2008 International Bowl History & More
Ball State QB Nate Davis
Ball State QB Nate Davis
Posted Dec 27, 2007

2008 International Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

Ball State (7-5) vs. Rutgers (7-5)

Jan. 5th, Noon p.m. ET, ESPN2


International Bowl History
2007 Cincinnati 27, Western Mich 24

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Scarlet Knight Bowl Moment: The Scarlet Knights knocked on the bowl door in 2005 before kicking it down a year later, picking up a school-first bowl victory in the inaugural Texas Bowl.  Rutgers used big plays from RB Ray Rice and WR Tim Brown to jump on Kansas State early, pulling away in the second half for an easy 37-10 win. 

Best Cardinal Bowl Moment: Although the Cardinals have taken part in three bowl games throughout their history, they’re still searching for their first postseason win.  Ball State’s best effort came in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, a 42-33 loss to Utah State that closed out a successful 8-3-1 campaign in Muncie.

Ball State's best win ... Ball State 34 ... Navy 31 OT
After two big Navy mistakes, Jake Hogue nailed a 24-yard field goal attempt to give Ball State the thrilling win. Brandon Crawford, a 31-year-old Marine, blocked a 32-yard Navy field goal attempt to force the game into overtime, and on Navy's possession, Jarod Bryant lost a fumble on its first play. The two teams traded scores all game long, with Nate Davis throwing three touchdown passes and running for a fourth, while Navy's running game went wild. Helped by an 80-yard touchdown dash from
Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, who also added a one-yard scoring run, and a 71-yard run from Eric Kettani, Navy tore off 537 rushing yards. Ball State's MiQuale Lewis ran for 161 yards and helped tie the game with a 12-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth.
Player of the game: Ball State QB Nate Davis completed 19 of 33 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and ran three times for 22 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Ball State - Passing: Nate Davis, 19-33, 277 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: MiQuale Lewis, 27-161. Receiving: Dante Love, 6-91, 1 TD
Navy - Passing: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, 3-7, 51 yds
Eric Kettani, 9-126, 2 TD. Receiving: Shun White, 2-45

Ball State's worst loss ... Central Michigan 58 ... Ball State 38
Dan LeFevour accounted for 506 yards of total offense as CMU ripped apart Ball State for 658 yards in a breathtaking performance.
The Chippewas got up 14-0 on touchdown runs from Justin Hoskins and Antonio Brown, but Ball State answered with a 100-yard Dante Love kickoff return for a score. And then LeFevour went to work, throwing two second quarter touchdown passes, and then connected with Bryan Anderson on scoring strikes from 39 and 24 yards out to break the game open early in the third. Ball State stayed alive with a one-yard Koreen Burch touchdown run, and a 22-yard Darius Hill scoring grab, but CMU pulled away with ease on a 15-play, 80-yard drive finishing up with a one-yard LeFevour scoring run.
Player of the game: Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour went 30-of-38 for 360 yards, five touchdowns and an interception, rushing for 146 yards and a score on 16 carries.
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 30-38, 360 yds, 5 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 16-146, 1 TD. Receiving: Bryan Anderson, 10-154, 2 TDs
Ball State - Passing: Nate Davis, 16-35, 204 yds, 1 TD
Koreen Burch, 17-67, 1 TD. Receiving: Darius Hill, 4-63, 1 TD

Rutgers' best win ...
Rutgers 30 ... South Florida 27

Rutgers got 181 yards from Ray Rice, two touchdown catches from Tiquan Underwood, including a catch-and-run from 69 yards out, and a fake field goal for a perfectly placed pass from Andrew DePaola to Kevin Brock from 15 yards out to get ahead, but it was a 51-yard Jeremy Ito field goal, and an aggressive defensive stand that sealed it. Rutgers fought back in the fourth quarter with a 70-yard drive culminating in a one-yard Mike Ford touchdown run, and down three, got great field position for a chance to score late, but a sack, and later an offensive pass interference call on a 32-yard pass on fourth and 22 set up a game-sealing interception for the Scarlet Knights. Matt Grothe ran for a one-yard score and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jessie Hester for the Bulls.
Player of the game: Rutgers RB Ray Rice ran 39 times for 181 yards
Stat Leaders: South Florida - Passing: Matt Grothe, 17-34, 247 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Matt Grothe, 18-58, 1 TD. Receiving: Marcus Edwards, 4-50
Rutgers - Passing: Mike Teel, 11-29, 179 yds, 2 TD
Ray Rice, 39-181. Receiving:
Tiquan Underwood, 5-114, 2 TD

Rutgers' worst loss ...
Connecticut 38 ... Rutgers 19

Connecticut jumped out to an early 18-3 lead helped by two Tyler Lorenzen touchdown passes and a bad snap for a safety, and then let Donald Brown and the running game take over. The Huskies ran for 256 yards to overcome 343 passing yards from Scarlet Knight QB Mike Teel, while the defense did a good job of not breaking too often, only allowing a four-yard Ray Rice touchdown run and four Jeremy Ito field goals. After the second, Tyvon Branch put the game away with a 97-yard kickoff return for a score. Tony Ciaravino added field goals from 43, 30 and 26 for the Huskies.
Player of the game: Connecticut RB Donald Brown ran 24 times for 154 yards and a touchdown, and caught a pass for four yards.
Stat Leaders: Rutgers - Passing: Mike Teel, 32-52, 343 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Ray Rice, 21-116, 1 TD. Receiving: Kenny Britt, 8-122
Connecticut - Passing: Tyler Lorenzen, 10-21, 140 yds, 2 TD
Donald Brown, 24-154, 1 TD. Receiving: Steve Brouse, 4-55, 1 TD

2007 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
Butler Benton, 10-62  Receiving: Dominick Goodman, 7-109, 2 TD

Rutgers Bowl History (1-2)
2006 Texas Rutgers 37, Kansas St 10
2005 Insight Arizona St 45, Rutgers 40
1978 Garden State Arizona St 34, Rutgers 18
Ball State Bowl History (0-3)
1996 Las Vegas Nevada 18, Ball St 15
1993 Las Vegas Utah St 42, Ball St 33
1989 California Fresno St 27, Ball St 6