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Top 50 Bowl Performances: No. 1 to 25
50. Marshall WR Tommy Shuler
Playing with longtime Rakeem Cato one final time, Shuler caught a Boca Raton Bowl-high 18 balls for 185 yards and a touchdown.
49. Bowling Green QB James Knapke
The Bart Starr MVP of the Camellia Bowl threw for 368 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 25-of-39 passing to lead the Falcons over South Alabama.
48. Clemson DE Vic Beasley
Beasley led a dominant defensive effort in a 40-6 Russell Athletic Bowl win over Oklahoma, chipping in with five tackles, three stops for loss and a pass breakup.
47. Rutgers S Lorenzo Waters
Waters was the Knights’ defensive star in their 40-21 decimation of North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl, notching 14 tackles, a pair of fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal.
46. Virginia Tech RB J.C. Coleman
Coleman set a Hokie bowl record with 157 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries to help lead a surprisingly easy 33-17 Military Bowl win over Cincinnati.
45. Boise State LB Tanner Vallejo
The Broncos moved to 3-0 all-time in the Fiesta Bowl thanks in large part to the defensive heroics of Vallejo, who pitched in a game-high 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
44. Western Michigan WR Corey Davis
In a losing effort to Air Force in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Davis caught eight passes for 176 yards and all three of the Broncos’ touchdowns.
43. Rice QB Driphus Jackson
Jackson provided the offensive punch for the Owls in their Hawaii Bowl rout of Fresno State, needing just 15 completions and 13 carries to account for 359 total yards and three touchdowns.
42. Toledo LB Trent Voss
While there wasn’t a lot of defense played in the GoDaddy Bowl, Voss was still able to stick out by making 10 tackles, four stops for minus yards and a fumble recovery in he end zone.
41. Oregon WR Darren Carrington
Carrington picked up the slack after Devon Allen went down, and outplayed Florida State WR Rashad Greene, catching seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the Rose Bowl.
40. TCU DE James McFarland
McFarland was the face of a Horned Frog defense that suffocated Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl, making four stops, two tackles for loss, a sack and a diving interception in the end zone for a score.
39. Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire
In his first career start, Zaire earned Music City Bowl MVP by rushing for a team-high 96 yards and a touchdown, and completing 12-of-15 passes for 96 more yards and another score in an upset of LSU.
38. Arizona State RB Demario Richard
The Sun Devils’ Sun Bowl MVP made the most of his 12 touches, seven carries and five receptions, accounting for 63 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Duke.
37. USC RB Javorius Allen
Much like he did throughout the regular season, Allen ran downhill versus Nebraska, totaling a Holiday Bowl-high 152 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
36. Rutgers RB Josh Hicks
The future at running back is bright for the Scarlet Knights, which got 202 yards and a touchdown on just 19 carries in a Quick Lane Bowl rout of North Carolina.
35. Oregon S Erick Dargan
OLB Tony Washington was the Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl, but Dargan was the real hero on D for the Ducks. He bolstered a secondary that was without star CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu by making eight tackles, forcing a fumble and picking off a Jameis Winston pass.
34. Alabama P JK Scott
Scott might have been named Sugar Bowl MVP had the Tide beaten Ohio State in the Superdome. The true freshman was remarkable, averaging 55 yards, including a long of 73 yards, and five of his seven punts were placed inside the Buckeye 20.
33. Boise State RB Jay Ajayi
Ajayi staked the Broncos to an early Fiesta Bowl lead over Arizona that they’d never relinquish, taking off for 22 carries for 134 yards and three first-half touchdown runs.
32. Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett
Lockett accounted for 249 all-purpose yards in the Alamo Bowl loss to UCLA, highlighted by a game-high 13 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
31. Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs
Dobbs was the catalyst for the Volunteers’ first bowl win since 2008, rushing for 76 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 129 yards and another score on 16-of-21 passing.
30. UCLA LB Eric Kendricks
Kendricks was named Defensive MVP of the Alamo Bowl, leading the way with 10 tackles, three stops for loss and two of the Bruins’ seven sacks of Kansas State QB Jake Waters. In fact, all of the UCLA linebackers played well, namely Myles Jack and guided missile Deon Hollins, who had three sacks.
29. TCU QB Trevone Boykin
Yeah, Boykin was picked off three by Ole Miss. But the Peach Bowl Offensive MVP still sparked a 42-3 decimation of the Rebels with 65 yards on the ground and 187 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-31 passing.
28. Baylor WR KD Cannon
The Bears’ Cannon exploded all over a very good Michigan State secondary in the Cotton Bowl, catching eight balls for 197 yards and two touchdowns to cap a breakout rookie season in Waco.
27. Ohio State LB Darron Lee
Just a rookie, Lee earned Defensive MVP honors of the Buckeyes’ Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama with seven tackles, three stops behind the line and a couple of sacks of Blake Sims.
26. Central Michigan WR Titus Davis
Davis went berserk in the final quarter of the Bahamas Bowl to finish with six receptions for 142 yards and four touchdown grabs.
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