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Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls - The Classics

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Posted Jan 9, 2013


Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls - All-Timers that will always be remembered

Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls

The Classics


- 2012-2013 CFN Bowl Central

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The Classics

All-timers that will always be remembered

4. Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31

Depending on which side you’re on, either Texas Tech pulled off a phenomenal rally, or Minnesota gagged away a bowl victory. The Red Raiders’ D.J. Johnson came up with a pick in the final minute, returning it 41 yards to the Gopher 22 to set up a Ryan Bustin 28-yard game-winning field goal. Before Minnesota’s ill-advised throw that led to the pick, Tech tied the game with just over a minute to play with a terrific seven play drive that went 82 yards, closed out by a 35-yard touchdown pass from Seth Doege to Eric Ward. It was Doege’s only scoring throw of the day, but he ran for a touchdown and threw for 271 yards. The Gophers ground away with the running attack throughout the game blasting away for 222 yards, and got two touchdown passes from Philip Nelson in the second half, but they gave up too many big plays with Tech’s Jakeem Grant returning a kickoff 99 yards for a score and the defense allowing six yards per run. While it was an entertaining game, it was also a chippy one with plenty of after-the-whistle penalties, an ejection for a punch and 20 combined penalties.

Texas Tech: 13 penalties for 135 yards … Seth Doege completed 31-of-45 passes for 271 yards and a score with two picks, and he ran for 20 yards and a touchdown. … WR Darrin Moore made 11 catches for 84 yards. … The offense converted 8-of-14 third down plays. … S D.J. Johnson made a game-leading 14 tackles with the pick and 39-yard return that led to the game-winning score. … DE Dartwan Bush made 11 tackles with half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Minnesota: The Gophers held on to the ball for 36:18. … Philip Nelson completed 7-of-18 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns with one bad pick, while MarQueis Gray completed one pass for eight yards and ran 11 times for 59 yards. … Donnell Kirkwood ran 19 times for 77 yards and a score. … WR Derrick Engel caught four passes for 108 yards. … CB Michael Carter made seven tackles with two picks.

3. Gildan New Mexico
Arizona 49, Nevada 48

Down 48-35 with 1:48 to play, Arizona came up with an improbable comeback to kick off the bowl season. Matt Scott took the offense 75 yards in just 1:02, capping off the drive with a two-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hill, who also caught a 62-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth. Down 48-42 with 46 seconds to play, the Wildcats attempted and recovered the onside kick. Three plays later, Scott found Tyler Slavin from two yards out with 19 seconds left for the win. It was the second big comeback of the day for the Wildcats, overcoming a 21-0 first quarter deficit with two touchdown runs from Ka’Deem Carey and a one-yarder from Scott. But Nevada grabbed the lead back with QB Cody Fajardo with his third touchdown pass of the day and a one-yard run for a 45-28 lead the defense couldn’t hold. The two teams combined for 1,237 yards of total offense, but they also turned it over seven times.

Arizona: The Wildcats had the ball for just 20:50 and never had the lead until there are 19 seconds to play. … RB Ka’Deem Carey ran 28 times for 172 yards and three scores. … QB Matt Scott completed 28-of-47 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns with two picks, and he ran six times for 21 yards and a score. … WR Austin Hill caught eight passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. … Freshman LB C.J. Dozier came into the game with 12 tackles on the season. He came up with a game-leading 15 stops.

Nevada: QB Cody Fajardo completed 22-of-31 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns with two picks, and he ran 22 times for 140 yards and a score. … RB Stefphon Jefferson ran 34 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns, but he also fumbled. … LB Dray Bell led the team with nine tackles with a forced fumble. … The Wolf Pack outgained the Wildcats 403 yards to 196 on the ground and held on to the ball for 39:10.

2. Outback
South Carolina 33, Michigan 28

Dylan Thompson stepped in and connected with Bruce Ellington for a 32-yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play to pull out the win for the Gamecocks. In a fun, back-and-forth battle, the Wolverines rallied back from a 14-3 deficit with three Devin Gardner touchdown passes including two in the second half to Jeremy Gallon from ten and 17 yards out, but South Carolina always had an answer with Ace Sanders following up his punt return for a score in the first quarter with a four-yard scoring grab in the second and a 31-yard touchdown in the fourth. Alternating quarterbacks, the Gamecocks got two touchdown passes out of both Thompson and Connor Shaw, with each throwing for a score in the first and the fourth.

South Carolina: The two quarterbacks combined to complete 25-of-36 passes for 341 yards and four scores. Connor Shaw completed 18-of-26 passes for 224 yards and two scores, and ran ten times for 96 yards, and Dylan Thompson completed 7-of-10 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. … WR Ace Sanders caught nine passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns and returned three punts for 66 yards and a score. … The offense held on to the ball for just 22:01. … DE Jadeveon Clowney made four tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble. … FS D.J. Swearinger made nine tackles with a half a tackle for loss and two broken up passes with a forced fumble.

Michigan: QB Devin Gardner completed 18-of-36 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 12 times for 24 yards. … Denard Robinson missed on his only pass, but he ran 23 times for 100 yards and caught a pass for seven yards. … WR Jeremy Gallon caught nine passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. … The offense had the ball for 37:59.

1. Chick-fil-A
Clemson 25, LSU 24

Helped by a 4th-and-16 completion, Clemson completed the rally by marching 60 yards in ten plays and 1:39 finishing with a 37-yard Chandler Catanzaro field goal that went straight through the uprights. LSU held a 24-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the offense stalled and Clemson QB Tajh Boyd took over, leading the way to 12 unanswered points with a 12-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins and two Catanzaro field goals. LSU dominated early on, taking advantage of a turnover for a 17-yard Jeremy Hill touchdown run, and he later added a 57-yard scoring dash on the first play of the second half, but outside of a six-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry in the second, Zach Mettenberger and the passing game struggled as the offense was outgained 445 yards to 219.

Clemson: The Tigers came up with 32 first downs to nine and ran 100 offensive plays to 48. … Clemson held the ball for 36>21 including 11:26 in the fourth quarter. … QB Tajh Boyd completed 36-of-50 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 29 times for 22 yards and a score, while getting beaten and battered getting sacked five times. … WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 13 passes for 191 yards and two scores. … Sammy Watkins ran once and got injured. … PK Chandler Catanzaro hit field goals from 26 and the game-winner from 37 yards away. … DE Malliciah Goodman made three tackles with three sacks and two tackles for loss.

LSU: QB Zach Mettenberger completed 14-of-23 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown with a pick. … RB Jeremy Hill ran 12 times for 124 yards and two scores. … LB Kevin Minter made 19 tackles with a sack. … DEs Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery each made five tackles with a sack and a forced fumble, but Mingo came up with three tackles for loss. 

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