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Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 4:00 pm
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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: November 2, 2009 3:15 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2009 3:21 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- San Diego State

It didn't take long for Brady Hoke to make an impact at his new job.

The former Ball State coach has guided San Diego State to a 4-4 record after beating New Mexico 23-20 over the weekend. With the victory, the Aztecs move up to No. 82 in the latest CBSSports.com 120 rankings.

Ryan LindleyThe Aztecs now have a legit shot to finish 6-6 and make a bowl game, something they haven't done since 1998 when the team went 7-5 and played in the Las Vegas Bowl.

"Obviously you want to win more than you lose," said Hoke. "These kids have worked hard. Our seniors have done a tremendous job. For them, that's why we get excited as coaches to sing our fight song in the locker room. Guys know how we played and what we need to do to get better. It's great to be at that point right now."

A three-point win over a winless team might not seem like a big deal to most schools, but not only did the Aztecs snap an eight-game losing skid to the Lobos, but got revenge for last year's 70-7 beating.

San Diego State still has to play two of the biggest teams in the conference, beginning with TCU on Saturday and then at Utah on Nov. 21. But win or lose, things are starting to look up in San Diego.

This is a program that was supposed to turn things around with Tom Craft and Chuck Long, but neither could get the program going. Long was 9-27 in three seasons, including 2-10 last season.

"It's always good," said quarterback Ryan Lindley on what it means to win. "I think getting to .500 is something that, this late in the season, this program hasn't done in awhile and it's always good to get a victory."

Things just got tougher for the Aztecs as Vincent Brown will likely miss the rest of the regular season. The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting that Brown, who leads the team with 45 catches and 778 yards, suffered a thumb injury against Colorado State. He underwent several tests last week that revealed ligament damage.

Boise State/Oregon

The voters had to do some switching in the Top 10 after Oregon dismantled USC 47-20. Oregon moved up from No. 11 to No. 7, but a majority of the voters felt Boise State should still be ranked ahead of the Ducks based on the head-to-head meeting. So Boise State moved from No. 8 to No. 6.

Boise State is ranked ahead of Oregon in every major poll, including the BCS.

Key games

There are some key games in the non top 25 this weekend. One of the biggest is between No. 41 Kansas and No. 56 Kansas State.

The Wildcats actually lead the Big 12 North with a 3-2 conference record and 5-4 overall. Kansas is 5-3 overall, but just 1-3 in conference. Kansas State can take another step closer to winning the division with a win over the Jayhawks.

Not bad for a program many thought would be in shambles this season, but Bill Snyder has done a good job getting this team into position to make a bowl game.

Meanwhile, Kansas' Todd Reesing was benched against Texas Tech, but coach Mark Mangino said Reesing will be back as the starter against the Wildcats.

The other big game to keep an eye on is No. 43 Fresno State at No. 44 Idaho. Even though Boise State steals most of the headlines in the conference, Fresno State is 4-1 in WAC play, while Idaho is also 4-1. Don't forget about Nevada either, they are 4-0 in conference play.

Notes

... Miami (Ohio) won its first game of the season, beating Toledo 31-24. It might be the last win of the season because the Redhawks still have to play at Temple, Bowling Green and Buffalo.

... No. 120 ranked Western Kentucky was in a wild game, losing to North Texas 68-49. Riley Dodge accounted for seven touchdowns, four passing and three rushing, as North Texas matched its school record of 68 points set against Youngstown State in 1957.

... After being ranked for the first time last week, Central Michigan fell out of the Top 25. It lost 31-10 to Boston College to drop from No. 22 to No. 35.

Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:28 pm
 

CWS: Five to keep your eye on

With the College World Series beginning Friday, here are five players to keep your eye on for the next couple of weeks:

5. Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee: The sophomore was named first-team All-America and is one of 30 players up for the 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. Bentz was close to winning the triple crown, leading the nation in average (.482), home runs (28). He ranks 25th in RBI with 72. Brentz has also pitched this season, going 5-3 with a 4.78 ERA.

4. Mike Leake, Arizona State: The junior pitcher became the first Pac-10 player to win conference pitcher of the year in consecutive seasons. He enters the CWS with a 14-1 record and a 1.24 ERA. He also has 128 strikeouts in 115 2/3 innings, while walking only 18.

Stephen Strasburg3. Jared Mitchell, LSU: The two-sport star (plays wide receiver for the Tigers) is expected to be a top pick in the upcoming draft. He is currently hitting .326 with a team-leading 30 steals. He was drafted in the 10th round by the Twins out of high school, but opted to go to LSU to play football and baseball.

2. Dustin Ackley, North Carolina: The first baseman, who is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, is hitting .399 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI. Ackley was named ACC player of the year and is one of only two players in school history with 300 hits and 200 runs scored.

1. Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State: The projected No. 1 pick by the Nationals in the upcoming draft is having a phenomenal season. He is 13-0 with a 1.24 ERA and has 180 strikeouts in 102 innings. He recently set the Mountain West Conference records for strikeouts in a season and career (360). He was named national player of the week five times in 2009 and eight times in his career. Was named the winner of 2008 Dick Case Award, presented to USA Baseball's Player of the Year, for his performance with the collegiate national team and the U.S. Olympic squad last summer.

 
 
 
 
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