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2009-2010 College Bowl Wrap up

Robert P. Stephens II | 1/9/2010, 10:35 a.m.



Heisman Trophy Winner and MVP of National Championship
game, Alabama running back Mark Ingram, rushed for 116 yards
and two touchdowns. Courtesy Photo

The University of Alabama captured their eighth NCAA Football National Championship with a 37-21 win over the Longhorns of The University Texas before a crowd 94,906 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca on Thur., Jan. 7. Alabama's victory tied the school with Notre Dame in winning eight National Championships.

The Crimson Tide, who finished their season at 14-0, used their trademark defense to give the Longhorns (13-1) their first defeat of the season. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was knocked out of the game on the fifth play suffering an arm injury and the senior never returned.Texas then scored the first six points of the game on two Alabama turnovers; one an interception the other on a botched kick. At the end of the first quarter the Longhorns led 6-0 on two field goals as the Alabama defense kept them out of the end zone.

In the second, quarter Alabama regained their composure scoring 24 unanswered points behind the rushing attack of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Richardson a freshmen ignited the crowd with a 49 yard run up the middle to make the score 14-6. Alabama's defense during the second quarter kept Texas freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert under pressure forcing him into errant throws.

Texas rallied in the second half behind their young quarterback Gilbert and their senior wide receiver Jordan Shipley who caught two touchdown passes from Gilbert of 44 and 28 yards to close the gap to 24-20.

Alabama behind their nationally ranked defense stifled the Crimson Tide offense the remainder of the game. Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders with 3:02 remaining in the game forced a Gilbert fumble and Alabama was on its way to the National Title.

Ingram was voted the game's MVP, rushing for 116 yards while scoring two touchdowns. Richardson rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Alabama's rushing total of 235 yards was the fifth largest in BCS history.

After the game Alabama head coach Nick Saban who took LSU to the National Championship in 2003 said, €It was a team effort. The turnovers were the story in this game.€

One of the most intriguing match ups of the Bowl Season was the Gator Bowl matchup between the Florida State Seminoles and The University of West Virginia Mountaineers. In what was State's head coach Bobby Bowden's last game after a 44 year coaching career, the underdog Seminoles (7-6) pulled off a stunning 33-21 win over the Mountaineers (9-4) before a crowd of 84,129. More than 300 former were players present for Bowden's send off.
A crowd of 73,777 witnessed Virginia Tech outscore Tennessee 20-0 in the second half in route to a 37-14 win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Tech, who improved to 10-3 on the season, won its fifth consecutive game of the season.

Freshmen running back Ryan Williams rushed for 117 yards on 25 carries. Williams broke Tech's single season rushing record set by Kevin Jones in 2003. Williams rushed for 1,655 yards this season. Tennessee fell to 7-6. The Hokies offense ended the night with 438 total yards, 229 on the ground and 209 in the air. Tennessee was able to pass for 235 yards but was held to 35 yards in the air.

The Midshipmen of Navy ended their season with a 35-13 win over Big Eight Missouri in the Texas Bowl held in Houston before a crowd of 69,411. It was Navy's first win over a Big Eight team since 1965. Navy tied the school record with wins (10) set in 1905 and 2004. Missouri fell to 8-5 on the year. Navy finished their season with a record of 10-4.

Navy, who led 14-10 at the half, outscored Missouri 21-3 in the second half as the Midshipmen's defense dominated the second half. Junior quarterback junior Ricky Dobbs finished his night' work with 166 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns. Dobbs also threw for 130 yards and one touchdown.

The Ohio State Buckeyes ended their BCS skid with a 26-17 win over Oregon with a crowd of 93,963 present at the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, California. The Buckeyes had lost three straight BCS Bowl games going onto their contest with the champions of the PAC 10 Oregon Ducks (10-3).

Buckeye sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor led the way with a career day 23-37-266 and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 76 yards while running the Buckeye offense to near perfection. The Ducks of Oregon have not won the Rose Bowl since 1917.

Ohio State quarterback Terrell Pryor leads Buckeyes to a 26-12
win over University of Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Courtesy Photo