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Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls - The Classics

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Posted Jan 10, 2012


Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls - All-timers that will always be remembered


Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowls

The Classics


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The Classics

All-timers that will always be remembered
 
4.
Valero Alamo Bowl
Baylor 67 … Washington 56


In many ways this was the game of the bowl season. Neither team could make a tackle, but who cares? Washington ripped off 620 yards of total offense with 26 first downs, committed just one penalty, and rolled up 56 points … and lost. Husky quarterback Keith Price outplayed Heisman-winner Robert Griffin, throwing for 438 yards and four scores and running for three touchdowns, Baylor finished with 777 yards and 482 rushing yards. Three Bears ran for 101 yards or more with Terrence Ganaway tearing off five touchdown runs including four in the final 21 minutes.

- CFN Thoughts on the Alamo
Baylor: The Bears came up with 777 yards and 482 rushing yards. … Robert Griffin III completed 24-of-33 passes for 295 yards and a score, and ran 18 times for 55 yards and a score. … Terrance Ganaway ran 21 times for 200 yards and five scores. …. Jerred Salubi ran five times for 101 yards and two scores. … Tevin Reese ran twice for 101 yards and caught five passes for 66 yards …. Kendall Wright caught seven passes for 91 yards and a score. … Baylor LB Elliot Coffey made 15 tackles.

Washington: The Huskies gained 620 yards … Keith Price completed 23-of-37 passes for 438 yards and four scores, and ran five times for 39 yards and three scores. … Chris Polk ran 30 times for 147 yards and a score. … Jermaine Kearse caught five passes for 198 yards and a score, and Devin Aguilar caught five passes for 90 yards and two scores. … Sean Parker made 15 tackles. … Josh Shirley made five tackles and three sacks.

3.
Rose Bowl
Oregon 45 … Wisconsin 38


it was every bit the classic shootout offense lovers were hoping for. Could Wisconsin stop Oregon’s running game? The answer was a resounding no, with the Ducks tearing off 345 yards and averaging 8.6 yards per carry. But Oregon couldn’t shut down a Badger offense that came up with 508 yards and moved the ball at will. Two turnovers, including a magical fumble from WR Jared Abbrederis that sat on the turf just inches away from the sideline. Even with the mistakes, UW’s Russell Wilson got the offense cranked up in the final seconds, only to miss out on one final shot in the end zone after time ran out a fraction of a second before he was able to spike the ball to stop the clock.

- CFN Thoughts on the Rose
Oregon: The Ducks outgained the Badgers 345 rushing yards to 212 … Darron Thomas completed 17-of-23 passes for 268 yards and three scores with a pick … LaMichael James ran 25 times for 159 yards and a score. … Lavasier Tuinei eight catches for 158 yards and two scores. … DeAnthony Thomas ran two times for 155 yards and two scores, and caught four passes for 34 yards. … Safety John Boyett made 16 tackles with a half a sack. … LB Michael Clay made 13 tackles with two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

Wisconsin: The Badgers lost in fourth quarter time of possession 10:09 to 4:51. … Russell Wilson completed 19-of-25 passes for 296 yards and three scores, and he ran for a touchdown. … Montee Ball ran 32 times for 164 yards and a score, and caught four passes for 51 yards. … Nick Toon caught nine passes for 104 yards and a score. … Mike Taylor made 13 tackles with a sack, a forced fumble, and Chris Borland made 12 tackles with a sack and a fumble.

2.
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Louisiana-Lafayette 32 … San Diego State 30

San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley came up with a 12-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds to play, but the two-point conversion didn’t click. Down one, Louisiana-Lafayette bombed away to get in a position to win the game on a field goal, but kicker Brett Baer missed an extra point and got another kick blocked earlier in the game. Given his shot to win it, he blasted a 50-yard bomb that cleared through for the improbable win. The two teams flew up and down the field all game long with ULL finishing with 568 yards – including Blaine Gautier’s 470 passing yards and three scores. Lindley threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns.

- CFN Thoughts on the Game
Louisiana-Lafayette: PK Brett Baer missed an extra point and got another blocked, but he hit a 22-yard field goal along with the 50-yard game-winner. He also put three of his four punts – averaging 36.8 yards - inside the 20 including two at the one. … QB Blaine Gautier completed 24-of-40 passes for 470 yards and three touchdowns and a pick, and he ran nine times for 22 yards. … RB Alonzo Harris ran 14 times for 62 yards. … WR Javone Harris caught nine passes for 193 yards and two scores, and TE Ladarius Green caught five passes for 121 yards and a score. … LB Lance Kelly made 11 tackles with two broken up passes, as did safety Jemarious Moten.

San Diego State: QB Ryan Lindley completed 28-of-49 passes for 413 yards and three scores. … RB Ronnie Hillman ran 24 times for 55 yards. … WR Colin Lockett caught six passes for 85 yards and three scores. … Safety Nat Berhe led the team with ten tackles and a broken up pass.

1.
Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma State 41 … Stanford 38 OT

There were many shootouts played throughout the bowl season, but none were played at a higher level. Andrew Luck closed out his college career with a brilliant 27-of-31, 347-yard performance, but kicker Jordan Williamson missed 35-yard game-winning attempt at the end of regulation, and missed a 43-yarder in overtime. Oklahoma State’s Quinn Sharp connected on a 22-yard field goal – after head coach Mike Gundy chose to go for the field goal even after having the ball first-and-goal on the one – and came up with the improbable win. As good as Luck was, Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon was equally terrific with eight catches for 186 yards and three scores.

- CFN Thoughts on the Fiesta
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys only committed one penalty. … Brandon Weeden completed 29-of-42 passes for 399 yards and three scores with a pick. … Joseph Randle ran ten times for 23 yards and a score. … Justin Blackmon caught eight passes for 186 yards and three scores. …Alex Elkins made 12 tackles, all solo.

Stanford: The Cardinal outgained OSU 243 rushing yards to 13. … Andrew Luck completed 27-of-31 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns with a pick. … Stephfan Taylor ran 34 times for 177 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 21 yards. … Ty Montgomery caught seven passes for 120 yards and a score. … Jarek Lancaster and Delano Howell each made seven tackles. 

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