Colorado State 48 Washington State 45
The first Bowl game this weekend started off with a bang with the Washington State Cougars taking on the Colorado State Rams in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
This game was all offense and no defense. Both teams basically scored at will and racked up a total of 93 points between the two. The last two minutes of the game turned into a nightmare for the Cougars when the Rams were able to capitalize on two fumbles.
Instead of taking a knee and running out the clock, Washington State thought it would be a good idea to to try and run the ball in the final minutes. Big Mistake! This loss goes directly on Mike Leach and the coaching staff for time mismanagement and terrible play calling at the end of the game.
USC 45 Fresno State 20
Not too much to say about this battle at the Las Vegas Bowl except the Trojans dominated the entire game and Fresno State simply could not match the talent of USC.
Carr had a difficult time passing in the first half. He could not connect with receivers and looked rushed when USC applied pressure. As a result, his passes were off the mark and they could not sustain any meaningful drives.
Marqise Lee had a great game with 2 touchdowns and quarterback Cody Kessler dominated with 344 passing yards and 4 touchdown passes.
The Bulldogs could not compete with the Trojan offense.
Ever since Lane Kiffen was fired, this USC team has been inspired and they look and act like a totally different team. It should be interesting looking forward to see what Steve Sarkisian can do as the new head coach.
San Diego State 49 Buffalo 24
This was another lopsided game with the Aztecs dominating early in the Potato Bowl. A lot of people predicted that this would be a difficult game for the Aztecs because of the cold weather in Boise, but it was the direct opposite. If fact, there was even snow in the surrounding the seating area – not exactly San Diego weather.
The MVP of this game was Adam Muema for the Aztecs who dominated over the Buffalo defense all day. He rushed for 229 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. You simply can’t beat a team that can run at will and Buffalo could not match up.
Louisiana-Lafayette 24 Tulane 21
The New Orleans Bowl was quite the treat with an exciting match-up that lived up to the hype. Most early bowl games don’t attract large crowds, but this one brought out over 60,000 fans.
The Ragin’ Cajuns dominated early on and looked like it would be a blowout when Corey Trim had a great interception for 82 yard pick six touchdown.
The Green Wave struggled early on and a coaching decision to replace Nick Montana in the fist half turned out to be game changer.
Devin Powell took over the reins and had the game of his life. He passed for 223 and had some spectacular long passes.
Tulane was able to mount a comeback in the second half and was in position to tie the game in final seconds. Unfortunately, kicker Cairo Santos was unable to get the field goal when he kicked it wide left with only 9 seconds to go in the game.
Overall, this was a great start for bowl game season and there will be many great games in the coming weeks. CLICK HERE for more bowl game information.