Thursday, January 1, 2009

ACC BOWL FUTILITY CONTINUES

You had to see this coming, yes?

Just one year after winning the National Championship the LSU Tigers were kicked around the S.E.C. like the leagues version of the proverbial red-headed step child. One had to figure they would show up in Atlanta just a bit ornery and put a whoopin’ on a good, but ultimately one dimensional, Georgia Tech squad. And that is exactly what they did. Freshman Jordan Jefferson didn’t play like a freshman (see BC vs. Vandy), and the Tigers defense did the rest.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, Duke beat Vandy. While that’s not the condemnation it once was, it still led ACC aficionados to believe a Boston College victory over the Commodores was a no brainer. As the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughn once said – blame it on the weather. BC’s offense was horrible and the gusting winds didn’t help freshman QB Dominique Davis who is no Chris Crane, who is no Matt Ryan. You see the point. The turnover bug continues to plague ACC shools. The Eagles had three – two interceptions and a critical late fumbled punt.

All in all, the bowl season is shaping up a lot like the ACC regular season. There was plenty of parody during the league play and no shortage of mediocrity this bowl season. While only Georgia Tech has been clobbered and a number of games have been close and ultimately determined by turnovers, the ACC is, as Denny Green once so eloquently put it “what we thought they were.”

Simply put, not very good.

Maybe the Hokies and Clemson can even things up for the league now burdened with at 3-5 record for this bowl season.

Last year, the ACC won all of two bowl games.

GAYLORDS HOTELS MUSIC CITY BOWL

Vanderbilt 16, No. 24 BOSTON COLLEGE 14 - (Edited from AP report) – Vanderbilt won a bowl game for the first time in exactly 53 years when Bryant Hahnfeldt kicked a 45-yard field goal with 3:26 left to beat Boston College.

Vanderbilt hadn't played in a bowl since 1982 and the win gave the Commodores (7-6) their first winning season since then.

Boston College (9-5) snapped the nation's longest bowl winning streak after eight straight games in its 10th consecutive bowl appearance. The Eagles also missed a chance at finishing with at least 10 wins for a third straight season.

The Eagles got the ball twice after Hahnfeldt's third field goal, but had to punt the first time, then Myron Lewis picked off Dominique Davis with 1:36 left.

B.C. squandered another good effort by their defense which entered the game ranked sixth in the nation. The Eagles held Vandy to 200 yards including one of fourteen on third down attempts.

CHICK-fil-A BOWL
LSU 35, No. 14 GEORGIA TECH 3 - (Edited from AP report) – Charles Scott ran for three touchdowns, freshman quarterback Jordan Jefferson (making just his second start) completed his first nine passes and LSU made big plays on special teams in a surprisingly easy 38-3 victory win over Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Wednesday night.

LSU outscored the No. 14 Yellow Jackets 28-0 in the second quarter and led 35-3 at halftime. Scott, who had 65 yards rushing, had two touchdowns in the decisive quarter.
LSU (8-5) lost three of its last four regular-season games but regrouped for the dominant bowl victory.

ESPN Fast Facts:
• LSU won its fourth straight bowl game and has scored 38-plus points in each game.
• Dating back to 1995, LSU has won 10 of its last 12 bowls. LSU has also won five straight games vs. Georgia Tech and 18 straight against the ACC (six straight in bowls), a streak which dates back to a 1958 victory over Duke.
• The SEC has won four straight Chick-fil-A Bowls when matched up with the ACC.
• LSU improved to 5-0 in Chick-fil-A Bowls (formerly known as the Peach Bowl). Georgia Tech falls to 0-4 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images and Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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