December 24, 2009 |
Jordan Wynn threw for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns to rally No. 23 Utah (10-3) from an early two-touchdown deficit to a 37-27 victory over California (8-5) in the Poinsettia Bowl last night in San Diego. The Utes scored 27 straight points to win their ninth straight bowl game, the longest current streak in the country. Wynn completed 26 of 36 passes and improved to 3-2 as the starter for Utah (10-3). Utah's defense sacked Cal's Kevin Riley five times and intercepted him twice.
August 15, 2013
Penn State will play San Diego State in football for the first time ever in 2015, the third nonconference opponent that has been scheduled for that season by the Nittany Lions. The game is set for Sept. 26 at Beaver Stadium. Penn State still has one more nonconference game left to be scheduled for 2015. It also will play Temple and Buffalo. San Diego State finished 9-4 last season and earned a share of the Mountain West Conference title with a 7-1 mark. The Aztecs lost to Brigham Young in the Poinsettia Bowl, their third consecutive postseason berth.
December 23, 2012 |
Monaca (Pa.) Central Valley wide receiver Robert Foster chose defending national champion Alabama over Pitt on Friday, giving the Crimson Tide a verbal commitment. Foster, who caught 45 passes for 756 yards and eight touchdowns this season at the Class AAA school, is the 20th recruit on Alabama's verbal commitment list and only the second wide receiver, joining Raheem Falkins of New Orleans. Foster and Falkins are ranked as four-star prospects by Rivals.com. Along with Pitt and Alabama, Foster had scholarship offers from Florida, Illinois, Louisiana State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Rutgers, Penn State, Southern California, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan, and Notre Dame.
April 13, 2007 |
Last season, the NCAA wanted to speed up football games. Next season, it wants more plays. Yesterday, the rules oversight panel approved two major timing changes that would revert the rules to what they were in 2005 - stopping the clock on possession changes and not starting it on kickoffs until the receiving team touches the ball. Some coaches complained the 2006 changes, which resulted in about 14 fewer plays per game in Division I-A, had altered the game too much. Others said it prevented teams from rallying late in games.
August 30, 2006 |
Cities around the country hoping to attract and retain annual college bowl games should expect to spend money on state-of-the-art facilities, commissioners of three of the country's most powerful football conferences said yesterday. The remarks from the heads of the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference came as sports promoters pitched Orlando, Fla., officials on plans to renovate the decades-old Citrus Bowl. Cities like Orlando, which hosts the Capital One and Champs Sports bowls, stand to lose the annual draws if they don't invest in stadiums at a time colleges across the country are upgrading their own, the commissioners said.
December 8, 2007 |
New Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is accustomed to winning the big rivalry games, something the Yellow Jackets haven't done in a while. The former Navy coach, unbeaten in six games against Army, was hired yesterday to replace Chan Gailey, who had six consecutive winning seasons at Georgia Tech, but was 0-6 against Georgia. Johnson, a former Georgia Southern coach, said he will not coach Navy in its Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl against Utah in San Diego. He informed his Navy players of his decision yesterday morning.
December 20, 2006 |
Garrett Wolfe had nowhere to run. The national rushing leader was held to 28 yards - 130 below his average - as the No. 25 TCU Horned Frogs won a Poinsettia Bowl mismatch against Northern Illinois, 37-7, last night. It was the season's first bowl game. TCU finished 11-2, Northern Illinois 7-6. While Wolfe was repeatedly stuffed by one of the nation's best defenses, led by end Tommy Blake, Horned Frogs quarterback Jeff Ballard ran for three touchdowns and threw for one. Ballard looked more like a running back as he scored on runs of 10, 1 and 6 yards.
November 13, 2007 |
Kent Briggs was fired as head football coach at Western Carolina yesterday, 2 days after his team gave up 79 points to archrival Appalachian State. Athletic director Chip Smith said the search for a replacement for Briggs would begin immediately. Smith said in a prepared statement that Briggs, who will coach the season finale against Furman on Saturday, would be reassigned to a position within the university. Briggs has a career-mark of 22-42, with a Southern Conference mark of 12-31.
April 21, 2005 |
Vijay Singh, the reigning golfer of the year, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November, PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said yesterday. Singh, a 42-year-old Fijian, has 25 victories on the tour and has won 22 more events internationally. He has won three major tournaments: the 2000 Masters, and the 1998 and 2004 PGA Championships. Colleges Holiday Bowl officials got the go-ahead from the NCAA to stage a second bowl game in San Diego. The game, expected to be called the Poinsettia Bowl, will be played Dec. 22 at Qualcomm Stadium.
December 25, 2005 |
Bowls, glorious bowls. There's no need to dissect the broadcast of the Insight Bowl to gain any insight as to why it's worth having a Fort Worth Bowl or what the point is of playing a Poinsettia Bowl. These games, which have fast become the equivalent of an elementary school Christmas pageant, provide money and a bundle of programming for ESPN and ESPN2, which last Tuesday ramped up a run of 20 games and about 75 hours of air time that will fill the void through Jan. 2. Debates have gone on now for years as to whether this gluttony of nonsensical, nonessential bowl games chock full of Zips, Gamecocks, Cyclones and Scarlet Something-or-others has jumped the proverbial shark as a TV entity.