sack. … Boise State outgained Utah 341 passing yards to 93 … With the win, Boise State has now won 12 games or more in each of the last three years and in four of the last five seasons. … The loss breaks a nine-game bowl winning streak for Utah. … The Utes came into the game ranked fifth in the nation in sacks allowed giving up eight on the years. They allowed four to Boise State.

20. 2010 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Tulsa 62 … Hawaii 35
What Happened: Tulsa took control from the beginning and never let up, and while Hawaii came up with more yards, 550 to 531, the seven Warrior turnovers proved to be too disastrous to overcome. The Golden Hurricane got up 24-7 in the first half helped by 54 yard interception returns for scores from John Flanders and Curnelius Arnick, but Hawaii fought back with two Greg Salas touchdown catches from 17 and five yards away. And then Damaris Johnson went to work for Tulsa. Johnson finished the game as the NCAA's all-time leader in all-purpose running making several big plays, making a 56-yard catch to set up a 15-yard Jameel Owens score might was through the third quarter. After Hawaii cut it to six on a one-yard Alex Green run, Johnson tore off a 67-yard touchdown run and Thomas Roberson took a pass 47 yards for a score. Johnson capped off the night with a nine-yard touchdown catch with just over a minute to play.
Player of the Game: Tulsa WR/RB Damaris Johnson became the NCAA's all-time leader in all-purpose yards after running five times for a team-leading 98 yards and a score, catching four passes for a team-leading 101 yards and a score, returning five kickoffs for 109 yards, and a punt for 18 yards. In all he accounted for 326 yards.
Stat Leaders: Hawaii – Passing: Bryant Moniz, 24-47, 411 yds, 3 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: Alex Green, 13-31, 1 TD Receiving: Greg Salas, 13-214, 2 TD
Tulsa – Passing: G.J. Kinne, 17-31, 343 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Damaris Johnson, 5-98, 1 TD Receiving: Damaris Johnson, 4-101, 1 TD
Bowl Notes: The two teams combined to punt just three times. … Total yards: Hawaii 550 – Tulsa 531 … Hawaii WR Greg Salas caught 13 passes for 214 yards and two scores … Tulsa LB Curnelius Arnick made a team-leading ten tackles with two sacks and two interceptions with a touchdown and LB Shawn Jackson made eight tackles and three sacks. … Despite all the defensive problems on both sides, the two offenses combined to convert just 6-of-23 third down chances. … Average yards per carry: Tulsa 6.1 – Hawaii 2.6. … Tulsa had three scoring drives of two plays and started off the scoring with a three-yard Alex Singleton run on a one-play drive.

- 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 Duds