Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls - The Excellent

Posted Jan 9, 2013

Fantastic games that were among the stars of the bowl season

Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls

The Excellent

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

11. Alamo
Texas 31, Oregon State 27

Texas never had the lead until late as David Ash connected with Marquise Goodwin for a 36-yard touchdown with just over two minutes to play. Goodwin also had a 64-yard touchdown dash in the first. The defense that had be problems in the first half clamped down in the second, led by the pass rush of Alex Okafor on the outside, keeping the Beavers to just seven points after halftime. Ash struggled early but found a groove running for an 11-yard score in the third and throwing two touchdown passes in the fourth, while three Beaver turnovers and too many stalled drives kept the Longhorns alive. Storm Woods ran for two touchdowns for OSU and Trevor Romaine nailed two field goals.

Texas: QB David Ash completed 21-of-33 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and he ran seven times for 22 yards and a score. … WR Marquise Goodwin ran once for a 64-yard score and caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. … The Longhorns committed nine penalties for 78 yards. … DE Alex Okafor made eight tackles with 4.5 sacks and five tackles for loss with a forced fumble. … DE Cedric Reed had five tackles with a half a sack, a fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries.

Oregon State: The Beavers turned the ball over three times, but only committed two penalties. … QB Cody Vaz completed 15-of-28 passes for 194 yards with two picks. … RB Storm Woods ran 21 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a pass for 22 yards. … LB Michael Doctor made 11 tackles with half a tackle for loss.

10. Little Caesars
Central Michigan 24, Western Kentucky 21

Oh those interim head coaches. Western Kentucky had a shot to tie the game late to put it into overtime on a 36-yard field goal attempt, but instead, interim head man Lance Guidry decided to go for it on 4th-and-two with under a minute to play. QB Kawaun Jakes misfired on his throw, and CMU came away with the win. Zurlon Tipton ran for 102 yards for the Chippewas, but it was Andrew Flory who made big things happen early with a 69-yard touchdown catch and a 29-yard pass play in the first quarter. WKU got a touchdown run and a scoring pass from Jakes, and Kadeem Jones gave the team the lead on a one-yard scoring run for a Hilltopper lead late in the third, but Ryan Radcliff marched CMU late with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Wilson and the D held on.

Central Michigan: RB Zurlon Tipton ran 23 times for 101 yards. … QB Ryan Radcliff completed 19-of-29 passes for 253 yards and three scores. … WR Cody Wilson caught ten passes for 101 yards and a score, Andrew Flory caught three passes for 105 yards and two scores. … P Richie Hogan averaged 57.3 yards per punt, putting two inside the 20, helped by an 82-yarder. … LB Shomari Benton led the team with nine tackles with a broken up pass.

Western Kentucky: QB Kawaun Jakes completed 14-of-24 passes for 199 yards and a score and ran for a score. … RB Antonio Andrews fell short of breaking Barry Sanders' record for total yardage. He ran 27 times for 119 yards, caught three passes for 21 yards, returned a punt for four yards and two kickoffs for 49 yards. … S Jonathan Dowling made eight tackles with a tackle for loss and a broken up pass.

9. MAACO Las Vegas
Boise State 28, Washington 26

Michael Frisina hit a 27-yard field goal with just over a minute to play, and Jeremy Ioane sealed the victory with a pick to give Boise State its second straight Las Vegas Bowl win. The Broncos held the lead for most of the game until Travis Coons pushed Washington ahead by one with just over four minutes to play. Boise State appeared to have the game in hand early with Holden Huff scoring on a 34-yard pass from receiver Chris Potter, and Geraldo Boldewijn catching a 16-yard touchdown pass for an 18-3 lead, but Bishop Sankey led the Huskies back with a 26-yard touchdown run and Keith Price ran for a seven-yard score and threw a six-yard scoring pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The Broncos' final scoring drive went 76 yards in 14 plays taking 7:05 off the clock.

Boise State: LB J.C. Percy made 17 tackles. … The Broncos held the ball for 10:53 in the fourth quarter. … Sacks: Boise State 4, Washington 1. … QB Joe Southwick completed 26-of-38 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns, he ran 11 times for 39 yards and he kicked a 33-yard punt inside the 20. … TE Holden Huff caught two passes for 35 yards and two scores.

Washington: RB Bishop Sankey set the school's bowl rushing record with 205 yards and a score on 30 carries, and he caught seven passes for 75 yards. ... LB John Timu made 15 tackles with a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. … DE Josh Shirley made three tackles with a tackle for loss and two forced fumbles. … QB Keith Price completed 20-of-39 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown with two picks, and he ran for a score.

8. Belk
Cincinnati 48, Duke 34

Duke had two great chances to all but put the game away – once in each half – and blew it both times with disastrous results. With the game tied at 34 with under four minutes to play, the Blue Devils had the ball at the Cincinnati five, but Josh Snead fumbled it away. Three plays later, the Bearcats got an 83-yard touchdown pass from Brendon Key to Travis Kelce for a score with just 44 seconds to play. Duke had one last chance and was on the march, but a huge sack popped the ball into the air and into the hands of Nick Temple, who took it 55 yards for a score. The touchdown ended a wild and entertaining game with Duke getting up early and having a shot to push the lead to 23-3, but a fumble at the one gave the Bearcats life, and they took advantage with a 27-point run to seemingly take control. But the Blue Devils didn't give up with two touchdown passes and a 52-yard field goal from Ross Martin making it 34-34 until Duke's ill-fated finish.

Cincinnati: QB Brendon Kay completed 17-of-25 passes for 332 yards and four scores, and he ran ten times for 76 yards. … TE Travis Kelce caught five passes for 123 yards and a score including the game-winner from 83 yards out. … RB George Winn ran 16 times for 130 yards and a score. … LB Greg Blair made 15 tackles with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Duke: WR Conner Vernon caught ten passes for 119 yards and a score. … QB Sean Renfree completed 37-of-49 passes for 358 yards and a score with two picks. … Turnovers – Duke 4 – Cincinnati 0. … Duke attempted one punt. It netted 79 yards. … Duke held on to the ball for 33:42 including 10:51 in the fourth.

7. TaxSlayer.com Gator
Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20

Northwestern ended its long bowl drought by getting up 13-0 and turning it back on in the second half following an MSU comeback. The Wildcats came up with four takeaways, but wasn't able to put the game away early, settling for two Jeff Budzein field goals along with a 29-yard Quentin Williams interception return for a score. The Bulldogs came back to tie it in the third quarter at 13 with two Devon Bell field goals and an 18-yard Arceto Clark touchdown catch, but the Wildcats answered with short scoring runs from Tyris Jones, Trevor Siemian, and after MSU pulled to within seven on a 14-yard Malcolm Johnson touchdown catch, a three-yard Venric Mark scoring run.

Northwestern: QB Trevor Siemian completed 12-of-20 passes for 120 yards and a pick. … QB Kain Colter completed 9-of-16 passes for 76 yards and two interceptions, and he ran 11 times for 71 yards. … S Jared Carpenter made ten tackles. … DE Quentin Williams made two tackles with a sack, two tackles for loss, and a 29-yad pick six. … The offense converted 10-of-19 third down chances and committed only two penalties.

Mississippi State: QB Tyler Russell completed 12-of-28 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns with four picks. … RB Ladarius Perkins ran 19 times for 84 yards. RB Josh Robinson ran seven times for 91 yards. … The offense converted just one of 11 third down chances. … S Nickoe Whitley made six tackles with a tackle for loss and two picks. … LB Cameron Lawrence made nine tackles.

6. Buffalo Wild Wings
Michigan State 17, TCU 16

Led by a reserve quarterback, Michigan State marched 45 yards in eight plays, culminating in a 47-yard Dan Conroy field goal with 61 seconds remaining for the win. The MSU offense did next to nothing in the first half, but the defense was able to keep the game close allowing a Matthew Tucker four-yard touchdown run in the first and two Jaden Oberkron field goals in the second. The Spartan coaching staff decided to give backup quarterback Connor Cook more time, and the move paid off with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Burbridge finally putting points on the board late in the third. A TCU turnover led to a Le'Veon Bell four-yard touchdown run and a 14-13 lead, but the Horned Frogs would rally getting a 53-yard Oberkron field goal with just under three minutes to play. It was just enough time for Cook and MSU to pull out the win.

Michigan State: The Spartan quarterbacks completed 11-of-27 passes for 104 yards. Andrew Maxwell completed 6-of-15 passes for 28 yards, while Connor Cook complete 4-of-11 passes for 47 yards and a score. … RB Le'Veon Bell ran 32 times for 145 yards and a touchdown, caught two passes for 13 yards, and completed a pass for 29 yards. … P Mike Sadler averaged 43.7 yards per kick on his 11 punts, putting three inside the 20. … DE William Gholston made nine tackles with a sack.

TCU: CB Jason Verrett made 12 tackles with two broken up passes and a tackle for loss. … DE Devonte Fields made four tackles with a sack. … QB Trevone Boykin completed 13-of-29 passes for 201 yards and a pick. He also led the team in rushing with 37 yards on 13 carries. … WR Josh Boyce caught five passes for 91 yards.

5. Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO
Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14

Despite the return of Barry Alvarez to the sidelines, it was another year, another tough loss for Wisconsin and the Big Ten in Pasadena. Stanford looked like it was on its way to a rout with 14 first quarter points on a 16-yard Kelsey Young run and a three-yard score from Stepfan Taylor, set up by long pass plays, but the Badgers battled back with Montee Ball running it in from 11 yards out early in the second. Despite being denied on a fourth-and-goal from the one, they managed to use the field position to set up a touchdown with Jordan Fredrick's four-yard touchdown catch with just 11 seconds to play at the end of the first half. But that was it for the Wisconsin scoring as both defenses clamped down in the second half. Jordan Williamson gave the Cardinal a six point lead on his second field goal of the game late in the fourth, but Wisconsin came back with a promising drive, only to be stopped on the only turnover of the game – an interception by Usua Amanam. Stanford was able to run out the clock.

Stanford: QB Kevin Hogan completed 12-of-19 passes for 123 yards and ran seven times for 54 yards. … RB Stepfan Taylor was held to 88 yards and a score on 20 carries. … SS Jordan Richards made seven tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss. … The Cardinal averaged 7.9 yards per pass. Wisconsin only averaged 4.9.

Wisconsin: The Badgers outgained Stanford 218 rushing yards to 187, but only threw for 83 yards. .. 3rd down conversions: 7-of-14. … QB Curt Phillips completed 10-of-16 passes for 83 yards and a score with a pick. … RB Montee Ball ran 24 times for 100 yards and a score. … LB Chris Borland made nine tackles
- Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowl Season - The Classics 
- Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowl Season - The Excellent 
- Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowl Season - The Above-Average 
- Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowl Season - The Good  
- Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowl Season - The Mediocre  
- Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowl Season - The Duds