Shop Fantasy Central Golf Guide Email Travel Subscribe SI About Us
 
CNN/SI Home
BCS Home
Other Bowls
Other CFB News
Schedule
Breakdowns
Team Pages

BCS Bowls:
Fiesta:
Nebraska 31
Tennessee 21

Orange:
Michigan 35
Alabama 34 (OT)

Rose:
Wisconsin 17
Stanford 9

Sugar:
Florida State 46
Virginia Tech 29

Other Bowls:
Alamo:
Penn State 24
Texas A&M 0

Aloha:
Wake Forest 23
Arizona State 3

Citrus:
Michigan State 37
Florida 34

Cotton:
Arkansas 27
Texas 6

Gator:
Miami 27
Georgia Tech 13

Holiday:
Kansas State 24
Washington 20

Humanitarian:
Boise State 34
Louisville 31

Independence:
Mississippi 27
Oklahoma 25

Insight:
Colorado 62
Boston College 28

Las Vegas:
Utah 17
Fresno State 16

Liberty:
Southern Miss 23
Colorado State 17

Micron:
Illinois 63
Virginia 21

Mobile:
TCU 28
East Carolina 14

Motor City:
Marshall 21
BYU 3

Music City:
Syracuse 20
Kentucky 13

Oahu:
Hawaii 23
Oregon State 17

Outback:
Georgia 28
Purdue 25 (OT)

Peach:
Mississippi State 17
Clemson 7

Sun:
Oregon 24
Minnesota 20

AD PARTNERS

 

Bowl Breakdowns

Click here for more on this story

Posted: Saturday January 08, 2000 03:29 PM

Las Vegas
Mobile Ala.
Aloha
Oahu
Motor City
Alamo
Music City
Holiday
Humanitarian
Micronpc.com
Peach
Insight.com
Sun
Liberty
Independence
Cotton
Outback
Gator
Citrus
Rose
Orange
Fiesta
Sugar

In a season with some unpredictable moments, Florida State turned things back to normal by fulfilling preseason expectations with a 46-29 victory over Virginia Tech for the national championship.

The Sugar Bowl was worthy of all of the hype that seemed to drown the other bowl games. There were some great games and great finishes, such as Michigan's overtime escape against Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Unfortunately, many fans disregarded many of the bowl games with nothing tangible on the line.

Here's a final recap of the 1999-2000 bowl season:


Bowl Recaps
Las Vegas Bowl
Utah 17, Fresno State 16
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
331: Rushing yards for Utah, led by RB Mike Anderson.
Player of the Game
Anderson, RB, Utah. Rushed for 254 yards, a Las Vegas Bowl record, and two touchdowns.
Breakdown
Utah survived two blocked kicks, including one that was returned 75 yards for a touchdown by Fresno State's Payton Williams. Utes K Cletus Truhe overcame his earlier troubles by kicking the go-ahead field goal with 5:03 remaining in the game. The victory was Utah's first in a bowl since a 16-13 win over Arizona in the 1994 Freedom Bowl.
 
Mobile Bowl
TCU 28, (20) East Carolina 14
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
Minus-16: Rushing yards for East Carolina.
Player to Watch
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, TCU. Rushed for 124 yards and a pair of first-half TDs that put the Horned Frogs in control.
Breakdown
TCU coach Dennis Franchione got a tattoo before the bowl game, and his team left its own mark on East Carolina. Franchione and the Horned Frogs have an extra hop in their steps after dominating the game with the coach saying his team could have won 42-14. East Carolina's futile efforts to run the ball and their inability to control Tomlinson early swung the game in TCU's favor. Tomlinson should be an early Heisman Trophy candidate next season, and it will be interesting to see his the rest of his team gets the national attention it craves.
 
Aloha Bowl
Wake Forest 23, Arizona State 3
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
164: Total offense for ASU, the fourth opponent this season Wake held under 200 yards.
Player of the Game
Ben Sankey, QB, Wake Forest. Completed 13 of 22 passes, found Jimmy Caldwell for a 56-yard TD and scrambled for 56 yards.
Breakdown
The Sun Devils suffered greatly without starting QB Ryan Kealy (ACL tear) and with backup John Leonard one of 10 players slowed by food poisoning. ASU was forced to go to a run-oriented offense, and Wake's stellar defensive front was able to key on J.R. Redmond, holding him to 89 yards. After a slow start, both Sankey and RB Morgan Kane helped Wake roll to 20 second-half points.
 
Oahu Bowl
Hawaii 23, Oregon State 17
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
14: Oregon State penalties, including a false start on an otherwise successful onside kick in the last two minutes.
Player of the Game
Tony Tuioti, DT, Hawaii. Led a Rainbows D-line that sacked OSU's Jonathan Smith six times, including one where he forced and recovered a fumble.
Breakdown
Hawaii QB Dan Robinson did what he does best, hooking up with Channon Harris on two long TDs, but it was the Rainbows' relentless pressure of Smith that made the difference. Hawaii was able to overcome a 157-yard effort from stud Beavers RB Ken Simonton, who carried the ball only 19 times what with OSU playing catch-up most of the second half. Avion Weaver gained 84 yards on 18 carries for Hawaii.
 
Motor City Bowl
(11) Marshall 21, BYU 3
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
8: Marshall sacks of BYU quarterbacks.
Player of the Game
Rogers Beckett, S, Marshall. Backfield stud had two key interceptions and keyed the Herd's nasty defensive pressure.
Analysis
Marshall dismissed any hopes of an offensive shootout with a dominant defense that literally knocked Cougars QB Kevin Feterik out of the game. The Herd needed the defensive help, as QB Chad Pennington had an "average" day and ailing kicker Billy Malashevich missed three field goals. RB Doug Chapman scored three touchdowns for the Herd, including a devastating 87-yard dash in the third quarter.
 
Alamo Bowl
(13) Penn State 24, (18) Texas A&M 0
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
4.4: Yards per A&M pass attempt.
Player of the Game
LaVar Arrington, LB, Penn State. Tipped the ball or pressured the QB on three interceptions, one returned for a TD.
Breakdown
Jerry Sandusky's defense played with abandon in his last game after 32 years at Penn State. Aggies QB Randy McCown threw four interceptions and RB Ja'Mar Toombs was only truly effective for one drive. Nittany Lions QB Rashard Casey, playing a full game for the first time, played mistake-free football, and a stable of running backs ground out 175 yards.
 
Music City Bowl
Syracuse 20, Kentucky 13
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
276-57: Advantage in rushing yards for Syracuse.
Player of the Game
James Mungro, RB, Syracuse. Rushed for 162 yards and a pair of TDs, including an 82-yard run in the second quarter that helped the Orangemen get back in the game.
Analysis
Kentucky dominated for most of the first half, but two events hurt the Wildcats. The first was the loss of tight end James Whalen, who dislocated his right elbow in the first half. The second was Mungro's long burst that followed a blocked field goal seconds earlier. Syracuse's defense stiffened in the second half and the result was the Orangemen's first bowl victory since 1996.
 
Holiday Bowl
(7) Kansas State 24, Washington 20
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
63: Passing yards for Kansas State QB Jonathan Beasley on a 20-play, 92-yard drive.
Player to Watch
Beasley, QB, Kansas State. All the overlooked Wildcats signal-caller did was score three TDs, including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.
Analysis
The game turned on Kansas State's 20-play, 92-yard drive that gave the Wildcats the go-ahead score with less than six minutes to go. Beasley might have been forgotten before the game, but you can bet Washington knows who he is now. The Huskies also missed a couple of opportunities in the final minutes as Kansas State's defense put the clamps on QB Marques Tuiasosopo. Kansas State's win erased some of the damper of last year's disappointing Alamo Bowl loss and sets a positive tone for the 2000 season.
 
Humanitarian Bowl
Boise State 34, Louisville 31
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
120: Penalty yards for Louisville.
Player of the Game
Brock Forsey, RB, Boise State. Freshman rushed for 152 yards in leading the Broncos to the victory.
Analysis
Forsey and QB Bart Hendricks teamed up to overshadow Louisville QB Chris Redman, who threw for 314 yards, but also fired three interceptions. The win was Boise State's first in a bowl and came in just its fourth season in Division I-A.
 
Micronpc.com Bowl
Illinois 63, Virginia 21
Preview Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
611: Total number of offensive yards for Illinois.
Player of the Game
Kurt Kittner, QB, Illinois. Threw for 254 yards, threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
Analysis
Illinois completed a solid turnaround with a convincing victory. The Illini were 0-11 two years ago and 3-8 last season, but that's a faint memory after their shellacking of Virginia. Illinois finished off a symmetrical decade, having beaten Virginia in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day in 1990.
 
Peach Bowl
(15) Mississippi State 17, Clemson 7
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
21: Penalties on Mississippi State.
Player of the Game
Wayne Madkin, QB, Miss. State Threw for 176 yards and Mississippi State's first touchdown.
Analysis
This game can be used as Exhibit A in making a case that there are too many bowl games. When a team can commit 21 penalties and win, something's wrong. However, everything turned out right for the Bulldogs, who intercepted five passes and recovered a fumble in winning a bowl game for the first time since 1981.
 
Insight.com Bowl
Colorado 62, (25) Boston College 28
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
44.3: Average points scored by Colorado during its current six-bowl winning streak.
Player of the Game
Cortlen Johnson, RB, Colorado. Rushed for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Analysis
Boston College never had a chance as Colorado gave the Eagles insight on how to win in the postseason. The Buffaloes' defense contributed two scores and Ben Kelly added an 88-yard punt return as Colorado set a school bowl record with three touchdowns on returns. The Buffaloes' string of bowl wins is the longest active streak in the country.
 
Sun Bowl
Oregon 24, (12) Minnesota 20
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
232: Passing yards for Oregon QB Joey Harrington
Player of the Game
Keenan Howry. Oregon wide receiver made a sliding catch in the end zone with less than two minutes left for the game-winning score.
Analysis
A great finish for the Ducks, who marched 87 yards for the eventual game-winning touchdown. Harrington's passing yardage is impressive when you consider that he split time with A.J. Feeley, a rotation Oregon has used all season. The Ducks' appearance in the Sun Bowl was their seventh postseason game of the '90s, not bad for a program that was once among the worst in the country. Despite the loss, Minnesota has also made strides as it appeared in a bowl game for the first time since 1986.
 
Liberty Bowl
(16) Southern Miss 23, Colorado State 17
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
310-215: Total offensive yardage advantage for Colorado State.
Player of the Game
Adalius Thomas, DE, Southern Miss. Came up with two sacks to lead a defense that came up with clutch plays and held Colorado State RB Kevin McDougal in check.
Analysis
Southern Miss won by limiting McDougal to 59 yards on 25 carries and coming up with a blocked punt for a touchdown. The Golden Eagles are becoming a bowl regular, winning for the second time in three consecutive postseason trips. At least Colorado State will have coach Sonny Lubick around after he agreed to a contract extension before the game.
 
Independence Bowl
Mississippi 27, Oklahoma 25
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
4: Independence Bowl passing records set by OU's Josh Heupel, who threw for 390 yards in a losing effort.
Player of the Game
Deuce McCallister, RB, Mississippi. Scored two touchdowns, made a tackle to stop another and finished with 239 all-purpose yards.
Breakdown
A back-and-forth thriller came down to Les Brinkley's 39-yard field goal at the final gun. Heupel put up big numbers (39-of-53, three TDs) and the Sooners put together a 481-361 edge in total offense, but Oklahoma wasn't able to get a handle on the shifty McCallister, who made the difference for the Rebels.
 
Cotton Bowl
(24) Arkansas 27, (14) Texas 6
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
Minus-27: Texas rushing yards, a Cotton Bowl record low.
Player to Watch
Cedric Cobbs, RB, Arkansas. Freshman registered 30- and 37-yard touchdown scores and finished with 98 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Analysis
The Longhorns were obviously hurt by the suspensions of stars Kwame Cavil and Aaron Humprhey two days before the game. Arkansas' defensive front played a dream game, sacking Texas QBs Major Applewhite and Chris Simms eight times and knocking Applewhite from the game with a knee injury late in the third quarter. The Hogs broke open a 3-3 game in the third when Clint Stoerner engineered a 97-yard drive, finishing with a TD throw to Cobbs.
 
Outback Bowl
(21) Georgia 28, (19) Purdue 25 (OT)
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
18-4-3: Georgia's all-time bowl record after the victory.
Player of the Game
Quincy Carter, QB, Purdue. Led the 'Dawgs back from 25-0, including a clutch 4th and 12 completion to keep the game-tying drive alive.
Breakdown
In a game of two different halves, Drew Brees torched the Georgia secondary for four TDs in the first half but couldn't muster a point in the second. Meanwhile, Terrence Edwards got the 'Dawgs on the board late in the first half on a 74-yard reverse and Carter hit the Boilers both through the air and on the ground for four more scoring drives. Purdue was hurt by two kicking plays -- Travis Dorsch's first missed extra point of the year and a questionable call on his "missed" field goal in the second half.
 
Gator Bowl
(23) Miami 27, (17) Georgia Tech 13
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
17: Games since the Jackets scored fewer points (7, Oct. 24 '98 vs. Florida State).
Player of the Game
Nate Webster, LB, Miami. All over the field with 14 tackles, Webster helped silence Joe Hamilton in the red zone.
Breakdown
Hamilton's final collegiate game was rather un-Hamilton-esque. Despite putting up decent numbers and finding Dez White for 100 yards, he failed to produce inside the 20, even throwing an interception in the end zone. Meanwhile, Miami QB Kenny Kelly was solid in his first game back from injury, and both RBs Clinton Portis (117 yards) and James Jackson (116) pierced the Yellow Jackets defense.
 
Citrus Bowl
(9) Michigan State 37, (10) Florida 34
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
12: Years since Florida's last three-game losing streak.
Player of the Game
Plaxico Burress, WR, Michigan State. Junior likely NFL-bound after 13-catch, 185-yard day (with two TDs).
Breakdown
Florida finally got its offense in gear, with Doug Johnson throwing for three touchdowns and running for another and Travis Taylor catching 11 balls for 156 yards, but it was not enough. The Spartans did what they did best all year: establish the run behind Lloyd Clemons (105 yards) and T.J. Duckett (77), then moved in for the kill with Burress. Johnson was also hurt by some costly mistakes, including a fumble that MSU's T.J. Turner returned for a touchdown.
 
Rose Bowl
(4) Wisconsin 17, (22) Stanford 9
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
-5: Rushing yards for Stanford on 27 carries.
Player of the Game
Ron Dayne, RB, Stanford. Who else? His 200 rushing yards pushed his career total to 7,125 yards, a mark that includes four bowl games, though the NCAA only recognizes regular-season stats. Regardless, Dayne is the only player in NCAA Division I history to surpass 7,000 yards.
Analysis
This game was a lot closer than people anticipated. Wisconsin finally got its offense on track in the second half as Dayne began to wear down Stanford's defense. Troy Walters played for the Cardinal, but had just three catches as he wore a wrap around his dislocated right wrist. Wisconsin's victory was its second straight in the Rose Bowl, the first Big Ten team to win back-to-back in Pasadena. Furthermore, the Badgers have won three Rose Bowls in seven seasons.
 
Orange Bowl
(8) Michigan 35, (5) Alabama 34 (OT)
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
3: Number of consecutive 10-win seasons for Michigan.
Player of the Game
Tom Brady, QB, Michigan. Threw for 369 yards and four touchdown passes in guiding the Wolverines back from a 14-point deficit.
Analysis
The ending dripped with irony and proved that some of the bowls are still worth watching, championship game or not. Michigan appeared primed for a game-winning field goal in regulation before Hayden Epstein's 26-yard attempt was blocked. In overtime, however, the Wolverines enjoyed the other end of the kicking adventures as Alabama's Ryan Pflugner an extra-point attempt that ended the game. The miss was even more ironic when you consider the Crimson Tide won at Florida earlier this season on a missed PAT. The finish was a fitting end to a game between two classic programs.
 
Fiesta Bowl
(3) Nebraska 31, (6) Tennessee 21
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
11: Consecutive victories for Nebraska against SEC teams in bowl games.
Player of the Game
Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska Passed for 148 yards and rushed for another 64 in directing the Huskers to their second victory over Tennessee in three years.
Analysis
Nebraska used the same formula it employed two years ago in whipping Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. The Huskers wore the Vols down with a powerful running attack after keeping them off balance earlier with play-action passes. Nebraska gained 321 of its 469 yards on the ground and looked more like a vintage Conrhuskers team than the squad that finished 9-4 last year in coach Frank Solich's first season. Nebraska's victory gave outgoing defensive coordinator Charlie McBride a wonderful going-away present.
 
Sugar Bowl
(1) Florida State 46, Virginia Tech 29
Review Key Stat
Game Recap
Game Summary
163: Receiving yards for Sugar Bowl MVP Peter Warrick, a total that does not include his spectacular 59-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Player to Watch
Warrick, WR, Florida State. Set the tone early with a 64-yard catch for a touchdown and added a 43-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter. His performance showed that he probably would have won the Heisman Trophy if not for his department store problems that cost him two games.
Analysis
Warrick stole the show and he had some help from QB Chris Weinke , who proved that he had the poise to get the job done in the biggest game of all. Virginia Tech deserves a lot of credit for its comeback from a 28-7 deficit. But most of those props should go to QB Michael Vick , whose amazing scrambles kept the Hokies' spirits from getting buried under Florida State's avalanche of big plays. Bobby Bowden can now taunt his sons with his perfect season and two national championships.

 
Related information
Multimedia
Visit Multimedia Central for the latest audio and video
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day

Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call your cable operator or DirecTV.


CNNSI Copyright © 2000
CNN/Sports Illustrated
An AOL Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.