The bowl games are becoming more competitive as we head towards the College Football Playoffs. Who came out on top during Week 3 of the college football bowl season?
PINSTRIPE BOWL – PITTSBURGH (8-4) vs NORTHWESTERN (6-6)
Final Score: Northwestern 31 – 24 Pittsburgh
Northwestern came away with two late interceptions to hold off #23 Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl. Quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 214 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while running back Justin Jackson ran for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns. Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman threw for 253 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Wide receiver Quadree Henderson had 156 total yards, with 76 rushing yards, 45 receiving and 45 returning. Pittsburgh linebacker Matt Galambos had a game-high 15 tackles.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL – WEST VIRGINIA (10-2) vs MIAMI (FL) (8-4)
Final Score: Miami (FL) 31 – 14 West Virginia
The Miami Hurricanes won their first bowl game in 10 years with a strong defensive effort, holding West Virginia to a season-low in points, rushing yards and total yards. Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya threw for 282 yards and 4 touchdowns. For West Virginia, quarterback Skyler Howard threw for 134 yards and ran for 63 yards and a score.
FOSTER FARMS BOWL – INDIANA (6-6) vs UTAH (8-4)
Final Score: Utah 26 – 24 Indiana
Indiana had the longest bowl game drought, having not won since 1991 and that streak will continue for at least one more year after going down to Utah. Utah quarterback Troy Williams threw for 178 yards and an interception, while running back Joe Williams ran for 222 yards and a touchdown. For Indiana, quarterback Richard Lagow threw for 188 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
TEXAS BOWL – TEXAS A&M (8-4) vs KANSAS STATE (8-4)
Final Score: Kansas State 33 – 28 Texas A&M
Bill Snyder added another bowl victory to his storied career as Kansas State took down Texas A&M. Kansas State quarterback Jesse Ertz threw for 195 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Byron Pringle made just three catches but turned it into 107 yards and a touchdown. For A&M, quarterback Trevor Knight threw for 310 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick. Wideout Josh Reynolds made 12 catches for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns.
BIRMINGHAM BOWL – SOUTH FLORIDA (10-2) vs SOUTH CAROLINA (6-6)
Final Score: South Florida 46 – 39 South Carolina (OT)
South Florida played without Oregon-bound head coach Willie Taggart, but managed to defeat South Carolina in overtime to record a school-record 11th game of the season. Quarterback Brandon Flowers threw for 261 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Flowers also ran for 105 yards and 3 touchdowns. For South Carolina, Jake Bentley threw for a career-high 390 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel had 14 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown.
BELK BOWL – ARKANSAS (7-5) vs VIRGINIA TECH (9-4)
Final Score: Virginia Tech 35 – 24 Arkansas
Virginia Tech came back from 24-0 down to score 35 unanswered points and take down Arkansas in the Belk Bowl. Tech quarterback Jerod Evans threw for 243 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Evans also ran for 87 yards and 2 scores, becoming only the second West Virginia player to pass for two touchdowns and rush for two touchdowns. Wide receiver Cam Phillips had 115 receiving yards. For Arkansas, quarterback Austin Allen threw for 278 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Wide receiver Keon Hatcher made six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
ALAMO BOWL – OKLAHOMA STATE (9-3) vs COLORADO (10-3)
Final Score: Oklahoma State 38 – 8 Colorado
Oklahoma State secured a convincing win over Colorado to claim the Alamo Bowl. Quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns. His top target James Washington caught nine passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. Running back Justice Hill ran for 100 yards and a score. Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau, in his 40th and final collegiate game, threw for 195 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Wide receiver Phillip Lindsay had 103 receiving yards.
ARIZONA BOWL – SOUTH ALABAMA (6-6) vs AIR FORCE (9-3)
Final Score: Air Force 45 – 21 South Alabama
Air Force had a strong end to their season, winning their 10th game of the year. Quarterback Arion Worthman threw for 207 yards and a score. Wide receiver Jalen Robinette caught two passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Robinette finished the season just 17 yards shy of becoming the first Falcons receiver to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season since 1970. On defense, Weston Steelhammer recorded his 18th career intereption, setting an Air Force record. South Alabama quarterback Dallas Davis threw for 245 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while wide receiver Josh Magee had five catches for 154 yards and a score.
LIBERTY BOWL – GEORGIA (7-5) vs TCU (6-6)
Final Score: Georgia 31 – 23 TCU
In a back-and-forth game, Georgia took over in the 4th quarter to down TCU in the Liberty Bowl. Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason threw for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns, while running back Nick Chubb ran for 142 yards and a score. Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie made four catches for 103 yards. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill threw for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hill also ran for 72 yards and a score.
SUN BOWL – STANFORD (9-3) vs NORTH CAROLINA (8-4)
Final Score: Stanford 25 – 23 North Carolina
Stanford prevented North Carolina from scoring on a two-point conversion to earn a hard-fought win over North Carolina. Running back Bryce Love ran for 119 yards and also had one 49-yard touchdown catch. On defense, safety Dallas Lloyd had six tackles, a forced fumble and two interceptions. North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw for 280 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
MUSIC CITY BOWL – NEBRASKA (9-3) vs TENNESSEE (8-4)
Final Score: Tennessee 38 – 24 Nebraska
Behind a big day by stars Josh Dobbs and Derek Barnett, the Volunteers took down Nebraska to end the season on a high note. Dobbs threw for 291 yards and a score and also ran for 118 yards and 3 touchdowns. Receiver Josh Malone made five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Barnett recorded his 33th career sack in the fourth quarter, breaking the legendary Reggie White’s Tennessee school record. Nebraska quarterback Ryker Fyfe, who filled in for Tommy Armstrong Jr, threw for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both touchdowns went to Brandon Reilly, who finished with 98 receiving yards.
ORANGE BOWL – MICHIGAN (10-2) vs FLORIDA STATE (9-3)
Final Score: Florida State 33 – 32 Michigan
In a crazy game, #11 Florida State scored in the last minute to defeat an undermanned #6 Michigan squad. Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 222 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Dalvin Cook ran for 145 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Nyqwan Murray made two catches for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those two scores were a 92-yard TD and the game winning grab over Michigan star conrerback Jourdan Lewis. For Michigan, quarterback Wilton Speight threw for 163 yards, a touchdown and a pick.
TAXSLAYER BOWL – GEORGIA TECH (8-4) vs KENTUCKY (7-5)
Final Score: Georgia Tech 33 – 18 Kentucky
Georgia Tech held off Kentucky from start to finish to win the Taxslayer Bowl. Quarterback Justin Thomas threw for 105 yards and added 169 yards and a score on the ground. For Kentucky, quarterback Stephen Johnson threw for 175 yards and a touchdown.
CITRUS BOWL – LSU (7-4) vs LOUISVILLE (9-3)
Final Score: LSU 29 – 9 Louisville
LSU’s defense shut down Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson to claim the Citurs Bowl. LSU quarterback Danny Etling threw for 217 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception, while receiver Malachi Dupre made seven catches for 139 yards. With star running back Leonard Fournette out, Derrius Grice shouldered the load and ran for 138 yards and a score. Heisman winner Lamar Jackson finished his season on a sour note, throwing for 153 yards and running for just 33 yards.