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LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Tonight at 7:30 pm, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan on ESPN

(courtesy of Bowl Game)

(photo by Ciccone39, Fuzzy510 via wikipedia commons)

The bowl season continues tonight on ESPN, as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl has a 7:30 pm start at Ford Field in Detroit.

With a $1.5 million payout, Western Kentucky (7-5) plays local favorite, Central Michigan (6-6).

Three years ago, the Hilltoppers were 0-12 and in 2011, they finished at 7-5 but did receive a bowl invitation.

In 2012, despite a 2-4 stretch run, Western Kentucky found out that its 7-5 record was good enough this time around, but they had to wait until the final hours and minutes on December 2 that they’d be playing in the Motor City.

The Hilltoppers are making their first bowl appearance as an FBS member.

Central Michigan is making its fifth bowl appearance in the last seven years and first since 2009.

(courtesy of WKU)

(courtesy CMU)

The Hilltoppers are led on offense by Antonio Andrews with 1,609 rushing yards and have one of the top tight ends in the country in Jack Doyle who is 6’6, 255 pounds. He has caught 47 balls for 530 yards.

Western Kentucky has the best defense in the Sun Belt Conference, allowing 342.8 ypg and 136.6 on the ground.

The Chippewas of Central Michigan started the season at 2-5 in the Mid-American Conference but was able to get bowl eligible by winning its final three games against Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Massachusetts.

CMU has a very porous defense allowing 441.2 yards per game and 197 on the ground.

But the Chippewas have a deep and talented receiving corps with Titus Davis, Andrew Flory, Courtney Williams and Cody Wilson. At running back, they have Zurlon Tipton with 1,391 yards and 19 TD’s, QB Ryan Radcliff who threw for 20 TD’s and 2,905 yards.

Ohio Bobcats bomb arch-rival Marshall, 44-7

 

(courtesy of Ohio athletics via wikipedia commons)

Everybody was expecting a close football game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Ohio Bobcats last weekend in Athens.

But it was anything but a close encounter as the Bobcats rolled 44-7. The Herd (1-2) have been winning this game recently, 12 0f the past 14 games, including 21-17 in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and 24-23 last season, and had not lost since 2000.

Ohio totaled 559 offensive yards, intercepted four passes, two fumble recoveries before a crowd of 24,244 fans at Peden Stadium.

The third-largest crowd in stadium history witnessed Ohio roll up a 34-7 halftime lead.

The Bobcats star of the game was quarterback Tyler Tettleton who completed 20 of 29 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns and ran 53 yards and one TD.

Other Ohio stars include cornerback Omar Leftwich who intercepted two passes and linebacker Nathan Carpenter recovered two fumbles.

Info compiled from Ohio University news

2010 LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Florida International beats Toledo, 34-32

(courtesy of Little Caesars Pizza Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

Jack Griffin’s 34-yard field goal on the final play of the game gave Florida International a stunning, come-from-behind win over the Toledo Rockets, 34-32 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field.

The upstart Golden Panthers, playing in their first bowl game, faced fourth-and-17 on their final drive before picking up the first down on a hook-and-lateral to T.Y. Hilton.

Seconds later, Wes Carroll found Greg Ellingson across the middle of the field to the Toledo 22-yard line, setting up the final kick for FIU who finishes up 7-6.

The Rockets, who were the favorites and had most of the crowd at Ford Field rooting for them because Toledo, Ohio is just 46 miles south of Detroit, finishes the season at 8-5.

Toledo had taken the lead with 1:14 remaining on a touchdown run by Terrance Owens and a two-point conversion pass to Eric Page.

The two teams aren’t strangers. The Panthers beat the Rockets 35-16 in 2008. Toledo won 41-31 at FIU Stadium in 2009.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL PANTHERS GAME NOTES

* FIU started the season at 0-4, losing on the road at Texas A&M, Maryland and Pittsburgh in exchange for huge paydays to help the program.

* This was their first bowl game.

* FIU had a 6-2 record in the Sun Belt Conference and made it to the postseason in the ninth season in the history of the program and its sixth year in the Football Subdivision level.

* The Panthers loss in their season finale to Middle Tennessee State cost them sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt.

* FIU has an explosive all-around player in junior T.Y. Hilton with 56 receptions for 816 yards and four touchdowns. As a running back from scrimmage, he has 26 carries for 278 yards with four TD’s.

* QB Wesley Carroll has completed 61.8% of his passes, but he takes too many risks throwing 13 interceptions compared to 15 interceptions.

TOLEDO ROCKETS GAME NOTES

* Made its first postseason appearance since 2005.

* Freshman QB Terrance Owens took over after Austin Dantin went down after the ninth game with a partially separated shoulder on October 30. Owens ends the season at 2-2 as the starter.

* The Rockets get their spark from sophomore wide receiver Eric Page, who won All-Mid-American Conference honors as a receiver and kick returner. Page is 10th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (158.8). He is fifth in the nation with 94 receptions and is the only player in the Football Subdivision this season with three kickoff returns for a touchdown. He has also thrown for three scores.

* LB Archie Donald is the first Toledo player to lead the team in tackles for four consecutive years. Donald tied for the MAC lead in tackles with 134 and had three interceptions.

* RB Adonis Thomas is second in the Mid-American Conference with 905 rushing yards, averaging 6 yards a carry, and had 29 receptions.


compiled from Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Florida International & Toledo athletics news

SPRING FOOTBALL Q & A FEATURE: Ohio State Offensive Lineman Justin Boren

Spring Football is upon us here in the Columbus, Ohio area and Buckeye fans want to know what’s going on with their offensive line.

The offensive line is a position that returns seven of the top nine players from the 2009 season, including four regular starters. Gone is 33-game multiple position starter Jim Cordle and reserve Andrew Moses. But returning are players who combined for 55 cumulative starts last season:

* LT- Mike Adams 6’8, 300, Jr., four starts in 2009.

* LT- Andrew Miller 6’6, 288, Sr., three starts in 2009.

* RG-Bryant Browning 6’4, 313, Sr., 13 starts in 2009; 26 starts in a row.

* C-Mike Brewster 6’5, 293, Jr., 13 starts in 2009; 23 consecutive starts.

* RG-Justin Boren 6’3, 320, Sr., 12 starts in 2009; 26 career starts.

* RT-J.B. Shugarts 6’7, 297, Jr., 10 starts in 2009; 10 career starts.

Justin Boren was a first-team all-Big Ten by the media last season and honorable mention as a sophomore in 2007, Brewster was on the Rimington watch list, and Browning was honorable mention all-Big Ten.

This core of lineman helped Ohio State to eight games of 200-or-more rushing yards last season, a record for a Jim Tressel-coached Ohio State team.

OSU offensive lineman Justin Boren (megasportsnews.com)

Media gathers at OSU Spring Football practice (megasportsnews.com)

SOUNDS FROM SPRING FOOTBALL (to listen to an audio file, just click on the link)

44 788 Justin Boren Ohio State OL What do the lineman get out of the spring

44 789 Justin Boren Ohio State OL Is it boring not being able to really drive block

44 790 Justin Boren Ohio State OL What is different about this group of lineman

44 792 Justin Boren Ohio State OL How are the lineman as far as being in shape

44 794 Justin Boren Ohio State OL Who will win the left tackle spot

44 795 Justin Boren Ohio State OL On this being his last spring practices

44 796 Justin Boren Ohio State OL Does he take spring ball more serious than 3 years ago

44 797 Justin Boren Ohio State OL Does he feel he’s improved over even last year.

A look ahead to the 2010 Ohio State football season,  Marshall University will provide the opposition in the opening game of the season on September 2.

The Thundering Herd are coming off a 7-6 season, their first winning record since 2004. That record still wasn’t enough to save Mark Snyder, the former OSU defensive coordinator who resigned as head coach prior to the team’s Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl win over Ohio University.

Replacing Snyder, Marshall hired John “Doc” Holliday, who knows a little bit more about Ohio State. He was on Urban Meyer’s staff at Florida when the Gators rolled to a 41-14 win over the Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game.

Holliday was also recruiting coordinator for Meyer, and he has already attracted what many experts say is Marshall’s best recruiting class in years. That will help plug some holes created by the departure of such All-Conference USA performers as tight end Cody Slate, linebacker Mario Harvey and kicker Craig Ratanamorn.

Little Caesars Bowl signs deal with Big Ten and MAC through 2013

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ford Field home of Little Caesars Bowl (file)

The management of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl say that they have a deal in place that will have Big Ten and Mid-American Conference teams against each other yearly through 2013.

The deal announced Monday calls for the number 8 bowl-eligible Big Ten team to face the number 1 or number 2 MAC team at Detroit’s Ford Field for the December game.

The bowl will have first pick of a MAC team in 2010 and 2012 and the second pick in 2011 and 2013.

If the Big 10 doesn’t have eight bowl-eligible teams, the Little Caesars Bowl will select a team from the Sun Belt Conference.