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Ranking and Recaps of the 2006-2007 Bowls

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 9, 2007


It wasn't exactly the best of bowl seasons, but there were a few great moments. Here's this year's ranking of the bowl season from the worst to the best.

Flat-out sucked

32. GMAC Bowl
Southern Miss 28 ... Ohio 7

Southern Miss got out to a 21-0 halftime lead thanks to a stifling defense, a 43-yard touchdown run from Tory Harrison, a two-yard run from Damion Fletcher, and with just over a minute to play, an 18-yard James Denley interception return for a score. The rout was on late in the third quarter as Fletcher closed off a 17-play, 80-yard drive that took up almost ten minutes with a nine-yard touchdown run. Ohio only managed 47 rushing yards with Kalvin McRae being held to 37 yards on ten carries. The Bobcats finally got on the board in the fourth on a 13-yard Thomas Christy catch.
Player of the game ... Southern Miss LB Gerald McRath made 13 tackles and three tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Ohio - Passing: Austen Everson, 14-34, 175 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kalvin McRae, 10-37  Receiving: Scott Mayle, 4-56
Southern Miss - Passing: Jeremy Young, 14-22, 160 yds, 1 INT
Rushing:
Tory Harrison, 9-68, 1 TD  Receiving: Josh Barnes, 4-59


31. Champs Sports Bowl
Maryland 24 ... Purdue 7
Maryland outgained Purdue 206 yards to 21 on the ground and held on to the ball for almost forty minutes in a methodical, surprisingly easy win. The Terps scored the first 21 points of the game helped by two Sam Hollenbach touchdown passes including a perfect 46-yard strike to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Purdue got a little bit of momentum going into the locker room on a 12-yard Greg Orton touchdown catch with thirty seconds left, but never got going in the second half. Dan Ennis connected on a 22-yard field goal for the only points in the final thirty minutes.
Player of the game ... Maryland RBs Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore combined for 183 yards on 38 carries
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Sam Hollenbach, 15-24, 223 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Lance Ball, 18-98  Receiving: Darrius Heyward-Bey, 4-81, 1 TD
Purdue - Passing: Curtis Painter, 23-36, 264 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jaycen Taylor, 6-19  Receiving: Dorien Bryant, 8-101


30. Motor City Bowl
Central Michigan 31 .... Middle Tennessee 14

Central Michigan controlled the game from the start with an early 14-0 lead with Ontario Sneed running for a one-yard score and catching a pass on the sidelines for a 29-yard touchdown. Middle Tennessee went on a 12-play, 80-yard drive to get within seven, but the Chippewas quickly answered with a :35 drive ending with a nine-yard Dan LeFevour scramble for a score. The defense got in the act in the second half with linebacker Doug Kress picking off a pass for a 56-yard touchdown. The Blue Raiders never quit with a DeMarco McNair touchdown run, but couldn't get any closer.
Player of the game ...
Central Michigan DE Dan Bazuin made eight tackles, two sacks, broke up a pass and made 2.5 tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 16-26, 162 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 15-69, 1 TD.  Receiving: Bryan Anderson, 6-51
Middle Tennessee - Passing: Clint Marks, 25-37, 251 yds, 2 INT
Rushing:
Eugene Gross, 12-37, 1 TD. Receiving: Desmond Gee, 9-63

29. Texas Bowl
Rutgers 37 ... Kansas State 10
Rutgers held Kansas State to 162 yards of total offense, six first downs and allowed just one of ten third down conversions for the first bowl win in the program's history. The Scarlet Knight offense got two early scores from an unlikely source as little used receiver Tim Brown caught touchdown passes from 14 and 49 yards out for a 14-0 first half lead. Kansas State appeared to get the momentum with a 44-yard Jeff Snodgrass field goal and a 76-yard Yamon Figurs punt return for a touchdown, but the Rutgers defense didn't allow anything in the second half with Quintero Frierson picking off a Josh Freeman pass for a score in the first 33 seconds. Jeremy Ito hit three field goals and Ray Rice ripped off a 46-yard touchdown run.
Player of the game ... Rutgers RB Ray Rice ran 24 times for 170 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Kansas State - Passing: Josh Freeman, 10-21, 129 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: James Johnson, 6-20. Receiving: Jordy Nelson, 4-81
Rutgers - Passing: Mike Teel, 18-28, 268 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Ray Rice, 24-170, 1 TD. Receiving: Clark Harris, 7-122


28. New Orleans Bowl
Troy 41 ... Rice 17

Troy dominated from the start with a 21 point first quarter thanks to to of Omar Haugabook's four touchdown passes and a two-yard scoring run. Haugabook connected with Gary Banks on a three-yard strike off an interception, and answered a Rice touchdown drive with a 56-yard scoring pass to Mykeal Terry. A seven-yard pass to Andrew Davis in the third and a five-yard pass to Toris Rutledge in the fourth put the game away. The Owls managed two Joel Armstrong touchdown passes including a late one-yard throw to Jarett Dillard keeping alive a streak of 15 straight games with a scoring grab. Armstrong threw five interceptions, with two picked off by Elbert Mack, who was playing with a heavy heart after losing his father earlier in the week.
Player of the game ... Troy QB Omar Haugabook completed 14 of 28 passes for 217 yards with four touchdowns and an interception and ran 14 times for 92 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Troy - Passing: Omar Haugabook, 14-28, 217 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Omar Haugabook, 14-92, 1 TD  Receiving: Mykeal Terry, 2-96 1 TD
Rice - Passing: Joel Armstrong, 35-54, 305 yds, 2 TD, 5 INT
Rushing: Joel Armstrong, 16-35  Receiving: Jarett Dillard, 9-71, 1 TD


27. PurePioneer Las Vegas Bowl
BYU 38 ... Oregon 8
BYU embarrassed Oregon as John Beck threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns while Jonny Harline made nine grabs for 181 yards. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cougars scored 17 in the second with Curtis Brown running for his first of two scores and Harline scoring on a 41-yard grab. A Beck 14-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter made it a laugher. Oregon finally got on the board with a 48-yard Brian Paysinger touchdown catch, but BYU recovered the onside kick and scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Manase Tonga.
Player of the game ... BYU QB John Beck completed 28 of 46 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions and ran for a score.
Stat Leaders: Oregon - Passing: Dennis Dixon, 10-20, 122 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dennis Dixon, 10-57  Receiving: Jordan Kent, 5-33
BYU - Passing: John Beck, 28-46, 375 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Curtis Brown, 17-120, 2 TD  Receiving: Jonny Harline, 9-181, 1 TD


26. Poinsettia Bowl
TCU 37 ... Northern Illinois 7
TCU dominated on both sides of the ball as QB Jeff Ballard ran for three scores and threw for another, while Northern Illinois was only able to get into the end zone on a blocked punt return for a touchdown early in the fourth. Huskie star RB Garrett Wolfe was held to 28 yards on 20 carries as the ground attack, hurt by 14 tackles for loss and five sacks, finished with -20 yards. The Horned Frogs used a short field for a four-yard touchdown to start the scoring, and then Ballard went to work with scoring runs from ten, one and six yards out. Ballard finished off with a six-yard touchdown pass to Brent Hecht.
Player of the game ... TCU QB Jeff Ballard completed 19 of 29 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown and ran 11 times for 21 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Northern Illinois - Passing: Dan Nicholson, 6-18, 80 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Garrett Wolfe, 20-28,   Receiving: Jarrett Carter, 2-12
TCU - Passing: Jeff Ballard, 19-29, 258 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Lonta Hobbs, 17-114, 1 TD  Receiving: Quentily Harmon, 6-93

25. BCS Championship
Florida 41 ... Ohio State 14

Florida dominated Ohio State on both sides of the ball holding the Buckeye offense to eight first downs and 82 total yards of offense while amassing 370 yards and scoring 21 straight points in the first 15:04. Things started out on a high note for OSU as Ted Ginn Jr. took the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, but the Gators responded with a big kickoff return, helped by a penalty, and a seven-play, 46-yard drive finishing with a 14-yard Dallas Baker touchdown catch. Percy Harvin ran for a four-yard score, and DeShawn Wynn ran for a two-yard touchdown for the big lead, but the Buckeyes appeared to have some life after an 18-yard Antonio Pittman touchdown run. That would be it as Florida got two Chris Hetland field goals and took advantage of a sack and Troy Smith fumble to go five yards in the final minute of the first half finishing with a one-yard Andre Caldwell touchdown catch from Tim Tebow. Tebow closed out the scoring with a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Player of the game ... Florida DEs Jarvis Moss and Derrick Harvey. The two Gator ends combined to make six tackles, five sacks, and came up with several hurries. Moss forced a key Troy Smith fumble at the end of the first half deep in Buckeye territory, and Harvey recovered it.
Stat Leaders: Florida - Passing: Chris Leak, 35-36, 213 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: DeShawn Wynn, 19-69, 1 TD  Receiving: Percy Harvin, 9-60
Ohio State - Passing: Troy Smith, 4-14, 35 yds, 1 INT
Rushing:
Antonio Pittman, 10-62, 1 TD  Receiving: Anthony Gonzalez, 2-11


A bowl game. Nothing more.

24. Sugar Bowl
LSU 41 ... Notre Dame 14

LSU rolled up 577 yards of total offense and scored 27 unanswered points on the way to a blowout. The Tigers got up 14-0 in the first quarter on a three-yard touchdown run from Keiland Williams and an 11-yard scoring grab from Dwayne Bowe, but Notre Dame got back in it with a perfectly thrown 24-yard pass to David Grimes and a ten-yard pitch to Jeff Samardzija. The Tigers answered by going 82 yards in five plays ending the first half with a five-yard JaMarcus Russell run, and the rout was on. After two long drives finished with Colt David field goals, the Tigers put it away on a 58-yard pass to Brandon LaFell. Williams scored on a 20-yard run to finish off the Irish. 
Player of the game ... LSU QB JaMarcus Russell completed 21 of 34 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns and an interception and ran for 16 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: LSU - Passing: JaMarcus Russell, 21-34, 332 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Keiland Williams, 14-107, 2 TD  Receiving: Early Doucet, 8-115
Notre Dame - Passing: Brady Quinn, 15-35, 148 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Darius Walker, 22-128  Receiving: Jeff Samardzija, 8-59, 1 TD


23. PapaJohns.com Bowl
South Florida 24 ... East Carolina 7

South Florida got two touchdown runs from Benjamin Williams in the first eight minutes and held on from there as East Carolina drove deep into Bull territory time and again only to keep coming up empty. A 48-yard James Pinkney touchdown pass to Bobby Good in the first quarter were all the points the Pirates would get as two fumbles, a missed field goal, and poor pass protection allowing six sacks proved to be too much to overcome. USF QB Matt Grothe connected with Amarri Jackson for a 37-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter, but ended up leaving the game with a shin injury. ECU also lost its quarterback as Pinkney was knocked out with a broken elbow. The Pirates outgained the Bulls 317 yards to 286, but were outgained 156 yards to 54 on the ground and only averaged 1.7 yards per carry.
Player of the game ... South Florida LB Stephen Nicholas made six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and broke up two passes
Stat Leaders: South Florida - Passing: Matt Grothe, 6-10, 81 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Benjamin Williams, 17-67, 2 TD  Receiving: Ean Randolph, 2-27
East Carolina - Passing: Rob Kass, 10-19, 138 yds
Rushing:
Dominique Lindsay, 12-85  Receiving: Bobby Good, 5-116, 1 TD


22.
Orange Bowl
Louisville 24 ... Wake Forest 13
Wake Forest was able to keep the Louisville offense under wraps for three quarters, but after Sam Swank hit a 36-yard field goal for a 13-10 Demon Deacon lead, the Cardinal attack finally woke up going 81 yards in eight plays finishing with a one-yard Anthony Allen touchdown run. Louisville put it away on a  18-yard Brock Bolen dash with less than five minutes to play to end the tough battle. Wake Forest got on the board first with a 44-yard Swank field goal, but Louisville held the halftime lead with a 41-yard Art Carmody shot and a 21-yard touchdown catch from Anthony Allen. Nate Morton took a short pass thirty yards for a touchdown to tie it before Swank hit his fourth quarter shot, but the offense simply couldn't keep up the pace. Demon Deacon LB Jon Abbate made 14 tackles.
Player of the game ... Louisville WR Harry Douglas caught ten passes for 165 yards
Stat Leaders: Louisville - Passing: Brian Brohm, 24-34, 311 yds
Rushing: Kolby Smith, 16-82  Receiving: Harry Douglas, 10-165
Wake Forest - Passing: Riley Skinner, 21-33, 271 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kenneth Moore, 12-73  Receiving: Willie Idlette, 6-91


21. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Utah 25 ... Tulsa 13

Utah outgained Tulsa 405 yards to 254 and had no problems moving the ball, but it finished off several drives with field goals. Fortunately for the Utes, Louie Sakoda hit all four of his attempts connecting from 45, 39, 41, and 34 yards, to go along with a ten-yard touchdown pass to Brent Casteel for a 19-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. Tulsa's offense never got on track only managing a one-yard Paul Smith touchdown run capitalizing on a Bobby Blackshire interception of Brett Ratliff. Tulsa appeared to be back in it only down six, but Eric Weddle took over moving over from the defensive side to run Utah's offense, literally, with a key late drive running seven times with a four-yard touchdown dash sealing the win.
Player of the game ... Utah's Eric Weddle ran ten times for 56 yards and a touchdown, made six tackles, recovered a fumble was in on half a sack and picked off a pass
Stat Leaders: Utah - Passing: Brett Ratliff, 23-34, 240 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Brent Casteel, 7-66  Receiving: Brian Hernandez, 8-55
Tulsa - Passing: Paul Smith, 0-27, 158 yds, 1 INT
Rushing:
Courtney Tennial, 6-53  Receiving: Tarrion Adams, 9-63


20. Music City Bowl
Kentucky 28 ... Clemson 20

A fired up Kentucky team scored 21 straight points on three Andre Woodson touchdown passes with a 70-yard play to DeMoreo Ford, sparked by a little trickery on a fake punt on the previous play, a 24-yard pass to Dicky Lyons, and a 13-yard pass to Jacob Tamme for a 28-6 lead it was able to hold on to deep into the fourth quarter. Clemson's offense struggled for about 50 minutes only managing a 32-yard touchdown catch from Durrell Barry until Will Proctor threw the second of three touchdown passes on the day on a 17-yard play with 7:25 remaining. In a mad scramble, the Tigers were able to go 74 yards in eight plays finishing with a 17-yard touchdown catch from Aaron Kelly, followed up by a two-point conversion, to pull within eight with less than a minute remaining.
Player of the game ... Kentucky QB Andre Woodson completed 20 of 28 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Clemson - Passing: Will Proctor, 23-39, 272 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: James Davis, 8-53  Receiving: Aaron Kelly, 6-66, 1 TD
Kentucky - Passing: Andre Woodson, 20-28, 299 yds, 3 TD
Rushing:
Rafael Little, 17-54  Receiving: Keenan Burton, 5-30


19. Holiday Bowl
California 45 ... Texas A&M 10

California dominated, but it wasn't with its normal flash and dash. The ground game pounded out 241 yards averaging 7.5 yards per carry while running away with the second half scoring 31 unanswered points. Up 14-10 after halftime, the Bears got a Marshawn Lynch's second touchdown run of the day and a four-yard scoring catch from Lavelle Hawkins on fourth down to go up 28-10 into the fourth. Texas A&M, taken out of its normal offense playing in catchup mode, struggled to move the ball while the defense couldn't stop anything the Bears wanted to do. Justin Forsett and Bryan Schutte added late touchdown runs, while Nate Longshore ran for a one-yard score in the first quarter to go along with his touchdown pass. A&M started off the scoring with a 19-yard catch from Chad Schroeder, but only managed a 32-yard Matt Szymanski field goal the rest of the way.
Player of the game ... California's offensive line, tackles Andrew Cameron and Scott Smith, guards Erik Robertson and Noris Malele and center Alex Mack for paving the way for 241 rushing yards and not allowing a sack.
Stat Leaders: Texas A&M - Passing: Stephen McGee, 17-26, 177 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Mike Goodson, 13-62. Receiving: L'Tydrick Riley, 4-52
California - Passing: Nate Longshore, 19-24, 235 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Justin Forsett, 8-124, 1 TD  Receiving: DeSean Jackson, 5-81


18. New Mexico Bowl
San Jose State 20 ... New Mexico 12

San Jose State only gained eight first downs and was outgained 377 yards to 280, but the defense forced four fumbles and held time and against despite several Lobo chances in deep in Spartan territory. John Broussard caught a 76-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter for a 7-0 Spartan lead, but the tone was set on New Mexico's next drive when Matt Castelo, who finished with 18 tackles, forced a Rodney Ferguson fumble on the goal line. Spartan DB Damaja Jones returned it 67 yards and New Mexico never recovered. Adam Tafralis threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to James Jones for a 13-0 Spartan lead, and went up 20-yard on a 24-yard Jones scoring grab. Utah didn't get into the end zone until the final few seconds on a 15-yard pass to Marcus Smith, and almost recovered the onside kick grabbing it a few inches too short.
Player of the game ... San Jose State LB Matt Castelo made 18 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, one broken up pass, one tackle for loss
Stat Leaders: San Jose State - Passing: Adam Tafralis, 11-18, 209 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Adam Tafralis, 8-76  Receiving: James Jones, 5-76, 1 TD
New Mexico - Passing: Chris Nelson, 17-26, 188 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Rodney Ferguson, 22-102  Receiving: Rodney Ferguson, 8-78


Very Good. Worth the watch.

17. Cotton Bowl
Auburn 17 ... Nebraska 14

Auburn managed just 178 total yards and did absolutely nothing in the first half, but scored on a Carl Stewart nine-yard catch and a one-yard run converting off a fumbled fake punt attempt and an interception return deep into Husker territory. Nebraska dominated the first half getting a 13-yard Nate Swift touchdown catch and a 20-yard Brandon Jackson scoring run, but was shut out in the second with the passing game struggling to get moving. Auburn's offense wasn't much better, but it did just enough to get a 42-yard John Vaughn field goal. The Huskers had a chance late, but chose to go for it on fourth and 11 instead of a long field goal. Zac Taylor's pass went out of bounds, and Auburn had the game in hand.
Player of the game ... Auburn CB David Irons made three tackles, one tackle for loss, and broke up one pass that led to the early interception. He also did a great job of putting the clamps down on the Husker receivers.  
Stat Leaders: Auburn - Passing: Brandon Cox, 10-21, 111 yds
Rushing: Kenny Irons, 24-72  Receiving: Courtney Taylor, 6-70
Nebraska - Passing: Zac Taylor, 14-25, 126 yds, 1, TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Marlon Lucky, 25-88  Receiving: Marlon Lucky, 6-67


16. Capital One Bowl
Wisconsin 17 ... Arkansas 14
Wisconsin was outgained 232 yards to -5 on the ground, but got a big first half out of QB John Stocco, who connected with Paul Hubbard for a 22-yard touchdown and Travis Beckum for a 13-yard score. Taylor Mehlhaff hit a Capital Bowl record 52-yard field goal for all the points the Badgers would need, but it was close. Penalties (12 for 123 yards) and missed opportunities were the problem for Arkansas in the second half as it hung around with a 12-yard Felix Jones touchdown run early in the fourth. Jones tore off a 76-yard touchdown in the first quarter on the first play after the Mehlhaff field goal and finished with 150 yards on just 14 carries.
Player of the game ... Wisconsin LB Mark Zalewski made nine tackles, a tackles for loss and an interception.  
Stat Leaders: Arkansas - Passing: Casey Dick, 9-21, 98 yards
Rushing: Felix Jones, 14-150, 2 TD  Receiving: Robert Johnson, 4-46
Wisconsin- Passing: John Stocco, 14-34, 206 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
P.J. Hill, 19-36  Receiving: Travis Beckum, 5-82, 1 TD


15. Rose Bowl
USC 32 ... Michigan 18
USC exploded for 29 second half points pulling away in the fourth quarter on a 62-yard touchdown from Dwayne Jarrett. Steve Smith followed up with a seven-yard scoring pass on USC's next drive for a 32-11 lead. Booty threw four touchdown passes with two to Jarrett and a two-yard pass to Chris McFoy, but Michigan stayed alive with an 11-yard Adrian Arrington touchdown catch and a Mike Hart two-point conversion early in the fourth quarter before Jarrett took over. Steve Breaston scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass in garbage time. Michigan finished with just 12 yards rushing hurt by six sacks; Chad Henne was under pressure all game long.
Player of the game ... USC WR Dwayne Jarrett caught 11 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: USC - Passing: John David Booty 27-45, 391 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: C.J. Gable, 13-25. Receiving: Dwayne Jarrett, 11-205, 2 TD
Michigan - Passing: Chad Henne, 26-41, 309 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Mike Hart, 17-47. Receiving: Steve Breaston, 7-115, 1 TD


Tremendous. Very Entertaining.

14. MPC Computers Bowl
Miami 21 ... Nevada 20

Chavez Grant made a diving interceptions with 18 seconds to play to stop a near-certain Nevada game-winning drive. The Wolf Pack had moved to the Miami 36, and were trying to get within range for Brett Jaekle, who hit field goals from 33, 31, 44 and 40, before the ill-advised pass. Miami wasn't fantastic in Larry Coker's final game, but it got just enough offense with a one-yard Kirby Freeman touchdown run, a 52-yard pass to Ryan Moore, and a 78-yard pass to Sam Shields. Nevada drove into Miami territory time and again, but kept having to settle for field goals getting its only touchdown in the second quarter on a 27-yard pass to Marko Mitchell.
Player of the game ... Miami QB Kirby Freeman completed 11 of 19 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns with an interception and ran for a score
Stat Leaders: Miami - Passing: Kirby Freeman, 11-19, 272 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Javarris James, 17-35  Receiving: Sam Shields, 4-101, 1 TD
Nevada - Passing: Jeff Rowe, 20-31, 192 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Robert Hubbard, 20-60  Receiving: Robert Hubbard, 7-50


13. Alamo Bowl
Texas 26 ... Iowa 24
Texas overcame a rough start and held on by running off most of the final few minutes once the momentum had shifted. Iowa came out on fire going 77 yards in nine plays finishing with a one-yard Albert Young run and getting a 63-yard catch-and-run for a score from Andy Brodell for an early 14-0 lead. Texas slowed down the bleeding with a 27-yard Ryan Bailey field goal, but needed a big break as Iowa appeared to go up 21-3 on a pass to Scott Chandler that was called back on a questionable penalty. Iowa didn't score, and Texas took advantage going 80 yards in 13 plays finishing with a 20-yard scoring pass to Limas Sweed in the final minute of the first half. The Longhorns finally took the lead midway through the third quarter on a 72-yard touchdown catch from Jamaal Charles, but Iowa came back to retake the lead on a 23-yard Brodell catch. Texas answered on its next drive finishing a long drive with a two-yard Selvin Young touchdown run. Iowa pulled within two on a 38-yard field goal with 6:20 to play, but couldn't get back in scoring range.
Player of the game ... Texas QB Colt McCoy completed 26 of 40 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Texas - Passing: Colt McCoy, 26-40, 308 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Jamaal Charles, 4-26. Receiving: Jermichael Finley, 8-46
Iowa - Passing: Drew Tate, 15-25, 274 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Albert Young, 13-64, 1 TD  Receiving: Andy Brodell, 6-159, 2 TD


12. Emerald Bowl
Florida State 44 ... UCLA 27
Florida State broke open a close game with 21 second half points with a 30-yard jump ball to Greg Carr for a touchdown, a three-yard Lorenzo Booker dash, and closed out with an 86-yard interception return for a score from Tony Carter. UCLA cranked out 434 yards of total offense while seemingly having control of the game with a 78-yard touchdown catch from Brandon Breazell on a perfect strike from Patrick Cowan, and a seven-yard scoring pass to Junior Taylor while Florida State could only manage field goals for a long stretch with Gary Cismesia connecting from 39, 21 and 36. Down 20-16 midway through the third quarter, FSU's Lawrence Timmons took a blocked punt 25 yards for a touchdown after UCLA got flagged for a penalty following a successful fourth and short conversion. The Bruins responded with a quick drive capped off by an eight-yard Chane Moline touchdown run, but they couldn't score over the last twenty minutes.
Player of the game ... Florida State RB Lorenzo Booker ran 22 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 117 yards
Stat Leaders: UCLA - Passing: Patrick Cowan, 15-36, 240 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Chris Markey, 19-144  Receiving: Andrew Baumgartner, 2-49
Florida State - Passing: Drew Weatherford, 21-43, 325 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Lorenzo Booker, 22-91, 2 TD  Receiving: DeCody Fagg, 6-68


11. International Bowl
Cincinnati 27 ... Western Michigan 24
Cincinnati appeared to be on its way to a blowout in the first International Bowl after John Bowie picked off a tipped pass for a touchdown and Dominick Goodman caught two 21-yard touchdown passes on the way to a 24-0 lead after the first 20 minutes, but the offense bogged down hurt by three turnovers, and Western Michigan got hot. Jamarko Simmons scored a 76-yard touchdown on a trick play pass from E.J. Biggers. A 30-yard Herb Martin touchdown catch and a 29-yard Nate Meyer field goal helped close the gap to 24-17 going into halftime, and then Brandon West got the tying touchdown on a seven-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The UC offense finally got going with an 11-play, 76-yard drive finishing with a 33-yard Kevin Lovell field goal with 6:11 to play, but Western Michigan would have one more chance getting to the Bearcat 33 with just over a minute to play. Meyer's 51-yard field goal attempt was wide and short, and the Bearcats escaped.
Player of the game ... Cincinnati WR Dominick Goodman caught seven passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Western Michigan - Passing: Ryan Cubit, 23-43, 184 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Brandon West, 21-109, 1 TD  Receiving: Jamarko Simmons, 13-172, 1 TD
Cincinnati - Passing: Nick Davila, 19-35, 214 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Butler Benton, 10-62  Receiving: Dominick Goodman, 7-109, 2 TD


10. Outback Bowl
Penn State 20 ... Tennessee 10

In a 10-10 game in the fourth quarter, Tennessee appeared to have all the momentum after a 53-yard pass to Chris Brown, but on the next play, Arian Foster lost a fumble, Penn State's Tony Davis picked it up, and he was gone going 88 yards for what would turn out to be the game-winning touchdown. The Nittany Lions iced it on a 22-yard Kevin Kelly field goal with just over three minutes to play. The Volunteers scored first on a 44-yard James Wilhoit field goal, and got a 42-yard LaMarcus Coker touchdown run after Penn State scored on a 34-yard Kelly field goal and a two-yard touchdown catch from Anthony Quarless.
Player of the game ... Penn State LB Dan Connor made ten tackles and forced the game-changing fumble.  
Stat Leaders: Tennessee - Passing: Erik Ainge, 25-37, 267 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Arian Foster ,12-65  Receiving: Jayson Swain, 7-84
Penn State - Passing: Anthony Morelli, 14-25, 197 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Tony Hunt, 31-158  Receiving: Jordan Norwood, 4-35


9. Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii 41 ... Arizona State 24
Colt Brennan set the single season record for touchdown passes, passing Houston's David Klingler, throwing for five scores as part of a 38-point second half to blow open a tight game. Arizona State held a 10-3 halftime lead helped by a 37-yard touchdown catch from Brandon Smith, and then Brennan and WR Jason Rivers got hot connecting on a 38-yard score on the first drive of the second half and finishing with a 79-yard play to put the game out of reach. Along the way, Brennan connected with Ryan Grice-Mullen for two scores, including a 36-yard play to close out a 99-yard drive that gave Brennan the record. ASU got within three on a four-yard Michael Jones touchdown catch, but an eight play, 80-yard drive finishing with a Davone Bess touchdown put Hawaii comfortably back up. For the game, Hawaii outgained ASU 680 yards to 391.
Player of the game ... Hawaii QB Colt Brennan completed 33 of 42 passes for 559 yards and five touchdowns with an interception, WR Jason Rivers caught 14 passes for 308 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Arizona State - Passing: Rudy Carpenter, 13-26, 191 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Ryan Torian, 18-160, 1 TD  Receiving: Michael Jones, 5-72, 1 TD
Hawaii - Passing: Colt Brennan, 33-42, 559 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Nate Ilaoa, 18-97. Receiving: Jason Rivers, 15-308, 2 TD


8. Chick-fil-A Bowl
Georgia 31 ... Virginia Tech 24
In a tale of two halves, Virginia Tech appeared on its way to a blowout win after getting out to a 21-3 halftime lead with three second quarter touchdowns on two one-yard runs from Branden Ore and a 53-yard scoring pass from receiver Eddie Royal to Sam Wheeler. The nation's number one defense appeared ready to put the clamps down, but after Georgia's Brandon Coutu hit a 51-yard field goal late in the third quarter, the Dawgs successfully came up with an onside kick that changed the tone of the game. The offense, which had struggled against the swarming Hokie D, suddenly got hot going 52 yards in six plays closing with a six-yard pass to Martrez Milner. Georgia went on a 28-point run tying the game on a two-point conversion throw to Milner after a three-yard Kregg Lumpkin run, and put the game away on a fourth-and-goal one-yard score from Brannon Southerland to capitalize on one of Tech's four turnovers. Virginia Tech got close with a 28-yard Brandon Pace field goal, but couldn't get close starting its final drive too deep in its own territory. Each team only managed nine first downs and combined for 389 yards.
Player of the game ... Georgia QB Matthew Stafford completed nine of 21 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown with an interception
Stat Leaders: Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 9-21, 129 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kregg Lumpkin, 12-39, 1 TD  Receiving: Martrez Milner, 3-49, 1 TD
Virginia Tech - Passing: Sean Glennon, 13-26, 94 yds, 3 INT
Rushing:
Branden Ore, 20-42, 2 TD  Receiving: Eddie Royal, 4-45


7. Independence Bowl
Oklahoma State 34 ... Alabama 31
Oklahoma State's Jason Ricks nailed a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds to play to break a 31-31 tie and prevent a fourth quarter collapse. Down 31-17 with under 11 minutes to play after OSU scored on a ten-yard Adarius Bowman touchdown, Alabama's Javier Arenas took a punt 86 yards for a touchdown. The Tide scored again after recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and using a little trickery with tackle Andre Smith catching for a two-yard touchdown pass. Despite how close the game became, the Cowboys never trailed helped by two second quarter Keith Toston touchdown runs and a one-yard Dantrell Savage dash to open up the scoring. Alabama was outgained 419 yards to 276.
Player of the game ... Oklahoma State RB Dantrell Savage ran 19 times for 112 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 41 yards
Stat Leaders: Oklahoma - Passing: Paul Thompson, 7-11, 77 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Allen Patrick, 23-163, 1 TD  Receiving: Manuel Johnson, 2-19
Oklahoma State - Passing: Bobby Reid, 15-29, 212 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT 
Rushing:
Dantrell Savage, 19-112, 1 TD  Receiving: Brandon Pettigrew, 4-65


6. Gator Bowl
West Virginia 38 ... Georgia Tech 35
Down 28-10 in the first half, West Virginia roared back with a mix of offense, brilliant play from Pat White, and a defense that stuffed Georgia Tech for the final 28 minutes. The game was all about the combination of Taylor Bennett, who took over for a suspended Reggie Ball, and Calvin Johnson with the two hooking up for touchdown passes of 31 and 48 yards. James Johnson caught a 27-yard pass to give the Yellow Jackets their big lead. And then White took over, especially in the fourth quarter, with a 57-yard touchdown pass to Tito Gonzalez, a 14-yard pass to Brandon Myles, and after a stroke of bad luck with a fumble recovered after a punt his a Georgia Tech player's leg, a 15-yard run for what would turn out to be the game-winner. Georgia Tech had one last shot, but Travis Bell missed a 54-yard field goal attempt. West Virginia star Steve Slaton was dinged up early with a leg bruise, but Owen Schmitt took over the rushing load with 109 yards and two touchdown runs.
Player of the game ... West Virginia QB Pat White completed nine of 15 passes for 131 yards and two touchdown and ran 22 times for 145 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: West Virginia - Passing: Pat White, 9-15, 131 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Pat White, 22-145, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Myles, 6-54, 1 TD
Georgia Tech - Passing: Taylor Bennett, 19-29, 326 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Tashard Choice, 27-169, 2 TD. Receiving: Calvin Johnson, 9-186, 2 TD


5. Meineke Car Care Bowl
Boston College 25 ... Navy 24
With the game seemingly in hand, Navy tried to run out the clock, but lost a Reggie Campbell fumble on an option pitch to give Boston College new life. The Eagles went 20 yards to get into field goal range, and Steve Aponavicius came through hitting a 37-yard shot as time ran out to redeem himself after missing an extra point on the first score of the game. The Eagles started off the scoring with a two-yard Matt Ryan touchdown run, but had to chase the missed conversion missing on a two-point conversion midway through the fourth quarter that would've tied the score after a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Purvis. Navy's running game worked well, but threw to get two of its touchdowns with Tyree Barnes making a 31-yard grab in the first quarter and Jason Tomlinson making a 24-yard grab in the second. The Midshipmen ran for 322 yards including a five-yard Zerbin Singleton touchdown run in the second quarter. BC was held to just 73 rushing yards.
Player of the game ... Boston College QB Matt Ryan completed 20 of 29 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions and ran for a score
Stat Leaders: Navy - Passing: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, 4-6, 77 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Shun White, 7-116  Receiving: Jason Tomlinson, 2-36, 1 TD
Boston College - Passing: Matt Ryan, 20-29, 242 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Andre Callender, 19-66  Receiving: Tony Gonzalez, 4-50


4. Liberty Bowl
South Carolina 44 ... Houston 36

The two teams combined for 1,039 yards of total offense and 715 yards of passing as South Carolina scored 17 straight points with two fourth quarter 43-yard touchdown catches from Kenny McKinley to finally pull away. Houston got a late touchdown and two point conversion, and had the ball with one final drive after the Gamecocks were stuffed on a fourth down conversion, but came up just short on a fourth down pass. The opening thirty minutes were wild from start to finish with Houston's Vincent Marshall catching a 32-yard touchdown pass in the opening two minutes, and took a crossing pass 77 yards for a score with 11 seconds to play. In between, South Carolina got two of Blake Mitchell's four touchdown passes and two short scoring runs from Cory Boyd, while the Cougars got a four-yard touchdown catch from Mark Hafner and a 42-yard up-the-gut touchdown run from Jackie Battle.
Player of the game ... South Carolina QB Blake Mitchell completed 19 of 29 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. He also ran for 22 yards.
Stat Leaders: Houston - Passing: Kevin Kolb, 26-39, 386 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jackie Battle, 11-85, 2 TD  Receiving: Vincent Marshall, 9-201, 2 TD
South Carolina - Passing: Blake Mitchell, 19-29, 323 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Cory Boyd, 18-94, 2 TD. Receiving: Sidney Rice, 8-139, 1 TD

3. Sun Bowl
Oregon State 39 ... Missouri 38

Down by 14 late in the game, Oregon State got a seven-yard touchdown catch from Yvenson Bernard with just over six minutes to play, and with one more shot, went 54 yards in one minute scoring on a 14-yard pass to Joe Newton with just 23 seconds left. Instead of kicking the extra point and going into overtime, OSU head coach Mike Riley chose to go for two and the win. Bernard took the handoff and powered his way to the score just barely getting over the line. The collapse ruined a fantastic day from the Missouri offense as Tony Temple tore off 194 yards and touchdown runs from seven and 65 yards and Chase Daniel threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns highlighted by a 74-yard plays to Danario Alexander. Tiger tight end Chase Coffman caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and threw for a 29-yard score to Tommy Saunders.
Player of the game ... Oregon State QB Matt Moore completed 31 of 54 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. He also ran for a one-yard score.
Stat Leaders: Oregon State - Passing: Matt Moore, 31-54, 356 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Yvenson Bernard, 23-97  Receiving: Sammie Stroughter, 8-87, 1 TD
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 16-29, 330 yds, 2 TD
Rushing:
Tony Temple, 20-194, 2 TD. Receiving: Martin Rucker, 6-67


Classic all-timers

2. Insight Bowl
Texas Tech 44 ... Minnesota 41 OT
Texas Tech staged the greatest comeback in bowl history with a 52-yard Alex Trlica field goal with no time left on the clock to send the game into overtime, and then won it on a three-yard Shannon Woods run after Minnesota could only manage a 32-yard Joel Monroe field goal. The Gophers were spectacular in the first half getting up 28-0 helped by two Bryan Cupito touchdown passes and short scoring runs from Justin Valentine and Amir Pinnix, and scored the first points of the second half on a 20-yard Monroe field goal for a 38-7 lead. In a breathtaking display, Texas Tech scored on touchdown drives of 76, 61, 63 and 56 highlighted by a perfectly thrown 43-yard scoring pass to Joel Filani to get it all started, but a good Minnesota punt and a Texas Tech false start penalty appeared to end the comeback as the Red Raiders had the ball on its own seven with :50 to play and no time outs. Using sideline patterns and helped by two measurements, Graham Harrell got the ball in position for Trlica to hit his career long field goal. Tech's didn't have a scoring drive in the second half longer than 2:55.
Player of the game ... Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell completed 36 of 55 passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns with an interception and ran for a score.
Stat Leaders: Minnesota - Passing: Bryan Cupito, 19-31, 263 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Amir Pinnix, 34-179, 1 TD  Receiving: Jack Simmons, 7-134, 1 TD
Texas Tech - Passing: Graham Harrell, 36-55, 445 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Shannon Woods, 19-109, 3 TD  Receiving: Joel Filani, 11-162, 1 TD


1. Fiesta Bowl
Boise State 43 ... Oklahoma 42 OT
In one of the wildest, most exciting finishes in college football history, Boise State ran a trick play in overtime with backup wide receiver Vinny Parretta connecting with Derek Schouman for a five-yard score on fourth down, and then won it on a Statue of Liberty play with Ian Johnson taking the ball from Jared Zabransky for the two-point conversion. Oklahoma had to fight back to tie the game getting a five-yard Quentin Chaney touchdown catch with 1:26 to play. After penalties forced a third two-point conversion try, Paul Thompson found Juaquin Iglesias for the tie. On the next play from scrimmage, Zabransky was picked off by Marcus Walker for a 33-yard interception return for a score. With under a minute to go, Boise State went 78 yards in five plays converting on 4th and 18 for a 35-yard score on a hook-and-lateral with Drisan James catching the ball and pitching it to Jerard Rabb, who took it for the score with seven seconds in regulation. Boise State dominated the first 57 minutes thanks to four OU turnovers with a 27-yard Marty Tadman interception for a score and two first half touchdown grabs from James. OU fought back with 18 straight points including an eight-yard Adrian Peterson touchdown run. Peterson scores in overtime on OU's first play on 25-yard run.
Player of the game ... Boise State QB Jared Zabransky completed 19 of 29 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns with an interception
Stat Leaders: Oklahoma - Passing: Paul Thompson, 19-32, 233 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Adrian Peterson, 20-77, 2 TD  Receiving: Juaquin Iglesias, 6-120
Boise State - Passing: Jared Zabransky, 19-29, 262 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Ian Johnson, 23-101, 1 TD  Receiving: Derek Schouman, 8-72, 1 TD