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Ranking The All-Time BCS Games - Just Bowls
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Posted Jan 5, 2014


Part three of the all-time ranking of the BCS games - Just Bowls. No more, no less.



All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls   

Just Bowl Games


All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls

- The Classics | The Good Ones | The Snoozers | The Disasters

It's been 17 years since the Big Ten and the then-Pac 10 relented and joined the bizarre exercise known as the BCS. 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. Here's the CFN ranking of all 72 BCS bowl games  from 1999 to 2014 with the ones that were decent bowl games. No more, no less.

53. 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

52. 2002 Fiesta Bowl
No. 4 Oregon 38 ... No. 3 Colorado 16
Oregon dominated Colorado in every phase as Joey Harrington threw for 350 yards and four TDs while the Duck defense held the Buffs to 49 net yards rushing. After Colorado went up 7-0 on a one-yard Brandon Drumm TD run, Oregon reeled off 38 straight points getting a 79-yard TD pass to Samie Parker and a brilliant highlight reel 49-yard TD run from Maurice Morris. Oregon DB Steve Smith picked off five passes. Parker caught nine passes for 162 yards and a score.
Player of the Game:
Oregon QB Joey Harrington completed 28-of-42 for 350 yards and four touchdown passes
Stat Leaders
Oregon - Passing: Joey Harrington, 28-42, 350 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Maurice Morrie, 11-89, 1 TD Receiving: Samie Parker, 9-162, 1 TD
Colorado - Passing: Craig Ochs, 13-20, 140 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Chris Brown, 9-30 Receiving: Daniel Graham, 10-89, 1 TD

51. 2010 Orange Bowl
No. 10 Iowa 24 … No. 9 Georgia Tech 14
Iowa held Georgia Tech’s high-powered rushing attack to 143 yards, and allowed just 155 total yards, but it wasn’t until Brandon Wegher tore off a 32-yard touchdown run with just under two minutes to play to put the game away. The Hawkeyes got off to a hot start with Ricky Stanzi connecting with Marvin McNutt from four yards out and with Colin Sandeman from 21 yards away for a 14-0 lead, but just when it seemed like they were going to put the game well out of reach, Stanzi was picked off by Jerrard Tarrant, who took the pass 40 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter. Down 17-7 to open the second half, Tech went on an 11-play, 71-yard drive culminating in a one yard Anthony Allen touchdown run, but penalties, a key late interception from Iowa’s Tyler Sash, and poor field position ended the Tech momentum. Tech QB Josh Nesbitt completed just 2-of-9 passes for 12 yards.
Player of the Game:
Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn made nine tackles, all solo, with two sacks.
Stat Leaders: Georgia Tech: Passing: Josh Nesbitt, 2-9, 12 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer, 14-49, Receiving: Jonathan Dwyer, 2-12
Iowa: Passing: Ricky Stanzi, 17-29, 231 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Brandon Wegher, 16-113, 1 TD, Receiving: Tony Moeaki, 4-85

50. 2002 Sugar Bowl
No. 13 LSU 47 ... No. 8 Illinois 34

LSU jumped out to a 27-0 lead as Domanick Davis scored the first three TDs of the game, then Rohan Davey and Josh Reed took over as Davey threw for a Sugar Bowl record 444 yards and three TDs with Reed catching 14 passes for 240 yards and two scores. Down 34-7 at halftime, Illinois made it a little bit interesting as Kurt Kittner threw for four touchdowns and WR Walter Young made six catches for 178 yards and two scores, and he threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd, but the hole was too deep to dig out of. LSU cranked out 595 yards of total offense, but committed 13 penalties for 113 yards.
Player of the Game:
LSU QB Rohan Davey completed 31-of-53 passes for 444 yards and three TDs. LSU WR Josh Reed caught 14 passes for 240 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders
Illinois - Passing: Kurt Kittner, 14-35, 262 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Rocky Harvey, 9-42. Receiving: Walter Young, 6-178, 2 TD
LSU - Passing: Rohan Davey, 31-53, 444 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Domanick Davis, 28-129, 4 TD. Receiving: Josh Reed, 14-240, 2 TD

49. 2003 Orange Bowl

No. 4 USC 38 ... No. 5 Iowa 17
Iowa started the game off with a bang as C.J. Jones took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Then Carson Palmer and the running game took over as the Trojans on a 38-3 run. Justin Fargas scored on touchdown runs of four and fifty yards, and Sultan McCullough and Sunny Byrd each ran for scores. Mike Williams added an 18-yard touchdown catch. Iowa's Nate Kaeding kicked a 35-yard field goal, but his field goal attempt at the end of the first half was blocked. Iowa scored a garbage time touchdown on an 18-yard touchdown pass with :34 to play.
Player of the Game:
USC QB Carson Palmer completed 21-of-31 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders
Iowa - Passing: Brad Banks, 15-36, 204 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Fred Russell, 9-45. Receiving: Dallas Clark, 4-97
USC - Passing: Carson Palmer, 21-31, 303 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Justin Fargas, 20-122, 2 TD. Receiving: Mike Williams, 6-99, 1 TD

48. 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
No. 4 Oregon 32, No. 5 Kansas State 17

De’Anthony Thomas set the tone on the first play of the game with a 94-yard kickoff return for a score, and late in the first quarter he took a pass 23 yards for a touchdown and a 15-0 Oregon lead. Kansas State fought back to within five, helped by a six-yard Collin Klein touchdown run, but late in the half the offense went deep into Duck territory, didn’t go for it on fourth down, and missed the field goal. Oregon responded going 77 yards and five plays and 46 seconds culminating in the game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass to Kenjon Barner. The Ducks upped the lead to 32-10 in the second half, and coasted from there despite a slight scare after a ten-yard John Hubert touchdown catch shrunk the lead to 14 early in the fourth, but an Alejandro Maldonado and an interception by Erick Dargan put the game away.
Player of the Game: Oregon RB/WR De’Anthony Thomas ran twice for 15 yards, caught four passes for 60 yards and a score, and returned two kickoffs for 120 yards and a game-opening touchdown
Game Notes: Oregon: The Ducks outgained Kansas State 385 yards to 283. … QB Marcus Mariota completed 12-of-24 passes for 166 yards and two scores, and he ran eight times for 62 yards and a touchdown. … RB Kenjon Barner ran 31 times for 143 yards.  … P Jackson Rice averaged 46 yards on three kicks, putting two inside the 20. … LB Michael Clay made nine tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss. … S Erick Dargan made eight tackles with two picks.

Kansas State: QB Colin Klein completed 17-of-32 passes for 151 yards and a score with two picks, and he ran 13 times for 30 yards and a touchdown. … RB John Hubert ran 17 times for 55 yards and caught two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown. … LB Arthur Brown made nine tackles with a tackle for loss. … Kansas State had the ball for 33:06

47. 2009 Rose Bowl

No. 5 USC 38 … No. 8 Penn State 24
USC took advantage of Penn State mistakes to take a 31-7 halftime lead. Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes on the day starting out with a 27-yard throw to Damian Williams, but Penn State answered right back with a nine-play, 80-yard drive finishing with a nine-yard Daryll Clark touchdown run. And then it was all USC scoring 24 straight points including a six-yard Sanchez touchdown run and scoring strikes from 19 yards out to Ronald Johnson and a 20-yarder to C.J. Gable in the final minute following a Stephfon Green fumble. Penn State kept fighting in the second half with two Daryll Clark touchdown passes, but USC stayed comfortably ahead with a 45-yard touchdown catch from a wide-open Johnson. A USC punt snap snafu gave the ball to Penn State deep in Trojan territory in the final moments with a chance to cut the lead to seven, but Clark’s last second pass was picked off.
Player of the Game:
USC QB Mark Sanchez completed 28-of-35 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns and he ran seven times for 16 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders
Penn State - Passing: Daryll Clark, 21-36, 273 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Stephfon Green, 10-57. Receiving: Stephon Green, 5-67
USC - Passing: Mark Sanchez, 28-35, 413 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Stafon Johnson, 15-63. Receiving: Damian Williams, 10-162, 1 TD

46. 2009 Orange Bowl
No. 19 Virginia Tech 20 … No. 12 Cincinnati 7

Cincinnati marched 72 yards on its first drive finishing with a brilliant 15-yard touchdown catch from Mardy Gilyard for a 7-0 Bearcat lead less than two minutes into the game. And then it was all Darren Evans and all Tech defense. Evans finished with 153 yards and a six-yard touchdown, putting the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, but it was Tyrod Taylor who sparked the run of 20 unanswered points with a 17-yard scoring dash in the second quarter. Dustin Keys added field goals from 43 and 35 yards when long Tech drives stalled for all the points the team would need to stay ahead, as the defense came up with four interceptions, including one in the end zone, and a goal line stand stuffing UC QB Tony Pike on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter.
Player of the Game:
Virginia Tech RB Darren Evans ran 28 times for 153 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders
Cincinnati - Passing: Tyrod Taylor, 13-22, 140 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Darren Evans, 28-153, 1 TD. Receiving: Danny Coale, 3-52
Virginia Tech - Passing: Tony Pike, 16-33, 239 yds, 1 TD, 4 INT
Rushing: Jacob Ramsey, 4-34. Receiving: Mardy Gilyard, 7-158, 1 TD

45. 1999 Sugar Bowl

No. 4 Ohio State 24 … No. 6 Texas A&M 14
Ohio State answered an early Texas A&M touchdown run from Dante Hall with 21 first quarter points. Joe Germaine connected with Reggie Germany from 18 yards out, Joe Montgomery ran for a ten yard score, and Kevin Griffin took a blocked punt for a touchdown. The Buckeyes only managed a field goal the rest of the way, but the defense did the rest allowing a seven-yard score from Leroy Hodge. Texas A&M was held to 283 yards of total offense while Ohio State ran for 210 and threw for 222.
Player of the Game:
Ohio State WR David Boston made 11 catches for 105 yards
Stat Leaders
Texas A&M - Passing: Branndon Stewart, 22-39, 187 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jamar Toombs, 10-62. Receiving: Chris Taylor, 5-52
Ohio State - Passing: Joe Germaine, 21-38, 222 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Joe Montgomery, 9-96, 1 TD. Receiving: David Boston, 11-105

44. 2003 Sugar Bowl

No. 3 Georgia 26 ... No. 14 Florida State 13
Georgia's Bruce Thornton intercepted an ill-advised Fabian Walker pass and took it 71 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, Terrence Edwards caught a 37-yard touchdown pass, and Billy Bennett connected on field goals from 23, 42, 25 and 35 yards to overcome a bad offensive performance to put away a pesky Seminole team. With Walker struggling, WR Anquan Boldin played most of the second half at quarterback and threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Craphanso Thorpe. Boldin also caught a five-yard touchdown pass. Georgia only gained 276 yards and 11 first downs.
Player of the Game:
Georgia RB Musa Smith carried the ball 23 times for 146 yards.
Stat Leaders
Georgia - Passing: David Greene, 9-14, 88 yds
Rushing: Musa Smith, 23-146. Receiving: Terrence Edwards, 3-60. 1 TD
Florida State - Passing: Anquan Boldin, 6-14, 78 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Leon Washington, 10-48. Receiving: Anquan Boldin, 3-34, 1 TD

43. 2001 Sugar Bowl

No. 3 Miami 37 … No. 7 Florida 20
In the first meeting of in-state powerhouses in 13 years, Miami got three touchdown passes from Ken Dorsey including two in the second half to take control of the game. A 19-yard scoring pass to D.J. Williams and a two-yard play to Najeh Davenport gave the Canes a 27-17 lead and then got a three-yard Davenport touchdown run late to hold off the Gator threat. Miami only outgained Florida 454 yards to 452, but the Gator turnovers proved to be costly.
Player of the Game:
Miami Ken Dorsey completed 22-of-40 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
Stat Leaders
Florida - Passing: Rex Grossman, 18-41, 312 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Earnest Graham, 15-136, 1 TD. Receiving: Jabar Gaffney, 7-75
Miami - Passing: Ken Dorsey, 22-40, 270 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Clinton Portis, 18-97. Receiving: Santana Moss, 6-89

42. 2013 Allstate Sugar
No. 21 Louisville 33, No. 3 Florida 23

Louisville came out hot, with Terell Floyd returning an interception 38 yards for a score on the first play from scrimmage, and it was never really threatened the rest of the way. Teddy Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 15-yard touchdown for a 24-3 first half lead, but the Gators came up with a big late drive and a fourth down one-yard touchdown run from Matt Jones with ten seconds to play. With all the momentum on its side, Florida went for the onside kick in the second half, Louisville got it, and scored eight seconds into the half with a 19-yard touchdown catch from Damian Copeland. Down 33-10, Florida made a late rally with Andre Debose returning a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and the offense marching for a late score to pull within ten, but Louisville recovered the onside kick and held on.
Player of the Game: Louisville LB Preston Brown led the team with 13 tackles with a broken up passes and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Game Notes: Louisville: The Cardinals were+2 in turnover margin and committed just two penalties. … The offense held on to the ball for 35:37. … QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 20-of-32 passes for 266 yards and two scores with a pick. … RB Jeremy Wright ran 25 times for 84 yards and a score.   

Florida: QB Jeff Driskel completed 16-of-29 passes for 175 yards and touchdown with two picks, and he ran ten times for four yards. … RB Mike Gillislee ran nine times for 48 yards. … WR Quinton Dunbar made five catches for 77 yards. … Andre Debose returned two kicks for 124 yards and a score. … S Matt Elam made 11 tackles with a sack and a tackle for loss. … DE Dominique Easley made five tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss. … DT Shariff Floyd made five tackles with two sacks and two tackles for loss.

41. 2000 Rose Bowl

No. 9 Wisconsin 17 … No. 9 Stanford 9
Ron Dayne and the Wisconsin offense were held in check in the first half as Stanford took a 9-3 lead into the locker room on a one-yard Kerry Carter touchdown run, and then it was all about the Heisman winner in the second half. Dayne finished with 200 yards, with 154 in the second half, with a four-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. QB Brooks Bollinger ran for a one-yard score in the fourth to put it away. Stanford finished with a net -5 rushing yards.
Player of the Game:
Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne ran 34 times for 200 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders
Stanford - Passing: Todd Husak, 17-34, 258 yds
Rushing: Coy Wire, 5-6. Receiving: DeRonnie Pitts, 6-81
Wisconsin - Passing: Brooks Bollinger, 7-14, 105 yds
Rushing: Ron Dayne, 34-200. Receiving: Chris Chambers, 5-76

40. 2010 Fiesta Bowl

No. 6 Boise State 17 … No. 4 TCU 10
Brandyn Thompson picked off an early first quarter pass and took it 51 yards for a touchdown, intercepted a second pass, and broke up TCU’s final pass of the game, which fell into the hands of Winston Venable, and the Boise State defense came up with a shut down performance. Thompson had one bad play getting beaten for a 30-yard touchdown catch from Curtis Clay with less than a minute to play in the first half, but TCU only managed a 29-yard field goal the rest of the way. With the game tied at ten, and the Boise State offense struggling, the Broncos came up with a fake punt midway through the fourth quarter as Kyle Brotzman connected with Kyle Efaw for a 29-yard first down to spark the offense to a two-yard Doug Martin touchdown run. TCU only converted 1-of-12 third down chances.
Player of the Game:
Boise State CB Brandyn Thompson made seven tackles, two interceptions, returned one for a touchdown, and broke up a pass that led to Winston Venable’s game-sealing interception.
Stat Leaders: TCU: Passing: Andy Dalton, 25-44, 272 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Joseph Turner, 7-22, Receiving: Jeremy Kerley, 6-65
Boise State: Passing: Kellen Moore, 23-39, 211 yds
Rushing: Doug Martin, 16-42, 1 TD, Receiving: Titus Young, 8-72

39. 2000 Fiesta Bowl

No. 3 Nebraska 31 … No. 5 Tennessee 21
Nebraska ran for 321 yards and controlled the clock and the game in the beginning and at the very end. The Huskers got up 17-0 highlighted by a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown from Bobby Newcombe, but Tennessee got two touchdown catches from Donte Stallworth, scoring from nine and 44 yards out, to make it interesting, but the Huskers were comfortably able to put it away with a two-yard Correll Buckhalter touchdown run. Nebraska’s Mike Brown came up with two interceptions.
Player of the Game:
Nebraska RB Dan Alexander ran 21 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders
Tennessee - Passing: Tee Martin, 19-34, 223 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Travis Henry, 10-31, 1 TD. Receiving: Donte Stallworth, 8-108, 2 TD
Nebraska - Passing: Eric Crouch, 9-15, 148 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Dan Alexander, 21-108, 1 TD. Receiving: Matt Davison, 2-68

38. 2008 Fiesta Bowl

No. 9 West Virginia 48 ... No. 4 Oklahoma 28
In the stunner of the bowl season, West Virginia ran for 349 yards with home run after home run. Up 6-3, the Mountaineers got a 57-yard touchdown run from Owen Schmitt in the second quarter, and the passing game helped out with Pat White hitting a wide open Darius Reynaud with a 21-yard touchdown pass and later on a 79-yard strike to Tito Gonzalez. Reynaud ran for a 30-yard touchdown dash late in the third quarter, and Noel Devine tore off scoring runs from 17 and 65 yards. Oklahoma had a few chances to get in the game, but rarely took advantage of its opportunities. A one-yard Chris Brown touchdown run midway through the third quarter got the Sooners within five, but Sam Bradford misfired on a two-point conversion attempt, an onside kick attempt was recovered by West Virginia, and the Mountaineers opened the game up from there going 39 yards in six plays culminating in Devine's first scoring dash.
Player of the Game:
West Virginia QB Pat White completed 10 of 19 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and ran 20 times for 150 yards
Stat Leaders
Oklahoma - Passing: Sam Bradford, 21-33, 242 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Allen Patrick, 14-82. Receiving: Juaquin Iglesias, 8-43, 1 TD
West Virginia - Passing: Pat White, 10-19, 176 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Pat White, 20-150. Receiving: Darius Reynaud, 5-42, 1 TD

37. 2007 Orange Bowl

No. 6 Louisville 24 ... No. 14 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 an 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

36. 2006 Fiesta Bowl
No. 4 Ohio State 34 ... No. 6 Notre Dame 20
Ohio State cranked out 617 yards of total offense, but needed a 60-yard touchdown run from Antonio Pittman to finally put the Irish away. The Buckeyes scored on four plays of 56 yards or more with a 56-yard scoring pass to Ted Ginn Jr., a Ginn Jr. 68-yard touchdown run and an 85-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes in the first half, but they settled for field goals in the second half, before the Pittman score, letting the Irish get back into the game on two of Darius Walker's three touchdown runs. Ohio State averaged 7.6 yards per carry and 18 yards per completion, while Notre Dame averaged 2.2yards per carry and 9.9 yards per pass.
Player of the Game:
Ohio State QB Troy Smith completed 19 of 28 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns and ran 13 times for 66 yards.
Stat Leaders
Ohio State - Passing: Troy Smith, 19-28, 342 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Antonio Pittman, 21-136, 1 TD. Receiving: Ted Ginn Jr., 8-167, 1 TD
Notre Dame - Passing: Brady Quinn, 29-45, 286 yds
Rushing: Darius Walker, 16-90, 3 TD. Receiving: Maurice Stovall, 9-126

35. 2009 Sugar Bowl
No. 6 Utah 31 … No. 4 Alabama 17
Utah came out roaring going 68 yards in five plays and 1:19 with Brian Johnson connecting with Brent Casteel from seven yards out. Matt Asiata ran for a two-yard score, and Bradon Godfrey caught a 18-yard touchdown pass on the way to a 21-0 Ute lead. Alabama appeared ready to rally with a 52-yard Leigh Tiffin field goal and a 73-yard punt return for a score from Javier Arenas to cut the lead to 11 going into the locker room, and after recovering a Johnson fumble, the Tide got a four-yard Glen Coffee touchdown catch to pull within four. But Utah answered on the ensuing drive with David Reed catching a 28-yard touchdown pass. Alabama wouldn’t threaten again, mostly because Utah’s defensive line dominated with eight sacks, taking advantage of Bama being down to its third string left tackle.
Player of the Game:
Utah QB Brian Johnson completed 27-of-41 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders
Alabama - Passing: John Parker Wilson, 18-30, 177 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Glen Coffee, 13-36. Receiving: Julio Jones, 7-77
Utah - Passing: Brian Johnson, 27-41, 336 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Matt Asiata, 13-29, 1 TD. Receiving: Freddie Brown, 12-125

34. 2007 Rose Bowl
No. 5 USC 32 ... No. 3 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

33. 2008 BCS Championship
No. 2 LSU 38 ... No. 1 Ohio State 24
Ohio State jumped out to a 10-0 lead on a 65-yard Chris Wells touchdown run and a 25-yard Ryan Pretorius field goal, and then it was all LSU with 31 straight points helped by three Matt Flynn touchdown passes and a one-yard Jacob Hester plunge for a score. The Buckeyes had their chances, but got a field goal blocked by Ricky Jean-Francois, dropped a touchdown pass, got sacked by Ali Highsmith on a key fourth down, and lost momentum on a roughing the punter penalty, to go along with other missed opportunities. Even so, they pulled within 14 going into the fourth quarter on a five-yard Brian Robiskie touchdown catch, but LSU held on time and again before finally putting things well out of reach with a TE Richard Dickson's second touchdown catch of the game. OSU outgained LSU 353 yards to 326.
Player of the Game:
LSU QB Matt Flynn completed 19-of-27 passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns win an interception
Stat Leaders LSU - Passing: Matt Flynn, 19-27, 174 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jacob Hester, 21-86, 1 TD. Receiving: Early Doucet, 7-51, 1 TD
Ohio State - Passing: Todd Boeckman, 15-26, 208 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Chris Wells, 20-146, 1 TD. Receiving: Brian Hartline, 6-75, 1 TD

All-Time Ranking of BCS Bowls

- The Classics | The Good Ones | The Snoozers | The Disasters