I hope you have been watching the bowl games. They have been pretty interesting.

The Las Vegas Bowl lived up to its billing as California knocked off Brigham Young, 35-28. It was a pretty good way to get the bowl season in full swing.

Navy put on a show in its 51-30 triumph over Colorado State in the Poinsettia Bowl. Reggie Campbell scored five touchdowns, three of which came on the ground, to lead the Midshipmen. He also tied an NCAA bowl record with the five scores while rolling up 290 all-purpose yards. Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders scored five in a 62-14 win over Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl.

Nevada topped Central Florida in the Hawaii Bowl 49-48 in overtime. That was a great game. Unfortunately for the Golden Knights, a failed extra point cost the team a chance to play a second overtime. It was shades of the Orange Bowl that Michigan beat Alabama in, 35-34. Quick, can you name the Wolverines’ starting quarterback that night? If you guessed Tom Brady, you are correct.

Memphis built a 38-17 lead late and held off a furious rally by Akron to post a 38-31 win in the Motor City Bowl. After dousing the coach with water, the Tigers saw the Zips score with less than two minutes to go to get within 38-24. Akron recovered the onside kick and Luke Getsy got the Zips in the end zone again with less than a minute remaining to close to seven points. A second onside kick wasn’t in the cards for Akron and the Zips wasted a 455-yard passing effort from Getsy, a Pitt transfer.

Arizona State and Rutgers met in the 1978 Garden State Bowl and the Sun Devils prevailed. The teams met again in the Insight Bowl and Arizona State outgunned the Scarlet Knights. The teams combined for a bowl-record 1,210 yards and Arizona State won 45-40. It was the first bowl game for Rutgers since that 1978 Garden State Bowl.

What was going on in the Alama Bowl on the final play of the game? After about 15 laterals, Nebraska barely held off Michigan. The Cornhuskers started running on to the field about five laterals in and any referee could have easily flagged them for too many men on the field. Maybe they can’t count, though, because the action was permitted to continue. If it weren’t for a couple of heads-up players for Nebraska, Michigan would have scored on a truly bizarre play. Even with instant replay, what would the call have been? If it was initially ruled a touchdown, there would have had to be conclusive evidence, which there was, to overturn the play. But how do you overturn that?

Utah used a backup quarterback to torch Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets held several teams under 100 yards rushing, but Brett Ratliff used his arm to pass for 381 yards and four scores. Wide receiver Travis LaTendresse led the Utes’ aerial circus with 15 catches for 216 yards and four scores in an easy 38-10 win.

I really thought Oregon would beat Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl. Then again, I thought the Holiday Bowl would be higher scoring than what it was. It is traditionally a crazy game, with tons of scoring, but this year’s game saw just 31 points scored. It was a disappointment, but at least it was close and a pretty good game.

We are getting closer and closer to the BCS games. There are four games today and three more on Saturday. And who could forget the NFL games on Sunday? This really is a great time to be a sports fan. I’m so grateful for recliners and remote controls.

(Ron Poniewasz Jr. is a sports writer for The News. He’s writing a daily blog leading up to the BCS title game on Jan. 4.)

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