The 2015-2016 bowl season began with the Holy War, won by Utah, the only ranked team playing on the first day, in the Las Vegas Bowl. Appalachian State squeaked by Ohio in the Camellia Bowl, Louisiana Tech poured down points in New Orleans, Arizona dominated in New Mexico while San Jose State finish the season with a losing record despite winning the Autonation Cure Bowl.
BYU (9-4) 28 #22 Utah (10-3) 35 (Las Vegas Bowl): The Utes win the first Holy War game in two years to make it five in a row against the coach-changing Cougars, thanks to a 35-0 first quarter. Two of the touchdowns came off of pick sixes, and overall, became just the fifth team in the last 10 years to win a bowl game with less than 200 offensive yards. BYU finished the game with 5 turnovers, including three interceptions by Tanner Mangum.
Ohio (8-5) 29 Appalachian State (11-2) 31 (Camellia Bowl): The Mountaineers win their first bowl game since 1954 (and the first one they’ve played in since 1955), capping off a fantastic season, their best since entering the FBS. They came back from being 17 points down at halftime, and won the game on a Zach Matics field goal as time expired. Marcus Cox had a big day on the ground with 162 yards and one touchdown, as both teams combined to turn the ball over six times.
Arkansas State (9-4) 28 Louisiana Tech (9-4) 47 (New Orleans Bowl): An offensive explosion in New Orleans, with Louisiana Tech putting up 687 yards of offense, with Jeff Driskel throwing for 458 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Kenneth Dixon who also ran for a couple, making him the NCAA’s career touchdown leader. Arkansas State turned the ball over in what was basically a home game for the Bulldogs.
Arizona (7-6) 45 New Mexico (7-6) 37 (New Mexico Bowl): Arizona kept running away and New Mexico kept pushing back in a fun New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, that included both teams surpassing 500 yards of offense, five combined turnovers and one Jared Baker for the Wildcats, rushing for three touchdowns. Anu Solomon threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns, with Casey Skowron’s field goal with 1:32 to go gave Arizona the final cushion they needed.
San Jose State (6-7) 27 Georgia State (6-7) 16 (Autonation Cure Bowl): The Spartans provide a rare site of seeing a bowl game winning team finishing the season with a sub .500 record, but they just didn’t have enough 6-6 teams this season to fill the ranks. The Panthers took the lead with 10 minutes left in the fourth, but the Spartans scored two touchdowns to snatch the game away: One by Kenny Porter, who then threw a touchdown pass to Josh Oliver to seal the deal.