No brawl this time, but possibly the most incredible play in College Football history which included three lateral passes and a last second touchdown that didn’t help Central Michigan beat Western Kentucky in a 49-48 loss at the Bahamas Bowl, while on another island, far far to the West, Rice had no problem handling Fresno State in the Hawai’i Bowl.
Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl – Despite pulling off one of the most incredible plays in the history of college football, Central Michigan couldn’t complete their 35-point comeback against Western Kentucky, as the Hilltoppers enjoyed being the first winners of the Bahamas Bowl, probably the venue that provides the best experience to the visiting players. Western Kentucky built a 49-14 lead going into the fourth quarter behind seven touchdown passes from Cooper Rush, but the defense fell apart, Brandon Doughty threw five touchdown passes and it all ended with a three-lateral-passes plays that put Central Michigan one point behind, before a failed 2-point conversion.
Hawai’i Bowl – Rice beat Fresno State quite easily, 30-6, which means the Bulldogs finish the season 6-8. Fresno State got only 93 yards from their passing offense and 255 overall, 208 yards less than the Owls, who also forced two interceptions. Driphus Jackson threw three touchdown passes, winning a third bowl game under David Bailiff, who has led them to one in the last three years.