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Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Luck, Stanford OL highlight All-Bowl Team

We made it.

After more than four months of college football and 100s of games, the season has finally come to an end. And after watching 35 bowl games over a three-week period (raise your hand if you saw at least part of every bowl game), it's time to remember some of the great individual performances of the past month.

Here are the best in this year's All-Bowl Team:

QB: Andrew Luck, Stanford, Orange Bowl: He had a tremendous performance against Virginia Tech, throwing for 287 yards with four touchdowns, including three in the second half to blow open a 14-13 game at halftime. Luck almost had the perfect game, completing 18 of 23 passes. Luck is joined by a few others on this team that helped him have such a special game.

RB: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State, Poinsettia Bowl: The freshman ran for 228 yards on 28 carries to lead the Aztecs to their first bowl victory since 1969. Hillman had four touchdowns, scoring on runs of 1, 22 and 37 yards, while also catching a 15-yard touchdown reception.

RB: Marcus Coker, Iowa, Insight Bowl: The freshman was filling in for suspended starter Adam Robinson and ran for 219 yards on 33 carries with two touchdowns in the victory over Missouri in the Insight Bowl. Coker scored on runs of 1 and 62 yards.

WR: Marcus Sales, Syracuse, Pinstripe Bowl: The junior had a career game, catching five passes for 172 yards with three touchdowns. He scored on catches of 52, 36 and 44 yards as Syracuse holds on to beat Kansas State 36-34.

WR: Terrence Toliver, LSU, Cotton Bowl: Jordan Jefferson threw for only 158 yards, but 112 of it came at the hands of Toliver. The wide receiver also had three touchdowns, scoring on passes of 42, 2 and 41 yards in the win over Texas A&M.

TE: Coby Fleener, Stanford, Orange Bowl: The backup tight end had a career game against Virginia Tech, catching six passes for 173 yards with three second-half touchdowns.

OL: (tie) Drew Schaefer, Colin Porter, Cody Habben, Senio Kelemete and Ryan Tolar, Washington, Holiday Bowl and Chase Beeler, Dave DeCastro, Derek Hall, Jonathan Martin and Andrew Phillips, Stanford, Orange Bowl: This was too close to call. Washington's offensive line racked up 268 yards rushing against Nebraska's great run defense, including Chris Polk's 177 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, Stanford had its way with Virginia Tech's defensive line, opening up huge holes for the running game and giving Luck time to throw.

Defense

DL: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State, Sugar Bowl: Heyward had a strong performance against Arkansas, recording six tackles with two sacks and forcing a fumble in the win over Arkansas.

DL: Nick Fairley, Auburn, BCS National Championship: In one of the biggest performances of the bowl season, Fairley shut down the Oregon running game, while recording five tackles, three for a loss and forcing a fumble.

DL: Bruce Miller, UCF, Liberty Bowl: The senior went out with a bang, recording eight tackles and 1.5 sacks, helping the Knights hold Georgia to just six points in the Liberty Bowl.

DL: Jake Coffman, Northern Illinois, Humanitarian: Coffman had a game for the ages, recording six tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss and forcing a fumble in the 40-17 against Fresno State.

LB: Shayne Skov, Stanford, Orange Bowl: The sophomore was all over the field against Virginia Tech, recording 12 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for a loss.

LB: Curnelius Arnick, Tulsa, Hawaii Bowl: Arnick had a great game against the high-powered Hawaai offense, recording 10 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. Arnick returned one of his INTs 54 yards for a touchdown in the 62-35 win.

LB: Tank Carder, TCU, Rose Bowl: The stat line might not be the best -- six tackles, three for a loss, but Carder made one of the biggest plays of the bowl season, knocking down a two-point conversion to preserve the Horned Frogs' 21-19 victory over Wisconsin.

DB: Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, Cotton Bowl: The freshman was all over the place against Texas A&M, recording seven tackles, forcing two fumbles, recording a sack and an interception late in the game.

DB: Ahmad Black, Florida, Outback Bowl: Black had a great game for the Gators, recording six tackles and two interceptions. His returned his second INT 80 yards for a touchdown to clinch a 37-24 victory over Penn State.

DB: Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, Sun Bowl: Smith was getting more wide open than the Hurricanes receivers, recording three interceptions to go along with seven tackles.

DB: Micah Hyde, Iowa, Insight Bowl: Hyde had one of the biggest plays of the bowl season, interception Blaine Gabbert late in the fourth quarter and returning it 72 yards for a touchdown to give Iowa a 27-24 victory. Hyde also added six tackles.

P: Dylan Breeding, Arkansas, Sugar Bowl and Brad Langley, Nevada, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (tie): These two had almost identical games. Breeding had seven punts for 43.7-yard average with four punts inside the 20-yard line. He had two punts in the fourth quarter downed at the 4-yard line to help keep Arkansas in the game. Langley had seven punts, 43.4-yard average with five punts inside the 20. His last punt was knocked down at the 10-yard line with 3:06 to go.

K: Casey Barth, North Carolina, Music City Bowl: Barth not only finished the game 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points, but he hit a 39-yarder as time expired to send the game into overtime and then hit a 23-yarder in OT to beat Tennessee.

KR: T.Y. Hilton, FIU, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Never mind that Hilton had the biggest play in FIU's history, converting a 4th-and-17 with the hook and lateral play. He makes this squad for his 34.8-yard average on five kick returns, including a 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter to get the FIU rally going. The Golden Panthers would eventually win 34-32.

PR: Rishard Matthews, Nevada, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: It was quiet for punt returners during the bowl season, but Matthews returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown to give Nevada a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.

All-Purpose: Damaris Johnson, Tulsa, Hawaii Bowl: Johnson had a career-high 326 all-purpose yards to break the NCAA career record in the win over Hawaii. Johnson finished with 98 yards rushing, 101 yards receiving, 109 on kick returns and 18 on punt returns. He also scored on a 67-yard run and a 9-yard reception.

Miss a bowl game? Recap all 35 games with the CBSSports.com individual bowl pages.

Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:26 am
Edited on: January 4, 2011 7:24 am
 

Big plays too much for Virginia Tech

MIAMI -- The Orange Bowl will most likely be remembered as Andrew Luck’s final college game, but it definitely will be one for the Virginia Tech defense to forget.

Coby Fleener The Hokies came into the game ranked second in the ACC in points allowed, but were dominated in the second half, allowing 27 points, including big play after big play. The team completely fell apart after being only down one point at halftime, losing 40-12.

"We just kept pushing and pushing," said offensive guard David DeCastro. "We had to keep going until we broke them."

DeCastro and the rest of the offensive line opened up huge holes, allowing running back Jeremy Stewart to break off a career-best 60-yard run, while Stepfan Taylor finished with 114 yards.   The success of the running game allowed Luck to pick apart the secondary with ease.

"The running backs hit the holes all day, sometimes the holes weren't there, but they kept at it," said guard Andrew Phillips. "That’s been a big motto for us this seasons, just keep at it and be patient."

Eventually the Hokies defense finally did break and the player that will be in the players and coaches nightmares is tight end Coby Fleener. The junior entered the game with only 22 catches this season, but ended the night with six receptions for 173 yards and three scores. Fleener was wide open all night, scoring on receptions of 41, 58 and 38 yards.

With a 19-12 lead late in the third quarter and the ball at its own 3, Taylor broke off a 56-yard run on a tremendous block from offensive lineman Andrew Phillips. The very next play Luck found Fleener for the first of his three touchdowns to break the game open.

"A couple of long plays against our defense, and then the game got away from us a little bit," said Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer. "Had them backed up, and felt like if we just hold them, we’re one play from getting back in it. But then we got two scores down and it got away from us a little bit."

Not what you would expect from a Virginia Tech defense in what will go down as one of the worst bowl losses in school history.

"We just didn’t execute," said Hokies defensive tackle John Graves. "There were a lot of big plays and mental mistakes on our part. They outperformed us and outplayed us."



Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:09 am
Edited on: December 13, 2010 10:13 am
 

Third Annual Old-Man Football

In the Third Annual Old-Man Holiday Flag Football game, the goal remained the same ... have fun and don't get hurt.

I wish we could say we accomplished both.

As it was most our final game before turning 40-years old next year, it might have been a sign that the morning before our game one of my friends, Daryl, texted me saying he hurt his shoulder last night.

Then out at the field on the first play of the game, somebody got hurt. First play!

Bang! Two players hurt after one play, including one at home.

My friend Andy, who is a local police officer, went across the middle for a pass and ended injuring something. Knee, shoulder, ankle? The only thing I remember is him on the ground saying he was hurt and the rest of us laughing "First play! We couldn't even make it one play without getting hurt?"

Aren't we such good friends?

But Andy bucked up and finished out the day. Poor guy got hurt again, diving for a catch and landing on his shoulder. There was no laughing this time around as we thought he might have separated it.

But after a few minutes on the ground Andy got up and said "It's just stinger." Thankfully he was fine, because our orginal eight players was already down two players. That's right another guy, Chris, pulled his hamstring in the first game of the day.

Yes, we are getting old, but nothing beats tossing the ball around with friends of 20+ years. It wasn't pretty, there were plenty of missed coverages, dropped passes and bumps and bruises, but it was great to get out to the park and chuck the ball around.

After three quick games to 22 (score three touchdowns and go for a 2-point coversion at least once. If you miss it, you must score a fourth TD) it was time to bring all the kids out and that was quite comical.

There is even talk of playing another game before the Super Bowl! I think we could all use the month of rest to heal the injuries.

Game 1
Team Red: Scott, Darst, Jose
Team Blue: Chris P., Chris, Andy
All-Time Offense: Troy

Final: Red 22, Blue 7
RED -- Troy 30 pass from Darst (EP taken)
RED -- Scott 20 pass from Troy (EP taken)
BLUE -- Andy 20 pass from Chris P. (EP taken)
RED -- Jose 20 pass from Scott (Scott run)

Game 2
Team Red: Jose, Darst, Andy
Team Blue: Chris P., Scott, Troy

Final: Blue 26, Red 14
BLUE -- Chris P. 30 pass from Scott (EP taken)
BLUE -- Chris P. 25 interception return (EP taken)
RED -- Darst 15 run (EP taken)
BLUE -- Chris P. 30 pass from Scott (pass failed)
RED -- Andy 1 pass from Darst (EP taken)
BLUE -- Troy 45 pass from Scott (not needed)

Game 3
Team Red: Jose, Darst, Troy
Team Blue: Scott, Chris P., Andy

Final: Red 22, Blue 7
RED -- Troy 40 pass from Darst (EP taken)
RED -- Troy 30 pass from Darst (EP taken)
BLUE -- Chris 30 pass from Scott (EP taken)
RED -- Jose 3 pass from Darst (Darst pass from Jose) -- Note: Troy INT return set up game-winning TD



Category: General
Posted on: November 20, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 11:59 pm
 

By the Numbers: Week 12's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 10, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

5: School-record five touchdowns by Alvester Alexander as Wyoming beat Colorado State 44-0 in the Border War rivalry. Alexander ran in from 8 yards for the final score and the school record late in the fourth quarter. Redshirt freshman quarterback Kolton Browning also threw five touchdown passes as Louisiana-Monroe beat North Texas 49-37.

6:
Total touchdowns by Southern Mississippi's Austin Davis, who rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more, in the 59-41 victory over Houston. Davis completed 23 of 30 passes for 285 yards without an interception, and rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries.

102: Marcus Lattimore had 102 yards rushing and three touchdowns by halftime and No. 17 South Carolina scored its most points under coach Steve Spurrier, routing Troy 69-24.

Rodney Stewart (US Presswire)192: Rushing yards by Dwayne Priest on 35 carries, including three touchdowns in Eastern Michigan's 21-17 win over Buffalo.

195: Career-high rushing yards by Colorado tailback Rodney Stewart in the 44-36 victory over Kansas State. Stewart ran for a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 49 yards. He also completed a 23-yard halfback pass for a TD.

213: Rushing yards by Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead in the 69-38 victory over Rutgers. Pead also scored a career-high five touchdowns - four running, one receiving in the highest-scoring game in Big East history.

248: Career-high rushing yards by Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey in the 27-26 loss to Middle Tennessee. Rainey also had two touchdowns on 45 carries.

330: Mikel Leshoure ran for a school-record 330 yards and two touchdowns, and Illinois beat Northwestern 48-27 in a game played under circumstances at Wrigley Field. The Wildcats and Fighting Illini were looking for publicity when they scheduled the first football game in 40 years at the old ballpark and did they ever get it.

354:
Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards rushing and six touchdowns in Wisconsin's 48-28 victory over Michigan. Ball ran for 173 yards and four TDs. White had 181 yards rushing and two scores. Ball and White became the second pair of Badgers to run for 150-plus yards in a game, joining Billy Marek (226) and Ken Starch (184) who pulled off the feat against Wyoming in 1973.

389: Passing yards by Brandon Weeden to go along with three touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State to a share of the Big 12 South title with a 48-14 win over Kansas.

1,500:
Michigan's Denard Robinson set two NCAA records in the loss to Wisconsin. Robinson broke Beau Morgan's major-college record for yards rushing by quarterbacks and became the first player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing in one year. Morgan had 1,494 yards rushing for Air Force in 1996. Robinson beat that mark with a 12-yard run in the third quarter against the Badgers.


Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:38 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 10:59 pm
 

By the numbers: Week 11's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 10, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

0:16: Time remaining when Minnesota's DeLeon Eskridge scored to lift the Golden Gophers past Illinois 38-34. Eskridge scored three touchdowns on the day, the last one on a 2-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive engineered by quarterback Adam Weber. The quarterback kept it alive with a key 29-yard scramble on a third-and-10 play.

4: Number of receiving touchdowns by Luke Ashworth in BYU's 49-10 victory over Colorado State. Ashworth hauled in TD passes of 62, 7, 36 and 8 yards, one shy of the school record for touchdowns in a game. The scoring receptions were the only catches Ashworth had.

6: Ryan Mallett threw for a school-record five touchdowns and ran for another as Arkansas defeated UTEP 58-21. In what could be his final home game at Razorback Stadium, Mallett tied the school record for touchdown passes for the fourth time in his career. The junior has now set or tied 35 school or stadium records at Arkansas in less than two full seasons at the school.

37: Length of the game-winning field goal by sophomore Maikon Bonani in overtime to give South Florida a 24-21 win against Louisville as the Bulls become bowl eligible for the sixth straight season. Bonani's winning kick avenged a missed field goal that would have won the game with time running out.

83:
 Points scored by Wisconsin in an 83-20 rout of Indiana. Montee Ball ran for three touchdowns in his first career start and Scott Tolzien threw for three more. Wisconsin put up the most points by an FBS school this season and matched the highest scoring total by a team in a Big Ten conference game since Ohio State's 83-21 victory over Iowa in 1950.

201: Backup quarterback Kriss Proctor ran 20 times for a career-high 201 yards and a touchdown as Navy defeated Central Michigan 38-37.

212: South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Gamecocks past Florida, clinching the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division for the first time in school history.

221: Ryan Broyles broke a tie with Clayton for the school record for career receptions, breaking Mark Clayton's old record. Broyles also broke Clayton's record for career touchdown catches with 32. He finished with eight catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the 45-7 victory over Texas Tech. He also matched Clayton's records with eight 100-yard games in a season and 15 in a career.

318:
Yards passing by Dan Persa in Northwestern's 21-17 upset over Iowa. Persa also had two touchdowns. Persa capped a 91-yard drive with a perfect pass to Arby Fields, who beat Micah Hyde in the left corner of the end zone for a 20-yard TD with 1:22 to play.

1,009:
 Total yards combined in Western Michigan's 45-30 win over Eastern Michigan. Western Michigan's Alex Carder threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns, while Alex Gillett ran for 159 yards and passed for 214 for Eastern Michigan while accounting for four touchdowns.

 

Posted on: November 6, 2010 4:04 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2010 9:06 pm
 

By the Numbers: Week 10's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 10, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

0:37: True freshman Stephen Morris hit Leonard Hankerson for a 35-yard score with 37 seconds left, rallying Miami past Maryland 26-20. The touchdown capped an 82-yard drive that began with 3:06 left and Miami trailing 20-18. 

2: Chris Rainey blocked two punts as Florida routed Vanderbilt 55-14, setting up a showdown with South Carolina for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title next week

5: Total number of touchdowns by Auburn's Cam Newton in the first half against Chattanooga. Newton threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth in the 62-24 victory. Nevada's Colin Kaepernick also threw for five touchdowns in Nevada's 63-17 victory over Idaho.

63: Yards of two big plays for Air Force in the 42-22 victory over Army, giving the Falcons the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the 17th time. Jonathan Warzeka caught a touchdown pass for 63 yards and Jordan Waiwaiole returned a fumble 63 yards for another score. Navy had won the past seven trophies, but the Falcons beat the Midshipmen 14-6 earlier this season.

76: Total points scored by Navy in a 76-35 victory over East Carolina. Navy finished with 521 yards rushing, the most by any opponent in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and the second-most allowed by the Pirates behind West Virginia's 536 yards in 2002. It was also the second-most points allowed by East Carolina in any game, trailing Guilford's 79 points in November 1932.

179:  Rushing yards by Edwin Baker to go along with four touchdowns in Michigan State's 31-8 victory over Minnesota.

242:
Total yards rushing and receiving by Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon in his return from suspension as the Cowboys defeated Baylor 55-28. Blackmon had 173 yards receiving and a touchdown and also scored on a 69-yard run.

246: Michigan's Roy Roundtree had a school-record 246 yards receiving and two scores in the three overtime victory over Illinois 67-65.

322: Damaris Johnson amassed 322 yards of total offense and scored three times, leading Tulsa past Rice 64-27. Johnson had eight catches for 163 yards, two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 94 yards for another score. He also moved into first place in the Conference USA record books for career kickoff return yards.

355: Career-high passing yards by TCU quarterback Andy Dalton in the Horned Frogs' 47-7 victory over Utah. Dalton now has 39 career victories, the most in the nation by an active quarterback.  

507: Kellen Moore threw for 507 yards and three touchdowns and Boise State rolled up a school-record 737 total yards in a 42-7 victory over Hawaii. Moore was spectacular, completing 30 of 37 passes and at one point hitting 18 straight in the first half to help the Broncos build a 21-0 halftime lead.

286: Rushing yards by Fresno State's Robbie Rouse in the 40-34 victory over Louisiana Tech. Rouse had 43 carries and a touchdown in the win.

Posted on: October 30, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 11:26 pm
 

By the Numbers: Week 9's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 9, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .

3:
Touchdowns each by Ryan Lindley and Brandon Sullivan in San Diego State's 48-38 victory over Wyoming. Lindley also had 365 yards as the Aztecs are bowl-eligible for the first time since 1998.

5: Freshman quarterback David Piland passed for a career-high five / touchdowns and Houston routed Memphis 56-17.

142: Rushing yards by Montel Harris in Boston College's 16-10 victory over Clemson. The victory stopped a five-game losing streak, which was the Eagles' longest losing streak since 1998.

158: Jared Hassin's rushing yards to lead Army over VMI 29-7 . It was Hassin's third straight 100-yard rushing game.

164: Johnny White's total yards rushing in North Carolina's win over William & Mary 21-17 . White also had a 67-yard touchdown run with 5:27 to play.

180: UCF's Ronnie Weaver career-high rushing yards in the 49-35 victory over C-USA rival East Carolina.

184: Career-high rushing yards by South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore in the victory over Tennessee. He also had his 11th rushing touchdown of the season.

215: Rushing yards by North Texas' Lance Dunbar in the 33-6 victory over Western Kentucky . Dunbar also had three touchdowns in the first game under interim coach Mike Canales.

313: Total yards rushing and passing by Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase in the 44-10 victory over Purdue . The quarterback ran for 118 yards and threw for 195 and four touchdowns.

307:  School-record rushing yards by Roy Helu Jr. in Nebraska's 31-17 victory  over Missouri. Helu ran for touchdowns of 66, 73 and 53 yards. 

409: School-record number of passing yards by Ryan Mallett in Arkansas' 49-14 victory over Vanderbilt. Mallett topped his own record of 408 yards, set last year against Georgia, and finished 27 of 44 passing.




Posted on: October 23, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 3:43 pm
 

By the Numbers: Week 8's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 8, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

1: Western Kentucky earns its first win of the season, beating Louisiana-Lafayette 54-21, ending the nation's longest losing streak of 26 games.

5: A school-record touchdowns by Washaun Ealey in Georgia's 44-31 victory over Kentucky. Ealey finished with a season-high 157 yards on 28 carries before getting banged up late in the fourth quarter. His five rushing scores broke the school record of four, set most recently by former running back Robert Edwards in 1997. Ealey also matched Edwards' record for total touchdowns in a game set in 1995 against South Carolina.

3: Maryland safety Antwine Perez had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and Danny O'Brien threw for three touchdowns to lead the Terrapins to a 24-21 victory over Boston College.

166: Career-high rushing yards for Andre Ellington as Clemson ended a four-game losing streak to Georgia Tech in a 27-13 win.

172: Career-high rushing yards by Alex Green as Hawaii ran past Utah State 45-7. Green also had four touchdowns on runs of 2, 17, 36 and 60 yards for the Warriors.

176: Rushing yards by Arkansas' Knile Davis to go along with three touchdowns in the 38-24 victory over Ole Miss.

209: Ed Wesley had a career-high 209 yards and two touchdowns to lead TCU past Air Force 38-7. Wesley had more yards by himself than the nation's No. 1 rushing offense as the Frogs piled up 377 yards on the ground.

210: Rushing yards by Alexander Teich to lead Navy to its third victory against Notre Dame in the last four seasons, a 35-17 rout.

321: Passing yards by Jordan Wynn in Utah's 59-6 thrashing of Colorado State. The sophomore quarterback went 23 of 29 and reached the 300-yard mark for the third time in his career.

327:
Totals yards of offense by Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the 44-7 victory over Duke. Taylor had 280 yards passing and three touchdowns and is now less than 100 away from becoming the school's career leader in total offense.

 

 
 
 
 
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