2014-2015 Bowl Rankings - The Classics

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2014-2015 Bowls

Ranking The Bowls  - The Classics

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Ranking The 2014-2015 Bowls:
The Classics | The Terrific | Worth The Watch
Bowls. Nothing More | The Duds  | The Disasters

The Classics: The defining games of the bowl season

5. Jan. 2 Armed Forces Bowl
Houston 35, Pitt 34

Pitt was cruising along up 34-13 with just over six minutes to play, and then Houston pulled off an all-timer of a bowl miracle as Greg Ward Jr. found Deontay Greenberry for a touchdown, the Cougars recovered the onside kick, Ward Jr. found Demarcus Ayers for a 29-yard score with under two minutes to play, the Cougars recovered the onside kick, and shocked the Panthers with a 25-yard scoring pass to Greenberry to pull within on. On fire, Houston went for two and got it as Ward Jr. calmly waited until Greenberry broke open for two and the improbable lead. Pitt still had one last shot, and would’ve been well within field goal range in the final seconds , but Tyler Boyd dropped a pass and the Cougars ended up holding on.
What Else? Houston QB Greg Ward, Jr. completed 15-of-24 passes for 274 yards and three scores, and ran 14 times for 92 yards

4. Jan. 1 Allstate Sugar Bowl
Ohio State 42, Alabama 35

In a wild thriller, Ohio State overcame a 21-6 deficit with timely defense, a power running offense, and several big plays highlighted by Ezekiel Elliott’s 85-yard touchdown run with just over three minutes to play for a 42-28 lead. Alabama came back quickly with Amari Cooper catching a six-yard touchdown pass, but the Tide’s final gasp attempt – following a missed onside kick and a defensive stop – was picked off. The Buckeyes exploded for 28 straight points in the middle of the game with Steve Miller returning a Blake Sims interception 41 yards for a touchdown, and Devin Smith catching a 47-yard touchdown pass in the third, but Alabama stayed alive with a long drive finished off with a five-yard Sims run. Mistakes, three turnovers, and a porous run defense proved to be too costly for the Tide.

3. Jan. 1 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Michigan State 42, Baylor 41

Up six, Baylor was trying for a late field goal to put it away, but Michigan State blocked it and had late life. Connor Cook found Keith Mumphery for a ten-yard score with 17 seconds remaining, and the Spartan D held to cap off an improbable win scoring 21 unanswered points. Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes including plays from 48 and 74 yards away to KD Cannon, and Jay Lee found Corey Coleman for a 53-yard trick play touchdown on the way to a 34-14 lead. Petty’s third touchdown pass – 18 yards out to LaQuan McGowan – for 41-21 advantage, but it was MSU the rest of the way.

2. Dec. 22 Miami Beach Bowl
Memphis 55, BYU 48 2OT

It’ll be remembered for the post-game brawl, but it was so much more. In the second overtime, Memphis took the lead on a Paxton Lynch 11-yard touchdown pass to Roderick Proctor, and BYU couldn’t answer as Christian Stewart’s pass was picked off by DaShaughn Terry on the second play of the Cougars’ attempt. Lynch forced overtime on a five-yard touchdown pass to Keiwone Malone on fourth down with 45 seconds to play in regulation, and after BYU’s Trevor Samson hit a 45-yard kick in the first overtime, MU’s Jake Elliott answered with a bomb of a 54-yard field goal to force the second OT. It was a wild back-and-forth shootout all game long with Stewart throwing three touchdown passes and Lynch four, but the two quarterbacks also made a slew of big mistakes with the teams combining for nine turnovers including a 19-yard pick six from BYU’s Zach Stout for a seven-point lead with just under eight minutes to play. Good field position led to the late Memphis touchdown to force overtime.

1. Dec. 24 Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl
WKU 49, Central Michigan 48

In one of the wackiest and wildest bowl games ever, Central Michigan roared back down 49-14 in the fourth with five Cooper Rush touchdown passes including a 75-yard Hail Mary/multi-lateral pass play that finished up with Titus Davis diving into the end zone with no time left on the clock, but Rush misfired on the two-point conversion attempt. In all, Rush set a bowl record with seven touchdown passes including four to Davis from 21, 12 and 23 yards out before the final play, but WKU had an okay offensive showing, too. Brandon Doughty threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers, and Leon Allen and Anthony Wales each ran for scores on the way to the big lead, but the D didn’t hold on until the very, very end. 

Ranking The 2014-2015 Bowls:
The Classics | The Terrific | Worth The Watch
Bowls. Nothing More | The Duds  | The Disasters

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