Omar Jacobs went from Bowling Green's question mark to the Mid-American Conference's latest star quarterback. Jacobs capped a marvelous sophomore season by passing for 365 yards...
MOBILE, Ala. — Omar Jacobs went from Bowling Green’s question mark to the Mid-American Conference’s latest star quarterback.
Jacobs capped a marvelous sophomore season by passing for 365 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a 52-35 victory over Memphis last night in the GMAC Bowl.
“This is just a sign of things to come,” Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon said in what could have been a compliment or a warning. “When we first talked about what we needed him to do, we needed him to manage the offense and don’t turn it over, and if you get a chance make a play every once in a while.
“Well … he took it to the next level.”
The Falcons (9-3) turned a shootout into a blowout after leading 35-28 at halftime to win their fourth consecutive bowl game.
Jacobs got them started with four first-half touchdown passes — two apiece to Charles Sharon and Steve Sanders — and P.J. Pope helped carry them the rest of the way.
Pope ran 28 times for 151 yards and two 1-yard touchdowns. He also caught a 13-yard pass for the only score of the third quarter.
The Tigers (8-4), playing in back-to-back bowl games for the first time, couldn’t keep up with the nation’s No. 4 offense, which totaled 558 total yards.
“That first half, we felt like we got in a rhythm with our run-pass mix, but we’re not good enough to be one or the other,” Memphis coach Tommy West said. “No team is.”
Memphis’ DeAngelo Williams rushed for 120 yards on 18 carries before limping to the locker room at the end of the third quarter with a broken right leg.
He hurt it earlier in the game but went back in and couldn’t get through a tearful postgame press conference.
“He had been their weapon all year, and with him being hurt and out of the game we knew they’re just a one-dimensional team,” Bowling Green linebacker Jovon Burks said.
Danny Wimprine nearly matched Jacobs’ performance, going 26 of 39 for 324 yards and four touchdowns. But he passed for just 11 yards in the third quarter and lost a fumble.
Jacobs, whose 41 touchdown passes led the nation and set a Mid-American Conference record, completed 26 of 44 passes with an interception to earn Most Valuable Player honors.
* The Bowl Championship Series did nothing wrong by using The Associated Press football media poll in its formula to determine national-title matchups, coordinator Kevin Weiberg said. Weiberg, also commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, disputed an AP assertion of “unauthorized and unlawful” use of the poll over the BCS’ seven-season history and expressed disappointment in the wire service for the tone of its letter announcing the withdrawal from the BCS formula.
* Derrick Williams, the top-rated recruiting prospect in the country according to Rivals.com, made a verbal commitment to Penn State. Williams, a speedy 6-foot, 189-pound wide receiver from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., selected the Nittany Lions over Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
|College football bowl lineup|
|Date||Bowl||Site||Matchup, score||Time (TV)|
|Dec. 14||New Orleans Bowl||New Orleans||Southern Mississippi 31, North Texas 10|
|Dec. 21||Champs Sports Bowl||Orlando, Fla.||Georgia Tech 51, Syracuse 14|
|Yesterday||GMAC Bowl||Mobile, Ala.||Bowling Green 52, Memphis 35|
|Today||Fort Worth Bowl||Fort Worth, Texas||Cincinnati (6-5) vs. Marshall (6-5)||3:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Today||Las Vegas Bowl||Las Vegas||Wyoming (6-5) vs. UCLA (6-5)||6:45 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Tomorrow||Hawaii Bowl||At Honolulu||UAB (7-4) vs. Hawaii (7-5)||4 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 27||MPC Computers Bowl||Boise, Idaho||Fresno State (8-3) vs. Virginia (8-3)||11 a.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 27||Motor City Bowl||Detroit||Toledo (9-3) vs. Connecticut (7-4)||2:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 28||Independence Bowl||Shreveport, La.||Iowa State (6-5) vs. Miami (Ohio) (8-4)||3:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 28||Insight Bowl||Phoenix||Oregon State (6-5) vs. Notre Dame (6-5)||6:45 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 29||Houston Bowl||Houston||Texas-El Paso (8-3) vs. Colorado (7-5)||1:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 29||Alamo Bowl||San Antonio||Ohio State (7-4) vs. Oklahoma State (7-4)||5 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 30||Continental Tire Bowl||Charlotte, N.C.||Boston College (8-3) vs. North Carolina (6-5)||10 a.m. (ESPN2)|
|Dec. 30||Emerald Bowl||San Francisco||New Mexico (7-4) vs. Navy (9-2)||1:30 p.m. (ESPN2)|
|Dec. 30||Holiday Bowl||San Diego||California (10-1) vs. Texas Tech (7-4)||5 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 30||Silicon Valley Classic||San Jose, Calif.||Troy (7-4) vs. Northern Illinois (8-3)||8 p.m. (ESPN2)|
|Dec. 31||Music City Bowl||Nashville, Tenn.||Alabama (6-5) vs. Minnesota (6-5)||9 a.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 31||Sun Bowl||El Paso, Texas||Purdue (7-4) vs. Arizona State (8-3)||11 a.m. (CBS)|
|Dec. 31||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, Tenn.||Boise State (11-0) vs. Louisville (10-1)||12:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Dec. 31||Peach Bowl||Atlanta||Miami (8-3) vs. Florida (7-4)||4:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Jan. 1||Cotton Bowl||Dallas||Tennessee (9-3) vs. Texas A&M (7-4)||8 a.m. (FOX)|
|Jan. 1||Outback Bowl||Tampa, Fla.||Wisconsin (9-2) vs. Georgia (9-2)||8 a.m. (ESPN)|
|Jan. 1||Gator Bowl||Jacksonville, Fla.||Florida State (8-3) vs. West Virginia (8-3)||9:30 a.m. (NBC)|
|Jan. 1||Capital One Bowl||Orlando, Fla.||Iowa (9-2) vs. LSU (9-2)||10 a.m. (ABC)|
|Jan. 1||Rose Bowl||Pasadena, Calif.||Michigan (9-2) vs. Texas (10-1)||2 p.m. (ABC)|
|Jan. 1||Fiesta Bowl||Tempe, Ariz.||Utah (11-0) vs. Pittsburgh (8-3)||5:30 p.m. (ABC)|
|Jan. 3||Sugar Bowl||New Orleans||Auburn (12-0) vs. Virginia Tech (10-2)||5 p.m. (ABC)|
|Jan. 4||Orange Bowl||Miami||USC(12-0) vs. Oklahoma (12-0)||5 p.m. (ABC)|