Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls - The Mediocre

Posted Jan 10, 2012

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


Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls

The Mediocre

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

Beef ‘O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl
Marshall 20 … Florida International 10

Neither team got much going offensively, but it was a tight battle going into the fourth quarter. FIU got up 10-3 in the first half, but the attack failed time and again to keep the chains moving with a mediocre day from the passing game and little from the ground game. Up 13-10 late, the Herd finally put it away with 35-yard touchdown from Aaron Dobson in the final seconds.

- CFN Thoughts on the Beef ‘O' Brady's
Marshall: The Herd only averaged 2.8 yards per carry and committed eight penalties. … QB Rakeem Cato completed 27-of-39 passes for 226 yards and two scores with a pick … Tron Martinez ran 16 times for 58 yards. … Aaron Dobson caught seven passes for 81 yards and two scores including the catch that sealed the win. … LB Tyson Gale led the team with ten tackles, a sack, and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Florida International: FIU only gained 251 yards of total offense. … Wesley Carroll completed 19-of-29 passes for 150 yards, while Jake Medlock filled in a bit and completed 1-of-3 passes for 13 yards. … Darriet Perry ran nine times for 36 yards. … T.Y. Hilton caught eight passes for 88 yards and ran three times for 23 yards and a score, but he lost a key fumble and didn't come up with a punt return. … LB Jordan Hunt led the team with 13 tackles, a sack, and two tackles for loss.

Chick-fil-A Bowl
Auburn 43 … Virginia 24

The storylines were on everything but the game with star running back Michel Dyer getting suspended, and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn on the way out for the Arkansas State head coaching job. Even with the distractions, the Tigers and Onterio McCalebb ran wild on the Cavaliers. Virginia stayed around, but couldn't take advantage of opportunities and the Tigers pulled away late. The Cavs played well, but the Tigers were better.

- CFN Thoughts on the Chick-fil-A
Auburn: The Tigers ran for 273 yards to 123. … Barrett Trotter completed 11-of-18 passes for 175 yards and a score, and Kiehl Frazier ran 16 times for 55 yards and two touchdowns. … Onterio McCalebb ran ten times for 109 yards and a score, and caught two passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. … Emory Blake caught six passes for 108 yards. … Neiko Thorpe led the team with eight tackles with a broken up pass.

Virginia: The Cavaliers converted 8-of-13 third down chances. … Michael Rocco completed 26-of-41 passes for 312 yards and two scores with a pick. … Kevin Parks ran 11 times for 48 yards and a score. … Perry Jones ran eight times for 32 yards and led the team with seven catches for 90 yards. … Kris Burd caught six passes for 103 yards and two scores. … Aaron Taliaferro led the team with nine tackles with a broken up pass and a tackle for loss.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers 27 … Iowa State 13

It wasn't well played, but it had its moments. Iowa State kept on fighting and it had a few chances to come back late, but the Rutgers offense got the big play it needed on a Brandon Coleman 86-yard touchdown catch to put it away. Any fun Rutgers might have had was ruined by the loss of Big East Defensive Player of the Year Khaseem Greene late in the game to a broken leg. On the plus side, though, was the emotion after the game when the Scarlet Knights and head coach Greg Schiano honored Eric LeGrand.

- CFN Thoughts on the Pinstripe
Rutgers: Rutgers held on to the ball for 34:35 … Chas Dodd completed 10-of-17 passes for 176 yards and a score, while Gary Nova completed 3-of-7 passes for 20 yards. … Jawan Jamison ran 27 times for 131 yards and two scores. … Mohamed Sanu caught six passes for 62 yards. … P Justin Doerner averaged 49.7 yards per kick putting two inside the 20. … Before suffering a leg injury, Khaseem Greene made 13 tackles with half a sack and three tackles for loss with a forced fumble and a broken up pass. … Logan Ryan made seven tackles with a pick, two broken up passes, 2.5 tackles for loss, and half a sack.

Iowa State: The Cyclones didn't come up with a sack. … Steele Jantz completed 15-of-31 passes for 197 yards and two picks, and Jared Barnett completed 2-of-7 passes for 23 yards. … James White ran nine times for 42 yards. … Aaron Horne caught five passes for 46 yards. … A.J. Klein made 16 tackles with a broken up pass.

26. GoDaddy.com Bowl
Northern Illinois 38 … Arkansas State 20

It should've been better. The two teams were the champions of their respective conferences with each dominating on their way to titles, but instead of this being a huge moment for the non-BCS leagues to shine, it only showed just how deep the divide is between the haves and have-nots. Played on a day of NFL playoff games – including the Denver win over Pittsburgh – this wasn't just an afterthought, this was no thought. ASU tried to make it interesting with a late rally, but the NIU defense put it way on the Dechane Durante pick six.

- CFN Thoughts on the GoDaddy.com
Northern Illinois: The Huskies only outgained ASU 401 yards to 381. … Chandler Harnish completed 18-of-36 passes for 274 yards and two scores with a pick, but he was held to -3 rushing yards on nine carries. … Jamal Womble ran six times for 25 yards and a score. … Martel Moore caught eight passes for 224 yards and a score. … Brandon Joiner made eight tackles with a sack, a broken up pass, and 3.5 tackles for loss.

Arkansas State: The Red Wolves were held to 28 rushing yards. … Ryan Aplin completed 30-of-58 passes for 353 yards and a score with three picks, and he ran for a score but was held to -17 yards. … Taylor Stockemer caught 11 passes for 185 yards and a score. … Rashaan Melvin made eight tackles with a pick.

Capital One Bowl
South Carolina 30 … Nebraska 13

The final score was worse than the game – at least for the first half. South Carolina was an awful matchup for a Husker team that didn't have too many offensive weapons, but it was13-9 Nebraska in the first quarter helped by a 30-yard Kenny Bell catch. But on the final play of the first half, USC's Alshon Jeffery caught a 51-yard Hail Mary for a score, and Nebraska never recovered. The two teams combined for 16 penalties with the Husker attack going nowhere in the second half.

- CFN Thoughts on the Capital One
South Carolina: The Gamecocks came up with six sacks, and gave up four. … Connor Shaw completed 11-of-17 passes for 230 yards and two scores and ran 19 times for 42 yards and a score. … Kenny Miles ran 15 times for 67 yards and a score. … Alshon Jeffery caught four passes for 148 yards and a score. … D.J. Swearinger made seven tackles. … Jadeveon Clowney made four tackles with two sacks.

Nebraska: The Huskers committed ten penalties. USC six. … Taylor Martinez completed 10-of-16 passes for 116 yards and a score with a pick … Rex Burkhead ran 23 times for 89 yards, and led the team with five catches for 35 yards. … Lavonte David made 11 tackles with two sacks and forced a fumble.

Holiday Bowl
Texas 21 … California 10

After a disappointing year, it was a game Texas needed to have. Both defenses dominated in an ugly game marred by five Cal turnovers, but it was still close late. The Bears might have only run for seven yards, but the Texas attack was just as inept with a mere 255 yards of total offense and needing the takeaways for the defense to set up scores. However, Marquise Goodwin came up with a 47-yard touchdown pass in the third to pull the Longhorns away for good.

- CFN Thoughts on the Game
Texas: The Longhorns held Cal to seven rushing yards and generated six sacks. … Davis Ash completed 14-of-23 passes for 142 yards and a score. Case McCoy didn't play. … Malcolm Brown ran 13 times for 35 yards. … Jaxon Shipley caught four passes for 14 yards, and completed a four-yard pass for a score. … WR Marquise Goodwin caught three passes for 49 yards and a score and ran twice for 33 yards. … LB Emmanuel Acho made eight tackles with a broken up pass and a tackle for loss. … DE Jackson Jeffcoat made two sacks with 2.5 tackles for loss.

California: The Bears turned it over five times. … QB Zach Maynard completed 19-of-33 passes for 188 yards and a pick. … Isi Sofele ran 20 times for 52 yards and a score. … Keenan Allen made nine catches for 82 yards. … LB Mychal Kendricks made ten tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. … DE Trevor Guyton made five tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss. …

Gator Bowl
Florida 24 … Ohio State 17

It wasn't exactly a game worthy of the big-name programs, but it was a fight and provided a glimpse into the future for both teams. The Florida offense was supposed work again with most of the stars healthy, but offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was off to become the head coach at Kansas. The Gator attack was mediocre gaining just 263 yards, but the defense and special teams were terrific with a blocked punt for a score and a kickoff return for a touchdown.

- CFN Thoughts on the Gator
Florida: Sacks. Florida 6, Ohio State 0 … John Brantley completed 12-of-16 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown with a pick. … Chris Rainey ran 16 times for 71 yards and returned a punt for 31 yards. He also led the team with three catches for 31 yards and came up with a blocked punt for a score. … Jon Bostic made eight tackles with four tackles for loss. … Andre DeBose returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes converted 2-of-10 third down chances. … Braxton Miller completed 18-of-23 passes for 162 yards and two scores. … Dan Herron ran 12 times for 82 yards. .. DeVier Posey caught five passes for 38 yards and a score. … Ryan Shazier led the team with ten tackles

22 .Insight Bowl
Oklahoma 31 … Iowa 14

The game was over once Iowa star running back Marcus Coker was suspended. The thought was that if Oklahoma showed up and decided to play, it wasn't going to be pretty. Oklahoma showed up and decided to play. The Sooner offense couldn't find any explosion and finished with just 275 yards, but the D stuffed the Hawkeyes and didn't allow any points until the fourth. OU got up 21-0 helped by two Blake Bell touchdown runs, but Iowa kept fighting and made it 21-14 late. Bell put it away on a 21-yard dash.

- CFN Thoughts on the Insight
Oklahoma: Landry Jones completed 16-of-25 passes for 161 yards and a score with a pick … QB Blake Bell led the team with 51 yards and three touchdowns on ten carries. … Kameel Jackson made three catches for 45 yards. … P Tress Way averaged 50.3 yards per kick on six attempts with one put inside the 20. … Jamell Fleming tied for the team lead with seven tackles with a pick and three broken up passes while helping to keep Iowa's Marvin McNutt to just 46 yards on four catches.

Iowa: James Vandenberg completed 23-of-44 passes for 216 yards and two scores with a pick. … Jordan Canzeri ran 22 times for 59 yards and led the team with six catches for 28 yards and a score. … LB Tyler Nielsen made eight tackles, while DT Mike Daniels made five tackles with two sacks and three tackles for loss.

21. Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Southern Miss 24 … Nevada 17

It was an entertaining game; it just wasn't very well played. A blocked punt set the tone for an Eagle team that struggled offensively until late, and wasn't its normal high-powered self. Meanwhile, the vaunted Nevada running game rolled on two Lampford Mark scoring runs in the first half, but that was about it. The two teams were tied at 17 late in the fourth quarter before USM's Austin Davis connected with Kevin Bolden for a four-yard game-winning score. The two teams combined to convert just 7-of-37 third down chances and completed just 31-of-70 passes.

- CFN Thoughts on the Game
Southern Miss: QB Austin Davis completed 18-of-41 passes for 165 yards and two scores. … Desmond Johnson ran for 77 yards on 16 carries. … Punter Peter Boehme averaged 43.8 yards on eight kicks with five put inside the 20. … Dominique Sullivan caught five passes for 75 yards. … DE Cordarro Law made seven tackles, two sacks, and 4.5 tackles for loss.

Nevada: QB Cody Fajardo completed 8-of-19 passes for 60 yards and a pick, and ran for 14 yards. Tyler Lantrip completed 5-of-9 passes for 57 yards. … Lampford Mark ran 29 times for 183 yards and two scores. … Aaron Bradley caught seven passes for 64 yards. … John Michael Johnson made 13 tackles, a sack, and two tackles for loss.

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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