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New Orleans Bowl
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 31 - North Texas 10
I knew it was over when North Texas only averaged 2.5 yards per play in
the first quarter, while Southern Miss averaged 12.3 yards and shut out
North Texas in addition to scoring 14 points. North Texas had just 40
yards to Southern Miss's 172 in the quarter, and Southern Miss went on
to nearly double North Texas in yards, ending the game with 403 yards.
I didn't change the channel because I wanted to see if Jamario Thomas of
North Texas - the NCAA leading rusher (in yards per game) and a true
freshman- had it in him to set an NCAA record for the most 200 yard
rushing games. He fell 108 yards short of making it after rushing for
just 92 yards.

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GMAC Bowl
BOWLING GREEN 52 - Memphis 35
I knew it was over when Memphis's DeAngelo
Williams, the third leading running back in
the nation, broke his fibula.
I didn't change the channel because Bowling
Green's Omar Jacobs threw five touchdown
passes.
The quirkiest moment of the game was in the
second quarter when the teams put up a
combined 35 points.
- Ian Robinson

Hawaii Bowl

CINCINNATI 32 -Marshall 14F
I knew it was over when Cincy blocked the Marshall punt on the 15 yard line
and got a safety with 10:50 left in the game to secure the final score.

HAWAII 59 - UAB 40

I knew it was over when Hawaii qua
Timmy Chang ran the ball just pas
edge of the endzone to give the W
52-33 lead.

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Changing the channel wasn't an option after watching Cincy walk all over
a team that has produced players like Chad Pennington and Byron
.eftwitch. The Bearcats held the Thundering Herd to a season low
134 yards, broke their string of 20 seasons with a winning record and
handed them their first ever bowl loss.
The most courageous player in the game was Cincy QB Gino Guidugli who
threw for 231 yard ... even with two broken bones.
- Anne Uible

I didn't change the channel because a
football, the Rainbows turned Ra
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led by Chang - the NCAA career
the nation's worst run defense, and
any game.
The most bizarre moment of the game
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The most surprising moment of the game was when Justin Almond, dubbed
Mr. Inconsistent heading into the game, threw for over 100 yards,
including one touchdown and one QB sneak to put Southern Miss up
14-0 with just 6:16 left in the first quarter.
- Sara Livingston

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FRESNO STATE 37 - Virginia 34

I knew it was over when Fresno State senior tight end Stephen Spach
caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Paul Pinegar in
overtime to win the game and lead the Bulldogs to an upset over No.
18 Virginia.
I didn't change the channel because after falling behind 21-7 in the
beginning of the second quarter, the Bulldogs - led by Pinegar's five-
touchdown passes - crawled back to tie the game 31-31 by the end of3
regulation.
The quirkiest moment of the game was when Pinegar caught his own pass
after it hit a Cavalier defender. Pinegar ended up in the box score with
-10 yards receiving.
- jack Herman

Motor City Bowl
CONNECTICUT 39 - Toledo 10
I knew it was over when ... although Connecticut set a Motor
City Bowl record by outscoring Toledo 17-0 in the first
quarter, the Huskies iced the win in the second quarter
when Dan Orlovsky hit Brian Sparks in the endzone, put-
ting Connecticut up 24-7. The Rockets, whose stand-
out quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was hampered
by a broken hand, could not recover.
I didn't change the channel because I couldn't reach
the remote control ... and no one would get it for
me.
The most unique aspect of the game was that this was
the Huskies's first bowl appearance since they
joined Division I-A three years ago.
- Megan Kolodgy

Did you watch so many of the 20 bowl games before Jan. 1 that
you can't remember the Motor City Bowlfrom the Insight Bowl?
The Michigan Daily sports staff worked hard over break to bring
you a new and final look at all those pre-New Year's Day bowls

Independence Bowl
IOWA STATE 17 - Miami (OH) 13
I knew it was over when Iowa State's Ellis Hobbs III intercepted Miami
(OH) quarterback Josh Betts's pass in the final minute of the game. With
the Cyclones leading by four, Hobbs stepped in front of Miami receiver
Ryan Busing and returned the interception 41 yards to seal the win.
I didn't change the channel because Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer
put on an almost Michael Vick-like performance. Meyer set up the
Cyclones' game-winning touchdown with a weaving 23-yard scramble
in the fourth quarter. The freshman finished the game with 122 rushing
yards, while adding 114 yards through the air on 10-for-28 passing.
The best moment of the game was that just prior to kick-off, Miami athletic
director Brad Bates fired up the RedHawks' lockerroom by announcing f
that offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery will succeed head coach
Terry Hoeppner, who is leaving to take the reins at Indiana next season.
Montgomery has been credited with developing former Miami quarter-$
back Ben Roethlisberger.
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OHIO STATE 33 - Oklahoma State 7
I knew it was over when Oklahoma St. turned the ball over on each of its
first two possessions. The Cowboys, who were first in the nation with a +18
turnover margin, were never a factor after quarterback Donovan Woods's
interception and fumble.
I didn't change the channel because Ohio St. wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.
was still in the ballgame. A leading candidate for the 2005 Heisman Trophy,'
Ginn was a threat to make a spectacular play every time he touched the ball.
The best moment of the game was watching Ginn break the ankles of Cowboy3
defenders on his 42-yard reception in the second quarter. The short screen;
pass looked dead until Ginn stutter-stepped his way around three opponents
and used his blazing speed to scamper across the field for another 30 yards.
- Dan Ording

BOSTON COLLEGE 37 - North Carolina 24
I knew it was over when Boston College's kicker Ryan
Ohliger ran 21 yards on a fake field goal to put Boston
College upnby 10 points midway through the fourth quarter.
I didn't change the channel because the game went back and forth with the
score, tied at 21 at halftime and neither team holding more than a seven
point lead until the fourth quarter.
The worst and best moment of the game was when Boston College's quar-
terback and leader Paul Peterson scrambled out of the pocket and was
awkwardly tackled. He broke his left tibia on the play after
previously having six screws inserted into his right wrist
after break- ing it in November. While he was
being carted out of the stadium,'
his team scored on the fake field
w goal and took control of the game.
And afterwards, he was named
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- Kevin Wright
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Holida Bowl_ _
TEXAS TECH 45 - California 31
I knew it was over when Cal receiver Robert Jordan let
a perfect Aaron Rodgers pass go directly through his
hands, and the ball was picked off by Texas Tech's Vin-
cent Meeks, who returned it 47 yards to the Cal 22 yard-
line. The Red Raiders took a 17-14 lead three plays later and
they never looked back from there.
I didn't change the channel because I was actually at the game. But as a
diehard Cal fan, I sure as hell wish I would have been able to channel
surf. Isn't the O.C. a Thursday night TV show? Just kidding ... or am I?.
Yes, I most definitely am.
The most impressive part of the game was the halftime fireworks show. It
was better than any Fourth of July show these eyes have ever seen. It
was absolutely mesmerizing. Who cares that the smoke loomed over the:
field and stands for most of the third quarter?
- Gennaro Filice

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 3
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Music City Bowl
MINNESOTA 20 - Alabama 16
I knew it was over when Alabama lost its starting quarterback, tailback, fullback
and tight end during the season, but still made the Music City Bowl.

I didn't change the channel because the Gophers had found a way to lose five of their
last six games and a Glen Mason-coached team can always find an entertaining
way to lose a game it should win.
The funniest moment of the game was the look on Mason's face when Alabama
quarterback Spencer Pennington missed a wide-open receiver in the back
of the endzone that would have won the game. After ultimately winning the
game against the short-handed Crimson Tide, Mason and the rest of the

I knew it was over when ... never did I think one of these teams had it in the bag.
With seven lead changes right up until the last few minutes, it was anyone's guess
which team would walk away with that bell-shaped trophy.
I didn't change the channel because if I did, I might have missed a
big play by one of these two great offenses. Although the
scoreboard made it look like these two teams were equals,
the Cardinals out-rushed the Broncos 564-284. Boise's
secret was its four takeaways, which led to 17 points.
The smoothest move in this game was when Louisville QB
Stefan LeFors (who by the way is the only member of y"
his immediate and extended family who can hear)
pulled an Archie Manning. In the third quarter, A
he faked a handoff, and hid the ball behind his
back. He then threw a 25-yard pass to Adam
McCauley. The drive ended in a touchdown
which spurred the Cardinals comeback from a
34-21 deficit.
- Ellen McGarrity

team celebrated like they had won the Rose Bowl. Instead, Minnesota had
defeateda 6-6 team by the skin of their noses.
- Matt Venegoni

Second annual "Ellens"
presented by Ellen McGarrity

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