2008 GMAC Bowl History & More

Posted Dec 27, 2007

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

Bowling Green (8-4) vs. Tulsa (9-4)

Jan. 6, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

GMAC Bowl History
2007 Southern Miss 28, Ohio 7
2005 Toledo 45, UTEP 13
2004 Bowling Green 52, Memphis 35
2003 Miami-Ohio 49, Louisville 28
2002 Marshall 38, Louisville 15
2001 Marshall 64, East Carolina 61
2000 Southern Miss 28, TCU 21
1999 TCU 28, East Carolina 14

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Falcon Bowl Moment: Bowling Green returns to the postseason riding a four-game winning streak that dates back to 1991.  In the inaugural 1992 Las Vegas Bowl, the Falcons withstood a furious second-half rally from Nevada, pulling the game out 35-34 on a fourth down touchdown pass from Erik White to Dave Hankins with 22 seconds left.

Best Golden Hurricane Bowl Moment: Tulsa’s most impressive postseason win came more than half a century ago, when the Hurricane swooped into Miami, and used seven turnovers to upset Georgia Tech in the 1945 Orange Bowl.  This generation, however, will have none of it.  It points to the dramatic come-from-behind win over Fresno State in the 2005 Liberty Bowl that capped a turnaround, nine-win season.

Bowling Green's best win ... Bowling Green 37 ... Toledo 10
Bowling Green took advantage of four turnovers and controlled the game throughout starting with a safety off a stuffed run followed up by an 11-yard Freddie Barnes touchdown catch. A four-yard Jeremiah Kelley touchdown grab late in the second quarter would give the Falcons all the points they'd need, and a 52-yard Kelley score put them comfortably ahead. Anthony Turner closed out a 21-point Falcon run with a  20-yard dash late in the fourth. Toledo's Nick Moore caught 11 passes for 141 yards with a 37-yard touchdown catch on the first drive of the second half.
Player of the game: Bowling Green QB Tyler Sheehan completed 20 of 34 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns, and ran ten times for 43 yards.
Stat Leaders: Bowling Green - Passing: Tyler Sheehan, 20-34, 225 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Anthony Turner, 19-96, 1 TD. Receiving: Freddie Barnes, 5-66, 1 TD
Toledo - Passing: Clint Cochran, 15-29, 202 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Jalen Parmele, 19-82 TD. Receiving: Nick Moore, 11-141, 1 TD

Bowling Green's worst performance ... Ohio 38 ... Bowling Green 27
Kalvin McRae ran for 200 yards and scored from three, one and nine yards out in the first half for a 21-10 lead, but Bowling Green came back with a 12-yard Anthony Turner touchdown run to pull within one. And then the Bobcat defense took over with a 58-yard Kris Luchsinger interception return for a score. Dan Macon took a pass 43 yards to a touchdown to pull the Falcons within eight, but a turnover led to a 27-yard Bobcat field goal in the final minute to finally end the threat.
Player of the game: Ohio RB Kalvin McRae ran 42 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 17 yards
Stat Leaders: Ohio - Passing: Theo Scott, 12-17, 166 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kalvin McRae, 42-200, 3 TD. Receiving: Kalvin McRae, 3-17
Bowling Green - Passing: Tyler Sheehan, 19-41, 249 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Willie Geter, 14-90. Receiving: Freddie Barnes, 8-89. 1 TD

Tulsa's best win ...
Tulsa 55 ... BYU 47
In a wild shootout with the two teams combining for 1,027 passing yards, it was two false start penalties to ruin a final BYU chance, and Tulsa's defense snuffing out long drives with four takeaways. Paul Smith threw five touchdown passes with three to Charles Clay, but BYU always had an answer in the see-saw game. Max Hall threw for 547 yards and four touchdowns, and Manase Tonga ran for two touchdowns. Tulsa's defense got in the big play act with a 49-yard interception return for a score from Ray Roberts, but this was all about the haymakers. In one tremendous second quarter sequence, Hall his Austin Collie for a 45-yard touchdown, and Smith answered ten second later by connecting with Brennan Marion for a 75-yard touchdown pass. BYU responded in four plays with a 13-yard Dennis Pitta scoring grab, and the scoring went on and one, with the two teams combining for 44 points in the quarter. In all the two teams cranked out 1,289 yards of total offense and 59 first downs.
Player of the game: Tulsa QB Paul Smith completed 21 of 35 passes for 454 yards and five touchdowns
Stat Leaders: BYU - Passing: Max Hall, 35-57, 537 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Harvey Unga, 21-100, 1 TD. Receiving: Michael Reed, 8-132, 1 TD
Tulsa - Passing: Paul Smith, 21-35, 454 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Tarrion Adams, 18-79, 1 TD. Receiving: Trae Johnson, 5-95, 1 TD

Tulsa's worst performance ...
UTEP 48 ... Tulsa 47
In a wild games with 1,218 yards of total offense, UTEP came through with a 14-yard Joe West touchdown catch with 58 seconds to play to tie it, and then Jose Martinez hit the extra point to take the lead. It wasn't over. Tulsa got a big kickoff return from Trae Johnson, who later caught a 14-yard pass on fourth and one, to set up a 53-yard field goal attempt, but Jarod Tracy missed wide left to give UTEP the win. Marcus Thomas ran for three touchdowns for the Miners, scoring from three, 11 and 38 yards out, while Tulsa got a huge day from Paul Smith, who threw two touchdown passes to Johnson, and ran for two more.
Player of the game: UTEP RB Marcus Thomas ran 27 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Tulsa - Passing: Paul Smith, 26-43, 383 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Charles Clay, 11-112, 1 TD. Receiving: Trae Johnson, 8-127, 2 TD
UTEP - Passing: Trevor Vittatoe, 21-27, 319 yds, 3 TD
Marcus Thomas, 27-134, 3 TD. Receiving:
Jeff Moturi, 7-174, 2 TD

2007 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
Tory Harrison, 9-68, 1 TD  Receiving: Josh Barnes, 4-59

Bowling Green Bowl History (4-3)
2004 GMAC BGSU 52, Memphis 35
2003 Motor City BGSU 28, NWestern 24
1992 Las Vegas BGSU 35, Nevada 34
1991 Cal. Raisin BGSU 28, Fresno St 21
1985 California Fresno State 51, BGSU 7
1982 California Fresno St 29, BGSU 28
1961 Mercy Fresno State 36, BGSU 6
Tulsa Bowl History (4-8)
1994 Humanitarian Georgia Tech 51, Tulsa 10
1991 Freedom Tulsa 28, San Diego State 17
1989 Independence Oregon 27, Tulsa 24
1975 Independence McNeese State 20, Tulsa 16
1965 Bluebonnet Tennessee 27, Tulsa 6
1964 Bluebonnet Tulsa 14, Mississippi 7
1952 Gator Florida 14, Tulsa 13
1945 Oil Georgia 20, Tulsa 6
1944 Orange Tulsa 26, Georgia Tech 12
1943 Sugar Georgia Tech 20, Tulsa 18
1942 Sugar Tennessee 14, Tulsa 7
1941 Sun Tulsa 6, Texas Tech 0