Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls - The Good

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Posted Jan 9, 2013


Ranking the bowls - Decent games that were fine, but hardly special.

Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls

The Good


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Ranking the Bowls
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- Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowl Season - The Duds 

The Good
Decent games that were fine, but hardly special.
 
24. Hyundai Sun
Georgia Tech 21, USC 7

Georgia Tech started running well early, but it was the defense that had control all game long allowing just one USC scoring drive in the second. The Trojans came up with a terrific score on a catch-and-run from nine yards out by Silas Redd, but that was it for the fun with the miserable O finishing with just 205 yards of total offense. David Sims started out the scoring for the Yellow Jackets on a three-yard run, and in the third, Tevin Washington punched it in from one-yard out after a big punt return. Orwin Smith extended the lead in the fourth on a 17-yard scoring grab, but it was Jamal Golden who put it away with a pick in the final seconds. The two teams combined for six turnovers and struggled at times in the windy conditions.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets had the ball for 36:25. … The offense ran for 294 yards. … RB David Sims led the team with 17 carries for 99 yards. … QB Tevin Washington completed 3-of-5 passes for 49 yards and a score, and he ran 16 times for 46 yards and a touchdown. … LB Jabari Hunt-Days led the team with ten tackles. … CB Rod Sweeting made three tackles and a pick with two broken up passes, but most of all, he and Louis Young kept the star USC receivers under wraps.

USC: QB Max Wittek completed 14-of-37 passes for 107 yards and a score with three picks. … WR Marqise Lee caught six passes for 41 yards. … RB Silas Red ran 17 times for 88 yards. … LB Hayes Pollard made 16 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss. … S T.J. McDonald made 13 tackles.

23. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia  
BYU 23, San Diego State 6

BYU and linebacker Kyle Van Noy opened up a tight battle with a forced fumble and recovery for a fourth quarter score to break out after managing just a field goal in the first half, and then he put the game away with a 17-yard interception return for a score. San Diego State got up 6-0 in the first half on Chance Marden field goals from 27 and 23 yards away, but BYU scored 23 unanswered points with a Jamaal Williams 14-yard touchdown run to go along with the two Van Noy scores in fourth quarter. Each team threw three picks, but the Aztecs also gave away two fumbles leading to scores.

BYU: LB Kyle Van Noy made eight tackles with 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and the recovery for a score, blocked a kick and took an interception 17 yards for a touchdown. … LB Brandon Ogletree led the Cougars with ten tackles and two tackles for loss. … Riley Nelson attempted two passes with a pick, while James Lark completed 23-of-42 passes for 244 yards and two picks. … Cody Hoffman caught ten passes for 114 yards and a score. … Riley Stephenson averaged just 33.5 yards on his eight kicks, but six were put inside the 20 and four put inside the five. … BYU ran for just 52 yards.

San Diego State: The Aztecs were outgained 296 to 263 and turned the ball over five times. ... Third down conversions: BYU 10-of-19, SDSU 2-of-15. … QB Adam Dingwell completed 12-of-29 passes for 144 yards with three picks. … Adam Muema ran 26 times for 103 yards. … LB Nick Tenhaeff made seven.

22. New Era Pinstripe
Syracuse 38, West Virginia 14

The snow was flying all day and the field was slick, but Syracuse didn’t have any problems pounding away with Prince-Tyson Gulley tearing off 208 yards and two touchdowns and Jerome Smith coming up with 157 in the dominant performance. West Virginia kept shooting itself in the foot with ten penalties – many coming at the worst times – and going 0-for-11 on third downs while amassing just 285 yards. Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes to Stedman bailey from 32 and 29 yards out, but he was also nailed with two safeties on a sack and an intentional grounding penalty.

Syracuse: RB Prince-Tyson Gulley ran 25 times for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught five passes for 56 yards and a score. …. RB Jerome Smith ran 30 times for 157 yards. … QB Ryan Nassib completed 12-of-24 passes for 134 yards and two scores with a pick. … DE Brandon Sharpe led the team with seven tackles with two sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

West Virginia: QB Geno Smith completed 16-of-24 passes for 197 yards and two scores. … RB/WR Tavon Austin ran 12 times for 54 yards … WR Stedman Bailey caught seven passes for 126 yards and two scores. … LB Terence Garvin made 15 tackles with two sacks, three tackles for loss, forced a fumble, recovered it and broke up a pass.

21. AT&T Cotton
Texas A&M 41, Oklahoma 13

Johnny Manziel ran for two first half touchdowns on the way to a gigantic statistical day in the rout. Oklahoma cut the lead to 14-13 late in the first on a six-yard Justin Brown touchdown catch, but the Aggies scored 27 unanswered points as Ben Malena and Trey Williams each ran for third quarter touchdowns and Manziel connected with Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu on scoring passes from 33 and 34, respectively. The two teams combined for 1,034 yards of total offense.

Texas A&M: QB Johnny Manziel completed 22-of-34 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 17 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns. … The Aggies ran for 326 yards and threw for 307. … A&M had the ball for just 23:11. … WR Ryan Swope caught eight passes for 104 yards and a score. … CB Dustin Harris made ten tackles with a pick.

Oklahoma: QB Landry Jones completed 35-of-48 passes for 278 yards and a score with a pick. … Brennan Clay ran ten times for 44 yards. … P Tress Way averaged 49.4 yards per kick putting three of his five inside the 20. … S Javon Harris made nine tackles with a pick and a tackle for loss. … The offense had the ball for 36:49.

20. AutoZone Liberty
Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17

Tulsa broke open a close game with 24 unanswered points and a defense that didn’t allow an Iowa State score after the first quarter. Alex Singleton ran for three short scores and quarterback Cody Green added an eight yard score. The aggressive Tulsa defense got stronger, stopping ISU time and again with five sacks and allowing just 2-of-14 third down conversions, but the Cyclones were hot early with a 69-yard Ernst Brun touchdown grab and a 31-yard Jeremy Reeves pick six. That was it as Tulsa’s running game controlled things the rest of the way.

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane had the ball for close to 23 minutes in the second half. … Tulsa came up with five sacks and the O line didn’t give up any. … QB Cody Green completed 11-of-23 passes for 93 yards with a pick, and he ran ten times for 58 yards and a score. … RB Trey Watts ran 25 times for 149 yards, led the team with four catches for 17 yards, and returned four kickoffs for 83 yards. … RB Alex Singleton ran 15 times for 35 yards and three touchdowns. … LB Shawn Jackson made nine tackles with two sacks with a forced fumble.

Iowa State: QB SB Richardson completed 10-of-21 passes for 129 yards and a score with a pick, and he ran ten times for a team-leading 46 yards. … WR Ernst Brun caught four passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. … LB A.J. Klein made 19 tackles with a broken up pass and a tackle for loss. … CB Jeremy Reeves made six tackles with a pick and a tackle for loss.

19. Franklin American Mortgage Music City
Vanderbilt 38, NC State 24

Vandy created several big breaks on defense and took advantage on offense with Jordan Rodgers throwing two touchdown passes and running for a game-sealing 15-yard score. NC State had a nightmare of a time with turnovers with three picks and two lost fumbles, putting it on the ground six times on the day, while Vanderbilt didn’t make any big mistakes and committed two penalties. The lone gaffe by the Commodores came in the first half after a seven-yard Wesley Tate touchdown run, allowing a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Tobias Palmer. But 21-14 was as interesting as the Wolfpack would make it with the Vanderbilt defense coming up with a slew of big stops and takeaways and the offense always seeming to find an answer when needed.

Vanderbilt: 117 rushing yards to NC State’s 41. … The offense converted just 3-of-14 third down chances. … QB Jordan Rodgers completed 16-of-25 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for a score. … WR Jordan Matthews caught seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. … RB Zac Stacy ran 25 times for 107 yards and a score. … P Richard Kent averaged 46.2 yards per punt on his five kicks, putting three inside the 20. … S Kenny Ladler led the game with ten tackles with a pick and a fumble recovery. … DE Kyle Woestmann made three tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble.

NC State: Tobias Palmer caught eight passes for 111 yards and returned six kickoffs for 173 yards and a score. … QB Mike Glennon completed 35-of-53 passes for 383 yards and a score with three picks. … S Earl Wolff led the team with nine tackles with a broken up pass. … CB David Amerson made seven tackles with a broken up pass. … LB Ricky Dowdy made seven tackles with three tackles for loss.

18. Tostitos Fiesta
Oregon 32, Kansas State 17

De’Anthony Thomas set the tone on the first play of the game with a 94-yard kickoff return for a score, and late in the first quarter he took a pass 23 yards for a touchdown and a 15-0 Oregon lead. Kansas State fought back to within five, helped by a six-yard Collin Klein touchdown run, but late in the half the offense went deep into Duck territory, didn’t go for it on fourth down, and missed the field goal. Oregon responded going 77 yards and five plays and 46 seconds culminating in the game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass to Kenjon Barner. The Ducks upped the lead to 32-10 in the second half, and coasted from there despite a slight scare after a ten-yard John Hubert touchdown catch shrunk the lead to 14 early in the fourth, but an Alejandro Maldonado and an interception by Erick Dargan put the game away.

Oregon: The Ducks outgained Kansas State 385 yards to 283. … QB Marcus Mariota completed 12-of-24 passes for 166 yards and two scores, and he ran eight times for 62 yards and a touchdown. … RB Kenjon Barner ran 31 times for 143 yards. … RB/WR De’Anthony Thomas ran twice for 15 yards, caught four passes for 60 yards and a score, and returned two kickoffs for 120 yards and a game-opening touchdown. … P Jackson Rice averaged 46 yards on three kicks, putting two inside the 20. … LB Michael Clay made nine tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss. … S Erick Dargan made eight tackles with two picks.

Kansas State: QB Colin Klein completed 17-of-32 passes for 151 yards and a score with two picks, and he ran 13 times for 30 yards and a touchdown. … RB John Hubert ran 17 times for 55 yards and caught two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown. … LB Arthur Brown made nine tackles with a tackle for loss. … Kansas State had the ball for 33:06

17. Allstate Sugar
Louisville 33, Florida 23

Louisville came out hot, with Terell Floyd returning an interception 38 yards for a score on the first play from scrimmage, and it was never really threatened the rest of the way. Teddy Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 15-yard touchdown for a 24-3 first half lead, but the Gators came up with a big late drive and a fourth down one-yard touchdown run from Matt Jones with ten seconds to play. With all the momentum on its side, Florida went for the onside kick in the second half, Louisville got it, and scored eight seconds into the half with a 19-yard touchdown catch from Damian Copeland. Down 33-10, Florida made a late rally with Andre Debose returning a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and the offense marching for a late score to pull within ten, but Louisville recovered the onside kick and held on.

Louisville: The Cardinals were+2 in turnover margin and committed just two penalties. … The offense held on to the ball for 35:37. … QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 20-of-32 passes for 266 yards and two scores with a pick. … RB Jeremy Wright ran 25 times for 84 yards and a score. … LB Preston Brown led the team with 13 tackles with a broken up passes and 1.5 tackles for loss. …

Florida: QB Jeff Driskel completed 16-of-29 passes for 175 yards and touchdown with two picks, and he ran ten times for four yards. … RB Mike Gillislee ran nine times for 48 yards. … WR Quinton Dunbar made five catches for 77 yards. … Andre Debose returned two kicks for 124 yards and a score. … S Matt Elam made 11 tackles with a sack and a tackle for loss. … DE Dominique Easley made five tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss. … DT Shariff Floyd made five tackles with two sacks and two tackles for loss.

- 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