Poinsettia Bowl Preview History
2013 Poinsettia Bowl Preview
After making their BCS Bowl debut last year the Northern Illinois Huskies will have to settle for the Poinsettia Bowl this year after a devastating loss in the MAC Championship to Bowling Green. The Huskies went undefeated behind their Heisman candidate quarterback Jordan Lynch for 12 straight games before falling short to the Falcons. Their opponent, Utah State, will be making their third consecutive bowl game appearance having played Ohio and Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in the previous two years.
The spotlight will be on Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch, who finished third in the Heisman poll behind AJ McCarron. Arguably losing the race in the loss to Bowling Green, Lynch will have much to prove at Qualcomm Stadium for the Poinsettia Bowl. Lynch is NIU’s golden ticket as he is the leading passer (2,676 yards), rusher (1,881 yards), and scorer (45 TD’s) for the Huskies. While this certainly makes for an easier Utah State game plan, it doesn’t mean the execution will be that simple. The 6 foot 216 pound senior out of Chicago runs like a tailback and is not afraid of a little contact. The Aggies will lose a defender to spy on Lynch making the pass defense a vulnerable spot for NIU to attack, but has to be done. While Bowling Green was able to keep Lynch contained and grab two interceptions to win, Lynch still managed 245 total yards and 3 touchdowns. With NIU looking to set the school record for single-season wins the Aggies should be expecting a street fight when they get to San Diego.
In a similar fashion Utah State is coming of their only conference loss in the Mountain West Championship. While the Aggies rounded out at 8-5 the showed great talent in some respectable losses to non-conference teams like Utah, USC, BYU, and Boise State. Utah State’s counter to NIU’s Heisman weapon will be its stout defense which is currently ranked 7th in points allowed per game. The Aggies are only allowing 107 rushing yards per game, a state that stacks up well to an NIU offense that loves to run. Offensively the Aggies faced a season ending injury to quarterback Chuckie Keeton and appeared to have lost their momentum until freshman quarterback Darell Garretson took over the reins and outscored his opponents 168-51 on a five game winning streak. Garretson’s composure will play a critical role in the success of the Aggies offense that will be looking for their third consecutive 1,000 yard rusher, Joey DeMartino, to carry the load.
The 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is set to kick off at 6:30 PM PST at Qualcomm Stadium. With one of the most exciting players in college football heading up one of its toughest defenses, the Utah State Northern Illinois matchup is looking promising.
2012 Poinsettia Bowl Game Preview:
In the 2012 Poinsettia Bowl, the BYU Cougars defeated the San Diego State Aztecs 23-6. SDSU came out with the lead early on and led 6-3 at the half, but BYU scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win the game. Cody Hoffman was the offensive MVP while Kyle Van Noy took the defensive honors, both BYU players. Attendance was 35,442.
2011 Poinsettia Bowl Game Preview:
The 2011 Poinsettia Bowl matches up the TCU Horned Frogs against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. A year ago TCU was on their way to defeating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl to finish an undefeated season. This season TCU shook off a couple of early season losses to finish the year 10-2 and ranked 16 in the country. Louisiana Tech will be a tough opponent for the Horned Frogs; the Bulldogs either won or were in every game they played this year.
2010 Poinsettia Bowl Game Preview:
The San Diego-based Poinsettia Bowl will have one-and-a-half home teams in 2010—the Mountain West's San Diego State Aztecs and the Navy Midshipmen, who will benefit from the huge Naval presence in the area.
The Midshipmen heavily depend on the ground game. They have the fifth ranked rushing offense in the country, which is led by their quarterback Ricky Dobbs. Dobbs' pedestrian 1,194 yards and 10 scores through the air are balanced by his legwork, which helped him run for 806 yards and 13 touchdowns. San Diego State is working on the opposite end, drumming up the 11th most prolific aerial assault in the country behind quarterback Ryan Lindley's 3,554 and 26 touchdowns. Aztec running back Ronnie Hillman's 1,304 yards and 14 scores over the year prove that they aren't afraid to run it, either, and might prove to be the deciding factor in the end.
2009 Poinsettia Bowl Game Preview:
The 2009 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is one of the longest names for a bowl game in bowl history. The 2009 Poinsettia Bowl features the Utah Utes against the home state Cal Golden Bears. Cal will make the short trip down to San Diego with the hopes of winning the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl and capping a great season. Utah will be a tough matchup for Cal because the Utes have played very solid football in 2009.
2008 Poinsettia Bowl Game Preview:
The 2008 Poinsettia bowl is going to be an exciting postseason college football game this holiday season. The bowl will host the Boise State Broncos and the TCU Horned Frogs. Last year’s Poinsettia Bowl may have been a little upsetting for Navy fans, as the referees announced at the end of the game that they made the wrong call on a play, and hence could have changed the game’s outcome. The Utah Utes took the win over Navy, 35-32. This year’s Poinsettia Bowl will have to overlook the shroud of misjudgment from last year, and produce yet another amazing college football game. Grab your tickets to Qualcomm Stadium and experience the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl!