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Cal strong arms Illinois in the Redbox Bowl

Santa Clara, CA - DECEMBER 30: California Golden Bears running back Christopher Brown Jr. (34) runs the ball for a gain. during the REDBOX Bowl game between the California Bears against the Illinois Fighting Illini on December 30, 2019, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.(Photo by Jordon Kelly)

Santa Clara, CA – Cal’s big three overcame a slow start to grind out a big win at Levi’s Stadium in the Redbox Bowl over Illinois 35-20.

California Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) looks to throw the ball during the REDBOX Bowl on December 30, 2019, at Levi’s Stadium (Photo by Jordon Kelly)

Cal’s quarterback Chase Garbers (7) strong arm found 9 different receivers while throwing for 272 with 4 touchdowns. Makai Polk (17) was his main target when he needed a big play on 3rd down or just a chunk of yards.

Polk caught 5 passes for 105 yards, with huge sideline catch when he reached for the endzone to be called out of bounds at the 1 yard line. Garbers on the next play rushed in for 1 yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown 14-10. The Cal Bears never trailed for the remainder of the game.

The Illinois defense had to keep honest and defend both the pass and run cause Cal running back Christopher Brown Jr. (34) bruised them for 120 yards on 20 carries. Brown also caught 3 passes for 17 more yards and a touchdown catch.  

California Golden Bears running back Christopher Brown Jr. (34) runs the ball for a gain. during the REDBOX Bowl game on December 30, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly)

“It went a lot better today than last year,” Garbers said. “It just speaks to the guys in our offensive room and the team and how hard we work. We knew playing Illinois there would be shots we needed to take. You just have to execute those shot plays.”

Mistake free football will always bring home a victory, Cal piled on 14 more points in the second half.

Illinois kept battling back but just wasn’t able to score enough to regain a lead.

Illinois Fighting Illini running back Reggie Corbin (2) runs the ball during the REDBOX Bowl game on December 30, 2019, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.(Photo by Jordon Kelly)

“I thought it was an ultimate team win,” said Cal coach Justin Wilcox. “Guys made contested catches today.”

Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters (18) completed 22/37 pass for 273 yards with a touchdown and 1 interception for a strong performance. But once they trailed they started to go away from the running game to catch up which is not their biggest strength.

Illinois Fighting Illini running back Dre Brown (25) runs the ball during the REDBOX Bowl on December 30, 2019, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.(Photo by Jordon Kelly)

Now Cal will take this young squad and getting ready to battle next year in the PAC-12 with almost the whole offense coming back.

An untimed game winning Field Goal propels Western Kentucky over Western Michigan in First Responder Bowl

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face off against the Broncos of Western Michigan in the 2019 Servpro First Responders Bowl. Photo by Evan Luecke

Monday marked the tenth SERVPRO First Responder Bowl featuring the sixteenth meeting all-time between Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

It’s a matchup the college football world hadn’t seen since November 1st, 1947, and I can assure that out of the sixteen meetings, Monday’s became the most controversial in the Hilltoppers 23-20 win over the Broncos.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face off against the Broncos of Western Michigan in the 2019 Servpro First Responders Bowl. Photo by Evan Luecke

With three seconds remaining in regulation, whistles blew the play dead, and referee Jeremy Parker originally announced there was no illegal substitution flag on Western Michigan. After announced, the Hilltoppers looked like they were attempting a 57-yard field goal, only to bring the offense back out.

On the snap, Western Kentucky quarterback, Ty Storey, launched a Hail Mary to the end zone that fell incomplete. However, officials went to replay to discover the Western Michigan Broncos had too many men on the field. The yardage got knocked off, and regulation continued on an untimed down. Therefore, the Hilltoppers brought out freshman kicker Cory Munson, whose longest field goal of the year was 48 yards to attempt a 52-yard field goal. Munson knocked it through perfectly as first-year head coach Tyson Helton and his team celebrated a bowl victory.

“We knew we could make the kick when we say they had 12 men on the field and might get penalized.” Helton said after the game. “I wanted our true freshman Cory Munson to get a chance to kick it, and he did.”

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face off against the Broncos of Western Michigan in the 2019 Servpro First Responders Bowl. Photo by Evan Luecke

The hero, Cory Muson, talked after the game about the strange and magical series of events. “It was pretty crazy. I was off and on, off and on thinking I was going out there kicking it. I was just staying calm, breathing; people were talking to me saying you got this. Next thing I knew [the ball] was up there.”

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face off against the Broncos of Western Michigan in the 2019 Servpro First Responders Bowl. Photo by Evan Luecke

Storey finished the day completing 35 of 51 passes with 358 yards. Storey’s fifty-one passes became a season-high along with two touchdown passes and two interceptions. One of those interceptions was a late first-half pick-six by Western Michigan senior, Kareem Ali, that went for 88 yards, the longest in Western Michigan history for a bowl game.  The pick-six tied the game at ten at the break, putting a damper on a dominated second quarter in which the Hilltoppers outgained the Broncos 241-27.

Western Kentucky received production out of their primary wide receiver, Lucky Jackson, on Monday. Storey targeted Jackson twenty-two times, which he caught seventeen passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. Monday marked the fourth straight win for Western Kentucky, a program that won three games a year ago.

“We went out with a bang.” Redshirt Senior Lucky Jackson said after the game. “We stuck together throughout this season. This season has been a testament for this brotherhood that we are creating and this bond we had, sticking together through adversity and tough situations.”

For the Western Michigan Broncos, their top stud running back LeVante Bellamy (top-ranked running back in the MAC conference for the 2020 NFL draft) could not get going for the first three quarters. Bellamy rushed for thirty-three yards through three quarters and finished the day with sixty rushing yards.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face off against the Broncos of Western Michigan in the 2019 Servpro First Responders Bowl. Photo by Evan Luecke

It was the lowest rushing total since September 7th at Michigan State (44). Also, Broncos quarterback Jon Wassink completed just over fifty percent of his passes despite completing a solid fourth quarter, completing seven of ten throws.

Western Kentucky’s win celebrates their eighth bowl win in school history, and their fourth bowl win in six years. On the downside, Monday’s bowl loss marks a string of nine losses in ten bowl appearances for the Western Michigan Broncos.

Clemson drops the last haymaker to advance to Championship

Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) makes a move in the open field during the CFP Semifinal between Clemson vs Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale Arizona on Saturday December 28, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Glendale, AZ – The No. 3 Clemson Tigers have taken every opponents best shot all year as the defending National Champions. In tonight’s CFP semifinal Fiesta Bowl grudge match verse No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes it was just that another heavy weight match. With the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ the champs showed why they are still on top.

Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne (9) breaks away for a touchdown during the CFP Semifinal between Clemson vs Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale Arizona on Saturday December 28, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Clemson free safety Nolan Turner (24) secured the victory intercepting a Justin Fields (1) pass on 2nd and 7 from 23 yard line leaving on :37 seconds on the clock. The Tigers came out for a last play running victory formation to run out the clock and punch their ticket to New Orleans for 2020 National Championship game.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) tossed 34 yard go ahead touchdown pass to running back Travis Etienne (9) that would seal a 29-23 victory over Ohio State.

“There was never one second that I did not think we were not going to win the game,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, “It is just the DNA. It is our program. It’s not just this season. That’s just how we’re built.”

Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) lifts the trophy during the CFP Semifinal between Clemson vs Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale Arizona on Saturday December 28, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

This come from behind victory showed the heart of this team. After trailing 16-0 in the second quarter the Tigers never stopped fighting. Lawrence being sacked 3 times and smacked around a bunch didn’t stop him from scoring 3 touchdowns (2 pass, 1 rush). He threw for 259 yards, rushed for 132 yards keeping the Buckeyes on their toes.     

Etienne carried the load on the ground and beating Ohio State linebackers in the passing game for two receiving touchdowns.

The Buckeyes lead by Fields who threw for 30/46 for 320 yards and a touchdown gave the Tigers almost too much to handle.

Ohio State Buckeyes running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs down the sideline during the CFP Semifinal between Clemson vs Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale Arizona on Saturday December 28, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Ohio State running back made his presences felt rushing for 177 yards on 18 carries and catching 6 pass for 54 yards. What is even more impressive is how he gutted it out with in game ankle sprain in the first half. He would not let anything keep him from trying to push his team to victory. He sported a tight wrapped black spat on left ankle for the remainder of the game.

So when the Buckeyes look back at the film on Sunday, a big thing will be their inability to score touchdowns in the redzone in first half that could have made a hole that even bigger for the Tigers. The 16-14 halftime lead was not enough to stop the Tigers comeback.

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Chase Young (2) gets off the line during the CFP Semifinal between Clemson vs Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale Arizona on Saturday December 28, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“I just know when two great teams get together, it comes down to a few plays, and it did again tonight,” said Ohio State coach Ryan Day, “Clemson, give them credit. They have a really good team, and the defending national champs. They do a great job.”

So the Clemson Tigers will have the opportunity next Monday January 11th, 2020 to defend their crown one last time against No. 1 LSU Tigers in the Championship.   

Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney during the CFP Semifinal between Clemson vs Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale Arizona on Saturday December 28, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

LSU defeated No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners 63 – 28 in the other CFP semifinal match up.

Notre Dame shuts down Iowa State in Camping World Bowl

Notre Dame players celebrate their victory at the conclusion of Camping World Bowl in Orlando FL on Decebmer 28, 2019 (Photo by Laura Domingue/ fi360 News).

ORLANDO, FL – A crowd of 46,948 — the highest for the bowl since 2016 — gathered on a humid, rainy Saturday in Orlando to watch the No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) defeat the Iowa State Cyclones (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) 33-9 in the 30th annual Camping World Bowl.

Notre Dame Chase Claypool (83) gets pushed out of bounds in first half of Camping World Bowl in Orlando FL on December 28, 2019 (Photo by Laura Domingue/ fi360 News).

In the first-ever matchup between the two teams, the Irish — who notched back-to-back 11-2 seasons, the first time for the team since 1988-89 — were able to hold Iowa State to just nine points without a single touchdown. Notre Dame’s offensive combo of quarterback Ian Book (20-28, 247 yds and 1 TD pass) and game MVP wide reciever Chase Claypool (7 recs,146 yds, and 1 TD) proved to be too much for Iowa State’s defense.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly entered the game with three wins over ranked teams by 25 points or more — behind only Lou Holtz and Frank Leahy among Notre Dame head coaches.

“I’m just so proud of our football team, our staff and coaches,” Kelly said. “2019 will be one that I will always remember for a group of guys who just loved to play the game. They had such a strong brotherhood — they did not listen to what the naysayers had to say about them. All they cared about was playing the game.”

Iowa State Breece Hall (28) makes a cut to avoid Notre Dame TaRig Bracy (28) during first half of Camping World Bowl in Orlando FL on December 28, 2019 (Photo by Laura Domingue/ fi360 News).

Iowa State, who has an all-time record of 4-11 in bowl games, came out of the locker room swinging, holding Notre Dame to a three-and-out on the first drive, but a fumble by Iowa State’s Milton Tarique on the ensuing punt gave possession back to Notre Dame.

The following Notre Dame drive put the Irish on the board first with a field goal.

Again, Iowa State came out swinging, with a 23-yard rush by running back Breece Hall (17 carries, with a net gain of 55 yards), but with another first-quarter fumble on a sack by Iowa quarterback Brock Purdy (17-30, 222 yards, 3 sacks) the Cyclones were unable to make anything happen in the first quarter.

A 24-yard touchdown pass to Claypool put Notre Dame up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, and the Cycles were not able to recover.

Missed opportunities in the second quarter, including a just-out-of-his-fingertips missed catch by wide receiver La’Michael Pettway, kept the Cyclones from wresting momentum back from Notre Dame.

The skies opened shortly before halftime, and wet conditions dampened Iowa State’s hopes of heading into the offseason with a bowl win.

On their first possession in the third quarter, Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr. (11 carries for a gain of 135 yds) broke the Camping World Bowl record for longest run with an 84-yard touchdown run, surpassing Baylor’s running back Johnny Jefferson, who had an 80-yard run in 2015 against North Carolina.

Notre Dame Chase Claypool (83) leaps for catch in first half of Camping World Bowl in Orlando FL on December 28, 2019 (Photo by Laura Domingue/ fi360 News).

Though the Cyclones had 139 fourth-quarter points this season — the third-most in the FBS — they were held scoreless in the fourth quarter. A failed 4th-and-1 attempt, ending in a sack by Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owasu-Koromoah (7 tackles, 3 sacks for a loss of 20 yds), gave Notre Dame possession back with 8:44 left in the game, sealing the deal for Iowa State.

Notre Dame’s Claypool was named the game MVP in his final game with the team. Claypool also surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the season.

“For a long time, something like this was a dream,” Claypool said. “It’s something that was a dream that couldn’t be reached, but I hope that I’m a living example of someone who, you just keep on dreaming and it will come true.”

The Iowa Hawkeyes secure the Holiday Bowl in win over USC

2019 Holiday Bowl between USC Trojans vs Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday December 27, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 news)

SAN DIEGO, CA —  No. 16 Iowa (10-3, 6-3 Big Ten) defeats No. 22 USC (8-5, 7-2 Pac 12), 49-24 during their first Holiday Bowl appearance since 1991 on Friday night at SDCCU Stadium. 

2019 Holiday Bowl between USC Trojans vs Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday December 27, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 news)

With 50,123 people in attendance at the 42nd-annual San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, the Iowa Hawkeyes took control of the Trojans defense to take an early lead. 

During Iowa’s opening drive senior quarterback Nate Stanley, completed a pass to wide receiver Nico Ragaini for 30 yards that put the Hawkeyes in USC territory. 

On the very next play, wide receiver Tyrone Tracy took a reverse handoff and rushed 23 yards into the endzone. Iowa’s offense was able to move the chains efficiently and spread the ball around well enough to strike first on the scoreboard. 

2019 Holiday Bowl between USC Trojans vs Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday December 27, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 news)

Iowa commanded the momentum of the game for a brief moment until USC struck back. 

On the Trojans’ opening drive true freshman quarterback, Kedon Slovis was able to find wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for a 30-yard completion to convert on third down. 

A few plays later Slovis finds freshman wide receiver Drake London for a 4-yard receiving touchdown. This was London’s fifth touchdown of the season and the Trojans answered right back with a score. 

There were a few momentum changes throughout the first half with back-to-back scores on both sides. 

2019 Holiday Bowl between USC Trojans vs Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday December 27, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 news)

Although the Hawkeyes took a 28-17 lead at halftime, the Trojans were still in it. 

The Trojans began the second half with the football after the Hawkeyes won the coin toss and opted to receive the ball to begin the game. 

During the drive Slovis finds wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown again but this time for a 55-yard pass completion to set up first and goal for the Trojans. 

2019 Holiday Bowl between USC Trojans vs Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday December 27, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 news)

On the ensuing play USC running back Stephan Carr rushes it 3-yards for the go-ahead score decreasing the Hawkeyes lead 28-24. That scoring drive only took four plays and 1:31. 

Following the score, USC surprises Iowa with an onside kick, which they recovered to put their offense back on the field. As fans began to roar and jump out of their seats, the Trojans were ready to take control and earn their first lead of the night. 

Unfortunately, the Trojans could not execute during that following drive and their offense went three and out. 

The Hawkeye defense stood their ground and put the ball back into the hands of their offense. 

2019 Holiday Bowl between USC Trojans vs Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday December 27, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 news)

“You don’t ask who started the fire, you just put it out,” Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa said when asked about the surprise onside kick and ensuing drive. “That’s our mentality on the field no matter where we’re at. Play your hardest. The goal is three-and-out. We want to get the offense back on the field to score points.”

The Trojan offense also went downhill after quarterback Kedon Slovis, who threw two touchdown passes, was knocked out of the game with an injured right elbow. 

Iowa took control of the momentum and never let it go. 

Iowa quarterback, Nate Stanley remained solid for the Hawkeyes as he threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns. He is also just the second Iowa quarterback to be 3-0 in bowl games after this victory. 

“Extremely special,” Stanley said after being asked what it meant to be 3-0 in bowl games. “Just goes to show the work that this team has put in. 3-0 in those bowl games wouldn’t happen without my teammates, especially the defense.” 

2019 Holiday Bowl between USC Trojans vs Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday December 27, 2019. (Photo by Jordon Kelly / fi360 news)

Another Iowa player who showed out tonight was wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette who scored on a 6-yard run, a 98-yard kickoff return (tied Holiday Bowl record) and a 12-yard reception — all in the second quarter.

Oregon Faces Wisconsin In Rose Bowl 2020

Oregon State Beavers vs Oregon Ducks battle in the Civil War football game on November 30, 2019 (Photo by Megan Connelly)

PASADENA, CA- Bowl Season is truly a wondrous time of year; the 2020 Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutualpromises to be perhaps the most exciting and intriguing matchupas the NO. 6 Oregon Ducks face the NO. 8 Wisconsin Badgers. “The Granddaddy Of Them All” boasts two of the nation’s brightest stars with Oregon’s Quarterback Justin Herbert and Wisconsin’s Running Back Jonathan Taylor.

This year’s edition remains traditional fare, one school from the PAC-12, one school from the BIG 10.

Autzen Stadium (Photo by Ben Ludeman)

A new decade kicks off with a battle of Oregon’s dynamic offense pitted against Wisconsin’s staunch defense. In a rematch of the 2012 Rose Bowl, where the Ducks won a thriller, 45-38. Both programs had to fight tooth and nail down the stretch of the season for the honor ofclinching the beautiful rose in their teeth.

Oregon has risen to national prominence once again under second year head coach Mario Cristobal. At a mark of 11-2, the Ducks won the PAC-12 Conference title, obliterating the Utah Utes, 37-15 behind the legs of running back CJ Verdell, who torched the Utes defense for a whopping 208 yards and three touchdowns. Oregon not only punched their ticket to Pasadena in the lopsided victory, the Ducks also squashed Utah’s hopes and dreams of playing in the College Football Playoff in the process.

It will be the final chance to watch QB Justin Herbert before he enters the NFL. A Senior with long scraggly hair, Herbert threw for 3,333 yards, 33 TDs and only 5 interceptions. Easy to see why he is projected to be selected in the top five of the 2020 NFL Draft.

As for the Badgers, their grit combinedwith a dash of help from the Playoff Selection Committee ensured their spot in the New Year’s Day festivities. At 10-3, Wisconsin is led by one of the best running backs in the history of college football in one Jonathan Taylor.The Badgers running back sits at 1,909 rushing yards on the season, a mere twenty-nine yards behind Oklahoma States Chuba Hubbard for most in the nation. Taylor recently walked away with his second consecutive Doak Taylor award, given to the nation’s premier running back.

Art at the Rose Bowl game, Pasadena, CA. on January 1, 2016. (Photo by Jevone Moore )

Taylor became just the sixth player in FBS history to rush for 6,000 yards in their heartbreaking 34-21 loss to NO. 2 Ohio State in the BIG 10 Championship game. Wisconsin seemed poised for the monumental upset, jumping out to a 21-7 lead in the first half. Unfortunately, the Buckeyes woke up and scored 27 unanswered points to secure the BIG 10 Title, as well as a spot in the heralded College Football Playoff.

The Committee had a tough choice on their hands: Penn St. or Wisconsin? Wisconsin was ranked two spots ahead of the tenth ranked Nittany Lions. In addition, their performance in the BIG 10 Title earned them a spot in “”The Granddaddy of Them All”.

We are living in an era where Bowl games luster and shine are quickly fading away, a time in which Collegiate stars would prefer to train for the NFL Combine rather than play in a perceived meaningless game risking injury. Thankfully, the Rose Bowls aura and significance remains intact. The 2020 Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual will air on ESPN. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.

Washington Huskies give coach Petersen a last win

Washington coaches share the victory after the Las Vegas Bowl 2019 Boise State Broncos vs Washington Huskies on Sat December 21, 2019. (Photo by Jerry Kelly)

Las Vegas, NV – The storybook ending to a great career finished Saturday night in the city that never sleeps, Washington Huskies defeated Boise State 38-7 in coach Chris Petersen last game.

Jacob Eason standing tall in the pocket during the Las Vegas Bowl 2019 Boise State Broncos vs Washington Huskies on Sat December 21, 2019. (Photo by Jerry Kelly)

A few weeks back Washington coach Petersen announced that he would step down from leading his Huskies.  Current defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will take over now to lead the Huskies into the future.

 “I never wanted to win a  game this bad”, said coach Lake “I want to see Coach Petersen be carried off the field.”

Washington defense set the tone by starting off blitzing in the first half keeping Boise State on its toes.

Las Vegas Bowl 2019 Boise State Broncos vs Washington Huskies on Sat December 21, 2019. (Photo by Jerry Kelly)

After stopping Boise State on its opening drive, it was the offense turn to take over and soar. Behind strong arm of Jacob Eason, they marched down the field in 12 plays for 52 yards eating up 6:07 minutes off the clock on touchdown ending drive.      

Washington quarterback Jacob Eason finished the game throwing for 210 yards 22/32 with a touchdown. Now the question is will he forgo his senior season for the NFL or stay and play a year with Lake.

Boise State playing multiple quarterbacks from traditional drop back to a Pistol formation with a dual threat quarterback. None of it seam to work, the Huskies kept them off the score board.

Jaylon Henderson in the pocket during the Las Vegas Bowl 2019 Boise State Broncos vs Washington Huskies on Sat December 21, 2019. (Photo by Jerry Kelly)

Coming back from halftime with 17-0 lead, Washington defense came up big with a Elijah Molden interception. He read the screen and undercut the route to stop Boise in their tracks in 3rd quarter.

Then three plays later Washington punched it in for a touchdown for 24-0 lead. That seemed to be the knockout blow, with Boise State not being able to respond all night.

The turnover battle hurt Boise State giving up two turnover for 14 points before the third quarter was done.

Boise State used a bunch formation with Jaylon Henderson in shotgun to break the shutout and get on the board to avoid a shutout to trail by three scores 24-7 in third quarter.

Running back Richard Newton grinding out yards during the Las Vegas Bowl 2019 Boise State Broncos vs Washington Huskies on Sat December 21, 2019. (Photo by Jerry Kelly)

 The Vegas Bowl was a great ending for coach Petersen to ride off into the night down the Vegas strip.

 “Awesome for the program, seniors, and Jimmy (Lake)”, said Petersen, “It’s been a great ride.”

Las Vegas Bowl 2019 Boise State Broncos vs Washington Huskies on Sat December 21, 2019. (Photo by Jerry Kelly)

Kent State defeats Utah State in Frisco Bowl

The Utah State Aggies take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas. Dec. 20, 2019. Photo by Evan Luecke

Frisco, TX – In the third ever Frisco Bowl, the Kent State Golden Flashes (7-6) defeated the Utah State Aggies (7-6) 51-41. Kent State extended their winning streak to four after winning their last three regular season games to become bowl eligible.

The Utah State Aggies take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas. Dec. 20, 2019. Photo by Evan Luecke

“There’s been some narratives about MAC football but we have played two games we are 2-0,” coach Sean Lewis on Friday nights bowl win.

This is the 8th time making a bowl game in the past 9 seasons for Utah State and they are now 4-4 in those games.

After surrendering 51 points to Kent State, Utah States head coach Gary Andersen described his teams defensive performance as “not good.”

The Utah State Aggies take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas. Dec. 20, 2019. Photo by Evan Luecke

Heading into the 2019 season, there was a lot of hype around red-shirt Junior Jordan Love and the Aggies. The Aggies were expected to make a run at a conference championship and Love was supposed to build off a sophomore season that saw him throw 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Instead, they went 7-6 after losing in the Frisco Bowl and Love saw his production dip.

Love is headed to the NFL and coach Andersen said his legacy will live on forever. Love finished his college career by completing 29 of 38 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns and one interception.

“Jordan Love is the best quarterback I have ever played with.” Sophomore receiver Deven Thompkins said when asked what it was like to play with Love. He mentioned that Love was his host when he went to Utah State on his recruiting visit and the bond was created immediately.

The Aggies jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on their first offensive possession with a 10 play, 75 yard drive that took just 2:58.

The Utah State Aggies take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas. Dec. 20, 2019. Photo by Evan Luecke

The Golden Flashes responded by scoring the next 17 points and took a 23-17 lead into the half led by quarterback Dustin Crum. Crum had a big night completing 21 of 26 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 149 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. That performance was good enough to take home the Frisco Bowl offensive MVP.

With 12:48 left in the 4th and Utah State down 34-27, Thompkins scored his second touchdown of the night on a 57 yard rush to tie the game at 34.

This game was won for the Golden Flash in the turnover department. They were able to get three takeaways, including a huge fumble recovery with 9:09 left in the 4th quarter.The Golden Flash would kick a field goal to make the score 44-34 with 6:08 left in the 4th.

Utah State scored a touchdown with 3:24 left in the 4th to cut the lead to three, 44-41 but would give up a 46 yard kickoff return. Crum scored the game clinching touchdown on 4th and 1 with 1:59 left.

The Utah State Aggies take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas. Dec. 20, 2019. Photo by Evan Luecke

After being outscored 25-14 in the 4th quarter, Thompkins was asked what decided tonight’s game, “they finished and we didn’t. We pride ourselves on finishing and tonight we didn’t do that.” That is something coach Andersen said will be the focus in 2020. 

Kent State sophomore receiver Isaiah McKoy was the Golden Flashes leading receiver coming into tonight and he caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.   This was Kent State fourth ever bowl appearance and first win in a bowl game in the schools history and they will look to build on the strong finish to the season in 2020.

The Utah State Aggies take on the Kent State Golden Flashes at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Texas. Dec. 20, 2019. Photo by Evan Luecke

Matt Leinart Leads 2019 Rose Bowl Hall Of Fame Inductees

January 1, 2018 Pasadena CA, Rose Bowl stadium full for the NCAA College Football at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on January 1, 2018. Jevone Moore

PASADENA, CA- The 2019 Rose Bowl Hall Of Fame Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, December 31st at the Lot K Tent  outside the Rose Bowl from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.The class of 2019 inductees are Harvard’s Eddie Casey, Ohio State Quarterback Cornelius Greene, Washington Huskies Running Back Jacque Robinson and legendary USC Trojan Quarterback Matt Leinart.

The family friendly event will have excited future gridiron stars; kids will be running around tossing the mini Rose Bowl footballs outside the iconic venue dreaming of one day playing in the “Granddaddy of Them All”. In-N-Out Burger will be serving their juicy, world famous burgers. This HOF bash has the feel of an upscale tailgate party, a wonderful precursor to the 106th Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutualon January 1st. When the NO. 6 Oregon Ducks battle the NO. 8 Wisconsin Badgers.

Eddie Casey was a diminutive Tailback and Defensive Back from Harvard. After nobly serving in World War I, he returned to the Crimson in 1919, leading them to a 9-0-1 record. His bursting speed combined with his agility paved the way for a 7-6 victory over the University of Oregon. His 205 all purpose yards earned him MVP honors. More importantly, the win introduced the Tournament of Roses to the New England States.

Corneilius Greene is one of the lucky few to appear in four Rose Bowls. The OSU Quarterback played from 1973-1976, receiving MVP honors for his performance in the 1974 Rose Bowl. The Buckeye QB defeated the USC Trojans, 42-21. Greene threw for 129 yards, running for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Jacque Robinson was the freshman to hoist the MVP award for his outstanding performance in the 1982 Rose Bowl. Crushing the University of Iowa 28-0 behind Robinsons 142 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Robinson was just getting started-earning MVP honors in the 1985 Orange Bowl. Robinson became one of only four players to ever win MVP in both the Orange and Rose Bowls.

Finally, USC legendary Quarterback Matt Leinart will clearly get the most raucous reception when his name is called. The Heisman Trophy winner orchestrated one of the greatest dynasties in the history of college football. Appearing in two Rose Bowls, first in 2004, where the Trojans knocked off the Michigan Wolverines. Leinart was named MVP behind his three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground.

His next Rose Bowl was the 2006 BCS National Championship against the University of Texas, considered by many to be the greatest game in the history of college football period. Although Leinart completed 73 percent of his passes, fellow Rose Bowl HOF inductee Texas QB Vince Young ripped the heart out of die hard Trojans fans running into the end zone in the final minute EN route to a 41-38 victory and the National Championship. Leinart was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2007, as well as having his #11 Jersey retired.

The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to honor members of the Rose Bowl Game family who have contributed to the history and excitement of the Rose Bowl Game and those who embody the best of the passion, strength, tradition, and honor associated with The Granddaddy of Them All.

In its storied 31 year history, 133 luminaries have been inducted. The honorees will receive a blazer, a permanent plaque at the Court of Championship at the Rose Bowl, appear at the Rose Parade and are recognized on the field during the Rose Bowl.

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Oregon’s Sewell wins 2019 Outland Trophy

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Dec. 12, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
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OREGON’S SEWELL WINS 2019 OUTLAND TROPHY
NFID presents award to top college interior lineman    

ATLANTA (FWAA) – Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell was named the recipient of the 74th Outland Trophy on Thursday night during The Home Depot College Football Awards from the College Football Hall of Fame.

The 2019 Outland Trophy, presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), is awarded annually to the nation’s best college interior lineman on offense or defense. NFID is presenting the trophy to help increase awareness about the importance of influenza (flu) prevention. Getting vaccinated each year is your best first line of defense against flu.

Sewell is the first Outland Trophy winner from Oregon and the third consecutive sophomore to receive the prestigious award. Sewell is just the eighth winner from a Pac-12 school and the third since 2000. He was selected by the All-America Committee of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) from three finalists, including Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown and Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz. The Ducks had two previous finalists in Jake Fisher (OT, 2014) and Haloti Ngata (DT, 2005).

The official presentation to the winner will be made at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Outland Trophy Award Dinner sponsored by Werner Enterprises on Jan. 15, 2020 in Omaha, Neb.

The 6-6, 325-pound true sophomore originally from Malaeimi, American Samoa and then Desert Hills High School in St. George, Utah, showed his dominance at left tackle early in the season. He was the Outland Trophy Offensive Player of the Month for September as the Ducks became the Pac-12’s third-leading offense (26th nationally) behind quarterback Justin Herbert. In 466 pass-blocking snaps this season, Sewell allowed just seven quarterback pressures and no sacks. He had eight games without allowing a pressure, hit and hurry on the quarterback.

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Sewell is the top-graded offensive lineman at any position by Pro Football Focus, which gave him a national-best 95.5 run-blocking grade and a 92.2 in pass-blocking, second nationally. The Pac-12 named him its Offensive Lineman of the Week award four times.

Oregon (11-2) is 16-3 over the last two seasons with Sewell in the starting lineup and heads to its fourth Rose Bowl appearance since 2010 and eighth overall on Jan. 1, 2020, where it will take on Wisconsin.

Former University of Pittsburgh tackle Mark May, the 1980 Outland Trophy winner, has served as the 2019 Outland Trophy #FightFlu ambassador on behalf of NFID. May is making media appearances on behalf of the NFID #FightFlu public awareness campaign to remind everyone age six months and older to get vaccinated annually against flu.

The Outland Trophy is the third-oldest major college football award. Created in 1946 when Dr. John Outland presented the FWAA with a financial contribution to initiate the award, the Outland Trophy has been given to the best interior lineman in college football ever since. Dr. Outland, an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1890s, eventually took up practice in Kansas City, Mo. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Outland believed linemen did not get the credit they deserved and wanted an award to recognize them.

The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Visit nfid.org for more information.

About the Football Writers Association of America
Founded in 1941, the non-profit Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) consists of more than 1,300 members, including journalists, broadcasters, publicists and key executives in all areas of college football. Led by current President Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times, longtime Executive Director Steve Richardson, and a board of veteran journalists, the association continues to grow and work to help college football prosper at all levels. Visit footballwriters.com for more information about the FWAA and its award programs.

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