Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by jello1717, Oct 5, 2013.
Post 'em here.
#4 Illinois 47
#8 Alabama 21
Despite being 1 of only 2 teams in the country with only 1 loss on the season (and that loss coming to the #1 team in the country) Illinois was cheated out of a shot in the NCG. Also despite being currently ranked #4, they Illini didn't even get a BCS bowl bid with the 2 loss Terrapins playing in the NCG. Illinois didn't let this distract them or have any kind of a let down in the Capital One Bowl against #8 Alabama. In the Crimson Tide Illinois faced a 2nd straight team that was vastly superior to their own and coach Jello fully expected a repeat of their CCG performance. However the Illini surprisingly dominated this game from start to finish. Alabama closed to within a TD in the 2nd half but that small of a lead didn't last for long.
With this victory the Illini have achieved their 1 and only goal for this season which was to finish in the top 5 so that they can gain their 6th star. This makes the 3rd OD in a row that coach Jello has taken a 3* team and gotten them to 6* in the shortest amount of time possible. It's also the 3rd straight OD that his team was the first team to gain a 6th * (I chose the word "gained" since this year Michigan started the OD with a 6th star). Now comes the slow process of building a team that can compete with Michigan on the field. Given that they were given a 3 year head start on the Illini it'll still be about 3-4 years before that'll happen, but at least we can finally start the process.
QB Aaron Bailey - 208.7, 19/25(76%), 301 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT - 6 car, 53 yds (8.8 YPC), TD
HB#1 Josh Ferguson - 15 car, 86 yds (5.7 YPC), TD
WR Fred Jackson - 6 rec, 76 yds, 2 TD
Be 6 or 7 before we can field a team that can compete with them so don't fret
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Nebraska 45 - 44 West Virginia
Nebraska came from behind again and didn't even have the courtesy to give Mountaineer fans a reach around. WVU came out guns blazing, building up a 31-10 lead in the second quarter. The Huskers scored with under a minute left to cut the lead to 31-17 and they received the ball to start the second half. The Nebraska offense would not be stopped in the second half, scoring TDs on every possession. WVU dropped a couple balls in the second half, which led to their demise.
Mississippi State 7
The Badgers used a 3 yards and a cloud of dust gameplan to totally dominate the Bulldogs. Bucky controlled the time of possession by a overwhelming 18 minutes to 9. Corey Clement continues to show the coaching staff that he will be an absolute stud the next two years, rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Melvin Gordon played his final game, with 75 yards and a score.
Maryland wins a rematch with the Michigan Wolverines and take home their first BCS National Championship. Maryland went on the board first only to be answered by Michigan to end the 1st quarter with a 7-7 tie score. Maryland would then score 10 unanswered to go up 17-7 with less than a minute to go in the half. With that minute, Michigan drove and scored 7 which made the halftime score 17-14 Maryland. Michigan would maintain its hotstreak and drive the ball on the opening drive of the 3rd quarter for a touchdown and their first lead of the game. The 4th quarter saw Maryland dominate T.O.P. as HB W. Brown went to work and scored from 13 out to take an early 4th quarter lead. On Michigan's next possession Maryland intercepted QB Brown. Maryland converted multiple 3rd downs during a crucial time consuming drive to go up 13 with 40 seconds remaining. Michigan would score a TD late but failed to recover an onside kick.
Coach Rice had this to say about the game "Our games always come down to a turnover here or a failed 3rd down conversion there, we knew it would be a battle and we knew we had to be aggressive offensively! We competed the whole season and it paid off!.
GG NeuroticTruth Them turnovers pretty much killed you, It was a battle though! Cant wait to get it on again next season.
Maryland Game balls:
Offense: HB W. Brown 26 Att 154 Yds 1 TD
Defense: LB A. Logan 5 Tckls
Play of the game: D. Dailey pass to T. Jacob for 27yds to convert a late 3rd down.
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