SAN DIEGO, CA, Sporting Alert – The scores from the college bowls that were played on Dec. 23. The Poinsettia Bowl and the GoDaddy Bowl were contested on the day.
Brett Rypien threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns to guide Boise State to a commanding 55-7 victory over Northern Illinois to win the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday night.
The Broncos (9-4) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back afterward.
Jeremy McNichols scored three total touchdowns, with the first one coming just 58 seconds into the game to help setup the rout, as the Broncos piled up 654 yards on offense and had possession of the ball for 43:13.
“I had a few people in the stands, so I wanted to play hard for them,” McNichols said. “The other guys, the seniors, we wanted to play hard for them so they go out the right way.”
Rypien, the freshman quarterback, threw touchdown passes to McNichols, Chaz Anderson and Alec Dhaenens, while going 29 of 40 on completed passes with one interception.
McNichols finished the game with 189 total yards.
“It was huge. We always start fast,” McNichols said. “Even in practice, we come out fast and run a paced offense.
“That first touchdown, we practiced it all week and we hit it exactly like we were supposed to.”
He added: “It’s fun for all of us. “When we score points, we get to throw deep, we run different formations, different shifts.
“It’s hard for defenses to prepare for our offense. It’s a great job by the coaches.”
Meanwhile, it was a shockingly underperforming display by Northern Illinois in the battle of the Group of 5 powers.
The Huskies were held to just 33 total yards on offense and fell to 0-3 in the Poinsettia Bowl.
“Give credit to Boise State,” Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey said. “That’s a good football team and today they made all the plays.
“They were certainly the more physical team. When you can control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball it makes for a good day for them. It wasn’t a good performance for us.”
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 58, BOWLING GREEN 27
Favian Upshaw ran for 199 yards and four touchdowns to help Georgia Southern defeat Bowling Green 58-27 in the GoDaddy Bowl as the Eagles scored 35 unanswered points in the second half.
“Favian did a great job reading the zone option; his reads were great,” said Interim Head Coach Dell McGee on the school’s athletics website. “The offensive line blocked really well, and the guys did a great job squeezing the ball – we didn’t have any turnovers.
“It was one of the best performances we’ve played all year. Our players, coaches and staff wanted to make sure our seniors go out winners. They all bought in, and it culminated in our performance tonight.”
According to ESPN Stats and Info, the Eagles (9-4) were putting up their fourth 50-point game since the start of October, with only the Oklahoma Sooners, who have five, having more 50-point games over that spread.
Wesley Fields ran for 75 yards and a score and Kevin Ellison had 135 total yards and threw one touchdown pass for Georgia Southern, which was winning its first bowl game in school history in its postseason debut and in the second year playing at the FBS level.
The Eagles, who had no turnovers in the game, tallied 534 total yards, including 452 yards rushing, which best their nation-best season average of 355.6 yards.
Quarterback Matt Johnson passed for 246 yards and three touchdowns for Bowling Green (10-4)
COLLEGE BOWL GAME SCORES
Dec. 23, 2015
Boise State 55, Northern Illinois 7
Georgia Southern 58, Bowling Green 27