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Monday, January 12, 2009
Helmet stickers: Non-BCS Bowl edition


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

These are the final helmet stickers of the year, saluting those who made outstanding contributions to their team during bowls this season. Although there were several great performances, I was limited to 10, so had to be selective.

Gartrell Johnson, RB, Colorado State: Had 375 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 285 rushing yards, and two touchdowns in a 40-35 win over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl. Johnson's performance was the second-best rushing performance in school history.

Brian Johnson, QB, Utah: Was named the Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player after throwing for 336 yards and three touchdowns against Alabama's No. 2 nationally-ranked defense. The 336 yards were the most on the Alabama defense all season and the first time it had allowed more than 300 yards passing this season.

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame: Clausen set Notre Dame bowl records with 401 yards passing and five touchdowns while completing 84.6 percent of his passes to lead the Irish to their first bowl win in 15 years as they defeated Hawaii, 49-21, in the Hawaii Bowl.

Chase Clement, QB, Rice: Clement threw three touchdown passes, ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass to lead the Owls to a 38-14 win over Western Michigan in the Texas Bowl. Clement threw for 307 yards, rushed for 72 and finished his career as the Texas Bowl MVP.

Utah defense: The Utes forced Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson into two interceptions and a fumble and sacked him eight times to help Utah beat Alabama, 31-17, in the Sugar Bowl. It was the first time Wilson had thrown two interceptions in a game and the first time he'd been sacked that many times in one game.

Tarrion Adams, RB, Tulsa: Adams rushed for 207 yards -- part of 632 overall yards for the Golden Hurricane -- and three touchdowns in the 45-13 win over Ball State in the GMAC Bowl. Adams passed Micheal Gunter to become Tulsa's career rushing leader and broke Gunter's single-season mark, too.

Austin Collie, WR, BYU: Collie had 119 receiving yards for his 11th consecutive 100-yard game, which tied an NCAA record, in the Cougars' 31-21 loss to Arizona in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl.

Britt Barefoot, K, Southern Mississippi: Barefoot came into the game without a made kick of more than 29 yards and belted field goals of 38 and 46 yards during regulation, and the game-winner from 39 yards in overtime.

TCU rushing defense: It allowed just 28 rushing yards to a Boise State team that came into the game averaging 152.31. It was the seventh time this season the TCU rushing defense, which finished ranked No. 1 nationally, had held its opponent to under 30 yards rushing.

Weldon Brown, CB, Louisiana Tech: Brown was named the Independence Bowl defensive MVP after he notched 14 tackles, including a key shoestring tackle when the game was close, batted down a fourth-down pass, recovered a fumble and grabbed an interception in a 17-10 win over Northern Illinois.