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A Bowl Season to Remember
AUSTIN MURPHY
January 14, 2008
Stealing the show were a coach who went out in style by winning the best game of them all, a longtime assistant who earned a coveted promotion and a quartet of record-setting running backs
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January 14, 2008

A Bowl Season To Remember

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? 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 Maegle?"

? 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.

Stoppers

? 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.

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