Three-point stance: Champs, James, Bruins

1.Remember the crisp, accurate, confident Jacory Harris that began the season for Miami? Yeah, neither do I. The Hurricane sophomore quarterback finished the season beat up, limping and largely ineffective in the Champs Sports Bowl against Wisconsin on Tuesday night. Until Miami coach Randy Shannon assembles a competent offensive line, Harris will remain a maddeningly inconsistent quarterback.

2.Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli on his 5-8 teammate, freshman tailback LaMichael James, and his ability to flummox hulking defensive linemen: “There were a couple of times where (a lineman) would be about to tackle LaMichael. He would go right underneath his arms and pop through to the other side and get about 15 more yards. His stature helps out a lot.”

3.Sure, if Temple tailback Bernard Pierce had been available, UCLA might not have shut the Owls out after halftime. But give the Bruins credit. The last bowl team to qualify, playing 2,500 miles away from home in freezing, very un-SoCal weather, UCLA came back from a 21-7 deficit to win 30-21. Coach Rick Neuheisel’s team had every opportunity to mail it in, and chose not to do so.