Well that was interesting and tons of fun. I hope everyone had a blast this season and is looking forward to next season as much as I am. A huge recap follows so let’s get right to it as Pervis gets us started with the year-end awards.
End of Season Awards
Players from user teams were highly regarded by the computer and it showed in the All-American votes. Out of the 75 available positions, including the Freshman team, users came away with exactly a third of all selections, with twelve out of the twenty five first teamers coming from user squads. Considering we make up 6% of the teams in the NCAA, that is quite the impressive haul. Below is a breakdown of how many All-Americans/All Conference performers were on each team.
AA= All America
AC= All Conference
Baylor: AA - 4 1st team, 3 2nd team, 3 Frosh
AC - 11 1st team, 7 2nd team
Mississippi State: AA - 3 1st team, 1 2nd team
AC - 4 1st team, 6 2nd team
Oregon State: AA - 3 1st team, 1 2nd team
AC - 8 1st team, 4 2nd team
UCLA: AA - 2 1st team, 2 Frosh
AC - 11 1st team, 5 2nd team
UCF: AA - 1 2nd team
AC - 2 2nd team
Arizona: AA - 1 Frosh
AC - 3 2nd team
Texas Tech: AA - 1 Frosh
AC - 1 1st team, 4 2nd team
Adding insult to a less than desirable coaching debut, Ole Miss didn't come away with any All-American selections. Hopefully PB can kick some ass in the offseason to get off on the right track next year.
User players also racked up an impressive amount of awards, including all three Player of the Year awards. Interestingly enough, the Heisman winner had only one award handed to him and wasn't a first or second team All-American. Go figure. These are the awards won by user teams. (Edit by KSUEMAW!: Apparently only the Big 12 was allowed to win post season awards besides the Heisman as only Mississippi State and Baylor won awards. What I going on here computer??)
Heisman: Matt Cassel, QB UCLA
Maxwell (Player of the Year): Richard Wheeler, RB Mississippi State
Walter Camp (Player of the Year): Richard Wheeler, RB Mississippi State
Bednarik (Defensive Player of the Year): David Wheeler, CB Baylor
Nagurski (Best Defensive Player): C.J. Poland, LE Baylor
O’Brien (National QB of the Year): Justin Kirkpatrick, QB Baylor
Walker (Best RB): Richard Wheeler, RB Mississippi State
Mackey (Best TE): Tyler Huff, TE Mississippi State
Lombardi (Best DL): C.J. Poland, LE Baylor
Thorpe (Best DB): David Wheeler, CB Baylor
Best Returner: A.-J. Wilcox, WR Mississippi State
Poinsettia Bowl: UCF (8-5) vs. Boise St. (9-5)
Boise St. pissed off that it was again passed over during realignment, while UCF found a fancy home in the revamped Big 12, fought hard scoring a TD in each of the first 3 quarters. UCF held firm scoring only in the even quarters, including the game winning 2 point conversion as time ran out (I assume as I can’t actually see the highlights). Player of the game: Charlie Joseph, RB UCF: 20 Carriers, 88 yards, TD
Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona (8-5) vs. Fresno St. (10-4)
Arizona started off sluggish giving up 10 first quarter points to a spunky Fresno St. squad. However, they quickly rebounded scoring 20 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 20-14 lead to half. The fun was over for Fresno St at that point as Arizona continued their hot play from the second quarter scoring 14 points in each of the final two quarters. Final score, Wildcats 48-Bulldogs 17. Player of the game: Eric McBride QB Arizona: 24-30, 380 yards 5 TD’s and 1 INT.
Holiday Bowl: Mississippi State (10-3) vs Cal (9-4)
The Bulldogs bounced back big time from their humiliating loss to rival Ole Miss, outscoring Cal 28-7 in the first half. From there Miss. St. put the cruise control on matching each Cal score in the second half. The Bulldogs destroy the Bears 49-28. Player of the game: Richard Wheeler, RB Miss. St., 21 carries for 311 yards and 3 TD’s
Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma (9-4) vs. Texas Tech (9-5)
In a battle of former conference foes (damn re-alignment), the Sooners squared off against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech drew first blood scoring on a 96 yard pick 6. Both teams scored two TD’s in the second half. They continued to overpower the Sooners by outscoring them by 4 points in the second half to take a 35-24 victory. Player of the Game: Collin Stewart, WR Texas Tech: 265 KR Yards, 2TD’s
Fiesta Bowl: Baylor (12-2) vs. Ohio St. (12-2)
The Big 12’s best traveled to Arizona to take on the Big 10’s best. Baylor and Ohio state played a back and forth game the whole night, with the first half going the Bears way as halftime found Baylor up 8, 21-13. However, the Buckeyes wouldn’t go away holding the high powered Baylor offense to only 8 second half points, and outscoring them 21-8. This defensive resurgence led Ohio St. to a 34-29 point win. Player of the game: Jon Allen, SS Ohio St: 14 Tackles, 3 Tackles for loss
BCS National Championship: Oregon St. (11-2) vs. UCLA (14-0)
Game of the Century round 2. Thanks to a timely loss by Buffalo in their conference championship game, the BCS decided it was a good idea to match up two conference foes in the title game for the 2nd time in 3 seasons. This match up was much better the second time around, as Oregon St. adopted Legendary Head Coach Bill Snyder’s game plan by going straight ball control. Holding the ball for over 13 minutes and doubling UCLA’s time of possession Oregon St. headed to the halftime locker room up 3. The Bruins defense came to play though, and held Oregon St scoreless in the second half, while punching in a 4 yard TD run in the third quarter for the second half’s only score. This allowed UCLA to hold onto a 14-10 victory over the Beavers, capping off an undefeated season. Congratulations to Pervis and the UCLA Bruins on a great season! Player of the Game: Omari Lawrence II, RB UCLA: 156 KR yard, 1 TD, 4 carries, 21 yards, 1 TD
Season leaders (User Only):
Passing: 4693-Justin Kirkpatrick-Baylor
Rushing: 2155-Richard Wheeler-Mississippi St.
Receiving: 2332-Tyler Huff-Mississippi St.
Pancakes: 40-Adam Smith-Texas Tech
Tackles: 75-Sam Kelly-SS Oregon St
Tackles for Loss: 26-William Rankin-LE Texas Tech
Sacks: 13.0-Barrett Brown-RE Mississippi St.
Interceptions: 7-David Wheeler-CB Baylor
And just for fun
Most Interceptions thrown (ranked):
1) QB Jack Herron-Ole Miss: 33
2) QB Justin Kirkpatrick-Baylor: 32
3) QB Sheldon Horton-UCF: 26
4) QB Eric Blount-Miss. St.: 25
5) QB Justin Matthews-Texas Tech: 24
6) QB Reggie Jordan & QB Nick Craft-Oregon St.: 23 (combined INT’s)
7) TIED: QB Matt Cassel-UCLA: 18, QB Eric McBride-Arizona: 18
Time to figure out whose changing teams, possible re-alignment (bye-bye SEC??), and of course, putting the finishing touches on recruiting. Great season everybody; I’m looking forward to next year.