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Martin, Brindza make all-bowl team

1/10/2014

Two of the most reliable Notre Dame players throughout the 2013 season received some much-deserved recognition this week, as Zack Martin and Kyle Brindza both made ESPN.com's All-Bowl team.

Colleague Ivan Maisel wrote about both players' impact in the Irish's 29-16 win over Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl:

Tackle: Zack Martin, Notre Dame

He played so well in the 29-16 defeat of Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl that he won the Offensive MVP Award. The Fighting Irish ran an astounding 90 offensive snaps (47 passes, 43 rushes) for 494 yards, holding the ball for 38:16.

Kicker: Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame

Brindza made five field goals, ranging from 21 to 49 yards, and two extra points, in the Irish's 29-16 defeat of Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

A couple of other interesting notes about those two performances, courtesy of Notre Dame's John Heisler: Before Martin, the last offensive lineman to be named the sole MVP of a bowl game was Penn State center Jay Huffman on Dec. 19. 1959. Huffman won MVP of the inaugural Liberty Bowl, a 7-0 win over Alabama at Philadelphia Municipal Stadium. That game was Rip Engle's first bowl with the Nittany Lions and Bear Bryan'ts firs bowl with the Crimson Tide.

Brindza, meanwhile, tied the record for the most field goals made in a single bowl game. The others are as follows:

  • 5—Jeremy Shelley, Alabama (21) vs. LSU (0) (BCS Championship, 2012) (23, 37, 41,35, 44 yards)

  • 5—Andrew Aguila, Central Mich. (44) vs. Troy (41) (2 ot) (GMAC, 2010) (28, 35, 44,42, 37 yards)

  • 5—Dan Nystrom, Minnesota (29) vs. Arkansas (14) (Music City, 2002) (24, 45, 21, 22, 29 yards)

  • 5—Kyle Bryant, Texas A&M (22) vs. Michigan (20) (Alamo, 1995) (27, 49, 47, 31, 37 yards)

  • 5—Tim Rogers, Mississippi St. (24) vs. North Carolina St. (28) (Peach, Jan. 1, 1995) (37, 21, 29, 36, 30 yards)

  • 5—Arden Czyzewski, Florida (28) vs. Notre Dame (39) (Sugar, 1992) (26, 24, 36, 37,24 yards)

  • 5—Jess Atkinson, Maryland (23) vs. Tennessee (30) (Florida Citrus, 1983) (18, 48, 31, 22, 26 yards)