Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowl Season

Posted Jan 9, 2013

The bowls that gave fuel to the too-many-bowls argument

Ranking the 2012/2013 Bowls

The Duds

- 2012-2013 CFN Bowl Central

Ranking the Bowls
- 2008/2009 Bowl Season | 2009/2010 Bowl Season
- 2010/2011 Bowl Season | 2012/2013 Bowl Season

- 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 
The Duds
These gave fuel to the too-many-bowls argument 
35. Heart of Dallas
Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14

Oklahoma State jumped out to a 28-0 first half lead and had a 45-0 advantage in the third before Purdue finally got on the board with a 32-yard Brandon Cottom touchdown catch. Robert Marve threw two scoring passes for the Boilermakers, but the defense wasn't close to stopping the Cowboy attack and the offense gave up the ball five times. Clint Chelf threw three touchdown passes and J.W. Walsh threw two as five Cowboys attempted passes and five different receivers scored on the way to 524 yards of total offense. Daytawion Lowe helped the defense returning a fumble 37 yards for a second quarter score.

Oklahoma State: QB Clint Chelf completed 17-of-22 passes for 197 yards and three scores. … QB J.W. Walsh completed 5-of-7 passes for 86 yards and two scores. … RB Joseph Randle completed one pass for a yard, and he ran for 66 yards on 17 carries. … P Quinn Sharp averaged 52.7 yards per kick putting all three of his punts inside the 20. … SS Shamiel Gray made seven tackles with a pick … DE Tyler Johnson made six tackles with two sacks and forced two fumbles.

Purdue: QB Robert Marve completed 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards with two scores and two picks. … RB Akeem Shavers ran 14 times for 93 yards. … DE Ryan Russell made seven tackles with a sack. … Turnover margin -5.

34. V100 Independence
Ohio 45, ULM 14

Ohio came out intense and with an attitude needing just three plays to score its first touchdown of the day and never letting up the rest of the way. The Bobcats got two touchdown passes from Tyler Tettleton in the first quarter, highlighted by a 68-yard play to Chase Cochran, and then Beau Blankenship took over the scoring with four short touchdown runs. ULM was still alive in the second quarter on the first of two Kolton Browning touchdown passes, but with a chance to get into the game, he slid instead of dove for a first down, and the team failed to capitalize getting a field goal attempt blocked. It was all downhill from there with ULM turning the ball over four times and Ohio controlling the game throughout.

Ohio: The Bobcats set an Independence Bowl record with 556 yards of total offense. … QB Tyler Tettleton completed 14-of-22 passes for 331 yards and two scores with a pick, and he ran for 34 yards. … RB Beau Blankenship ran 19 times for 104 yards and four touchdowns. … Tyler Futrell caught five passes for 133 yards, and Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a score. … DE Tremayne Scott made five tackles with two sacks and an interception. … LB Keith Moore made nine tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss.

ULM: QB Kolton Browning completed 21-of-39 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns with three picks, and he led the team with 47 rushing yards on 24 carries. … WR Brent Leonard caught seven passes for 76 yards… S Cordero Smith led the team with eight tackles with a pick.

33. Kraft Fight Hunger
Arizona State 62, Navy 28

Arizona State put the game away early with a 21-0 first quarter and a 34-7 halftime lead. Taylor Kelly was almost perfect throwing four touchdown passes and running for another. Rashad Ross caught three touchdown passes and Marion Grice and Cameron Marshall each ran for two scores on the way to a 62-14 lead late in the third quarter. The Sun Devils didn't rub it in – they eased up on the gas late in the third – Navy didn't have any answers. The Midshipmen ran for 313 yards, but they didn't have a prayer of keeping up with the Sun Devil offense that cranked out 648 yards and did whatever it wanted. Keenan Reynolds threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Matt Aiken in the second and Gee Gee Greene returned a kickoff for a score, but it wasn't nearly enough to make it interesting.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils averaged 13.4 yards per pass attempt and outgained the Midshipmen 380 yards to 313 on the ground. … ASU didn't punt. … QB Taylor Kelly completed 17-of-19 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns, and ran seven times for 81 yards and a touchdown. … WR Rashad Ross caught four passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns. … RB Marion Grice ran 14 times for 159 yards and two scores, and caught two passes for 19 yards. … DE Carl Bradford made eight tackles with a sack and three tackles for loss … DT Will Sutton made five tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

Navy: RB Gee Gee Greene ran 12 times for 112 yards and returned six kickoffs for 187 yards and a touchdown. … QB Keenan Reynolds completed 5-of-11 passes for 14 yards and a touchdown with a pick. He also ran for 21 yards on 22 carries. … Navy had the ball for over 21 minutes in the first half.

32. BCS Championship
Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14

Alabama dominated from the opening drive, ripping apart the Irish defense going 82 yards in just five plays, culminating in a 20-yard Eddie Lacy touchdown run, and it didn't get any better from there. Helped by a slightly controversial call on a muffed punt, the Tide got the ball back and finished with the first of four AJ McCarron touchdown passes. Lacy and T.J. Yeldon each added scoring runs in the first half – with Lacy's second coming in the final seconds – for a 28-0 lead, and Amari Cooper caught a 34-yard strike midway through the third to turn the game into a rout. Notre Dame and QB Everett Golson kept fighting, with Golson running for a two-yard score and connecting with Theo Riddick for a six-yard touchdown, but the Tide kept trying, too, with Cooper catching a 19-yard touchdown pass in the fourth.

Alabama: The Tide outgained Notre Dame 529 yards to 302 … Time of possession: Alabama 38:13 – ND 21:47 … QB AJ McCarron completed 20-of-28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns. … RB Eddie Lacy ran 20 times for 140 yards and one score … RB T.J. Yeldon ran 21 times for 108 yards and one touchdown. … WR Amari Cooper caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. … P Cody Mandell averaged 49.2 yards per kick on his four kicks, putting two inside the 20. … LB C.J. Mosley led the Tide with eight tackles with a tackle for loss.

Notre Dame: QB Everett Golson completed 21-of-36 passes for 270 yards and a score with one interception. … WR T.J. Jones caught seven passes for 90 yards. … RB Theo Riddick ran ten times for 37 yards. … S Zeke Motta made 16 tackles … LB Manti Te'o made ten tackles.

31. Sheraton Hawai'i
SMU 43, Fresno State 10

SMU shocked the heavily favored Bulldogs with 22 second quarter points and a defense that controlled the game throughout. QB Garrett Gilbert started out the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown run, and then the defense set up scores with a fumble recovery and a huge sack from Margus Hunt for a safety. Fresno State finally got on the bard with a six-yard Davante Adams touchdown catch early in the third, but SMU answered back with a 21-yard Darius Johnson scoring grab. Even down 29-10, the Bulldogs appeared to have the momentum late, but Taylor Reed ended the fun with a 69-yard pick six with just over nine minutes to play. Hayden Greenbauer closed out the blasting with an 83-yard interception return for a score.

SMU: The Mustangs came up with seven sacks led by DE Margus Hunt, who came up with two sacks, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries. … LB Taylor Reed made a team-leading nine tackles with a sack, three tackles for loss, an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery. … QB Garrett Gilbert completed 14-of-28 passes for 212 yards and a score with two picks, and he ran 18 times for 98 yards and a score. … Zach Line ran 19 times for 71 yards and a score.

Fresno State: The defense generated five sacks from five different players. … LB Jeremiah Toma made five tackles and two picks. … The offense was held to -16 rushing yards. Robbie Rouse gained 22 yards on 13 carries. … WR Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 144 yards and a score. … QB Derek Carr completed 33-of-54 passes for 362 yards and a score with two picks. … The offense turned the ball over four times. 

- 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   

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