All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls
All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls
The Good Ones
It's been 16 years since the Big Ten and the then-Pac 10 relented and
joined the bizarre exercise known as the BCS to form the system we have
to deal with now. Over the last decade-plus have been some of the
greatest games in the history of college football, to go along with a
slew of major clunkers. Now that the 2013 BCS season is over,
here's the CFN ranking of all 68 BCS bowl games from 1999 to 2013 with
the ones that weren't good
games, but they weren't total disasters.
64. 2010 Sugar Bowl
No. 5 Florida 51 … No. 3 Cincinnati 24
Tim Tebow set the record for the most total yards, 533, by any player in a BCS game as the Gators made this a laugher early. Tebow connected with Aaron Hernandez on a seven-yard score to spark a 23-point run to start the game, and nine seconds after Cincinnati finally got on the board with a 47-yard Jake Rogers field goal, Riley Cooper took a pass 80 yards for a score. The Gators were up 37-3 before the Bearcats got in the end zone late in the third on a two-yard Marcus Waugh catch, but the Gators answered in just over two minutes later on a four-yard Tebow run. Florida outgained the Bearcats 660 –yards to 246.
Player of the Game: Florida QB Tim Tebow completed 31-of-35 passes for 482 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran 14 times for 51 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Cincinnati: Passing: Tony Pike, 27-45, 170 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Isaiah Pead, 7-48, Receiving: Mardy Gilyard, 7-41
Florida: Passing: Tim Tebow, 31-35, 482 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Mike Gillislee, 5-79, Receiving: Aaron Hernandez, 9-111, 1 TD
63. 1999 Orange Bowl
No. 8 Florida 31 … No. 15 Syracuse 10
Doug Johnson connected with Travis Taylor on touchdown passes from 51 and 26 yards out in the first quarter and the rout was on. Johnson suffered a broken leg, but the Gator offense kept on rolling with Jesse Palmer throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to Erron Kinney and running for a score. Syracuse only managed a 36-yard field goal in the first three quarters, but down 31-3, it finally got into the end zone on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Maurice Jackson with just over three minutes left. Florida outgained SU 441 to 321 and forced four turnovers.
Player of the Game: Florida WR Travis Taylor caught seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders Syracuse - Passing: Donovan McNabb, 14-30, 192 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Donovan McNabb, 20-72. Receiving: Kevin Johnson, 4-49
Florida - Passing: Doug Johnson, 12-17, 195 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Terry Jackson, 21-108. Receiving: Travis Taylor, 7-159, 2 TD
62. 2008 Rose Bowl
No. 7 USC 49 ... No. 13 Illinois 17
USC got up 21-0 in the first half on two Chauncey Washington scores and a 34-yard touchdown catch by Desmond Reed off a gadget play from Garrett Green, but Illinois made it interesting for a few moments. On the first drive of the third quarter, Rashard Mendenhall tore off a 79-yard touchdown run to pull the Illini within ten. And then came the game's drama as Mendenhall took a pass 55 yards into scoring range, but soon after Jacob Willis lost a fumble in the end zone, and after a mad battle, USC LB Brian Cushing recovered and things were never the same. On USC's ensuing drive, John David Booty threw a lateral to Joe McKnight, who took it off the turn and ran 65 yards leading to a Fred David two-yard touchdown catch to open up the floodgates. The Trojans scored 28 straight points on two Booty scoring passes, a six-yard McKnight run, and a three-yard Hershel Dennis scoring run. Illinois had one last interesting moment with a 56-yard touchdown catch from Arrelious Benn, but it was far too little, far too late.
Player of the Game: USC RB Joe McKnight ran ten times for 125 yards and a touchdown, caught six passes for 45 yards, and returned three punts for 36 yards.
Stat Leaders Illinois - Passing: Isiah Williams, 21-35, 245 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Rashard Mendenhall, 17-155, 1 TD. Receiving: Arrelious Benn, 5-80, 1 TD
USC - Passing: John David Booty, 25-37, 255 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Joe McKnight, 10-127, 1 TD. Receiving: Fred Davis, 7-87, 1 TD
61. 2011 Orange Bowl
Stanford 40 … Virginia Tech 12
Stanford broke open a tight after halftime with 27 unanswered points including a two play, 97-yard drive capped off by a 41-yard Coby Fleener touchdown catch. Fleener scored the final three touchdowns of the day with plays from 58 and 38 yards out to help make it rout, while the Cardinal defense took care of the rest eight sacks including three from Shayne Skov, who also led all defenders with 12 tackles. Stanford scored first on a 60-yard Jeremy Stewart dash, but the Hokies were able to take the lead in with a safety and an 11-yard David Wilson touchdown catch. Stanford responded with the first of four Andrew Luck touchdown passes, a 25-yard play to Zach Ertz, but the Hokies cut the lead to one on a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half. And that was it as the Cardinal owned the second half.
Player of the Game: Stanford LB Shayne Skov made 12 tackles with three sacks and four tackles for loss with a broken up pass.
Stat Leaders: Virginia Tech – Passing: Tyrod Taylor, 16-31, 222 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Darren Evans, 12-37
Receiving: Danny Coale, 7-92
Stanford – Passing: Andrew Luck, 18-23, 287 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Stepfan Taylor, 13-114
Receiving: Coby Fleener, 6-173, 3 TD
Bowl Notes: Stanford struggled with extra points with Nate Whitaker getting one blocked and yanking another one wide … Virginia Tech came into the game 20th in the nation in sacks, but only came up with one. Stanford registered eight. … Total yards: Stanford 534 – VT 288 … Average yards per carry: Stanford 8 – VT 1.9 … Tackles for loss: Stanford 11 – VT 3 … Average yards per pass attempt: Stanford 12.5 – VT 6.7.
60. 2011 Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma 48 … Connecticut 20
Oklahoma got up early with a 14-0 first quarter lead on an eight-yard James Hanna catch and a three-yard DeMarco Murray run, but UConn made it interesting with a 46-yard pick six from Dwayne Gratz. The Husky offense wouldn’t get into the end zone, getting two Dave Teggart field goals and a 95-yard kickoff return for a score from Robbie Frey, but OU had built up a comfortable lead with Cameron Kenney taking a Landry Jones pass 59 yards for a score and Jamell Fleming following it up just over a minute later with a 55-yard pick six and a 34-10 third quarter lead. Up 14 going into the fourth, OU pulled away with a brilliant five-yard Landry Jones touchdown grab and a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown from Tony Jefferson.
Player of the Game: Oklahoma QB Landry Jones completed 34-of-49 passes for a Sooner bowl record 429 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Connecticut – Passing: Zach Frazer, 19-39, 223 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Jordan Todman, 32-121
Receiving: Kashif Moore, 4-62
Oklahoma – Passing: Landry Jones, 34-49, 429 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: DeMarco Murray, 25-93, 1 TD
Receiving: Ryan Broyles, 13-170, 1 TD
Bowl Notes: Total offense: Oklahoma 524 yards – UConn 335 yards … The roof was closed in University of Phoenix Stadium. … The Connecticut offense hadn’t scored a touchdown in its final two games. … Average yards per carry: OU 3.2 – UConn 2.7 … UConn LB Scott Lutrus led all defenders with 11 tackles and a tackle for loss … Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis made ten tackles with two broken up passes … Connecticut P Cole Wagner averaged 46.9 yards on seven punts putting two inside the 20. … Red zone: OU 5-of-5 – UConn 0-of-3
59. 2002 Rose Bowl - The National Championship
No. 1 Miami 37 ... No. 2 Nebraska 14
In a dominating performance worthy of some of the greatest Hurricane teams of all-time, Miami pummeled Nebraska with the passing combination of Ken Dorsey to Andre Johnson, who hooked up seven times for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson kicked off the scoring by beating Keyuo Craver for a 49-yard TD strike in the first quarter. Clinton Portis ran for a beautiful 39-yard TD run to make it 14-0, then the Canes put it away when James Lewis intercepted a tipped pass and took it 42 yards for what turned out to be the game winning points. Nebraska scored on a 16-yard TD run by Judd Davies and a 71-yard punt return in the fourth quarter by DeJuan Groce. Eric Crouch ran for 114 yards.
Player of the Game: Miami WR Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders Nebraska - Passing: Eric Crouch, 5-15, 62 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Eric Crouch, 22-114 Receiving: William Thomas, 3-36
Miami - Passing: Ken Dorsey, 22-35, 362 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Clinton Portis, 20-104, 1 TD Receiving: Andre Johnson, 7-199, 2 TD
58. 2003 Rose Bowl
No. 7 Oklahoma 34 ... No. 6 Washington State 14
Oklahoma QB Nate Hybl threw two touchdown passes as the Sooners took a 27-0 lead into the middle of the fourth quarter. When the game was still in doubt, the Sooner defense was simply suffocating not allowing a score until Jason Gesser connected with Jerome Riley on a 37-yard touchdown pass with just over six minutes to play. OU RB Quentin Griffin ran for a 20-yard touchdown, and Antonio Perkins returned a punt for a touchdown. Sammy Moore returned a kickoff 89 yards for a Washington State score.
Player of the Game: Oklahoma RB Quentin Griffin ran 30 times for 144 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders Washington State - Passing: Jason Gesser, 17-34, 239 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Jermaine Green, 8-45 Receiving: Jerome Riley, 9-139, 1 TD
Oklahoma - Passing: Nate Hybl, 19-29, 240 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Quentin Griffin, 30-144, 1 TD Receiving: Trent Smith, 5-38
57. 2013 Discover Orange Bowl
No. 12 Florida State 31, No. 15 Northern Illinois 10
It took about a half, but Florida State had no problems with the MAC champion. Lonnie Pryor kicked off the scoring late in the first half on a 60-yard scoring dash, and Rashad Greene ended the first half with a six-yard touchdown catch for a 14-3 lead. Just when it seemed like the Huskies were about to make it interesting with a long Jordan Lynch run and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore, the Noles took control of the game again in the fourth on an E.J. Manuel nine-yard touchdown run and a 37-yard Pryor scoring dash. FSU outgained the Huskies 534 yards to 259 and had the ball for over 34 minutes.
Player of the Game Florida State RB Lonnie Pryor ran five times for 134 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 17 yards.
Game Notes: Florida State: QB E.J. Manuel completed 26-of-38 passes for 291 yards and a score, and he ran six times for 26 yards and a touchdown. … … P Cason Beatty put four of his five punts inside the 20 averaging 36.8 yards per kick … DE Bjoern Werner made just two tackles.
Northern Illinois: S Jimmie Ward led both teams with 14 tackles and a broken up pass. … CB Rashaan Melvin made ten tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. … QB Jordan Lynch completed 15-of-41 passes for 176 yards and a score with a pick, ran 23 times for 44 yards and booted one punt 52 yards inside the 20. … No other Huskie carried the ball more than three times. … WR Martel Moore caught four passes for 29 yards and a score.
2012 BCS Championship
Alabama 21 … LSU 0
Yes, it was an epic defensive performance from Alabama, but LSU’s offense did its part with a miserable game. It wasn’t the LSU that was so confident and so impressive all season long, but the Tide had something to do with that. The Tigers passed midfield once, Alabama attempted seven field goals, and the utter defensive dominance from the Tide – allowing just 92 yards of LSU offense - made the nightmare come true: an awful rematch.
Player of the Game: Alabama QB AJ McCarron completed 23-of-34 passes for 234 yards
Bowl Notes: Alabama: The Tide outgained LSU 384 yards to 92. … Trent Richardson ran 20 times for 96 yards and a score. … Brad Smelley caught seven passes for 39 yards. … Jeremy Shelley had seven field goal attempts, hitting from 23, 34, 41, 35, and 44 yards out, but he missed from 41, got a 42-yarder blocked, and missed an extra point. … Courtney Upshaw made seven tackles with a sack, and Jerrell Harris made seven tackles with a tackle for loss. … Alabama was penalized just once for five yards.
LSU: LSU gained five first downs. … Jordan Jefferson completed 11-of-17 passes for 53 yards with a pick, and he ran 14 times for 15 yards. … Odell Beckham caught five passes for 38 yards. … Rueben Randle caught three passes for 13 yards. … Eric Reid made 11 tackles with a broken up pass. … Michael Brockers made seven tackles with a half a sack and a blocked kick.
2012 Orange Bowl
West Virginia 70 … Clemson 33
It might have been a train wreck, and it might have been the least-watched BCS game ever, but it was hard to pull away from. How many points would West Virginia put up after hanging 49 on the board in the first half? Could it hit 80? 90? Down 21-17 early in the second, Clemson looked like it was going in, but Darwin Cook took a fumble 99 yards for a score and the route was on. The Mountaineers converted 10-of-16 third down chances and never let up.
Player of the Game: Geno Smith completed 31-of-43 passes for 401 yards and six scores
Bowl Notes: West Virginia: Total offense: WVU 589 – Clemson 443. … Shawn Alson ran 20 times for 77 yards and two scores. … Tavon Austin caught 11 passes for 117 yards and four scores. … Eain Smith made 12 tackles.
Clemson: Average yards per rush: Clemson 7.1 – WVU 4.3 … Tajh Boyd completed 24-of-46 passes for 250 yards and two scores and two picks. … Andre Ellington ran ten times for 116 yards and a score. … DeAndre Hopkins caught ten passes for 107 yards and a score. … Sammy Watkins caught five passes for 66 yards and a score. … Rashard Hall made eight tackles with a pick.
54. 2010 BCS Championship
No. 1 Alabama 37 … No. 2 Texas 21
In a strange game with a few odd twists and turns and several questionable coaching decisions, Texas lost QB Colt McCoy on the first drive of the game to a shoulder injury, and he didn’t return. The Longhorns took an early lead on two Hunter Lawrence field goals, but Alabama scored 24 straight points in the first half on the first of Mark Ingram’s two short touchdown runs, a 49-yard dash by Trent Richardson, and with three second to play in the first half, a 28-yard interception return for a score from DT Marcell Dareus, who grabbed a bobbled shovel pass and took it the distance. After struggling just to get a first down, the Texas offense woke up late in the third quarter on a 44-yard Jordan Shipley touchdown catch. Texas backup QB Garrett Gilbert found Shipley again for a 28-yard touchdown with 6:15 to play, and connected on the two-point conversion to pull the Longhorns within three, but the Tide defense clamped down with LB Eryk Anders sacking Gilbert from the blindside and forcing a fumble leading to a one-yard Ingram scoring run. Alabama came up with 205 rushing yards, but Texas came up with five sacks.
Player of the Game: Alabama RBs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson combined for 225 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries, and four catches for 31 yards.
Stat Leaders: Texas: Passing: Garrett Gilbert, 15-40, 186 yds, 2 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: Tre Newton, 14-39, Receiving: Jordan Shipley, 10-122, 2 TD
Alabama: Passing: Greg McElroy, 6-11, 58 yds
Rushing: Mark Ingram, 22-116, 2 TD, Receiving: Trent Richardson, 2-19
All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls
The Good Ones