2007 Champs Sports Bowl History & More
Boston College OT Gosder Cherlius
Boston College OT Gosder Cherlius
Posted Dec 20, 2007

Champs Sports Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

Michigan State (7-5) vs. Boston College (10-3)

Dec. 28th, 5:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

Champs Sports Bowl
2006 Maryland 24, Purdue 7
2005 Clemson 19, Colorado 10
2004 Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14
2003 NC State 56, Kansas 26
2002 Texas Tech 55, Clemson 15
2001 Pittsburgh 34, NC State 19
2000 NC State 38, Minnesota 30
1999 Illinois 63, Virginia 21
1998 Miami 46, NC State 23
1997 Georgia Tech 35, Virginia 30
1996 Miami 31, Virginia 21
1995 South Carolina 24, West Virginia 21
1994 Boston College 31, Virginia 13
1993 Stanford 24, Penn State 3
1991 Alabama 30, Colorado 25
1990 Florida State 24, Penn State 17

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Eagle Bowl Moment:
The 1984 season will forever be remembered fondly by Eagle fans.  It was the year of Flutie, the Heisman and the miracle in Miami.  It was also the scene of Boston College’s first bowl win in 44 years, a 45-28 thumping of Houston in the 1985 Cotton Bowl.  Flutie threw three touchdown passes, but the real hero was running back Troy Stradford, who ran for 196 yards and was named the game’s MVP.

Best Spartan Bowl Moment: While rival Michigan has a timeshare in Pasadena, it’s been a long time since Michigan State has played a meaningful game in January.  The Spartans are 3-1 in the Rose Bowl, including a couple of wins over UCLA in the 1950s.  In the 1954 game, No. 3 Michigan State rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit to pull out the win, getting a touchdown run and a back-breaking punt return for a score from RB Billy Wells. 

Boston College's best win ... Boston College 14 ... Virginia Tech 10
Shut down cold for roughly 55 minutes, Boston College and QB Matt Ryan woke up to pull off the improbable comeback thanks to a 24-yard touchdown pass to Andre Callender with 11 seconds to play. Down 10-0 and the ball on his own eight, Ryan took the Eagles 92 yards in just over two minutes, finishing up with a 16-yard scoring pass to Rich Gunnell. With 2:11 to play, BC went for the onside kick and got it as the ball bounced off a Hokie before the Eagles recovered. Ryan went 66 yards in seven plays for the game-winning score. Virginia Tech got a 44-yard Jud Dunleavy field goal and an eight-yard Eddie Royal touchdown catch for the lead, but only finished with 265 yards of total offense, while BC finished with 32 rushing yards.
Player of the game: Boston College QB Matt Ryan completed 25 of 52 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Boston College - Passing: Matt Ryan, 25-52, 285 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Andre Callender, 7-29. Receiving: Brandon Robinson, 5-86
Virginia Tech - Passing: Sean Glennon, 15-25, 149 yds, 1 TD
Branden Ore, 21-101. Receiving: Eddie Royal, 4-77, 1 TD

Boston College's worst loss ... Maryland 42 ... Boston College 35
Maryland put up 472 yards to Boston College's 466, getting a 37-yard Darrius Heyward-Bey touchdown run off a reverse along with three Chris Turner touchdown passes, including two to Jason Goode, on the way to a 42-21 lead. BC and Matt Ryan tried to bomb their way back late, with Ryan connecting with Ryan Purvis for touchdowns from five and 13 yards out, but the Terps recovered the onside kick after the final score and held on. The two teams combined to convert 20 of 32 third down chances.

Player of the game: Maryland QB Chris Turner completed 21 of 27 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Boston College - Passing: Matt Ryan, 33-56, 421 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Andre Callender, 12-56. Receiving: Ryan Purvis, 10-102, 2 TD
Maryland - Passing: Chris Turner, 21-27, 337 yds, 3 TD
Lance Ball, 32-109, 1 TD. Receiving: Jason Goode, 6-56, 2 TD

Michigan State's best win ...
Michigan State 35 ... Penn State 31
Down 24-7 at halftime, Michigan State rallied with 28 second half points on three of Brian Hoyer's four touchdown passes, and a one-yard Jehuu Caulcrick scoring run. Devin Thomas scored from 12, 33 and 26 yards out for the Spartans with two coming in the second half rally. Penn State started out hot, and kept pace for a while, with Deon Butler scoring from 37 yards out, Rodney Kinlaw getting two four-yard touchdown runs, and even getting a five-yard touchdown run from PK Kevin Kelly on a direct snap. The Nittany Lions had the ball with one final shot at pulling it out, but the drive stalled and MSU pulled out the stunner.
Player of the game: Michigan State WR Devin Thomas caught seven passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Penn State - Passing: Anthony Morelli, 16-35, 188 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Rodney Kinlaw, 28-125, 2 TD. Receiving: Rodney Kinlaw, 4-22
Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 16-21, 257 yds, 4 TD
Jehuu Caulcrick, 22-99, 1 TD. Receiving: Devin Thomas, 7-139, 3 TD

Michigan State's worst loss ...
Northwestern 48 ... Michigan State 41 OT
Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher threw five touchdown passes including a 12-yarder to Omar Conteh in overtime. Michigan State misfired on four passes, and the Wildcats pulled off the big road win. The two teams traded shots all game long, with neither getting up by more than a score in the see-saw battle. Northwestern rolled up 611 yards, with Conteh scoring three times, with touchdown runs of 11 and nine yards in the first quarter, and then it was all Bacher, hitting five different receivers for scores, including a 78-yarder to Jeff Yarbrough and a 70-yarder to Eric Peterman. Until overtime, MSU always had an answer, with Javon Ringer ripped off three touchdowns with dashes from four, 47 and 80 yards.
Player of the game: Northwestern QB C.J. Bacher completed 38-of-48 passes for 520 yards and five touchdown passes, and rushed five times for five yards.
Stat Leaders: Northwestern - Passing: C.J. Bacher, 38-48, 520 yds, 5 TDs
Rushing: Omar Conteh, 19-70, 2 TDs. Receiving: Eric Peterman, 9-141, 1 TD
Michigan State - Passing: Brian Hoyer, 17-31, 194 yds, 1 TD
Javon Ringer, 12-185, 3 TDs. Receiving: Javon Ringer, 6-54

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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

Michigan State Bowl History (7-10)
2003 Alamo Nebraska 17, Michigan State 3
2001 Silicon Valley Classic Michigan State 44, Fresno State 35
1999 Citrus Michigan State 37, Florida 34
1997 Aloha Washington 51, Michigan State 23
1996 Sun Stanford 38, Michigan State 0
1995 Independence LSU 45, Michigan State 26
1993 Liberty Louisville 18, Michigan State 7
1990 John Hancock Michigan State 17, USC 16
1989 Aloha Michigan State 33, Hawaii 13
1988 Gator Georgia 34, Michigan State 27
1987 Rose Michigan State 20, USC 17
1985 Hall of Fame Classic Georgia Tech 17, Michigan State 14
1984 Cherry Army 10, Michigan State 6
1965 Rose UCLA 14, Michigan State 12
1955 Rose Michigan State 17, UCLA 14
1953 Rose Michigan State 28, UCLA 20
1937 Orange Auburn 6, Michigan State 0
Boston College Bowl History (12-6)
2006 Meineke Boston College 37, Navy 24
2005 MPC Computers Boston College 27, Boise State 21
2004 Continental Tire Boston College 37, North Carolina 24
2003 San Francisco Boston College 35, Colorado State 21
2002 Motor City Boston College 51, Toledo 25
2001 Music City Boston College 20, Georgia 16
2000 Aloha Boston College 31, Arizona State 17
1999 Insight.com Colorado 62, Boston College 28
1994 Aloha Boston College 12, Kansas State 7
1993 Carquest Boston College 31, Virginia 13
1992 Hall of Fame Tennessee 38, Boston College 23
1986 Hall of Fame Boston College 27, Georgia 24
1984 Cotton Boston College 45, Houston 28
1983 Liberty Notre Dame 19, Boston College 18
1982 Tangerine Auburn 33, Boston College 26
1942 Orange Alabama 37, Boston College 21
1940 Sugar Boston College 19, Tennessee 13
1939 Cotton Clemson 6, Boston College 3

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