Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Terrible matchup, great game

I'll bet you didn't expect the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl -- between Idaho and Bowling Green -- to turn into the best bowl game of the season. But man ... if you didn't see the the ending, please watch it.

The two teams combined for nearly 1,000 total yards and 50 first downs, and there were five touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone. Neither team led by more than a touchdown at any point, and the final 32 seconds of the game saw 117 passing yards, two TDs and a game-winning 2-point conversion.

Final score: Idaho 43, Bowling Green 42. It was an awesome game as long as you weren't one of the defensive coordinators.

And while I don't think bowl statistics should count toward season totals, I have to congratulate Bowling Green receiver Freddie Barnes. He came into the game needing five catches to set the all-time single-season receptions record (Houston's Manny Hazard had 142 in 1989); he finished with a ridiculous 17 (!!!) for 219 yards and three touchdowns, giving him 155 catches this year. Not bad -- especially when you consider that he had a total of 143 receptions in his first three years. That's called going out on a high note.