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Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls
Posted Jan 10, 2012

The bowls that gave fuel to the too-many-bowls argument

Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls

The Duds

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

BBVA Compass Bowl
SMU 28 … Pitt 6

Talk about being lost in the shuffle, the bowl was played on the same Saturday that the NFL playoffs started and had the feel of a glorified high school game. With head coach Todd Graham leaving for Arizona State, the rudderless Panthers didn’t do anything on the ground and didn’t get any production out of either side of the line. SMU, however, showed that it’s ready to go off to the Big East and be more than just competitive.

- CFN Thoughts on the BBVA Compass
SMU: The Mustangs made seven sacks … J.J. McDermott completed 16-of-25 passes for 239 yards and a score, and he ran for a touchdown. … Jared Williams ran 11 times for 40 yards. … Darius Johnson caught seven passes for 120 yards and a score. … Matt Stone averaged 45.4 yards per punt putting three of the five inside the 20. … Ja’Gared Davis led the team with nine tackles with a sack and a forced fumble. … Margus Hunt made five tackle and three sacks.

Pitt: The Panthers finished with ten rushing yards … Tino Sunseri completed 19-of-28 passes for 183 yards with a pick. … Isaac Bennett ran ten times for 22 yards. … Ronald Jones caught six passes for 36 yards. … Max Groder made nine tackles with a tackle for loss. … Myles Caragein made six tackles with 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Temple 37 … Wyoming 15

The bowl season kicked off with a dud. Wyoming was outclassed from the start with little offense to counter the efficient and effective Temple attack. Every time it seemed like there was some ray of hope of making the game interesting, quarterback Brett Smith threw an interception. There were a few interesting moments, like Temple’s Chris Coyer connecting on a backbreaking 61-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater, but that came in the final seconds of the first half to all but end the game with a 28-7 Owl lead.

- CFN Thoughts on the Game
Temple: QB Chris Coyer completed 8-of-12 passes for 169 yards and a score and ran 12 times for 71 yards. … Joe Jones led the Owls with three catches for 26 yards … Bernard Pierce ran 25 times for 100 yards and two scores. … Temple converted 8-of-13 third down chances … LB Tamir Whitehead made 11 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss.

Wyoming: LB Brian Hendricks led the team with 13 tackles for loss … QB Brett Smith completed 20-of-30 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns with three picks and led the team with 65 rushing yards on 16 carries. … Dominic Rufran caught nine passes for 24 yards. … The Cowboys converted all five of their fourth down chances.

TicketCity Bowl
Penn State 30 … Houston 14

Because the season wasn’t bad enough for Penn State, it took an even stranger turn when starting quarterback Matt McGloin was beaten up in a locker room fight in bowl preparations. Add that to the controversy that blew up the program, and Penn State probably should’ve declined the invite and quietly ended the year after getting rocked by Wisconsin. While they showed up physically, they weren’t close to being interested getting obliterated by Case Keenum Houston, getting torched for 532 yards in a lifeless blowout.

- CFN Thoughts on the TicketCity
Houston: Yards. Houston 600 – Penn State 306. … Case Keenum completed 45-of-69 passes for 532 yards and three scores … Charles Sims ran six times for 39 yards. … Justin Johnson caught 12 passes for 148 yards and a score, and Patrick Edwards caught ten passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. … Marcus McGraw and Kent Brooks each made ten tackles. … Nick Saenz made eight tackles and two interceptions.

Penn State: Rushing yards: Penn State 169 – Houston 68 … Rob Bolden completed 7-of-26 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown with three picks. … Stephfon Green ran 15 times for 63 yards and a score. … Devon Smith made two catches for 49 yards. … Nate Stupar made 12 tackles.

32. MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Boise State 56 … Arizona State 24

Boise State decided to show up for its minor bowl game. Arizona State was going to play hard for Dennis Erickson in his final game, but Bronco running back Doug Martin took the opening kickoff for a score and it only got worse from there. Boise State’s run defense was dominant, Arizona State didn’t have any defensive answers for Kellen Moore and the balance Bronco attack, and it quickly turned into one of the uglier games of the bowl season.

- CFN Thoughts on the Game
Boise State: The Broncos scored three non-offensive touchdowns. … Kellen Moore completed 25-of-33 passes for 269 yards and two scores and two picks. … Doug Martin ran 31 times for 151 yards and a score, and returned two kicks for 124 yards and a score. … WR Mitch Burroughs caught four passes for 59 yards.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils were stopped for -11 yards on 21 carries. … Brock Osweiler completed 30-of-47 passes for 395 yards and two scores with a pick. … Gerrell Robinson caught 13 passes for 241 yards and a score.

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Missouri 41 … North Carolina 24

North Carolina’s coaching changes killed the game. The Tar Heels scored early, but they soon got their doors blown off as Mizzou scored 31 straight points and went on cruise control from there. UNC kept fighting, with Bryn Renner finishing with 317 passing yards, but the Tiger offense was unstoppable cranking out 513 yards and getting the yards and plays it needed just when the game had the potential to get close.

- CFN Thoughts on the Independence
Missouri: The Tigers outgained UNC 337 rushing yards to 36 … QB James Franklin completed 15-of-23 passes for 132 yards and a score with a pick, and he led the team with 142 yards and two scores on 18 carries. … Kendial Lawrence ran 16 times for 108 yards and a score. … L’Damian Washington caught three passes for 47 yards, but eight different Tigers caught passes. … Andrew Wilson led the team with nine tackles with half a sack, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels outpassed Mizzou 317 yards to 176. … QB Bryn Renner completed 27-of-42 passes for 317 yards and three scores with a pick. … Giovani Bernard was held to 31 yards on 13 carries. … Erik Highsmith caught eight passes for 77 yards and a score. … Punter Thomas Hibbard averaged 48.8 yards per kick putting three of his four attempts inside the 20. … Zach Brown led the team with 14 tackles with an interception and two tackles for loss.

BCS Championship
Alabama 21 … LSU 0

Yes, it was an epic defensive performance from Alabama, but LSU’s offense did its part with a miserable game. It wasn’t the LSU that was so confident and so impressive all season long, but the Tide had something to do with that. The Tigers passed midfield once, Alabama attempted seven field goals, and the utter defensive dominance from the Tide – allowing just 92 yards of LSU offense - made the nightmare come true: an awful rematch.

- 2012 BCS Champ. Stream-of-Consciousness Notes   
Alabama: The Tide outgained LSU 384 yards to 92. … AJ McCarron completed 23-of-34 passes for 234 yards … Trent Richardson ran 20 times for 96 yards and a score. … Brad Smelley caught seven passes for 39 yards. … Jeremy Shelley had seven field goal attempts, hitting from 23, 34, 41, 35, and 44 yards out, but he missed from 41, got a 42-yarder blocked, and missed an extra point. … Courtney Upshaw made seven tackles with a sack, and Jerrell Harris made seven tackles with a tackle for loss. … Alabama was penalized just once for five yards.

LSU: LSU gained five first downs. … Jordan Jefferson completed 11-of-17 passes for 53 yards with a pick, and he ran 14 times for 15 yards. … Odell Beckham caught five passes for 38 yards. … Rueben Randle caught three passes for 13 yards. … Eric Reid made 11 tackles with a broken up pass. … Michael Brockers made seven tackles with a half a sack and a blocked kick.  

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- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Good  
- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Mediocre  
- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Duds