Miami and Boston College Both Come Up Short In Close Contests

Once again, we have two bowls combined into one recap. As one of our treasured staff members recovers, technical glitches and computer crashes attempted to take out the rest of us, 3 in one weekend to be exact. Again, to the Miami and Boston College fans, we apologize, but I do hope you enjoy, and may 2015 be more prosperous for you and us.

Hurricanes and Gamecocks take flight.

Sebastian the Ibis vs. Cocky the Gamecock in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. This game was for the birds? The winner of this game could put a feather in their cap? Alright, Alright, don’t get your feathers ruffled, I’ll get on with things.

Mascots aside, on paper Miami vs South Carolina looked to be an entertaining matchup, and they did not disappoint. Miami opened the scoring with a pair of Field Goals from Michael Badgley, one from 27 yards out, and the other from 26. With the score 6-0 Miami, South Carolina answered with a 78 yard TD catch and run by Pharoh Cooper from Dylan Thompson. The Gamecocks never let the ‘Canes see the lead again, adding a 15 yard TD catch by Mike Davis and a 32 yard Field Goal by Elliot Fry, making the Halftime score 17-6

Miami fought back in the 2nd half, as Gus Edwards scored on a 3 yard run. Malcolm Lewis caught the pass from Brad Kaaya to make the two-point conversion successful, leaving the Gamecocks with only a 3 point lead, 17-14.

Late in the 4th, Dylan Thompson fooled the entire Miami defense and ran it in from 2 yards out to push the lead back to 10, 24-14. Kaaya hooked up with Phillip Dorsett for an 11 yard TD pass with 2:16 left in the 4th, but that’s as close as Miami could get, as the game ended 24-21, South Carolina.

Duke Johnson had another great performance, his last in college, rushing for 132 yards, but his fumble late in the 4th Quarter was too much for Miami to overcome. Miami won most of the statistical battles, but their 2 turnovers proved to be their undoing.

Heartbreak in the Bronx.

The folks in charge of the New Era Penstripe Bowl hit a home run with their matchup, bringing two Northeast powerhouses to clash at Yankee Stadium. Once again, the product on the field lived up to the hype, and i would go so far as to say they surpassed expectations.

This game became a battle between the arm of Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, and the BC rushing attack of QB Tyler Murphy and HB Jon Hilliman. Both sides were highly effective. Christian Hackenberg stole the show, however, completing 34 of his 50 attempts for 371 yards and 4 TD’s, even ending up on Dilfer’s Dimes on ESPN last night.

The First Quarter had some explosive plays, starting with Hackenberg’s first TD, a 78 yard pass and catch to Chris Godwin putting Penn St. up 7-0. Less than a minute later, BC’s Jon Hilliman answered with a 49 yard TD run to tie the game.

In the 3rd Quarter, Boston College attempted to seize control of the game scoring back to back touchdowns, a 19 yard pass from Tyler Murphy to Shakim Phillips, and a 40 yard run by Murphy, 21-7 BC. Penn State would answer quickly with Geno Lewis catching a 7 yard TD pass, capping off a 6 play 63 yard drive to end the 3rd Quarter.

Penn State would tie the game up in the 4th Quarter when Daesean Hamilton caught a 16 yard pass for the score. Boston College looked to be in the driver’s seat near the end of the game when Mike Knoll kicked a 20 yard FG with 2:10 left. BC 24-21. That was the case until Sam Ficken hit a 49 yard FG to force OT.

In Overtime, both schools scored, first Boston College, then Penn State, but a failed PAT by Boston College allowed Penn State to gain the victory, final score 31-30.

This continued the theme of a difficult bowl season for the ACC, but thankfully the Clemson Tigers have Oklahoma by the scruff of the neck, whipping them around the field as of writing this. Hopefully they can hold on and get the ACC a much needed win.

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