Bowl Season Open Thread: The Papa Johns, New Mexico and Las Vegas Bowls

Big day of Bowl Game action today. I’ll be out making the Holiday Party rounds today, so I’ll miss most of the days action. I plan on TIVOing our friend Pam and the others, but I’d greatly appreciate it if you could throw some gems in the comments. Have a great Saturday folks! Bowl
1:00 PM ET, December 22, 2007
Legion Field , Birmingham , AL

Weather: High of 62 Degrees and Cloudy
Spread: Cincy -11, O/U 55
AA’s Pick: Cincy -11 (Record 2-0)
Announcers: Pam Ward, Ray Bentley (ESPN2)

Team Leaders

Southen Miss Passing: Young- 53.1%, 1342 Yards, 9 TDs, 5 Ints
Cincy Passing: Mauk- 61.4%, 2787 Yards, 27 TDs, 6 Ints

Southen Miss Rushing: Fletcher- 266 Carries, 1431 Yards, 5.4 avg, 15 TDs
Cincy Rushing: Benton- 99 Carries, 499 Yards, 5.0 avg, 2 TDs

Southen Miss Receiving: Magee- 42 Catches, 617 Yards, 14.7 avg, 3 TDs
Cincy Receiving: Barnett- 60 Catches, 845 Yards, 14.1 avg, 13 TD

New Mexico Bowl

4:30 PM ET, December 22, 2007
University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM

Weather: 40 Degrees and Partly Cloudy
Spread: New Mexico -3, O/U 57
AA’s Pick: A game I’d normally stay away from, but if I have to choose take the home team…..New Mexico -3
Announcers: Dave Barnett, Rod Gilmore (ESPN)

Team Leaders

Nevada Passing: Kaepernick- 55.6%, 2038 Yards, 19 TDs, 3 Ints
New Mexico Passing: Porterie- 58.6%, 2652 Yards, 13 TDs, 8 Ints

Nevada Rushing: Lippincott- 257 Carries, 1380 Yards, 5.4 avg, 15 TDs
New MexicoRushing: Ferguson- 292 Carries, 1177 Yards, 4.0 avg, 13 TDs

Nevada Receiving: Mitchell- 47 Catches, 1033 Yards, 22.0 avg, 8 TDs
New Mexico Receiving: Smith- 86 Catches, 1039 Yards, 12.1 avg, 3 TDs

Las Vegas Bowl
8:00 PM ET, December 22, 2007
Sam Boyd Stadium , Las Vegas , NV

Weather: 47 Degrees and Sunny
Spread: BYU -7, O/U 46
AA’s Pick: BYU, I’ve vowed to never pick UCLA ever again in any sport
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire (ESPN)

Team Leaders

UCLA Passing: Olson- 48.3%, 1040 Yards, 7 TDs, 6 INTs
BYU Passing: Hall- 60.1%, 3617 Yards, 24 TDs, 12 TDs

UCLA Rushing: Bell- 142 Carries, 795 Yards, 5.6 avg, 5 TDs
BYU Rushing: Unga- 227 Carries, 1211 Yards, 5.3 avg, 13 TDs

UCLA Receiving: Breazell – 47 Catches, 766 Yards, 16.3 avg, 3 TDs
BYU Receiving: Collie- 50 Catches, 839 Yards, 16.8 avg, 6 TD

“Without hesitancy- hesit… hesita… hesi… hesitancy, he said yes.”- Pam Ward (Via Chase)

“Sumrall gave him a chest full of head and something.”- Dave Sims (Via Rick James Bible Owner)

“The defender reached around and pulled on Young.”- Dave Sims (Via Rick James Bible Owner)

“You know the game find Waldo”- Rod Gilmore (Via Ryan)

“The BYU players, with their Mormon faith — reminds me of one joke I heard: they bring a Bible with the Ten Commandments and a 10 dollar bill, and they don’t break either one.” – Paul Maguire (Via S2N

“Tomorrow, the Boise State Broncos play the East Carolina Parrots….Parrots? I meant Pirates.”- Brad Nessler (Via Rick James Bible Owner)

Thanks to everyone who paid attention to the games in my absence. I greatly appreciate it.