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Bowl Week 1 Summaries
Good Luck to you all and let us know how your final game of the season went!
hawaii dominates byu in new mexico bowl 51-21 in a game that was 21-28 at halftime passing was huge for hawaii. this is ndcolts1979 last season with hawaii and it ended on a high note
Rutgers vs NIU
It what was considered to be an "easy" win for The Rutger Scarlett Knights, proved to be otherwise. NIU wanted to demonstrate that the MAC was a conference to be reckoned with. They wanted to prove that on any given Saturday, a team from the MAC could compete with any team in the country.
The first qtr was a defense battle as each team would try to figure out what the other was trying to do. At the end of the first qtr, the game was even at 0-0.
The second qtr saw an eruption from the Huskies. They scored 21 unanswered points. It all started with a 3 yd td run by back-up RB Meco Brown with 5:57 remaining in the qtr. On the very next possession, Safety Mike Sobol intercepted a pass from Rutger QB Tom Savage and returned it 33 yds for the score. This made the score 14-0, NIU.
After a 3 and out from Rutgers, NIU marched down the field and scored on a 19 yd pass td to L. Cox to put NIU up 21-0. Starting QB Chandler Harnish had the wind knocked out of him, but returned in the second half to finish the game. Rutgers would score 3 on the following drive, but NIU would respond with a 5 yd td run from Ricky Crider right before the half to lead 28-3 at the half.
Each team would play pretty good defense in the second half as NIU goes on to win their first bowl game under new Coach Forever. NIU was able to accomplish many things this season. They were able to win the MAC Championship, win the Motor City Bowl and have a double-digit winning season (10).
Wow, what a great season, Forever!
Thks Jam, same to ya!!!
SDSU 23-20 USC OT
Poinsettia Bowl Champs!
Adam Henry's touchdown with :11 to play
Amidst rumors of his departure, Coach Alexander led his underdog San Diego State Aztecs to one of the biggest wins in its history. With the #18 AztecsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ 23-20 overtime win over #25 USC, SDSU improved to 11-2 making this yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s team one of 3 Aztec teams to win 11 games, the other 2 were the 1966 and 1969 teams, which both went 11-0.
The game started ominously for the Aztecs, who saw the Trojans race out to a 10-0 lead and it appeared that there was just too much talent and speed for San Diego State to compete with after Ronald Johnson hauled in a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“yard touchdown pass on the Trojans opening drive. San Diego State would then go 3 & out after Alexander tried to get senior running back and San Diego native Brandon Sullivan going. USC would have to settle for a field goal on their ensuing possession, giving SC a 10-point lead at the end of the opening quarter.
San Diego State opened the 2nd quarter scoring with a 6-yard touchdown pass to senior Vincent Brown on a perfectly thrown pass from senior quarterback Ryan Lindley. That touchdown after the Aztecs defense kept the vaunted Trojan offense out of the endzone breathed life into the SDSU sideline.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThat stretch at the end of the 1st quarter and start of the 2nd quarter was really crucial for us.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Coach Alexander said in his post game press conference ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI was really proud of how the kids battled. A lot of teams would have folded right there, but we kept fighting and started to get over who was on the other sideline.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The Aztecs defense was once again able to keep USC out of the endzone and forced another field goal, making the score 13-7 in USCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s favor. Lindley once again led his team deep into Trojan territory, but couldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t quite get them in the endzone this time and the Aztecs would have to settle for a field goal of their own making the halftime score 13-10.
The 3rd quarter was a defensive battle with the only score coming with :01 left when Stahovich connected for the 2nd time on the day from yards out to tie the game at 13. The 4th quarter continued to be a defensive struggle as the teams exchanged punts before CJ Gable scored a touchdown with 2:37 left in the game. San Diego State was unable to move the ball once again and with 3 timeouts left and the ball near midfield, Coach Alexander decided to punt and pin the Trojans deep. was able to angle the ball out of bounds at the inside the Trojan 5 yard line. With just over a minute to play, USC decided to make SDSU burn their timeouts while going for the game-clinching first down. The Trojans came up short and were forced to punt after 3 Gable runs. San Diego State got the ball back with about a half a minute to play. Lindley hit freshman receiver Adam Henry on a post, then a streak and he was tackled into the endzone for the game-tying score with just :11 to play. San Diego StateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s defense stepped up once again in overtime and USC missed their field goal wide left. Coach Alexander didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t waste any time in sending Stahovich out on the field for a game-winning 42-yard field goal that split the uprights.
Stahovich's game-winning field goal
San Diego State will finish the season ranked for the 2nd time ever and the 1st time since 1977. This yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ranking could eclipse the #16 ranking of the 1977 team. The AztecsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ Poinsettia Bowl victory last night was the culmination of one of the biggest and most surprising college football turnarounds ever. Last year, San Diego State struggled through a 3-9 season and Coach Alexander came in, turned it around and now it looks like he may be headed for greener pastures. Stay tuned in the coming weeks.
good work jca...
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