Offenses dominate bowl games
December 31, 2003
If you’re a fan of prolific offenses and college bowl games, you have to like what you’ve seen so far during the holiday season.
Close games. High scores. It’s been awesome.
Hawaii knocks off Houston 54-48 in three overtimes in the Hawaii Bowl, Cal tips Virginia Tech 52-49 in the Insight.com Bowl, Boise State outlasted TCU 34-31 in the first-ever Fort Worth Bowl, Miami of Ohio hammered Louisville 49-28 in the GMAC Bowl, and Bowling Green edged Northwestern 28-24 in the Motor City Bowl.
The only blowouts came in the Las Vegas Bowl when Oregon State pounded New Mexico 55-14 and in the Tangerine Bowl where North Carolina State ripped Kansas 56-26.
However, the flurry of points came to a halt on Monday when Nebraska topped Michigan State 17-3.
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You have to wonder what the 49ers were thinking when they restructured Terrell Owens’ contract a couple of years ago. Owens reportedly has an escape clause, and will use it to move on to a new team next year. In fact, he’s already said goodbye to his teammates, and didn’t show up for a meeting earlier in the week.
Personally I’m glad to see him go, but it would have been nice if the 49ers had gotten some compensation for him. It’s a crime for the 49ers to come away empty handed in that transaction.
The 49ers have some other salary issues, too. Quarterback Jeff Garcia is due to make some huge money next season, and linebacker Julian Peterson is as well.
Terry Donahue, the 49ers’ general manager, said his top priority is signing Peterson to a long-term contract. Peterson is arguably one of the top five outside linebackers in the game right now. He can do it all — cover backs out of the backfield, rush the quarterback and he’s a great run-support guy.
I fully expect the Raiders to fire Bill Callahan any day now. It’s obvious that he has lost the respect of some key players like Charles Woodson, Charlie Garner and Tim Brown.
I haven’t heard much from Jerry Rice, but you know he probably wasn’t happy with what transpired this season, especially after veteran quarterback Rich Gannon went down with a shoulder injury. Neither Rice and Brown can stretch the field anymore.
The Raiders are an old football team, and they need to make some wholesale changes if they expect to get back to the Super Bowl in the near future. The Raiders have the second pick in the draft, and they could go either wide receiver or quarterback. Eli Manning, the Ole Miss quarterback, could still be available. Pitt receiver Larry Fitzgerald could be around if the NFL deems him eligible.
– Darrell Moody can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (775) 782-5121, ext. 213.