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LITTLE CAESARS BOWL preview: Western Michigan vs. Purdue today at 4:30 pm ET on ESPN

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The former Motor City Bowl, now named the Little Caesars Bowl, will pit Western Michigan (7-5) of the Mid-American Conference against the Purdue Boilermakers (6-6) of the Big Ten Conference at Ford Field this afternoon (Dec. 27) at 4:30 pm in Detroit, Michigan.

Purdue will be making its first bowl appearance since 2007 and its second in a row to the Motor City. The Boilermakers beat Central Michigan in the bowl when it was the Motor City Bowl.

Western Michigan, while be playing a bowl game in its home state for the first time and fifth bowl game overall.

The Broncos will be getting their pro-ready QB returning from missing the season-finale against Akron because of a shoulder injury.

Carder has passed for 400 yards or more four times in 2011, and the offense operates at a high-level and fast-paced. The Broncos are third in the Mid-American Conference in total offense at 456.2 yards a game.

Western Michigan has the most dangerous passing attack in the MAC, as Carder leads the league with over 312 yards a game and a MAC-high 28 touchdown passes. He is able to throw to three top notch receivers, with the leader being Jordan White, who leads the college football in receptions (127), yards (1,646) and touchdowns (16).

Purdue’s secondary is very experienced has given opposing QB’s trouble all season.

GAME NOTES

*Purdue DT Kawann Short, led the team in tackles for a loss (17 1/2) and sacks (6 1/2) while earning team defensive MVP honors.

*Boilermakers KR Raheem Mostert, is a talented freshman who is dangerous everytime he touches the ball. Averages 31 yards per kick return with a high of 81 against Indiana in the season finale.

*WMU QB Alex Carder is a great passer and runner.

*Broncos WR Jordan White was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist who holds school records for career receiving yards, receptions and 100-yard games.

*WMU DT Drew Novak, was named the MAC defensive player of the year after collecting 83 tackles, including 20 for losses with 8.5 sacks.

 

Info compiled from Western Michigan & Purdue University athletic news

2010 ALAMO BOWL: Oklahoma State waxes Arizona 36-10 for 11th win

(courtesy of Alamo Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

Justin Blackmon caught two touchdowns passes, including a 71-yarder, as #16 Oklahoma State finished its first 11-win season with a 36-10 win over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.

Blackmon, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation’s top receiver, set an NCAA record with his 12th straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. The talented and speedy sophomore caught nine passes for 117 yards in what could’ve been his last game.

In addition to his NCAA-record streak, Blackmon also surpassed former Pitt Panthers star Larry Fitzgerald for the most receiving yards by a sophomore.

Justin Blackmon (courtesy of Oklahoma State athletics)

Brandon Weeden (courtesy of Oklahoma State athletics)

Brandon Weeden was 25 of 41 for 240 yards for 11-2 Oklahoma State.

The game did mark the final game for Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who is heading to Morgantown, West Virginia, to become the head coach-in-waiting at West Virginia.

Oklahoma State, the nation’s leader in total offense, never trailed and scored at least 33 points for the 11th time this season.

The Cowboys will now have to wait to see if their two best offensive players bolt for the big bucks of pro football.

Weeden and Blackmon are both on the projection boards as high NFL draft picks. Blackmon was chosen as the Big 12 offensive player of the year.

Arizona dropped to 7-6 on the season with their fifth straight loss to end the year.

Nick Foles completed 32 of 50 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, but he suffered three interceptions, one was returned 62-yards for a touchdown by Markelle Martin.

The Wildcats had their chances early in the game, but on six possessions inside Cowboys territory in the first half and only could cash-in on one touchdown.

With Arizona playing in the game, the Pac-10 returned to the Alamo Bowl for the first time since 1994, ending a 15-year run with the Big 10. The Pac 10′s deal with the Alamo Bowl runs through 2013.

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS GAME NOTES

* Is the national leader in total offense (537.58 yards a game), finishing the regular season with 1 more yard than explosive Oregon.

* Oklahoma State finished 14th in the BCS standings with losses to Nebraska 51-41 and Oklahoma 47-41.

* Head coach Mike Gundy was the Big 12 Coach of the year.

* The Cowboys have the #2 ranked passing offense in the nation.

* Were 6-2 and was tied for the Big 12 South Division title but lost the tiebreaker to Oklahoma for a spot in the Big 12 Championship.

* RB Kendall Hunter ranks seventh in the nation with 126.33 yards a game.

* QB Brandon Weeden, the former minor league pitcher has flourished in the Cowboys new-look spread offensive attack. He’s the Cowboys first 4,000 yard passer and set a school record with 32 touchdown passes.

* WR Justin Blackmon averaged 9.3 catches per game, 151.4 yards per game with 18 touchdowns.

ARIZONA WILDCATS GAME NOTES

* The team started the season at 7-1.

* They lost five in a row to end the season including a 30-29 loss to arch-rival Arizona State.

* The Wildcats were selected over 6-6 Washington, who ended the season with a 3-game winning streak. Washington finished a game better than Arizona in the Pac-10 standings, but the Alamo picked  Arizona, probably because Tucson, Arizona is closer to San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo Bowl as opposed to Seattle, Washington home of the University of Washington.

* Came into the game averaging 445.17 yards and nearly 30 points a game.

* The Wildcats will play in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in the second game of the 2011, the beginning of a home-and-home series with the Cowboys.

* Arizona recruits the state of Texas well with 16 Texans on their roster.

* QB Nick Foles, a junior, has thrown for 1,311 yards and 10 touchdowns in the past four games. He is from Austin, Texas.

* WR Juron Criner, battled injuries throughout the season but put together the one of the biggest seasons for a receiver in school history. The 6’4 athlete had 73 catches for 1,186 yards and 10 touchdowns.

* DE Ricky Elmore led the Pacific-10 Conference in sacks with 11 one season after finishing second with 10 1/2. He is quick and smart at 6’5, 260.

compiled from staff, Alamo Bowl, Oklahoma State & Arizona athletics news

OHIO UNIVERSITY BOBCATS Football News

Ohio's Donovan Fletcher (29)on one of two interceptions vs. Ohio State (WAXX-TV photo)

Ohio's Terrence MCCrae (11) ready to grab 11-yard TD pass for only score by Bobcats vs. Ohio State (WAXX-TV photo)

The Ohio Bobcats are ready to forget Saturday’s 43-7 debacle against Ohio State Saturday in venerable Ohio Stadium.

The Bobcats had suffered five turnovers, three sacks and only gained 158 yards of total offense.

But now, they’ll turn their attention to former MAC member, Marshall University. The game will be played in Huntington, West Virginia.

5 Phil Bates Ohio QB talks to media (megasportsnews.com)

NEWS AND NOTES

* With a win over Marshall, Ohio would capture the 500th win in program history. Currently, the record sits at 499-517-48.

* Head coach Frank Solich with a win, would give him 33 and sole possession of fourth place on Ohio’s all-time win list.

* Coach Solich is tied with Jim Grobe in coaching wins. Next in 3rd place is Carroll Widdoes with 42 wins from 1949-57. Don Peden tops the list with 121 wins from 1924-1946 and Ohio’s stadium is named after him.

* Ohio linebacker Noah Keller was named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The trophy is awarded annually to the nation’s best defensive player.

Noah Keller MLB Ohio Bobcats (megasportsnews.com)

This honor marks the third time in four years that a Bobcat has been named to a preseason watch list for a major award, 2007 Kalvin Mcrae for the Maxwell Trophy and 2009 Taylor Price for the Biletnikoff Award.

Last season, the Kearney, Nebraska native posted a Mid-American Conference-high 155 tackles, which averaged out to 11.07 per game, the sixth-highest total nationally. He also finished with nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles.

Ohio captain Donovan Fletcher, Strong safety had 2 interceptions against Ohio State (megasportsnews.com)

* The Ohio Bobcat captains for 2010 include all seniors. Defensive linemen Dak Notestine and Stafford Gatling along with middle linebacker Noah Keller and strong safety Donovan Fletcher.

* The Bobcats are picked to finish second in the MAC East Division by the media at the Mid-American Conference Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit during the summer.

Ohio won the division for the second time in four years in 2009.

The Bobcats, who earned 116 points and gained three first-place votes, were second only to the much-improved Temple Owls program with 137 points and 16 first place votes.

Frank Solich looking for win number 33 at Ohio (megasportnews.com)

Ohio University’s LaVon Brazill has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List for the inaugural award, an honor that will be given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

Brazill was also named named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Brazill caught 53 passes for 702 yards and six touchdowns last season, all totals that ranked second on the team. The 5’11 receiver had two of his biggest games last season, first against Tennessee with eight catches for 92 yards and a touchdown and then against Northern Illinois with five catches for 55 yards and two scores. He currently ranks fourth in school history in career receptions per game (3.22), tied for seventh in career catches (103) and ninth in career receiving yards (1,287). His 53 receptions in 2009 were also the most by any junior in school history.

Info compiled from Ohio University news