Complete 2011-12 Bowl Results

Take your pick. There were high-flying individual performances, offensive outbursts and defensive slugfests. All throughout the 2011-12 bowl season, amazing highlights could be found nearly every day, but here are 10 of our favorites as we patiently await the action of fall 2012 ... 

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Baylor and Washington couldn't have put on more of a show if they tried. The Bears, led by Heisman Trophy winning QB Robert Griffin III, and the Huskies were the talk of the bowl season after scripting an instant classic in the Alamo Bowl. Baylor came out on top, but the numbers on both sides are mind-boggling: 123 combined points (BU 67, UW 56), 664 rushing yards (BU 482, UW 182), 733 passing yards (BU 295, UW 438) and 1,397 total offense yards (BU 777, UW 620). The highest-scoring bowl game in history likely will not be forgotten any time soon. 
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Michigan State scored the tying touchdown with 14 seconds remaining and finally broke away in the third overtime as the Spartans held off Georgia 33-30 in the Outback Bowl. As if the regulation ending wasn't thrilling enough, Georgia intercepted Kirk Cousins' third-down pass in the first OT and then missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt on its ensuing possession. Both teams kicked FGs in the second extra session before the Spartans pulled away with the victory by blocking Blair Walsh's final field-goal attempt in the third OT.  
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Everyone knew West Virginia's offense would be explosive under first-year coach Dana Holgorsen. No one could have saw this coming. The Mountaineers dismantled Clemson 70-33 behind QB Geno Smith's six touchdown passes. The scoring throws tied the record for any bowl game, one of several records that fell in the Orange Bowl that night, including the most points (49) scored in a quarter in any bowl game. There are too many impressive stat lines to talk about here, so you may want to just check out the box score for yourself.   
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One player can make the difference. In the BCS national championship game, it was place-kicker Jeremy Shelley who was the ringleader in kicking LSU to the curb in the title chase. Shelley kicked five field goals as Alabama grabbed its second national crown in three years -- and the SEC's sixth consecutive -- with a 21-0 win in New Orleans. It would have been 22-0 but Shelley missed the extra point following Trent Richardson's 34-yard TD run that sealed the deal with 4:36 to play. Not everyone's perfect.     
 
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Watch close or you'll miss De'Anthony Thomas. Want proof? Just ask Wisconsin, which lost to Thomas' Oregon Ducks 45-38 in the Rose Bowl as the electrifying freshman scored on runs of 91 and 64 yards, the first being the longest run in Rose Bowl history. He was one of three rushers in the game with at least 155 yards, although he only needed two attempts (77.5 yards per rush? Pretty nice average). Thomas also caught four passes and averaged 25.0 yards on five kickoff returns. 
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With an 11-1 record, Boise State hoped for a more prestigious bowl bid. It may not have been in the BCS discussion but the Broncos sure made it look like maybe they should have, rocking Arizona State 56-24 in the Las Vegas Bowl. It started quickly as Doug Martin returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown 14 seconds into the game. In a rare exhibit, Jamar Taylor matched the 100-yard feat, scoring BSU's first points of the second half with an interception return for another score. 
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Virginia Tech's defense was as good as advertised as it held dual-threat QB Denard Robinson to just 13 rushing and 117 passing yards while the Hokies stormed back from a 17-6 deficit in the third quarter. But Michigan came away the victor in the Sugar Bowl as Brendan Gibbons hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime -- after Virginia Tech missed a field-goal attempt -- to give the Wolverines a 23-20 win and an 11-win season under first-year coach Brady Hoke. Junior Hemingway did the most damage for Michigan while Robinson was slowed, taking both his receptions to the end zone. 
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Ho hum. Case Keenum continued doing what he'd done throughout his college career -- torching opposing secondaries -- as he led Houston to a 30-14 victory against Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl. Keenum threw for 532 yards against a Nittany Lion defense that had allowed just 162 passing yards per game during the regular season. His 227 first-quarter passing yards were the most in any quarter of any bowl game in history, adding one more record for the FBS' all-time passing yardage and touchdown leader. 
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Jordan White's previous injuries kept him off the field early in his career, but he took advantage of a second chance after the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility. Despite falling to Purdue 37-32 in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, White hauled in 13 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown, finishing as the Western Michigan and Mid-American Conference single-season and career receiving yardage leader.
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In the second bowl game of the year, Ohio trailed Utah State 23-10 late in the third quarter before a Tyler Tettleton 44-yard scoring pass and a 1-yard run -- the second with 13 seconds remaining -- gave the Bobcats a 24-23 victory. It was Ohio's first bowl win in five appearances and gave the Bobcats their first 10-win season since 1968. Just hours later, Louisiana-Lafayette followed suit when Brett Baer kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired to beat San Diego State 32-30 in the New Orleans Bowl. It was the second of two field goals in the final three minutes for Baer, who missed one extra point and had another blocked earlier in the game. 
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