Bowl Roundup: Clearly, The Runner's Knee Was Down

Just as one should never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, one should also never propose after scoring the winning two-point conversion in the Fiesta Bowl. That's Boise State tailback Ian Johnson popping the question to his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics, moments after the Broncos had beaten Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime. Don't do it, Ian! It's the euphoria talking!

We guarantee you that Johnson is looking at video of this right now, and throwing the red flag. Unfortunately, there must be indesputable video evidence that a proposal was not made in order to overturn the call, and we simply don't see that from this angle.

For drama on Monday, you couldn't beat this game, with the Broncos and Sooners scoring 22 points over the final two minutes of regulation, Boise finishing its season 13-0. Down by one with the conversion pending in overtime, Broncos head coach Chris Petersen opted for the two-point conversion, with Johnson taking a handoff on an apparent pass play and running in untouched for the victory. Begone BCS committee, you have no powers here.

Rose Bowl: USC 32, Michigan 18. Gerald Ford proved no more help from the beyond than did Bo Schembechler, as the Wolverines were trampled into putty to run their losing streak to two games. Rather than bore you with dry statistics, we think this about sums things up. But this was probably a foregone conclusion: Michigan had to know it was in trouble when USC summoned the power of Lord George Lucas and his Legion of Nerds for the Rose Parade.

Gator Bowl: West Virginia 38, Ga. Tech 35. Because we know you're keeping track, the Mountaineers and Yellow Jackets set Gator Bowl records for scoring (Tennessee 45, Virginia Tech 23 in 1994), total yardage (928), plays from scrimmage (121) and first downs (40). WV quarterback Patrick White shook off a variety of injuries to throw for 131 yards and two touchdowns and rush for 145 yards and a TD.

Outback Bowl: Penn State 20, Tennessee 10. They're saying that this gives Joe Paterno his record-setting 22nd bowl victory, but does it count if he spent the game in the press box? Penn State (9-4) forced three turnovers, holding Tennessee (9-4) to a season-low in points.

Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin 17, Arkansas 14. The Badgers finish 12-1 behind quarterback John Stocco (two first-half TD passes), but a second-quarter pass by Wisconsin punter Ken DeBauche was the big play in this one. Sad, really.

Cotton Bowl: Auburn 17, Nebraska 14. See above. OK, actually this was a different game, as no punters attempted passes, and Tommy Tuberville was involved. Carl Stewart scored two touchdowns on his only two carries, and the Tigers won despite only 178 yards total offense. — RC

Update: Thanks to reader Kenny Loggins for pointing out this tasty YouTube footage.