2014-2015 Bowl Rankings - Worth The Watch

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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

Worth it: They might not have been classics, but they were worth the watch

20. Jan. 2 Valero Alamo Bowl
UCLA 40, Kansas State 35

UCLA needed a big late play to avoid a massive collapse, and it got it as Paul Perkins tore off a 67–yard run to put the game away – sort of. His dash gave the Bruins a late 12-point lead, but as was the problem all throughout the second half, the D took its foot off the gas and Kansas State made it interesting on a Jake Waters 29-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett to keep the game alive. The Bruins recovered the onside kick, but it was a fight. UCLA got up early, and it needed the padding after a big Kansas State comeback. The Bruins got up 17-0 helped by Brett Hundley touchdown runs from ten and 28 yards out, and it got ugly going into halftime with Perkins running for a 32-yard score and Hundley finding Devin Lucien from even yards out for a 31-6 lead. But the Wildcats didn’t quit as Lockett caught a three-yard touchdown pass and Jake Waters ran for a one-yard score as part of a 21-3 scoring run to pull within six late before Perkins’ dash.

19. Dec. 26 Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl
NC State 34, UCF 27

Jacoby Brissett threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Alston, and Matt Dayes ran for third quarter scores from 24 and 15 yards out as NC State held a 34-13 lead in the fourth and cruised the rest of the way. UCF took a 10-7 lead in the second on a six-yard Josh Reese touchdown catch, but it was all Wolfpack with 17 straight points and a 27-3 run to put it away. The Knights made it interesting late on Reese touchdown catches from 14 and two yards out, but they couldn’t get any closer than seven.

18. Dec. 23 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Navy 17, San Diego State 16

Austin Grebe hit a 24-yard field goal with 1:27 to play to give Navy a 17-16 lead, and San Diego State couldn’t respond as Donny Hageman missed a 34-yard field goal in the final seconds. It wasn’t pretty with seven turnovers combined between the two teams, but it got interesting late as Hageman hit a 30-yarder in the third quarter for an Aztec lead following a Navy six-yard touchdown from Keenan Reynolds, but SDSU settled for too many field goal attempts – Hageman also hit from 43 and 37. Navy took an early lead on a one-yard Reynolds run, but SDSU scored the next 13 points starting with a five-yard Donnel Pumphrey run. That would be the only touchdown of the day for the Aztecs.

17. Dec. 20 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Bowling Green 33, South Alabama 28
Just 16 seconds after Bowling Green squandered the lead for the first time all night, WR Roger Lewis wrested it back on a 78-yard touchdown catch from James Knapke with 1:04 left. An interception from Bowling Green’s Jude Adjei-Barimah on the ensuing drive ended South Alabama’s final bid for the victory. Lewis opened the scoring well, hooking up with Knapke from 44 yards out to stake the Falcons to a lead it wouldn’t relinquish until RB Terrance Timmons plunged into the end zone with 1:20 remained in the game.

16. Dec. 31 Capital One Orange Bowl
Georgia Tech 49, Mississippi State 34

Georgia Tech scored the first 14 points of the game on a three-yard Synjyn Days run and a 41-yard Darren Waller touchdown grab, and the O didn’t slow down from there. Mississippi State kept up the pace in the second quarter with 13 straight points on two Evan Sobiesk field goals and a five-yard Dak Prescott run, and following a Tech touchdown from Justin Thomas on a 13-yard dash with 29 seconds to play in the first half, MSU took the momentum into the locker room on a 42-yard Hail Mary grabbed by Fred Ross. The Yellow Jackets took it right back with a Days 69-yard touchdown run on the second play of the second half. Thomas ran for scores from 32 and 15 yards out, and the game was in hand. De’Runnya Wilson caught two fourth quarter touchdown passes for the Bulldogs, but a Days four yard touchdown run kept Tech well ahead.

15. Jan. 12 College Football Playoff National Championship
Ohio State 42, Oregon 20

Ohio State won the national championship with Ezekiel Elliott running for four touchdowns including a 33 yarder on the way to a 21-7 lead, but Oregon didn’t go away. The Ducks scores on their opening drive with Keanon Lowe catching a seven-yard touchdown pass, and early in the third, following a turnover, they needed one play and a 70-yard Byron Marshall touchdown catch to keep the game alive. But Elliott and the power running game put the game away with 21 unanswered points on runs of nine, two and one yard away. Oregon’s offense was able to move the ball, but couldn’t put points on the board with misfire after misfire, and the D couldn’t get off the field.

14. Dec. 27 Duck Commander Independence Bowl
South Carolina 24, Miami 21

In a fight of a game, Pharoh Cooper came up with a big performance highlighted by a 78-yard touchdown catch to help South Carolina get up 17-6 in the first half, but it wouldn’t be easy the rest of the way. Miami settled for two Michael Badgley field goals early on, and went on two long scoring marches in the second half with Gus Edwards running for a three-yard score and Phillip Dorsett closing out a 72-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown catch with just over two minutes to play to close within three – that was as close as the Hurricanes would get. The game turned in the fourth on a huge hit on Miami’s Duke Johnson, who lost a fumble while getting hurt. Three plays later, Dylan Thompson ran for a two-yard score for a ten-point lead with just over four minutes left.

13. Jan. 1 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Missouri 33, Minnesota 17

Down two, Missouri took over the fourth quarter with a 78-yard touchdown run from Russell Hansbrough and a seven-yard Bud Sasser scoring grab to put away a strong effort from the Gophers. Missouri held a 13-7 lead on two Andrew Baggett field goals and a 25-yard Sasser touchdown, but Maxx Williams gave Minnesota the lead on a brilliant third quarter catch and hurdling run for a 54-yard score. The Tigers controlled things the rest of the way with Maty Mauk running for an 18-yard score to start 20-3 scoring run to close things out.

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

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