2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Game Notes

by BoCarter | Posted on Sunday, December 30th, 2018

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Postgame Bowl Notes – Scheduled Eighth Annual 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

Cancelled by Severe Weather in he Area

Compiled by Bo Carter (special photos by Jon Mitchell)

Boise State Bowl Notes:

NCAA records indicate that the no-contest SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is the second postseason game in major college/NCAA FBS history. Hawai’i was schedule to play a 10th game in postseason in Honolulu against an undetermined opponent before the bombing of Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, forced cancellation of that clash. The 2018 SPFRB was declared a no-contest.

There was no Most Valuable Player in the game.

Boise State is 447-168-2 (.726 winning percentage) over 51 seasons as a four-year college football program. BSU played community college football from 1933-67. The Broncos are No. 3 all-time in NCAA FBS winning percentage behind Notre Dame (.731) and Michigan (.729) in all-time victory rates.

This was scheduled to be Boise State’s first game at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in 86 total seasons (juco and four-year) of football.

The Broncos are 12-6 (.667) in 18 bowl appearances – all since the 1998 season (technically 19 in the last 21 years).

Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin as a college head coach is 59-20-0 (six seasons) overall and 52-15 (five years) at BSU. He is 3-1 in four bowl games. Harsin also served as offensive coordinator for the Texas Longhorns of the Big 12 Conference from 2011-12.

The Broncos technically are the 99th different college team to appear in Cotton Bowl Stadium and to play at least one quarter there, and SMU has played the most contests at the facility with 184 (80-99-5) since its first encounter on the CBS turf Oct. 25, 1930, with a 27-0 win over Indiana.

Boise State is third nationally in third down conversion rate behind Army West Point (57 percent) and Alabama (52.8 percent) at 52.5 percent (106-of-202) prior to the bowl. The Broncos also are second in NCAA FBS with 202 third down conversion attempts behind Wake Forest with 229.

The Mountain West Conference in its 2018 configuration is 4-10-1 in 15 clashes at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The first current MWC team to play at the iconic facility was Air Force in a 9-7 loss to SMU in 1961.

Boise State broadcaster Bob Behler worked one quarter of his first game at Cotton Bowl Stadium during his 32-year career as a college football broadcaster and is a past Idaho Sportscaster of the Year.

Boston College Notes:

Boston College still leads the series against Boise State 1-0-0 with 27-21 verdict in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl Dec. 28, 2005, at Albertsons Stadium.

BSU has begun play in two bowls, including Wednesday, in Texas with a 34-18 win over host TCU in the inaugural 2003 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Stadium and remains 1-0 in postseason activity in the Lone Star State.

Boston College has competed in Texas bowls three times, including the SPFRB, and all three have been contested at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Eagles played their first-ever postseason contest in 1940 against Rice in the Cotton Bowl Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium as Clemson edged BC 6-3. Forty-five years later, NFF College and Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Doug Flutie passed the Eagles over Houston 45-28 in the CBC. The Eagles remain 1-1 in Texas bowls.

BC was 1-1-0 in its two previous Cotton Bowl Stadium showings – both in postseason Goodyear Cotton Bowls.

The Eagles are the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to play in the SPFRB. Boston College previously was a major college independent for the both 1940 and 1985 Cotton Bowl Classics before joining the ACC in 2005.

Boston College won its 500th game in 84 seasons of varsity football (all-time record is now 500-30-14 for 84 seasons from 1901-2018 with no teams for most of the 1903-36 seasons before resuming football permanently in 1937) against Virginia Tech 31-21 on Nov. 3.

Current teams from the ACC are 12-11 in 23 skirmishes played at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The first 2018 ACC member to play in the historic structure was Clemson (then a member of the Southern Conference) in its 6-3 win over future ACC member Boston College in the 1940 Cotton Bowl Classic.

BC head coach Steve Addazio is 51-49-0 (eight seasons) overall, 38-38 technically with five bowl appearances in the last six years with the Eagles, and 2-3 in bowls (1-3 at BC). He was 13-11 with a 1-0 bowl record in 2011 and ’12 at Temple.

The Eagles are 14-12-0 in 26 bowls and have been on the field in five since 2013 after playing in a school-best 12 bowls in succession from 1999-2010.

Fourteen different BC players have at least one carry while 15 players have receptions for the Eagles balanced offensive attack in ’18.

Mayor Mike Rawlings of Dallas is a former defensive end for the Eagles and is a 1976 BC graduate.

General Notes:

The attendance was a no-contest and not calculated.

This was scheduled to be the 485th college game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium since it opened in October 1930 and the fourth in 2018.

In each of the first seven SERVPRO First Responder Bowls and their predecessors at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, at least 44 points were scored. The best defensive “struggles” to date have been a pair of 30-14 wins by Houston over Penn State in 2012 and by Utah over West Virginia in 2017. The highest-composite-scoring game in SPFRB annals remains the inaugural contest in 2011 with 83 points behind offense-minded Texas Tech (45) and Big Ten Conference power Northwestern (38).

The Broncos and Eagles had some heady stadium team and records to shoot for in the Dec. 26 tussle with a bunch of notable numbers since venerable Cotton Bowl Stadium opened in 1930 (it was Fair Park Stadium from 1921-29 – razed after the 1929 season) at the same site. The first college game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium was a 19-9 Tulane victory over Texas A&M on Oct. 11, 1930 – one week before Oklahoma and Texas began a 89-year rivalry at the Dallas football structure.

Any field goal of 26 or more yards in the no-contest would have placed kickers among the Top 10 by distance in the history of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. Last year’s Utah-WVU featured three of the 10-longest three-pointers, and the three-longest field goals remain as 43 yards by Illinois’ David Reisner in 2014, 42 yards by Oklahoma State’s Quinn Sharp in 2013 and 38 yards by Houston’s Matt Hogan in 2012. The longest field goal in Cotton Bowl Stadium history was a 64-yard boot by Russell Erxleben of Texas vs. Oklahoma in 1977.

One of the most interesting calls of the day was veteran inside pressbox public address announcer Geoff Smith calling plays made by Jeff Smith of Boston College. That was a first for synonymic names in SERVEPRO First Responder Bowl annals.

All-Time SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Records

MOST RUSHES – 74, Army vs. North Texas Tech (483 yards), 2016

NET YARDS GAINED RUSHING – 483, Army vs. North Texas (74 attempts), 2016

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS – 6, Army vs. North Texas, 2016

PASSING ATTEMPTS – 69, Houston vs. Penn State (45 comp., 532 yards), 2012

COMPLETIONS – 45, Houston vs. Penn State (69 att., 532 yards), 2012

PASSING YARDS – 532, Houston vs. Penn State (45 of 69), 2012

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS – 5, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013

TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS – 85, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern (552 yards), 2011, Houston vs. Penn State (600 yards), 2012

TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS – 600, Houston vs. Penn State (85 plays), 2012

TOTAL YARDS PER PLAY – 7.4, Washington vs. Southern Miss (78 for 580), 2015

TOTAL FIRST DOWNS – 34, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern, 2011

FIRST DOWNS RUSHING – 20, Army vs. North Texas, 2016

FIRST DOWNS PASSING – 22, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern, 2011

FIRST DOWNS PENALTY – 3, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013; Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois, 2014; Southern Miss vs. Washington, 2015

MOST PUNTS – 9, Penn State vs. Houston (374 yards), 2012; West Virginia vs. Utah (424 yards), 2017

YARDS PUNTED – 424, West Virginia vs. Utah (9 punts), 2017

PUNTING AVERAGE (Min. 3 punts) – 52.7, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (3 punts), 2013

PUNT RETURNS – 4, Utah vs. West Virginia (46 yards), 2017

PUNT RETURN YARDS – 73, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (2 returns), 2013

PUNT RETURN AVERAGE (Min. 2 Ret.) – 36.5, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (2 for 73), 2013

KICKOFF RETURNS – 7, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern (143 yards), 2011; Purdue vs. Oklahoma State (160 yards), 2012; West Virginia vs. Utah (168 yards), 2017

KICKOFF RETURN YARDS – 168, West Virginia vs. Utah (7 returns), 2017

KICKOFF RETURN AVERAGE – 24.7, Houston vs. Penn State (3 for 74), 2011

MOST POINTS SCORED – 58, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013

MOST POINTS SCORED, QUARTER – 22, North Texas vs. UNLV, 2014

MOST POINTS SCORED, HALF – 32, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech, 2011

MOST TOUCHDOWNS – 6, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern, 2011, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2012

MOST FIELD GOALS – 3, Houston vs. Penn State, 2012, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013; Utah vs. West Virginia, 2017

FEWEST POINTS ALLOWED – 14, by Houston vs. Penn State, 2012; by Oklahoma St. vs. Purdue, 2013; by North Texas vs. UNLV, 2014; 14, by Utah vs. West Virginia, 2017

FEWEST POINTS, BOTH TEAMS: 44, Houston (30), Penn State (14), 2012; Utah (30), West Virginia (14), 2017

FEWEST RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED – 22, by Washington vs. Southern Miss, 2015

FEWEST PASSING YARDS ALLOWED – 53, by North Texas vs. Army, 2016

FEWEST TOTAL YARDS ALLOWED – 153, by Utah vs. West Virginia, 2017

MOST FUMBLES GAINED – 3, by Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013

MOST INTERCEPTIONS – 3, by Houston vs. Penn State, 2012

MOST TURNOVERS GAINED – 5, by Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013

MOST PENALTIES – 7, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech, 2011, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013

MOST PENALTY YARDS – 62, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013

FEWEST PENALTIES – 2, UNLV vs. North Texas (20 yards), 2014

TIME OF POSSESSION – 38:34, Utah vs. West Virginia, 2017

LONGEST SCORING DRIVE – 95 yards, UNLV vs. North Texas (eight plays, 3:00, rushing TD), 2014

MOST PLAYS, SCORING DRIVE – 15, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech (78 yards, 4:36, rushing TD), 2011

LONGEST SCORING DRIVE, TIME ELASPED – 4:45, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech (11 plays, 67 yards, rushing TD), 2011

SHORTEST SCORING DRIVE – 18 yards, North Texas vs. Army (one play, five seconds, field goal), 2016

FEWEST PLAYS, SCORING DRIVE – 1, North Texas Tech vs. Army (18 yards, passing TD), 2016

SHORTEST SCORING DRIVE, TIME ELASPED – 0:05, North Texas vs. Army (1 play, 18 yards, passing TD), 2016

LONGEST NON-SCORING DRIVE – 66 yards, Army vs. North Texas (18 plays, 10:55, downs), 2016

MOST PLAYS, NON-SCORING DRIVE – 18, Army vs. North Texas (18, 10:35, missed field goal), 2013

LONGEST NON- SCORING DRIVE, TIME ELASPED – 10:35, Army vs. North Texas (18 plays, 66 yards, downs), 2016

RUSHES – 26, Myles Gaskin, Washington vs. Southern Miss (181 yards), 2015

RUSHING – 181, Myles Gaskin, Washington vs. Southern Miss (26 rushes), 2015

RUSHING TDs – 4, Myles Gaskin, Washington vs. Southern Miss, 2015

LONGEST RUSH – 86, Eric Stephens, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern, 2011; Myles Gaskin, Washington vs. Southern Miss, 2015

PASSING ATTEMPTS – 69, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (45 completions, 532 yards), 2012

COMPLETIONS – 45, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (69 attempts, 532 yards), 2012

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE (Min. 10 comp.) – 77.3, Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (17 of 22), 2013

PASSING YARDS GAINED – 532, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (45 of 69), 2012

TD PASSES – 4, Taylor Potts, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern (43 of 56, 1 interception), 2011

PASSES HAD INTERCEPTED – 3, Rob Bolden, Penn State vs. Houston (7 of 26), 2012

LONGEST PASS PLAY – 80, Cody Sokol to Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois, 2014

 

TOTAL PLAYS – 76, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (69 passes, 7 rushes), 2012

TOTAL YARDS GAINED – 542, Case Keenum, Houston vs. Penn State (532 pass, 10 rush), 2012

TD RESPONSIBILITY – 5, Taylor Potts, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern (4 passing, 1 rushing), 2011

 

PASSES CAUGHT – 12, Justin Johnson, Houston vs. Penn State (148 yards), 2012

RECEIVING YARDS – 228, Patrick Edwards, Houston vs. Penn State (10 receptions), 2012

TD RECEPTIONS – 2, Lyle Leong, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern, 2011; Patrick Edwards, Houston vs. Penn State, 2012; Michael Thomas, Southern Miss vs. Washington, 2015

 

ALL-PURPOSE YARDS – 234, Patrick Edwards, Houston vs. Penn State (228 receiving, 6 punt return), 2012

MOST POINTS & POINTS SCORED BY KICKING – 15, Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (6 XP, 3 FG), 2012

MOST TOUCHDOWNS – 4, Myles Gaskin, Washington vs. Southern Miss, 2015

FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS – 5, Matt Hogan, Houston vs. Penn State (3 made), 2012

FIELD GOALS MADE – 3, Matt Hogan, Houston vs. Penn State (5 attempted), 2012, Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (3 attempted), 2013; Cameron Van Winkle, Washington vs. Southern Miss (3 attempted), 2015; Mat Gay, Utah vs. West Virginia (3 attempted), 2017

LONGEST FIELD GOALS MADE – 50, Matt Hogan, Houston vs. Penn State, 2012

LONGEST FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTED – 52, Nolan Kohorst, UNLV vs. North Texas, 2014

PAT MADE & ATTEMPTED – 6, Matt Williams, Texas Tech vs. Northwestern, 2012; Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013

 

MOST PUNTS – 9, Anthony Fera, Penn State vs. Houston (374 yards), 2012; Billy Kinney, West Virginia vs. Utah (424 yards), 2017

YARDS PUNTED – 424, Billy Kinney, West Virginia vs. Utah, (9 punts), 2017

PUNTING AVERAGE (Min. 3 punts) – 52.7, Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (3 punts), 2013

LONGEST PUNT – 65, Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue, 2013

 

MOST PUNT RETURNS – 3, Boobie Hobbs, Utah vs. West Virginia (46 yards)

YARDS ON RETURNS – 73, Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (2 returns), 2013

LONG PUNT RETURNS – 64, Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (2 returns), 2013

 

MOST KICKOFF RETURNS – 5, Venric Mark, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech (108 yards), 2011

YARDS RETURNED – 108, Venric Mark, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech (108 yards), 2011

LONG KICKOFF RETURNS – 49, Marcus Sullivan, UNLV vs. North Texas, 2014

 

MOST INTERCEPTIONS – 2, Nick Saenz, Houston vs. Penn State (2 yards), 2012; Elijah Riley, Army vs. North Texas (3 yards), 2016; Justin Blackmon, Utah vs. West Virginia (24 yards), 2017

YARDS RETURNED – 69, Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois (1 return), 2017

INTERCEPTIONS FOR TOUCHDOWNS – 1, Jordan Mabin, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech (39 yards), 2011; Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois (69 yards), 2014

LONGEST INTERCEPTION RETURNS – 69, Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois (TD), 2014

 

LONGEST FUMBLE RECOVERY RETURN – 37, Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (TD), 2013

FORCED FUMBLES – 2, Brodick Brown, Oklahoma State vs. Purdue (2 yards), 2013

 

MOST TOTAL TACKLES – 15, Quentin Davie, Northwestern vs. Texas Tech (3 solo), 2011

MOST UNASSISTED TACKLES – 8, James Jones, North Texas vs. UNLV, 2014

MOST TACKLES BY LOSS – 4.5, Houston Bates, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois (32 yards), 2014

MOST QB SACKS – 4.5, Houston Bates, Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois (32 yards), 2013

PASSES BROKEN UP – 2, By Eight Players. Last: Hakeem Bailey, West Virginia vs. Utah, 2017

QUARTERBACK HURRIES – 2, Eric Latimore, Penn State vs. Houston, 2012; Tim Hasson, UNLV vs. North Texas, 2014; Corrion Ballard, Utah vs. West Virginia, 2017

 

Passing            School             Year     Completed Attempts Interceptions Yards TD Long

Case Keenum    Houston            2012     45         69         0          532       3          75

Taylor Potts      Texas Tech       2011     43         56         1          369       4          30

Alec Morris       North Texas      2016     26         38         1          304       3          30

Nick Mullens     Southern Miss   2015     25         38         0          311       2          56

Reilly O’Toole    Illinois               2014     24         39         1          295       1          25

Jake Browning  Washington       2015     24         34         0          284       0          41

Derek Thompson North Texas    2014     21         30         0          256       2          34

Cody Sokol      Louisiana Tech  2014     14         28         0          247       1          80

 

Receiving         School             Year     Rec.     Yards   Avg.     TD        Long

Justin Johnson  Houston            2012     12         148       12.3      1          24

Patrick Edwards Houston          2012     10         228       22.8      2          75

Lyle Leong        Texas Tech       2011     10         118       11.8      2          30

Devante Davis  UNLV                2014     10         96         9.6        0          29

Michael Thomas Southern Miss  2015     9          190       21.1      2          56

Tyrone Carrier    Houston            2012     9          44         4.9        0          12

Jaydon Mickens            Washington       2015     8          95         11.9      0          20

Turner Smiley    North Texas      2016     8          79         9.9        0          22

Detron Lewis     Texas Tech       2011     8          49         6.1        0          10

 

All Purpose      School Year     Plays    Total Yds. Avg. Rushing Receiving   PR KOR INT

Patrick Edwards Houston 2012  11         234           21.3  0          228       6          0       0     0

Eric Stephens   Texas Tech 2011 23       227           9.9    126       19         0          82     0     0

Michael Thomas Southern Miss 2015 11 224           20.4  0          190       0          34     0     0

Myles Gaskin    Washington 2015 27      184           6.8    181       3          0          0       0     0

Carlos Henderson Louisiana Tech 2014 11 182       16.5   11         93         0          76     0     0

 

Field Goals      School             Year     Distance Result Quarter Time

David Reisner   Illinois               2014     43         Good    4th        14:01

Quinn Sharp      Oklahoma State 2013    42         Good    4th        6:27

Matt Hogan       Houston            2012     38         Good    3rd       4:21

Trevor Moore    North Texas      2016     37         Good    4th        0:28

Matt Hogan       Houston            2012     35         Good    1st        9:12

Matt Gay           Utah                 2017     29         Good    2nd       1:08

Evan Staley      West Virginia     2017     28         Good    2nd       13:09

Taylor Zalewski Illinois               2014     27         Good    1st        3:46

Matt Gay           Utah                 2017     26         Good    4th        11:38

Evan Staley      West Virginia     2017     26         Good    3rd       6:43

 

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