Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls - Above-Average

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Posted Jan 9, 2013


Entertaining, solid bowl games that were worth the watch

Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls

The Above-Average


- 2012-2013 CFN Bowl Central

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The Above-Average
Entertaining, solid bowl games that were worth the watch

16. Capital One
Georgia 45, Nebraska 31

Georgia bombed away in the second half and the defense put the clamps down after Nebraska took a 23-21 lead midway through the third quarter. Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards and five touchdown passes, connecting with Chris Conley on scoring plays from 49 and 87 yards out, Keith Marshall took a pass 24 yards for a score. On the way to 22 unanswered points to take control of the last 20 minutes. The Huskers overcame a rough start with a Jamal Turner 14-yard touchdown catch and a pick six from Will Compton, but the secondary kept giving up big plays, with Murray making up for his mistake 11 seconds later with a 76-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King. The two teams combined for 1,032 yards, 15 penalties and five turnovers.

Georgia: QB Aaron Murray completed 18-of-33 passes for 427 yards and five touchdowns with two picks. … RB Todd Gurley ran 23 times for 125 yards and a touchdown. … Georgia averaged 12.9 yards per pass. … WR Chris Conley caught two passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. … WR Tavarres King caught three passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. … The team converted 12-of-17 third down chances. … LB Alec Ogletree made 13 tackles and a sack with three tackles for loss and a forced fumble. … LB Jarvis Jones made eight tackles with two sacks. … CB Damian Swann made six tackles with two picks.

Nebraska: QB Taylor Martinez completed 16-of-27 passes for 204 yards and two scores with two picks and ran 20 times for 46 yards. … RB Rex Burkhead ran 24 times for 140 yards and a score and caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. … LB Will Compton made nine tackles with a 24-yard pick six. … The Huskers converted 8-of-16 third down chances.

15. GoDaddy.com
Arkansas State 17, Kent State 13

Arkansas State won a bowl game for the first time as an FBS school, holding off Darrell Hazell and Kent State in the second half, allowing just a 26-yard Freddy Cortez field goal. The Red Wolves got their scores in the second quarter with a ten-yard David Oku touchdown run and a 31-yard J.D. McKissic scoring grab, but the Golden Flashes stayed in the game with a 42-yard Cortez field goal in the final seconds of the first half. KSU star running back Dri Archer ran for a 16-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but he missed most of the second half with an injury. Even so, down four, KSU had the ball late and was driving for the possible game-winning score, but quarterback Spencer Keith was tripped up on fourth down and ASU ran out the clock.

Arkansas State: QB Ryan Aplin completed 21-of-30 passes for 213 yards and a score. … RB Rocky Hayes ran eight times for 57 yards. … WR J.D. McKissic caught 11 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. … The ground game averaged just 1.9 yards per carry. … LB Qushaun Lee made 13 tackles with a tackle for loss and two broken up passes.

Kent State: Before getting hurt, Dri Archer ran nine times for 77 yards and a touchdown, caught four passes for 22 yards and returned a kickoff for 18 yards. …. RB Trayion Durham ran 20 times for 68 yards. … QB Spencer Keith completed 17-of-33 passes for 157 yards and a pick, and he ran six times for 16 yards. … LB Luke Batton made 11 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss. … DT Dana Brown made seven tackles with a sack and three tackles for loss.

14. Russell Athletic
Virginia Tech 13, Rutgers 10 OT

Cody Journell nailed a 22-yard field goal for Virginia Tech in overtime, but Rutgers couldn’t answer as Nick Borgese pushed his 42-yard chance wide to the right. In a defensive slugfest, it was a sack from Derrick Hopkins that pushed the Scarlet Knights back a bit for Borgese’s try, but neither offense did much of anything with Rutgers finishing with 197 total yards and Virginia Tech 196. All the Scarlet Knight points came in the first quarter with LB Khaseem Greene recovering a Logan Thomas fumble in the end zone and Borgese hitting a 36-yarder, while all the Hokie points in regulation came in the fourth with Journell connecting on a 25-yard strike and Corey Fuller catching a 21-yard touchdown pass.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies were penalized 14 times for 100 yards, turned the ball over three times, and finished with just four net yards rushing. … QB Logan Thomas completed 15-of-39 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown with two picks. … WR Marcus Davis caught four passes for 61 yards. … P A.J. Hughes averaged 41.7 yards per try on 11 kicks, putting five inside the 20. … LB Bruce Taylor made 11 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss with a broken up pass and a quarterback hurry. … FS Detrick Bonner made two tackles with a sack and three broken up passes.

Rutgers: The offense converted 3-of-21 third down chances. … The running game netted 67 yards on 39 carries. … QB Gary Nova completed 17-of-40 passes for 130 yards with a pick. … RB Savon Huggins ran 18 times for 45 yards. … LB Khaseem Greene made 11 tackles with a fumble recovered for a touchdown and came up with two quarterback hurries, 1.5 tackles for loss and half a sack. … DT Jamal Merrell made three tackles with two sacks. … S Brandon Jones made a tackle with two picks.

13. Military
San Jose State 29, Bowling Green 20

San Jose State rallied back for its 11th win of the season with ten points in the final 4:43 marching for an Austin Lopez field goal from 27 yards out to take the lead and putting it away by capitalizing off a turnover with a one-yard De’Leon Eskridge touchdown run. Bowling Green sold out and stopped the run all game long, but it couldn’t slow down David Fales who started out the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Nunn less than five minutes in to the game, and connecting with Chandler Jones from 18 yards out late in the third. The Falcons stayed in the game with two Tyler Tate field goals and short touchdown runs from Anthon Samuel and John Pettigrew, but the offense couldn’t answer in the fourth.

San Jose State: The Spartans were held to -15 rushing yards. … SJSU held on to the ball for 10:09 of the fourth quarter. … QB David Fales completed 33-of-43 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns. … WR Noel Grigsby caught nine passes for 134 yards. … LB Keith Smith led the game with ten tackles with two broken up passes and a recovered fumble. … DE Travis Johnson made five tackles with a sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and a key late forced fumble.

Bowling Green: QB Matt Schilz completed 16-of-35 passes for 159 yards. … WR Chris Gallon caught seven passes for 73 yards. … LB Dwayne Woods made eight tackles with a tackle for loss. … DB Aaron Foster broke up three passes.

12. R+L Carriers New Orleans
Louisiana-Lafayette 43, East Carolina 34

In a wild game with a few big swings, Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to a 28-7 first half lead helped by two touchdown runs from Alonzo Harris from six and 68 yards away, but East Carolina mounted a terrific comeback. Shane Carden threw two scoring passes and Reggie Bullock came up with a 13-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 31 late in the third, but the Ragin’ Cajuns took control the rest of the way as Terrance Broadway connected with Javone Lawson for a 14-yard score and Brett Baer nailed two of his three field goals on the day to close out with a 13-3 run. Baer’s 40-yard shot with ten seconds to play put ULL up nine and put the game away. Broadway and Harris each ran for over 100 yards.

Louisiana-Lafayette: QB Terrance Broadway completed 21-of-32 passes for 316 yards with a touchdown and a pick, and he ran 15 times for 108 yards and a score. … RB Alonzo Harris ran 21 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. … Jamal Robinson caught six passes for 116 yards. … ULL outgained ECU 591 yards to 421.

East Carolina: QB Shane Carden completed 25-of-42 passes for 278 yards and two scores with a pick … RB Reggie Bullock ran 17 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. … LB Jeremy Grove led the team with 12 tackles. … The Pirates didn’t commit a penalty.

- 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