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2010 non-AQ All-Bowl team

January, 14, 2011
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Our final look at the 2010-11 bowl season leaves us with the non-AQ all bowl team:

OFFENSE

[+] EnlargeCorey Robinson
AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyTroy quarterback Corey Robinson threw four touchdown passes in the New Orleans Bowl.
QB Corey Robinson, Troy: There were plenty of candidates to choose from, but Robinson gets the nod. He went 32-of-42 for 387 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a dominating 48-21 win against Ohio in the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

RB Adonis Thomas, Toledo: His team might have lost, but it wasn’t really Thomas’ fault. He did all he could to help the Rockets, rushing for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns (averaging 8 yards a carry) in a 34-32 loss to FIU in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State: Hillman ran for a Poinsettia Bowl-record 228 yards in a 35-14 win against Navy. He also scored three rushing touchdowns and caught the first touchdown pass of his career, and set the school record for rushing yards by a freshman.

OL Matt Reynolds, BYU: Helped the Cougars run for 219 yards on the ground in a 52-24 win against UTEP. The Cougars also did not give up a sack in the game.

OL Nate Potter, Boise State: Helped the Broncos rush for 202 yards in a 26-3 win against Utah in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.

OL Logan Pegram, Northern Illinois: He was part of a terrific effort from a Huskies' offensive line that totally dominated the Humanitarian Bowl. The Huskies shut down the Fresno State passing attack, holding the best sack duo in the country in Chris Carter and Logan Harrell without a sack.

OL Joe Pawlak, Northern Illinois: Also part of the Huskies' offensive line that opened holes for Chad Spann and Chandler Harnish, and allowed the Huskies to run for 203 yards.

C Trask Iosefa, San Diego State: Helped the Aztecs pile up 279 yards on the ground in a win against Navy, and held the Midshipmen without a sack.

WR Greg Salas, Hawaii: The Warriors looked terrible on offense, and Salas was the only player who seemed to show up. You have to give a nod to a guy who led all receivers during bowl season with 214 yards on 13 catches. He added two scores in a 62-35 loss to Tulsa in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

WR Cody Hoffman, BYU: Had eight catches for 137 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-24 win against UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl for the first 100-yard game of his career.

TE Virgil Green, Nevada: Had 62 yards on four catches in a 20-13 win against Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. He helped open up the offense early in the game.

DEFENSE

DE Jake Coffman, Northern Illinois: Set a Humanitarian Bowl record with three sacks, added another 1.5 tackles for a loss and forced a fumble en route to a 40-17 win against Fresno State.

DE Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy: Had eight tackles, including three for a loss, and a New Orleans Bowl record 2.5 sacks in a 48-21 win against Ohio in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

DL Bruce Miller, UCF: Led the best defensive effort of the season, helping hold Georgia to 82 yards rushing, while notching eight tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 10-6 win against the Bulldogs in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

DL Shea McClellin, Boise State: The Broncos had a dominating performance against Utah, holding the Utes to 200 total yards. McClellin had one of the team’s four sacks.

LB Tank Carder, TCU: He only had the biggest play of the game, swatting down a 2-point conversion with two minutes left to save a 21-19 win against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio.

LB Curnelius Arnick, Tulsa: He had two interceptions, including one that was returned 54 yards for a touchdown in a 62-35 win against Hawaii in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

LB Stephen Anderson, Army: Had 10 tackles, one interception and half a sack in Army’s 16-14 win against SMU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The defensive effort was its best of the season and allowed the Black Knights to finish 2010 with a winning record for the first time since 1996.

S Colin Jones, TCU: He had a career-high 10 tackles and also added two pass break-ups in the 21-19 win against Wisconsin.

S Kreg Brown, FIU: Brown had the first two interceptions of his career, but they were mighty big ones in a 34-32 win against Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. His second interception in the fourth quarter set up a touchdown that gave FIU a 28-24 lead.

CB Dayonne Nunley, Miami (Ohio): His 52-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the third quarter gave Miami its first lead of the game en route to a 35-21 win against Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. He also had a fumble recovery.

CB Josh Robinson, UCF: Not only did he have an interception, he helped keep A.J. Green in check, allowing him just 77 yards in receptions – and a long of only 18 yards in a win against Georgia.

SPECIAL TEAMS

P Brian Stahovich, San Diego State: He might have only punted three times in a win against Navy, but all three of his punts landed inside the 20, and he averaged 40.3 yards a kick. Navy didn’t return a punt.

PK Jack Griffin, FIU: Nailed a 34-yard field goal with no time left to give FIU the win against Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. He made his other field-goal attempt in the game, a 31-yarder, and all his extra-point attempts.

PR Rishard Matthews, Nevada: His 72-yard punt return for a touchdown ended up making a huge difference in a 20-13 win against Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. It was Nevada’s first punt return for a touchdown since 2001.

KR T.Y. Hilton, FIU: His 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter helped spark the Panthers’ rally in the win against Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Hilton finished with 174 yards on five kickoff returns.

*AP Damarius Johnson, Tulsa: Had to add in the all-purpose category to give a nod to Johnson, who had 329 all-purpose yards and set the NCAA career record in that category in the win against Hawaii.

Instant Analysis: FIU 34, Toledo 32

December, 27, 2010
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FIU beat Toledo 34-32 in a heart-stopping finish to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Here is a quick instant analysis:

How the game was won: A wild fourth quarter ended with FIU winning the game on the leg of kicker Jack Griffin, who nailed a 34-yarder down the middle with no time left to give the Panthers their first bowl win in their first bowl appearance. Toledo blew a 24-7 lead and trailed 31-24 with 3:18 remaining. Quarterback Terrance Owens had thrown three interceptions to let the Panthers into the game, and now the game was on his shoulders. He drove Toledo down the field and scored a 14-yard touchdown on a zone read. Coach Tim Beckman did not hesitate to go for the two-point conversion. Owens threw to Eric Page to put Toledo up 32-31 with 1:14 to go and the Rockets appeared to be in control. But they left too much time on the clock. The Panthers converted a fourth-and-17 on a hook-and-ladder play to T.Y. Hilton during their final drive of the game. Another big pass play to Greg Ellingson put FIU into field goal range.

Toledo had run right over FIU in the first half to the tune of 205 yards rushing and a 21-7 lead. But the running lanes were not there in the second half, as the Panthers' defense tightened up, forcing Owens to throw the ball. FIU scored 14 points off Owens' interceptions -- Kreg Brown had two, including one in the fourth quarter that led to a 10-yard touchdown catch by Hilton. The score put the Panthers up 28-24 and it also gave them their first lead of the game. Hilton had a quiet first half, but his superb second half allowed the Panthers to come back.

Turning point: After Toledo went up 24-7 with 9:44 to go in the third quarter, Hilton returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. Owens threw his first interception to Brown, and FIU turned it into a touchdown when Darriet Perry took the direct snap and scored on a 7-yard run. The Panthers had cut a 17-point deficit down to four points in three minutes. FIU ended up scoring 24 straight points.

Player of the game: Griffin gets the nod for his dramatic kick to end the game. Special nod to Toledo running back Adonis Thomas, who had 194 yards rushing and two touchdowns, running for 145 first-half yards that gave the Rockets the early momentum.

Unsung hero of the game: Brown's interceptions helped FIU with its defensive turnaround. They were his first two picks of the season.

Second guessing: Hilton is one of the best kickoff returners in the game, and the reigning Sun Belt Most Valuable Player. So why did Toledo kick to him all night? He made the Rockets pay with his second kickoff return for a touchdown of the season and changed the momentum of the game. You have to wonder how Toledo lost track of Hilton and allowed him to convert the fourth-and-17 on the gimmick play. After a review of the spot, the ruling on the field stood and FIU was on the way to its win.

What it means: FIU had its first winning season but more could be on the horizon. The Panthers have 15 starters returning, including quarterback Wesley Carroll, Hilton and a running back trio of Perry, Darrian Mallary and Jeremiah Harden. What an incredible breakthrough season for Mario Cristobal, the Sun Belt Coach of the Year. As for Toledo, the Rockets were making their first bowl appearance since 2005, but should also be in good shape with coach Tim Beckman. This also was a breakthrough season for the Rockets. They return Austin Dantin, Page, Thomas and Dan Molls.

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