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Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowls - The Good
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Posted Jan 11, 2011


Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season with the best to the worst bowls, here are The Above-Average. Entertaining, solid bowl games that were worth the watch.

Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowls

The Good


The Good
Decent games that were fine, but hardly special.

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- Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season - The Excellent 
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- Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season - The Duds   

19. 2011 Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma 48 … Connecticut 20
What Happened: Oklahoma got up early with a 14-0 first quarter lead on an eight-yard James Hanna catch and a three-yard DeMarco Murray run, but UConn made it interesting with a 46-yard pick six from Dwayne Gratz. The Husky offense wouldn’t get into the end zone, getting two Dave Teggart field goals and a 95-yard kickoff return for a score from Robbie Frey, but OU had built up a comfortable lead with Cameron Kenney taking a Landry Jones pass 59 yards for a score and Jamell Fleming following it up just over a minute later with a 55-yard pick six and a 34-10 third quarter lead. Up 14 going into the fourth, OU pulled away with a brilliant five-yard Landry Jones touchdown grab and a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown from Tony Jefferson.
Player of the Game: Oklahoma QB Landry Jones completed 34-of-49 passes for a Sooner bowl record 429 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Connecticut – Passing: Zach Frazer, 19-39, 223 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Jordan Todman, 32-121 Receiving: Kashif Moore, 4-62
Oklahoma – Passing: Landry Jones, 34-49, 429 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: DeMarco Murray, 25-93, 1 TD Receiving: Ryan Broyles, 13-170, 1 TD
Bowl Notes: Total offense: Oklahoma 524 yards – UConn 335 yards … The roof was closed in University of Phoenix Stadium. … The Connecticut offense hadn’t scored a touchdown in its final two games. … Average yards per carry: OU 3.2 – UConn 2.7 … UConn LB Scott Lutrus led all defenders with 11 tackles and a tackle for loss … Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis made ten tackles with two broken up passes … Connecticut P Cole Wagner averaged 46.9 yards on seven punts putting two inside the 20. … Red zone: OU 5-of-5 – UConn 0-of-3 

18. 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl
Miami University 35 … Middle Tennessee 21
What Happened: Miami came up with five turnovers, picking of MT QB Dwight Dasher four times, and took control of the game late in the third quarter scoring the final 14 points with Austin Boucher finding Chris Givens for a 17-yard score and capping off an 11-play, 71-yard drive with a five-yard pass to Nick Harwell. The defense helped offset a decent yardage day from Dasher with Dayonne Nunley taking one of his picks 52-yards for a score, but the Blue Raiders stayed alive with big plays. MT’s Phillip Tanner started off the scoring with an 18-yard run and ripped off a 54-yard scoring dash in the third, and Dasher tore off a 49-yard run, but the mistakes proved too costly. Thomas Merriweather ran for 100 yards for the RedHawks with two three-yard touchdown runs.
Player of the Game: Miami LB Jerrell Wedge made 13 tackles with half a tackle for loss
Stat Leaders: Middle Tennessee – Passing: Dwight Dasher, 18-29, 162 yds, 4 INT
Rushing: Dwight Dasher, 17-90, 1 TD Receiving: Phillip Tanner, 5-34
Miami Univ. – Passing: Austin Boucher, 22-35, 289 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Thomas Merriweather, 27-100, 2 TD Receiving: Nick Harwell, 7-86, 1 TD
Bowl Notes: Miami was the first team in FBS history to go from double-digit losses to double-digit wins … Middle Tennessee’s Kevin Brown made ten tackles with an interception. … Tackles for loss: MT 11 – MU 8 … Total yards: MU 416 – MT 370 … Middle Tennessee QB Dwight Dasher accounted for 252 of the team’s 370 yards. Phillip Tanner accounted for 121 … Time of possession: MU 38:45 – MT 21:15.

17. 2010 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego State 35 … Navy 14
What Happened: On the slick field, San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman didn’t have any problems as he ran for scores from 22, 37, and one yards out, and he caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in the surprising blowout. The Aztecs took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 53-yard Vincent Brown catch, but Navy made it interesting with a 30-yard Greg Jones catch and, with seven seconds to play, Ricky Dobbs ran for a one-yard score. That would be it as the Midshipmen missed on a fourth-and-goal from the three in the third quarter when a Dobbs pass fell ofbf the hands of Bo Snelson. Hillman took over with his final two scores and finished with 228 rushing yards.
Player of the Game: San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman ran 28 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for 16 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Navy – Passing: Ricky Dobbs, 8-15, 147 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ricky Dobbs, 24-107, 1 TD Receiving: Greg Jones, 3-85, 1 TD
San Diego State – Passing: Ryan Lindley, 18-23, 276 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Ronnie Hillman, 28-230, 3 TD Receiving: Vincent Brown, 8-165, 1 TD
Bowl Notes: SDSU WR Vincent Brown set the Poinsettia Bowl record with 165 yards and a touchdown on eight catches … SDSU P Brian Stahovich put all three of his punts inside the 20 averaging 40.3 yards per boot. … SDSU S Andrew Preston made a team-leading ten tackles with an interception and a tackle for loss. … Rushing yards: SDSU 296 – Navy 235 … Third down conversions: SDSU 7-of-10 – Navy 5-of-13 … Navy QB Ricky Dobs ran for 107 yards. No one else ran for more than 38.

16. 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl
Florida State 26 … South Carolina 17
What Happened: South Carolina turned it over five times, but managed to overcome a rocky start to make it a game late. It wasn’t enough, as Florida State built a big early lead and never let it go with Dustin Hopkins nailing two first quarter field goals and with Chris Thompson running for a 27-yard score for a 13-0 lead. Two more Hopkins field goals from 35 and 45 yards out in the third quarter offset a three-yard touchdown catch from USC QB Stephen Garcia on a trick play, but a seven-yard Brian Maddox touchdown run pulled the Gamecocks within two in the fourth. FSU answered with a grinding 13-play, 63-yard drive that ate up 6:22 with E.J. Manuel closing out with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Taiwan Easterling. USC went four-and-out on its final drive.
Player of the Game: Florida State RB Chris Thompson ran 25 times for 147 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: South Carolina – Passing: Stephen Garcia, 19-34, 243 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: Kenny Miles, 10-70 Receiving: Alshon Jeffery, 9-130
Florida State – Passing: E.J. Manuel, 11-15, 84 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Chris Thompson, 25-147, 1 TD Receiving: Bert Reed, 2-25
Bowl Notes: South Carolina star RB Marcus Lattimore was knocked out of the game on the opening drive after getting hit in the mouth. Reportedly, the injury required immediate plastic surgery. … Florida State QB Christian Ponder got knocked out with a concussion. … Florida State PK Dustin Hopkins went 4-for-4 hitting field goals from 29, 48, 35, and 45 yards away. … Passing yards: South Carolina 275 – Florida State 90 … Florida State P Shawn Powell averaged 51 yards per kick on three punts putting one inside the 20.
 
- 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 Mediocre 
- Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season - The Duds