Randy’s College Football Wrap Up
As the college football bowl games continue there have been some very good games. Minor bowls, yes, but good games none the less. There have been some close games and some upsets, if you can consider a 7-6 team beating and 8-5 team an upset. Here’s a look at the most recent bowl games.
Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4) beat Tulane (7-6) in the New Orleans Bowl 24-21. Tulane was held to 25% conversion on third down.
East Carolina racked up 568 yards of offense and had no trouble beating Ohio 37-20. In the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl EC held the ball for more that 33 minutes and running back Vintavious Cooper ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns.
The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl saw a 7-6 Oregon State team beat an 8-5 Boise State team 38-23. State was up 38-6 in the third quarter as they returned two fumbles for touchdowns.
At the Little Caesars Bowl Pittsburgh upset Bowling Green 30-27. The game was back and forth until, with 1:17 left, Pittsburgh’s Chris Blewitt hit the winning field goal.
The San Diego County Credit Union Bowl was another upset as unranked Utah State beat #23 Northern Illinois 21-14. Northern Illinois QB and Heisman Trophy finalist fell 80 yards short of becoming the first major college quarterback to pass and run for 2,000 yards in a season.
Marshal beat Maryland in the Military Bowl 31-20. Marshall’s QB threw for 337 years and three touchdowns. Maryland’s first 11 drives started on its 16 yard line.
The Texas Bowl saw Syracuse beat Minnesota 21-17. Minnesota tried two hail mary passes at the end of the game but fell short. The fourth quarter of the game was the most exciting as both teams combined for 17 points, more scoring than the first three quarters combined.
Washington at 9-4 beat Brigham Young at 8-5. In the Fight Hunger Bowl, Washington held BYU’s rushing attack to 90 yards under their season average, With 7:53 remaining in the game BYU were unable to score again.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl had Notre Dame beating Rutgers 29-16. Notre Dame won the statistics war too with 31 first downs to Rutgers 16, 494 total yards to Rutgers 236 and took the ball away 4 times compared to 1. Time of possession went to the Fighting Irish too, 38:16 to 21:44.
North Carolina beat Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl scoring the games first touchdown within 6 minutes of the game. Ryan Switzer, NC punt returner tied an NCAA record returning his fifth punt of the season.