2014-2015 Bowl Rankings - The Terrific

2014-2015 Bowl Rankings - The Terrific. Bowl games that were more than worth the watch, and turned out to be terrific.

2014-2015 Bowls

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

The Terrific: The fantastic and terrific bowl games. They just weren't the epics

12. Dec. 29 AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Texas A&M 45, West Virginia 37

Kyle Allen ran threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as Texas A&M won a shootout, but there were some rocky parts early on. The Aggies took a 7-0 lead on a 44-yard Josh Reynolds touchdown, but West Virginia scored 17 straight helped by a 45-yard Mario Alford touchdown catch and a 35-yard pick six from K.J. Dillon. But Allen got hot finding Malcome Kennedy for an 11-yard score, running for a 14 yard touchdown, and leading the way to a 45-30 lead after three quarters finished off by a nine-yard Kennedy catch. The Mountaineers kept fighting, pulling within eight late on a four-yard Elijah Wellman scoring catch, but A&M held on.

11. Dec. 27 National University Holiday Bowl
USC 45, Nebraska 42

In a fun offensive shootout, Adoree Jackson returned a kickoff for a touchdown and took a pass 71 yards for a touchdown, and Javorius Allen scored on runs from two and 44 yards out for USC, but Nebraska wouldn’t go away. Ameer Abdullah ran for a 20-yard score and Tommy Armstrong threw three touchdown passes and ran for a 15-yard score on fourth down as the Huskers pulled within three late, but a final Hail Mary attempt was batted away.

10. Dec. 31 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl
Boise State 38, Arizona 30

Boise State dominated early, and then hung on for dear life late as Arizona QB Anu Solomon was sacked deep in Bronco territory as time ran out. The Broncos got out to a 21-0 first quarter lead as Jay Ajayi tore off touchdown runs from 56 and 16 yards out, and Chaz Anderson caught a 57-yard touchdown pass, and Ajayi answered a Solomon one-yard scoring run with a one-yard run of his own. But it was mostly Arizona the rest of the way as Casey Skowron hit three field goals, Nick Wilson ran for a one-yard score, and Samajie Grant caught a 51-yard touchdown pass to help get within eight, but the Bronco defense held on late with a 16-yard pick six from Donte Deayon and the late stop.
What Else? Boise State RB Jay Ajayi ran 22 times for 134 yards and three scores
- Arizona QB Anu Solomon completed 28-of-49 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown with two picks, and ran 23 times for 32 yards and a touchdown

9. Dec. 27 Hyundai Sun Bowl
Arizona State 36, Duke 31

Arizona State avoided a collapse late as Kalen Ballage returned a kickoff 96 yards leading to a Demario Richard four-yard touchdown catch off a shovel pass for a 36-31 lead. The Sun Devils missed on the two-point conversion, and Duke roared down the field to get into position for the possible game-winning touchdown, but Kweishi Brown picked off an Anthony Boone pass in the end zone and the Sun Devils were able to run out the clock. ASU held a 20-3 lead in the first half on two Zane Gonzalez field goals and two short touchdown runs from Demario Richard, but Boone threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Shaquille Powell, and Jamison Crowder returned a punt 68 yards for a score to make it a game. Just when it seemed like the Sun Devils took control with an 11-yard touchdown catch from Richard and a third Gonzalez field goal, Boone was at it again with a 14-yard TD pass to Johnell Barnes and a trick play 12-yard scoring pass from Crowder to Issac Blakeney on the way to a 31-30 lead before Ballage’s big return.

8. Dec. 30 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Notre Dame 31, LSU 28

Kyle Brindza hit a 32-yard field goal as time ran out to give Notre Dame the big special teams moment LSU couldn’t come up with. The Tigers got a late field goal attempt blocked, and came up painfully short on a fake field goal attempt for a touchdown late in the first half, but they were still ahead in the second half after starting out with a 75-yard touchdown pass to John Diarse on the first play, and getting an 89-yard touchdown dash from Leonard Fournette for a 28-21 lead. But Notre Dame had some fireworks of its own with a 50-yard scoring dash from C.J. Prosise to tie it as part of a 10-0 run to close out. LSU had one big special teams moment in the first half as Fournette returned a kickoff for a score to answer a seven-yard touchdown run from Malik Zaire, but the Irish kept pace throughout, controlling the game with its ground attack.

7. Dec. 27 New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Penn State 31, Boston College 30 OT

Sam Ficken saved Penn State with a 45-yard field goal late in regulation to force overtime, and his extra point proved to be the difference. Boston College had the ball first in OT and scored on a 21-yard Tyler Murphy pass to David Dudeck, but Mike Knoll missed the extra point. Penn State answered with a ten-yard Kyle Carter touchdown catch to tie it before Ficken’s conversion. The Nittany Lions started out the scoring on a 72-yard Chris Godwin catch, but BC scored the next 21 points highlighted by a 49-yard run from Jon Hilliman and a 40-yard scoring dash from Murphy. But Penn State wouldn’t go away with Christian Hackenberg leading two second have touchdown drives with scoring passes to Geno Lewis and DaeSean Hamilton to tie it at 21, but Knoll hit a 20-yard field goal with just over two minutes to play. There was too much time for Hackenberg, who went 49 yards in eight plays giving Ficken a shot to force overtime.

6. Jan. 1 Outback Bowl
Wisconsin 34, Auburn 31 OT

Auburn’s Daniel Carlson’s overtime field goal attempt hit off the right upright after Rafael Gaglianone hit a 25-yarder in the extra frame to give Wisconsin the win. Gaglianone also nailed a 25-yarder to force overtime following a long Auburn scoring drive finished off by a two-yard Cameron Artis-Payne scoring run. Melvin Gordon ran wild, taking off for touchdown runs from 25, 53 and six yards out, but Auburn kept pace the whole way highlighted by a 66-yard Ricardo Louis touchdown catch in the second and a 20-yard C.J. Uzomah scoring play in the fourth. Neither team was ever ahead by more than one score.

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


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