Biggest Wins in Next Six 2007 Bowl Games Belong to Alabama and Oregon – Part 4

Here are the next 6 winners of this year’s 2007 college football bowl game results:

Independence Bowl – Alabama Hangs on to Outlast Colorado, 30-24

First-year coach Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide jumped to a 27-0 lead against Colorado and then let the Buffaloes back into the game before winning, 30-24. John Parker Wilson was 13-of-15 for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns in the early going, and Alabama piled up 285 yards of offense in the first half. techpiled

Both teams made enough mistakes to lose, but Colorado was able to make a game of it when the Buffaloes figured out that they could not beat Alabama’s linebackers to the corner. Once Colorado spread out the Tide’s defense they were able to run the ball. realisticmag

Alabama started the season at 6-2 before dropping its last 4 games-including a horrific home loss to Louisiana-Monroe-and ending the season at 7-6 to avoid consecutive losing seasons for the first time in 50 years. Colorado dropped to 6-7, a losing season.

Armed Forces Bowl – California Rallies to Overcome Air Force, 42-36

After spotting Air Force a 21-point lead, coach Jeff Tedford let his California Bears loose and they responded with a 42-36 victory over the Falcons in the Armed Forces Bowl. Tedford held 3 of his starters out of the game for disciplinary reasons as Air Force ran up its lead, then he let them play and they responded big time to bring the Bears back. mommasays

California was ranked as high as No. 2 this season before losing 6 of its next 7 games. The win gave the Bears their 6th straight winning season as they finished 7-6 while Air Force dropped to 9-4.

Air Force quarterback Shaun Carney, who picked up 108 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown, seriously injured his right knee in the second half, probably suffering both an ACL and an MCL. That did not help the Falcons a bit.

Sun Bowl – Oregon and Jonathan Stewart Run Over South Florida, 56-21

Oregon’s junior Jonathan Stewart set a Sun Bowl record with a career-high 253 yards rushing, and redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Roper threw 4 touchdown passes as the Ducks crushed the South Florida Bulls, 56-21.

Things really exploded for Oregon in the 3rd quarter as the Ducks extended an 18-14 halftime lead by scoring 4 touchdowns to take control of the game. Roper completed 17-of-30 passes for 180 yards and had no interceptions.

Oregon had lost 3 straight games after losing Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon to a knee injury that ended his season. With Dixon, the Ducks were in the hunt for the national championship. Both teams ended the year at 9-4. Stewart has not decided if he will return for this senior year, but Oregon has to be excited about its redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Roper.

Humanitarian Bowl – Fresno State Beats Georgia Tech 40-28

Clifton Smith rushed for 152 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Tom Brandstater threw for a score and ran for another as the Fresno State Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech 40-28 in the Humanitarian Bowl,

The bowl victory capped a turnaround year for Fresno State. The Bulldogs were 4-8 last season and watching bowl games rather than playing in one. Coach Pat Hill guided his Bulldogs back from obscurity this season and ended up with a 9-4 record and real hope for next year.

Georgia Tech jumped to 7-0 lead but Fresno State score 27 unanswered points and rolled up 571 total yards, the most allowed by the Yellow Jackets all season. Georgia Tech also led the nation in sacks with 47 but never got a single one against Fresno State.

Music City Bowl – Kentucky Wins 35-28 Over Player-Depleted Florida State

After years of success, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden suffered through a tough day against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. Florida State suspended 36 players in an academic cheating scandal prior to the bowl game and it showed as Kentucky won 35-28 behind senior quarterback Andre Woodson, who lit up the scoreboard with 4 touchdown passes. Woodson was named Most Valuable Player. For more Info please visit these sites:-

The loss was the first ever December bowl loss for Bowden, dropping his December bowl record to 7-1-1. Bowden’s has taken his Seminoles to 26 consecutive bowl appearances on the way to 2 national championships and 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles.

Kentucky ended the year at 8-5 and Florida State dropped to 7-6.

Insight Bowl – Oklahoma State Beats Indiana 49-33

The Oklahoma State Cowboys built a 35-10 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 49-33 victory over Indiana. The Cowboys’ Zac Robinson was 24-of-34 for 302 yards and 2 interceptions but also threw 3 touchdown passes and ran for 2 more.

The loss was bittersweet for Indiana, whose coach Terry Hoeppner died of complications of a brain tumor in June. Current coach Bill Lynch led the Hoosiers to a 7-5 record and bowl appearance only to run smack into Oklahoma State’s unstoppable offense.

The Cowboys scored on their first 5 possessions, mounting drives of 67, 53, 54, 57 and 63 yards. The longest of these drives lasted 3:07. Yikes! It had been Hoeppner’s goal to lead Indiana to a bowl appearance; in the end, the players and Lynch made it happen. Despite the loss, it was a great year for Indiana football.

If you have been a die-hard Hoosier fan for years, you know what I am talking about. Indiana has been on Ohio State’s and Michigan’s list of automatic wins for years. Indiana basketball, however, is another story.

(Editor’s Note: This is the 4th article of a series on the 2007 bowl game results.)

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Ed Bagley’s Blog Publishes Original Articles with Analysis and Commentary on 5 Subjects: Sports, Movie Reviews, Lessons in Life, Jobs and Careers, and Internet Marketing. My intention is to inform, educate, delight and motivate you the reader.

Read my other articles on football, including “Famous Quotes by Vince Lombardi During Football’s Annual Bowl Season”, “Famous Quotes by Knute Rockne During Football’s Annual Bowl Season”, “Famous Quotes by Lou Holtz During Football’s Bowl Season”, “How to Predict When Teams Are Overrated and Due for an Unexpected Loss”, “The Sagarin Ratings: What They Are, How to Read Them and What to Do With Them” and my 14 consecutive weekly wrap-up articles on the 2007 College Football Season.


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