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Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls - The Excellent

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Posted Jan 10, 2012


Fantastic games that were among the stars of the bowl season

Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls

The Excellent



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

8.
Sun Bowl
Utah 30 … Georgia Tech 27 OT

The Yellow Jackets ran for 311 yards and got an 11-of-15 passing day from Tevin Washington, but the near-perfect offensive performance wasn’t enough. it should’ve worked out for Georgia Tech up 24-10 late in the fourth quarter with the running game supposedly able to close things out. Ute quarterback Jon Hays struggled all game long, but he managed to lead the team to two late touchdown drives with his 28-yard scoring pass to DeVonte Christopher forcing overtime. Georgia Tech came up with a field goal on its possession, but John White ran for an eight-yard score to give the Utes the win.

- CFN Thoughts on the Sun
Utah: The Utes averaged 43.2 yards per punt. Georgia Tech averaged 37.4. … Jon Hays completed 15-of-31 passes for 193 yards and three scores with a pick … John White ran 26 times for 115 yards and a score …. Shaun Asiata ran five times for 57 yards and a score. … Chaz Walker made 15 tackles with a tackle for loss. … DT Tevita Finau made ten stops.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets ran for 312 yards … Tevin Washington completed 11-of-15 passes for 137 yards and a score. … Preston Lyons ran 18 times for 138 yards and a score, while Washington ran 20 times for 96 yards. … Daniel Drummond made 12 tackles with a tackles for loss.

7.
2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Ohio 24 … Utah State 23


The Aggie offense was rolling with Michael Smith tearing off third quarter touchdown runs from 63 and 11 yards out on the way to a 23-10 lead. And then the Ohio offense took over with LaVon Brazill coming up with a 44-yard touchdown grab. The two defenses held through the fourth quarter, but Utah State couldn’t stop Tyler Tettleton, who marched the Bobcats 81 yards in the final two minutes, finishing up with a one-yard touchdown dash with 13 seconds to play. Matt Weller hit the extra point and Ohio finally had its first lead of the game.

- CFN Thoughts on the Game
Ohio: QB Tyler Tettleton completed 19-of-26 passes for 220 yards and two scores, and ran 16 times for 27 yards and the game-winning score … LB Noah Keller led the team with 11 tackles and a tackle for loss … WR LaVon Brazill caught eight passes for 108 yards and a score … P Paul Hershey averaged 50 yards on six kicks with three put inside the 20. … Ohio was outgained 441 yards to 345.

Utah State: RB Michael Smith ran 12 times for 157 yards and two scores, and Robert Turbin ran 20 times for 101 yards. … Chuckie Keeton came in and ran just once for ten yards, while Adam Kennedy completed 11-of-18 passes for 63 yards and a score while running six times for 11 yards. … WR Stanley Morrison caught four passes for 25 yards … LB Kyle Gallagher led the team with nine tackles, but Bobby Wagner became the WAC’s all-time leading tackler after making seven stops.

6.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Michigan 23 … Virginia Tech 20 OT


There might have been better, more deserving options for the catch-all BCS game, but the matchup worked. Michigan’s offense, however, didn’t, being held to just 184 yards with Denard Robinson struggling to get free and unable to come up with any big plays downfield. Two Virginia Tech turnovers and a 17-6 third quarter lead allowed the Wolverines to hang on as the Hokies went on a fourth quarter run. The drive stalled, but Justin Myer – the team’s third-string kicker – hit the 25-yard field goal attempt to force overtime. And then came the controversy. Virginia Tech’s Danny Coale made a terrific diving catch in overtime, but after a review it was ruled incomplete. Myer missed the field goal attempt, Michigan’s Brendan Gibbons nailed the 37-yard try, and Michigan had its 11-win season.

- CFN Thoughts on the Sugar
Michigan: The Wolverines only had the ball for 23:10 … Denard Robinson completed 9-of-21 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and ran 13 times for 13 yards. … Junior Hemingway caught two passes for 63 yards and two scores. … Brendan Gibbons was 3-for-3, connecting from 24, 39, and the game-winner from 37 yards out. … Jordan Kovacs led the Wolverines with 11 tackles. … Jake Ryan made seven tackles, a sack, and four tackles for loss.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies outgained the Wolverines 377 yards to 184. … Logan Thomas completed 19-of-28 passes for 214 yards and a pick, and he ran 16 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. … David Wilson ran 24 times for 82 yards. … Danny Coale caught eight passes for 117 yards. … Justin Myer hit his first four field goals, but missed the 37-yarder in overtime. … Tariq Edwards led the Hokies with eight tackles, a sack, and two tackles for loss.

5.
Outback Bowl
Michigan State 33 … Georgia 30 3OT


Michigan State made a really, really big deal all offseason about its awful performance against Alabama in last year’s bowl appearance, and it was as fired up for this game as any team in a non-BCS bowl. However, Georgia managed to jump out to a 16-0 halftime lead and appeared to be in control. MSU quarterback Kirk Cousins started firing back, finishing with 300 yards, and LeVeon Bell ran for two scores with his second coming from one-yard out with 14 seconds remaining to force overtime. Georgia played for the field goal, and the strategy backfired with Blair Walsh missing the game-winning attempt in the first overtime. The two teams traded field goals in the second, and MSU’s Dan Conroy hit a 28-yarder the third. Butler’s 47-yard game-tying attempt was blocked, and MSU had the win.

- CFN Thoughts on the Outback
Michigan State: The Spartans held Georgia to 51 yards. … Kirk Cousins completed 27-of-50 passes for 300 yards and a score with three picks. … Le’Veon Bell ran 17 times for 48 yards and two scores. … Brian Linthicum caught seven passes for 115 yards … P Mike Sadler averaged 50.1 yards per kick on eight kicks putting four inside of the 20. … William Gholston made seven tackles, two sacks, five tackles for loss, recovered a fumble, and broke up a pass. … Darqueze Dennard made four tackles with two picks.

Georgia: The Bulldogs forced three picks. … Aaron Murray completed 20-of-32 passes for 288 yards and two scores with two picks. … Ken Malcome ran 12 times for 51 yards. … Malcolm Mitchell caught seven passes for 51 yards, and Tavarres King caught six passes for 205 yards and a score. … Brandon Boykin returned a punt 92 yards for a score and four kickoffs for 70 yards. … Alec Ogletree made 13 tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss with two broken up passes.

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