Arkansas State Red Wolves quarterback Ryan Aplin (16) is handed the most valuable player trophy by Danica Patrick
Jan 06, 2013; Mobile, AL USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves quarterback Ryan Aplin (16) is handed the most valuable player trophy by Danica Patrick after the Arkansas State Red Wolves defeated Kent State Golden Flashes 17-13 in the Go Daddy.com Bolw at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
What it's all about
Arkansas State coach John Thompson and defensive lineman Ronnell Wright lift the championship trophy after winning the GoDaddy.com Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, on Jan. 6. The Red Wolves beat one-time BCS darling Kent State, 17-13, in the final bowl game on the schedule before the BCS title game.
What it's really all about
Arkansas State QB Ryan Aplin is handed the GoDaddy.com Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy by NASCAR star Danica Patrick after the Red Wolves' 17-13 win over Kent State on Jan. 6.
Arkansas State linebacker Nathan Herrold (in black) intercepts a pass intended for Kent State tight end Tim Erjavec (No. 42) during the first quarter of the GoDaddy.com Bowl. It was the game's only interception and kept the game scoreless at the time.
Kent State running back Trayion Durham (No. 34) leaps over Arkansas State defensive back Artez Brown during the Red Wolves' GoDaddy.com Bowl win Jan. 6. Durham carried the load with a game-high 20 rushing attempts, but could gain only 68 yards and did not find the end zone. His Golden Flashes lost, 17-13.
To the victor goes the ...
Gatorade bath! Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze gets dunked after the Rebels' 38-17 win over Pittsburgh in the Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Jan. 5. Ole Miss improved from two wins last season to seven (7-6) this season, Freeze's first in charge.
... and the trophy
Mississippi players hoist the Compass Bowl trophy Jan. 5.
Sign of things to come
Mississippi's Randall Mackey hauls in a first-quarter TD pass in front of Pittsburgh's Jarred Holley. This made the score 14-0 in a Compass Bowl that the Rebels led from start to finish en route to a 38-17 win on Jan. 5.
One and only
Pittsburgh tight end J.P. Holtz (No. 86) had only one catch in the Compass Bowl, and here it is — a 3-yard grab in the first half.
Back at it
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier (right) receives the Outback Bowl trophy after a 33-28 win over Michigan in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 1.
Oklahoma State players hoist the Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy after beating Purdue 58-14 at the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray celebrates with the MVP trophy after defeating Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.
Over the shoulder
Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell makes a catch against Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo.
Upside down TD
South Carolina wide receiver Damiere Byrd grabs a first-quarter, 56-yard touchdown pass in a 33-28 win over the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 1
Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon (10) catches a pass over South Carolina cornerback Akeem Auguste in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
Coming for ya
South Carolina linebacker DeVonte Holloman tries to tackle Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson during the first half of the Outback Bowl.
Ready to go!
The Cornhuskers huddle before the start of the Capital One Bowl against the Georgia at the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.
Jump on it!
Georgia wideout Justin Scott-Wesley (left to right), safety Marc Deas and safety Connor Norman chase a blocked punt against Nebraska during the first quarter of the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Try and stop me
Northwestern running back Dan Vitale attempts to avoid a tackle by a Mississippi State defensive player as the Wildcats win their first bowl since 1949.
Are you OK?
Trainers check on Mississippi State defensive back Johnthan Banks after he suffered an injury on a punt return in the second quarter of the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.
Jan 1, 2013; Jacksonville FL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats wide receiver Cameron Dickerson (19) celebrates his 18-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter of their Gator Bowl game against the Northwestern Wildcats at EverBank Field.
Get up for that one!
Northwestern defensive back Nick VanHoose (left) can only watch as Mississippi State receiver Arceto Clark leaps to catch an 18-yard TD in the second quarter of the Gator Bowl.
Can I get through?
Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewart gains a few yards against Purdue linebacker Will Lucas during the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Still on his feet
Kick returner Akeem Hunt of Purdue has room to move against Oklahoma State during the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Oklahoma State receiver Blake Jackson catches a first-quarter, 7-yard touchdown pass against Purdue safety Landon Feichter at the Cotton Bowl.
Bring the pain
Oklahoma State cornerback Brodrick Brown and his teammates are ready for Purdue.
Clemson tight end Brandon Ford lifts the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl trophy as he celebrates a 25-24 win over the LSU Tigers Monday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Clemson secured a wild win after Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired.
Go crazy, folks!
A game-winning field goal from Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro sets off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands at the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. Trailing 24-22, Clemson took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining and drove down the field to defeat LSU 25-24 as time expired.
LSU's Craig Loston (6) celebrates after recovering a Clemson fumble with teammate Eric Reid (1) during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl Monday at Georgia Dome in Atlanta. LSU scored 10 points off Clemson's two lost fumbles, but lost the game, 25-24 on a last-second field goal.
LSU's Jeremy Hill breaks a tackle by Clemson's Xavier Brewer Monday during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Hill finished with 124 yards on 12 carries.
Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins is upended by LSU's Eric Reid and Lamin Barrow Monday during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl. Hopkins finished with a game-high 191 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the 25-24 win.
Ring the bell
Tulsa players hold up the Liberty Bowl trophy after beating Iowa State 31-17 on Dec. 31.
We look good
Georgia Tech players, including Chris Jackson (33), Tevin Washington (13), Orwin Smith (17) and Bryan Chamberlain (53), celebrate with the Sun Bowl trophy after defeating Southern California 21-7 on Dec. 31.
Vanderbilt players celebrate after defeating North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl at LP Field on Dec. 31.
Tulsa running back Trey Watts is brought down by Iowa State defensive backs Deon Broomfield (26) and Jansen Watson during the Liberty Bowl.
Coming for you!
Tulsa linebacker Trent Martin is tied up by Iowa State offensive linesman Kyle Lichtenberg (69) as Martin pursues Iowa State quarterback Sam B. Richardson in the second quarter.
Looking to move
Iowa State receiver Aaron Horne beats an attempted tackle by Tulsa defensive back Luke Snider during a fourth-quarter punt at the Liberty Bowl.
Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd (80) makes an impressive touchdown catch against North Carolina State safety Dontae Johnson during the first half of the Music City Bowl at LP Field on Dec. 31.
North Carolina State linebacker Brandon Pittman tackles Vanderbilt receiver Wesley Tate on Dec. 31.
Can't get it
Vanderbilt safety Karl Butler (28) breaks up a pass intended for North Carolina State tight end Mario Carter during the first half of the Music City Bowl.
A fan who ran onto the field tries to high five USC safety Josh Shaw (26) during the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. The Yellow jackets beat the Trojans 21-7.
Got your leg
Georgia Tech cornerback Rod Sweeting breaks up a pass intended for USC receiver Robert Woods during the first half of the Sun Bowl.
I don't wanna hear it
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson argues with side judge John Hayes during the Sun Bowl against Southern California at Sun Bowl Stadium on Dec. 31.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio (right) is all smiles as he receives the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl trophy after his Spartans rallied for a 17-16 victory over TCU in Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 29.
Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge dives into the end zone for Michigan State's first score, a 15-yard TD reception late in the third quarter, in the win over TCU.
Just out of reach
TCU wideout LaDarius Brown is unable to catch a pass in the end zone. The Horned Frogs led 13-0 at the break, but were outscored by the Michigan State Spartans 17-3 in the second half.
This feels great
Texas coach Mack Brown (right) and safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) and running back D.J. Monroe react after defeating Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Dec. 29.
Texas' Marquise Goodwin (center)celebrates with teammates after defeating Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.
Share the prize
Arizona State receiver Jamal Miles celebrates with teammates after the Sun Devils defeated Navy 62-28 in the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on Dec. 29.
Who's that guy?
United States Naval Academy graduate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, flips a specially marked OREO cookie to determine the Fight Hunger Bowl’s opening possession between Arizona State and Navy.
We did well
Oregon State's Terron Ward (28) celebrates with teammates Josh Andrews (69) and Brandin Cooks after Ward scored a touchdown in the second quarter of the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
Syracuse coach Doug Marrone lifts the Pinstripe Bowl championship trophy following the Orange's 38-14 victory over West Virginia at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 29.
Look what we got!
Rice players embrace the Armed Forced Bowl trophy after beating Air Force at Amon G. Carter Stadium on Dec. 29.
Arizona State receiver Alonzo Agwuenu catches a touchdown pass against Navy in the second quarter at AT&T Park.
Turner Petersen of Rice celebrates with fans after defeating Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 29.
Use the force
Air Force's Mike DeWitt tries to break free against the Rice defense during the Armed Forces Bowl.
There's a hole
West Virginia running back Andrew Buie has some room to move.
Syracuse receiver Alec Lemon runs with the ball while West Virginia Mountaineers Pat Miller (6) attempts to make a tackle during the first quarter.
Red Raiders rally
The Texas Tech Red Raiders claim the Meineke Car Care Bowl trophy with a 34-31 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Dec. 28. Ryan Bustin kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired to complete the come-from-behind win, which included a game-tying 35-yard TD pass with 1:10 to go.
That's a hit!
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege loses his helmet during this tackle by two Minnesota defenders in the first half. It was a tough game for Doege, who was picked off twice, but he finished with 271 passing yards and the game-tying TD, along with rushing for 20 yards and a score on five carries.
Watch the facemask!
Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray (5) not only has to avoid the Texas Tech defense, but also teammate Rodrick Williams Jr. (35) on this play in the first half. Gray completed his only pass attempt for eight yards, while rushing for 59 yards on 11 carries in the loss.
Wave that flag
Virginia Tech players celebrate their 13-10 overtime victory over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 28. The Hokies won their final three games to finish 7-6, avoiding their first losing season since 1992.
Trailing 10-3, Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum returns an interception to the Rutgers 21-yard line in the fourth quarter with 11:11 remaining. Three plays later, Hokies QB Logan Thomas connected with Corey Fuller for a game-tying, 21-yard TD.
Doing the Hokie Pokey?
Virginia Tech wideouts Marcus Davis (7) and Corey Fuller (83) celebrate the game-tying TD catch by Fuller in the fourth quarter. Davis finished with four catches for 62 yards, while Fuller had two catches for 46 yards.
Ohio players celebrate with the Independence Bowl trophy after beating Louisiana-Monroe 45-14 in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 28.
This is mine
Louisiana-Monroe receiver Je'Ron Hamm makes a catch in front of Ohio cornerback Mose Denton during the second half of the Independence Bowl.
Ohio running back Beau Blankenship celebrates one of his four touchdowns against Louisiana-Monroe.
Baylor Bears coach Art Briles (left) and quarterback Nick Florence hold the Holiday Bowl trophy after a 49-26 victory over UCLA in San Diego on Dec. 27.
Got your legs
UCLA safety Andrew Abbott tackles Baylor quarterback Nick Florence during the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.
Way up high!
Baylor running back Glasco Martin celebrates with teammates after scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to open scoring against UCLA in the Holiday Bowl.
Up you go
UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria is upended by Baylor safety Mike Hicks (17) after an incomplete pass during the second quarter in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Hold it up
Cincinnati players celebrate their Belk Bowl victory over Duke on Dec. 27.
Cincinnati receiver Anthony McClung celebrates after a touchdown against Duke.
San Jose State coach Kent Baer celebrates with the Spartans after defeating Bowling Green 29-20 in the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 27.
Bowling Green linebacker D.J. Lynch celebrates after his tackle knocked the ball out of the hands of San Jose State Spartans tight end Ryan Otten (82) in the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on Dec. 27.
San Jose State receiver Chandler Jones dives into the end zone for a second-half touchdown.
Central Michigan coach Dan Enos raises the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl trophy after the Chippewas defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 24-21 at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26. CMU benefited when WKU opted to play for the win — and failed — on fourth-and-2 from the Chippewas' 19-yard line with 51 seconds remaining.
Central Michigan wideout Cody Wilson is tackled by Western Kentucky defensive back Jonathan Dowling after a complete pass. With 5:11 to go, Wilson scored the eventual winning touchdown on an 11-yard pass from QB Ryan Radcliff. Wilson finished with 10 catches for 101 yards for the Chippewas, who improved to 7-6.
Party in the end zone
Central Michigan wide receiver Andrew Flory (9) celebrates one of his two first-quarter TDs. Flory, who pulled in a 69-yard TD for a 7-0 lead and a 29-yarder for a 14-7 advantage, finished with three catches for 105 yards in the Chippewas win.
Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes (6) awaits a pass back from tailback Antonio Andrews (5) during a trick play against Central Michigan in the first quarter. Andrews rushed for 119 yards, but fell short of the 274 all-purpose yards he needed to break the single-season record of 3,250 set by Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders in 1988.
Give it up
Southern Methodist has a lot to celebrate after its 43-10 drubbing of Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. SMU had seven sacks and returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Lone bright spot
Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams pulls in a touchdown over Southern Methodist defender Chris Parks during the third quarter. Adams had 13 catches for 144 yards and the Bulldogs' lone touchdown.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen and cornerback Jamar Taylor celebrate after winning the Las Vegas Bowl, 28-26 over Washington, on Dec. 22 in Las Vegas.
Quarterback Terrance Broadway of Louisiana-Lafayette celebrates after defeating East Carolina 43-34 during the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 22.
Looking to move
Washington quarterback Keith Price feels the pressure against Boise State in the Las Vega Bowl at Sam Body Stadium on Dec. 22.
Try and stop me
Boise State running back D.J. Harper gains some yards against the Huskies in the first quarter at Sam Boyd Stadium.
East Carolina defensive back Domonique Lennon (31) and Louisiana-Lafayette running back Mitchell Cunningham (36) dive for a fumble on a kickoff return during the second quarter of the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 22.
Ragin Cajuns receiver Harry Peoples (9) runs past East Carolina linebacker Jeremy Grove and defensive back Damon Magazu (11) for a touchdown during the second quarter of the New Orleans Bowl.
No beef with this
Central Florida players (from left) Cedric Thompson, Jonathan Davis, E.J. Dunston and Deion Green celebrate with the trophy after Central Florida defeated Ball State, 38-17, in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St Petersburg, Fla., on Dec. 21.
UCF running back Latavius Murray (right) is congratulated by wide receiver Josh Reese after he scored a touchdown against Ball State during the first half. Murray ran for 73 yards in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.
Bortles not bottled up
UCF quarterback Blake Bortles, running for a touchdown past Ball State safety Chris Pauling, also threw for three scores. He totaled 273 yards in the air, 79 on the ground.
BYU players and coach Bronco Mendenhall pose with the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl trophy after their victory at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The Cougars scored 20 points in the fourth quarter for the 23-6 win.
Up and away
San Diego State kicker Chance Marden kicks a second-quarter field goal for a 6-0 lead.
Flipping the pigskin
BYU quarterback James Lark (7) pitches the ball during the third quarter. Lark completed 23-of-42 pass attempts for 244 yards, but he also threw two interceptions. Fortunately, for Lark and the Cougars, they came out on top as the defense led the way in the fourth quarter.
Utah State coach Gary Andersen embraces his running back, Kerwynn Williams, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for more than 200 yards to lead the Aggies to a 41-15 victory over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise on Dec. 15.
Chuck it, Chuckie
Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton looks for a receiver as he scrambles against Toledo in the first half of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Keeton ran for a 63-yard touchdown and was 21-for-31 passing in the Aggies' victory.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez hoists the New Mexico Bowl trophy following the come-from-behind victory over Nevada.
No TD for you
Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott falls into the end zone for what was originally ruled a touchdown against in the first half of the New Mexico Bowl. After a video review, the call was overturned.
Watch the landing
Ball State's Dylan Curry is upended by Central Florida's Jonathan Davis during the first quarter.
Jan 5, 2013; Birmingham, AL, USA; Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders during the first half of the BBVA Compass Bowl against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Legion Field.