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January 12, 2009

The envelope, please: Bowl season awards

Rivals.com senior national writer Tom Dienhart gives us a quick look at what he liked and what he didn't like from bowl season:

Coaches

Wish I were him: Urban Meyer, Florida
Glad I'm not him: Randy Shannon, Miami
Lucky guy: Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Poor guy: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
Desperately seeking a clue: Jim Tressel, Ohio State
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Bo Pelini, Nebraska
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Nick Saban, Alabama
Desperately seeking ... anything: Bret Bielema, Wisconsin

Teams

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Georgia
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: Boston College
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Minnesota
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Northwestern
Dang, they're good: USC
Dang, they're bad: South Carolina
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Notre Dame
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): Rutgers
Did the season start? Ball State
Can the season never end? Texas

Games

Play this again: Oregon 42, Oklahoma State 31
Never play this again: Oregon State 3, Pittsburgh 0
What? Ole Miss 47, Texas Tech 34
Huh? Arizona 31, BYU 21
You kidding me? LSU 38, Georgia Tech 3
Oh my God! Utah 31, Alabama 17
Told you so: USC 38, Penn State 24

Players

Strike the pose: West Virginia QB Pat White never won the Heisman, but his final college game cemented his status as a college football Hall of Famer. White threw for a career-high 332 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-30 Meineke Car Care Bowl victory over North Carolina. That made White the only quarterback in NCAA history to win four bowl games as a starter.
Did you see that? No running back in the postseason enjoyed more success than Colorado State's Gartrell Johnson III, who ran for 285 yards and posted 90 yards receiving in the Rams' 40-35 victory over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. The 375 yards from scrimmage set an NCAA bowl record.
That hurts: Florida running back Chris Rainey was carted off the field after his right leg was contorted at a bizarre angle late in the first half of the BCS title game.
Isn't that special: Vanderbilt's Bryant Hahnfeldt nailed all three of his field-goal attempts including a winning 45-yard kick with 3:26 left to help lift the Commodores to a 16-14 win over Boston College. It was Vandy's first bowl triumph since 1955.

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.



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