Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls - The Mediocre

Posted Jan 9, 2013

They had their moments, but these were bowl games. No more, no less.

Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls

The Mediocre

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The Mediocre
They had their moments, but these were bowl games. No more, no less.

30. Bridgepoint Education Holiday
Baylor 49, UCLA 26

Baylor's offense started humming right away, and it never let up getting out to a 21-0 lead and never being threatened the rest of the way. Nick Florence threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, while Martin Glasco ran for three short scores and Lache Seastrunk ripped off a 43-yard touchdown dash. UCLA tried time and again to get back in the – going for eight times on fourth town and converting just three – but the Bear defense always managed to come up with the stop it needed at the right time. The Bruins got three touchdown passes from Brett Hundley, but he was battered all game long behind a depleted offensive line that gave up six sacks.

Baylor: QB Nick Florence completed 10-of-13 passes for 188 yards and two scores, and he ran 18 times for 37 yards and a touchdown. … RB Lache Seastrunk ran 16 times for 138 yards and a score. … RB Glasco Martin ran 21 times for 98 yards and three touchdowns. … Tevin Reese and Terrence Williams each caught two passes for 68 yards with Reese scoring. … The Bears came up with 12 tackles for loss and six sacks. … DE Chris McAllister made five tackles with two sacks. … S Sam Holl made four tackles with four broken up passes.

UCLA: RB Johnathan Franklin ran 14 times for just 34 yards. … UCLA was held to 33 rushing yards. … QB Brett Hundley completed 26-of-50 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns. … The offense went 1-of-17 on third downs. … P Jeff Locke averaged 42.7 yards per kick putting three of the six inside the 20. … LB Eric Kendricks made 14 tackles with two forced fumbles.

29. BBVA Compass
Ole Miss 38, Pitt 17

Ole Miss jumped out to a 14-0 lead helped by a rare pick of Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri, getting two early Bo Wallace touchdown passes including a 27-yarder to Randall Mackey. Sunseri came up with a ten-yard touchdown pass in the second, but Wallace responded immediately with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Vince Sanders. Barry Brunetti added a one-yard touchdown run in the third and I'Tavius Mathers ripped off a 62-yarder in the fourth for a 38-10 lead. Sunseri and Pitt came up with a garbage time touchdown late on a 16-yard pass to Mike Shanahan. The Rebels outgained the Panthers, who were without Ray Graham to a hamstring injury, 224 yards to 81 on the ground.

Ole Miss: QB Bo Wallace completed 22-of-32 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns with two picks, and he ran eight times for 27 yards. … The Rebels were 3-for-3 on fourth downs. … DT Uriah Grant made two tackles with two sacks. … LB Mike Marry made seven tackles with four tackles for loss and a sack and a forced fumble.

Pitt: QB Tino Sunseri completed 16-of-32 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns with a pick. … RB Rushel Shell ran 25 times for 79 yards. … WR Devin Street caught seven passes for 83 yards and a score. … S Jason Hendricks made 17 tackles with two tackles for loss and an interception.

28. Discover Orange
Florida State 31, Northern Illinois 10

It took about a half, but Florida State had no problems with the MAC champion. Lonnie Pryor kicked off the scoring late in the first half on a 60-yard scoring dash, and Rashad Greene ended the first half with a six-yard touchdown catch for a 14-3 lead. Just when it seemed like the Huskies were about to make it interesting with a long Jordan Lynch run and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore, the Noles took control of the game again in the fourth on an E.J. Manuel nine-yard touchdown run and a 37-yard Pryor scoring dash. FSU outgained the Huskies 534 yards to 259 and had the ball for over 34 minutes.

Florida State: QB E.J. Manuel completed 26-of-38 passes for 291 yards and a score, and he ran six times for 26 yards and a touchdown. … RB Lonnie Pryor ran five times for 134 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 17 yards. … P Cason Beatty put four of his five punts inside the 20 averaging 36.8 yards per kick … DE Bjoern Werner made just two tackles.

Northern Illinois: S Jimmie Ward led both teams with 14 tackles and a broken up pass. … CB Rashaan Melvin made ten tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. … QB Jordan Lynch completed 15-of-41 passes for 176 yards and a score with a pick, ran 23 times for 44 yards and booted one punt 52 yards inside the 20. … No other Huskie carried the ball more than three times. … WR Martel Moore caught four passes for 29 yards and a score.

27. Bell Helicopters Armed Forces
Rice 33, Air Force 14

In a sloppy game with the two teams combining to lose five fumbles and with little offense from Air Force, Rice dominated the time of possession and owed the second half, overcoming a 14-7 deficit with 26 unanswered points. Chris Boswell hit two short field goals and backup quarterback Driphus Jackson connected with Jordan Taylor on touchdown passes from 22 and 34 yards out. Charles Ross added a two-yard scoring run. Taylor kicked off the scoring with a 16-yard grab, but Air Force came back with two short touchdown runs. However, the Falcons only managed 166 yards on the ground and completed 3-of-12 throws.

Rice: The Owls dominated, outgaining the Falcons 503 yards to 214. …. Rice fumbled it five times, losing three. … Rice had the ball for 20:31 in the second half … QB Driphus Jackson came off the bench to complete 15-of-21 passes for 264 yards and two scores, and he ran 13 times for 32 yards. … WR Jordan Taylor caught nine passes for 153 yards and three scores. … LB Cameron Nwosu made ten tackles with a sack.

Air Force: The Falcons had the ball for just 22:08 … Connor Dietz completed one of three passes for four yards and was held to 11 rushing yards, while Kale Pearson completed 2-of-8 passes for 44 yards with a pick. … LB Austin Niklas led all tacklers with 14 with two tackles for loss, while Alex Means made 12 tackles with a sack.

26. Famous Idaho Potato
Utah State 41, Toledo 15

It was a defensive battle deep into the fourth quarter, and then came the Utah State explosion with three straight touchdown runs from Kerwynn Williams in just over three minutes on scoring runs of 63, five and 25 yards away. Before that, the Aggie D held Toledo to just three Jeremiah Detmer field goals from 37, 37 and 29 yards out, while the O managed a 62-yard touchdown run from quarterback Chuckie Keeton and two Nick Diaz field goals for a 13-9 lead with seven minutes to play. Joe Hill capped off the 28-point Utah State fourth quarter with a five-yard touchdown run. The Aggies outgained the Rockets 582 yards to 315.

Utah State: RB Kerwynn Williams ran 18 times for 235 yards and three scores and caught two passes for 34 yards. … QB Chuckie Keeton completed 21-of-31 passes for 229 yards, and he ran nine times for 92 yards and a score. … P Tyler Bennett averaged 43 yards per punt, putting all four of his kicks inside the 20. … LB Bojay Filmoeatu led the way with 9.5 tackles with a sack and a broken up pass. … The Aggies averaged 7.4 yards per pass attempt and 11.4 yards per carry.

Toledo: QB Terrance Owens had a rough day completing 6-of-17 passes for 39 yards, while Austin Dantin completed 12-of-21 passes for 132 yards and two picks. … RB Bernard Reedy ran ten times for 50 yards and led the team with six catches for 62 yards. … The Rockets held on to the ball for 35:55 including 11:19 in the fourth quarter, but were outscored 28-9 in the final frame.

25. Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg
UCF 34, Ball State 17

UCF took control early and never let go, with Blake Bortles throwing two touchdown passes and running for a six-yard score on the way to a 38-10 lead. Latavius Murray scored three times with two short touchdown grabs and a two-yard run in the first half, while J.J. Worton caught a seven-yard touchdown pass late in the third. Ball State kept pushing with Keith Wenning hitting Willie Snead on scoring plays from seven and 16 yards out, but the Knights had all the points they'd need with 5:50 to go in the first half.

UCF: QB Blake Bortels completed 22-of-33 passes for 272 yards and three scores with a pick, and he ran nine times for 80 yards and a score. … RB Latavius Murray ran 21 times for 71 yards and a score, and he caught six passes for 33 yards and two touchdowns. … UCF held on to the ball for 35:34 and converted nine of 12 third down plays. … S Kemal Ishmael made eight tackles with two broken up passes and a forced fumble. … S Clayton Geathers led the team with ten tackles.

Ball State: QB Keith Wenning completed 22-of-34 passes for 217 yards and two scores. … RB Jahwan Edwards ran 14 times for 89 yards. … LB Travis Freeman led the team with ten tackles. … Average yards per kickoff return: Ball State 20.2 – UCF 1.5 

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