? Paul Smith set an NCAA record with his 14th
consecutive 300-yard passing game and threw for five touchdowns as Tulsa routed
Bowling Green 63--7 in the GMAC Bowl. The 56-point margin was the largest in
NCAA bowl history.
? Playing in his hometown of Charlotte, Kenneth Moore
set the ACC single-season record for receptions, getting 11 for 112 yards as
Wake Forest beat Connecticut 24--10 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Moore
finished with 98 receptions this year.
? Ben Mauk of Cincinnati was named MVP of the
Papajohns.com Bowl after throwing for 334 yards and four touchdowns in a 31--21
win over Southern Miss.
For the Records
? Tony Temple (below) broke Dicky Maegle's 54-year-old
Cotton Bowl rushing record, gaining 281 yards on 24 carries as Missouri routed
Arkansas 38--7. During a postgame news conference Temple, who also ran for a
record four touchdowns, turned to coach Gary Pinkel and asked, "Who's Dicky
? Ray Rice became the 14th player in Division I-A
history to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season, after he carried 35 times
for an International Bowl--record 280 yards and four TDs as Rutgers whipped
Ball State 52--30. Rice, a junior, finished with 2,012 yards.
? Jonathan Stewart rushed for a Sun Bowl--record 253
yards on 23 attempts in leading Oregon to a 56--21 win over South Florida.
? In a 41--38 win over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl,
Chris Johnson of East Carolina set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a
bowl, with 408. Johnson ran for 223 yards and a TD, had 32 receiving yards and
a score, and returned six kickoffs for 153 yards.
? Though its defense was much maligned during the
season, Tennessee held Wisconsin to a field goal in the second half of a 21--17
victory in the Outback Bowl. Subbing for academic casualty Ricardo Kemp, safety
Antonio Wardlow sealed the win with a last-minute interception.