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Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowls - The Excellent
Iowa CB Micah Hyde
Iowa CB Micah Hyde
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Posted Jan 11, 2011


Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowl Season with the best to the worst bowls, here are The Excellent. Fantastic games that were among the stars of the bowl season

Ranking the 2010/2011 Bowls

The Excellent


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

The Excellent
Fantastic games that were among the stars of the bowl season

8. Dec. 21
2010 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
Louisville 31 … Southern Miss 28
What Happened: Louisville rallied in the fourth quarter with ten unanswered points with Jeremy Wright taking a 95-yard kickoff return for a score and Chris Philpott coming up with the game-winning field goal on a 36-yard kick with over six minutes to play. USM got out to an early lead on a 62-yard Desmond Johnson run and a 32-yard Quentin Pierce scoring grab, and jumped ahead 21-7 on a one-handed trick-play catch from QB Austin Davis, but the chance at extending the lead was blown when UofL’s Johnny Patrick blocked a 29-yard field goal attempt. UL kept fighting back with Justin Burke throwing two touchdown passes and Bilal Powell running for a six-yard score to tie it at 21 late in the third, but USM came back with an 11-play, 51-yard drive ending with an eight-yard Zeke Walters touchdown catch before Wright went to work. The Cardinal defense and special teams came up with key plays and holds down the stretch.
Player of the Game: Louisville CB Johnny Patrick made two tackles, a pick, forced a fumble, and blocked a field goal attempt
Stat Leaders: Southern Miss – Passing: Austin Davis, 19-32, 205 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Desmond Johnson, 10-102, 1 TD Receiving: Kelvin Bolden, 5-55
Louisville – Passing: Justin Burke, 20-32, 178, 2 TD
Rushing: Bilal Powell, 18-75, 1 TD Receiving: Doug Beaumont, 7-57
Game Notes: The announced attendance was just 20,017 … Total offense: USM 396 yards to 287 … LB Brandon Heath led Louisville with 11 tackles and a sack, while Korey Williams led USM with 12 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. … The Cardinals only came up with one team sack with five tackles for loss, while Southern Miss also had just one sack with nine tackles for loss. … Desmond Johnson tore off a 62-yard touchdown run early for the Golden Eagles, but he only got nine other carries. … USM held on to the ball for 12:18 in the third quarter. … Louisville QB Justin Burke started completing 4-of-11 passes, and hit 16 of his final 22 throws. … USM’s Austin Davis became the school’s career touchdown passing leader on the eight-yard touchdown pass to Zeke Walters in the fourth quarter.

7. 2010 Insight Bowl
Iowa 27 … Missouri 24
What Happened: Up three with just under six minutes to play, Missouri was driving and appeared to be putting the game away, but QB Blaine Gabbert, who threw for 434 yards, threw his second interception of the game, and Micah Hyde made the Tigers pay with a 72-yard return for a score. The Tigers had one last chance, but a fourth down pass to T.J. Moe, who made 15 grabs on the day, that was originally ruled complete, was overturned and Iowa ran out the clock. Marcus Coker took over the Hawkeye offense with 219 yards and first half scores from one and 62 yards away, but the offense didn’t get into the end zone over the final 43 minutes. Down 17-3, Mizzou came back with Henry Josey running for a ten-yard score and Gabbert running for a seven-yard touchdown and hitting Michael Egnew catching a three-yard scoring pass.
Player of the Game: Iowa RB Marcus Coker ran 33 times for 219 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Missouri – Passing: Blaine Gabbert, 41-57, 434 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Kendial Lawrence, 6-40 Receiving: T.J. Moe, 15-152
Iowa – Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 11-21, 200 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Marcus Coker, 33-219, 2 TD Receiving: Colin Sandeman, 4-44
Bowl Notes: Rushing yards, remembering that Iowa was without leading rusher Adam Robinson: Iowa 225 – Missouri 78 … Total offense: Missouri 512 – Iowa 425. … Blaine Gabbert had one of the biggest games of his career, but he threw two costly picks with one in the end zone to Brett Greenwood in the end zone at the end of the first half and the ill-advised throw taken the distance by Micah Hyde. … Greenwood led all defenders with 11 tackles. … In a battle of All-America defensive ends, Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn made just one tackle and Missouri’s Aldon Smith made four tackles and a tackle for loss. … First downs: Missouri 32 – Iowa 19

6. 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Florida International 34 … Toledo 32
What Happened: In a thriller, FIU won in its first ever bowl appearance with a 34-yard Jack Griffin field goal as time ran out to cap off a wild drive highlighted by a controversial hook-and-lateral play on 4th and 17 with WR T.Y. Hilton barely staying in bounds. The comeback was needed after Toledo marched for a touchdown in the final minutes with QB Terrance Owens running up the middle for a 14-yard score to pull within one, but with a struggling kicking game, the offense went for two and got it with Eric Page catching a dart from Owens. The Rockets held a 24-7 lead in the second half helped by Adonis Thomas touchdown dashes from four and 87 yards away, and Danny Noble catching a ten-yard scoring grab. And then Hilton took over taking the ensuing kickoff following a 29-yard Bill Claus field goal 89 yards for a score. Darriet Perry, who ran for a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, scored on a seven-yard run, and a ten-yard Hilton catch and a 31-yard Griffin field goal capped off a 24-point run for the lead.
Player of the Game: FIU WR T.Y. Hilton caught three passes for 35 yards and a score, ran four times for four yards, and returned five kickoffs for 172 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Toledo – Passing: Terrance Owens, 15-27, 131 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Adonis Thomas, 24-194, 2 TD Receiving: Tim Cortazzo, 4-55
FIU – Passing: Wayne Carroll, 16-27, 140 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Darriet Perry, 16-131, 2 TD Receiving: Greg Ellingson, 7-67
Bowl Notes: T.Y. Hilton’s impact was more than just about the statistics. He didn’t get involved in the first half, but he changed the game around with his kickoff return in the second. Toledo avoided kicking to him, FIU got great field position after a few kickoffs, including the one in the final moments, and the field position turned out to be a big difference. … FIU was 2-of-13 on third down chances but went 3-of-4 on four downs. … Toledo turned it over four times, FIU gave it up once. … The Rockets averaged 7.1 yards per carry, but got away from the ground game finishing with 305 yards on 27 attempts. … Toledo’s Archie Donald led all defenders with 12 tackles.

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