January 12, 2009

Rivals.com 2008 All-Bowl Team

The bowl season saw some upsets, some blowouts and some noteworthy individual performances. Here is our 2008 All-Bowl team.

Bowl: Rose
The buzz: Sanchez led the Trojans to their third consecutive Rose Bowl win by going 28-of-35 for 413 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 win over Penn State.
Bowl: International
The buzz: Brown was a one-man offense for the Huskies in a 38-20 win over Buffalo. He carried 29 times for 261 yards and a touchdown.
Bowl: New Mexico
The buzz: Johnson was the leading rusher of the bowl season with 285 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-35 win over Fresno State. He added 90 receiving yards and finished with 375 yards from scrimmage, which is an NCAA bowl record.
Bowl: Insight
The buzz: Briscoe had 14 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Minnesota.
Bowl: Fiesta
The buzz: Cosby caught 14 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning score with 16 seconds to play, to give the Big 12 South its only win during the bowl season. The Longhorns earned a 24-21 victory over Ohio State.
Bowl: Meineke Car Care
The buzz: Though the Tar Heels lost 31-30 to West Virginia, Nicks caught eight passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He had one of the top plays of the bowl season with a one-handed, behind-the-back catch.
Bowl: Las Vegas
The buzz: Arizona rolled past BYU 31-21. The Wildcats passed for 325 yards as the offense had a big day.
Bowl: Emerald
The buzz: Schwartz helped running back Jahvid Best rush for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-17 win over Miami.
Bowl: Chick-fil-A
The buzz: LSU turned in an impressive effort in the trenches against a good Georgia Tech defensive line in a 38-3 win. The Tigers rushed for 161 yards and passed for 163.
G Jeff Byers, USC
Bowl: Rose
The buzz: Byers was the Trojans' top lineman in a 474-yard performance against Penn State.
Bowl: Holiday
The buzz: Oregon ran all over Oklahoma State in a 42-31 win. The Ducks had two 100-yard rushers and averaged 7.7 yards per carry.
Bowl: Sun
The buzz: Butler recorded four of Oregon State's five sacks in a 3-0 victory over Pittsburgh. He also forced a fumble and delivered 11 tackles, including five behind the line of scrimmage.
Bowl: BCS Championship Game
The buzz: Dunlap collected four tackles 1.5 for loss and was credited with half a sack in the Gators' 24-14 win over Oklahoma. He also blocked a 49-yard field-goal try in the third quarter. Dunlap was named the most outstanding defensive player as the Gators held the Sooners to 40 points less than their average.
Bowl: Orange
The buzz: Byrd set an Orange Bowl record with four tackles for loss in a 20-7 loss to Virginia Tech. He also had a sack and recorded 11 overall tackles, including 10 solos.
Bowl: Gator
The buzz: Suh recorded eight overall tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage, in the Huskers' 26-21 triumph over Clemson. Suh also recorded two sacks, blocked a 20-yard field-goal attempt and helped limit Clemson to 4 yards rushing on 26 carries.
LB Zack Follett, California
Bowl: Emerald
The buzz: Follett sacked QB Jacory Harris and stripped the ball from him inside Miami's 10 to set up the go-ahead touchdown in California's 24-17 victory. Follett finished the game with nine tackles four for loss and two sacks.
Bowl: Sugar
The buzz: Sylvester contributed three of Utah's nine sacks and added seven tackles in the Utes' 31-17 upset of Alabama. Sylvester also had a fourth-quarter fumble recovery that the Utes turned into a field goal.
Bowl: Alamo
The buzz: Weatherspoon recorded 17 tackles 2.5 for loss and broke up a pass in the Tigers' 30-23 overtime victory over Northwestern. Weatherspoon also was credited with half a sack.
Bowl: Cotton
The buzz: Green scored on a 65-yard interception return in the Rebels' 47-34 victory over Texas Tech. He also was a major factor on special teams with four punt returns totaling 79 yards, including a 54-yarder.
CB Sean Smith, Utah
Bowl: Sugar
The buzz: Smith recorded five tackles and a sack to help the Utes complete their perfect season. Smith forced a fumble in the fourth quarter with his sack of John Parker Wilson, which set up a Utah field goal.
Bowl: Poinsettia
The buzz: Hodge had 11 tackles three for loss and a sack in the Horned Frogs' 17-16 triumph over previously undefeated Boise State. Hodge, a senior, clinched TCU's victory by making his first career interception with 1:47 left.
FS Major Wright, Florida
Bowl: BCS Championship Game
The buzz: Oklahoma had first-and-goal at the 6 in the final minute of the first half with the score tied at 7 when Wright picked off a Sam Bradford pass to end the scoring threat. The hard-hitting Wright also made nine tackles and broke up a pass. In addition, he flattened Manuel Johnson on a deep pass on OU's first drive, setting the tone for Florida's defense.
Bowl: Music City
The buzz: Hahnfeldt kicked a 45-yard field goal with 3:26 remaining in a 16-14 victory over Boston College that gave Vanderbilt its first bowl win since 1955. Hahnfeldt also connected from 26 and 42 yards to go 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts.
Bowl: Champs Sports
The buzz: Punters rarely get selected as most valuable players of their bowl, but Gano was a worthy recipient of the MVP honor in Florida State's 42-13 whipping of Wisconsin. Gano averaged 48.2 yards per punt, and three of his five punts were downed inside Wisconsin's 5.
Bowl: Liberty
The buzz: Jones set a Liberty Bowl record with his 99-yard return of the second-half kickoff. Jones' touchdown helped Kentucky rally from a 16-3 halftime deficit to beat East Carolina 25-19 for its third bowl win in as many seasons.
PR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Bowl: Alamo
The buzz: Maclin scored on a 75-yard punt return late in the second quarter of the Tigers' 30-23 overtime victory over Northwestern. Maclin also had five carries for 43 yards and caught seven passes for 39 yards and a touchdown.
All-Purpose Percy Harvin, Florida
Bowl: BCS Championship Game
The buzz: Harvin was the best player on the field in the BCS title game, including the two Heisman Trophy winners. The versatile Harvin carried the ball nine times for 122 yards (13.6-yard average) and a touchdown. He also had five catches for 49 yards while fighting through an ankle injury.


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