This past Saturday, the 20th of December, 2014, was the start of some 38 NCAA football bowl games. The Camellia Bowl was played in Montgomery, Alabama at the Cramton Bowl at 9:15 PM. It featured the South Alabama Jaguars 6-7 (Sun Belt) playing the Bowling Green Falcons 8-6 (Mac East).The Falcons completed a 78 yard TD pass to Receiver Lewis to win the game 33-28.
The Bowling Green Falcons thus got their fast-strike offense in action in just the right time to get the victory over the University of South Alabama (USA) in this 1st inaugural Raycon Media-Camellia Bowl. The scoring in the game took place with the Falcon scoring 14 points in the 1st quarter, while the Jaguars scored 7 points. In the 2nd the Jaguars were scoreless, while the Falcons scored 6 points thus, the game went to half-time South Alabama 7 and Bowling Green 20. In the 3rd quarter both teams scored 7 points and in the 4th and final quarter the Jaguars scored 14 points while the Falcons scored 6 points giving them the 33-28 victory. That last 6 points that sealed Bowling Green’s victory was the 79 yard pass play with 1:04 left in the game to receiver Lewis and their 2 point conversion was unsuccessful, but not need in this win.
Statistically the game was close in all categories with the exception that Bowling Green and 500 Total yards with 369 passing and 131 rushing, to South Alabama’s 415 yards with 279 passing and 136 rushing yards. A crucial factor in the game was the fact that the Jaguars of South Alabama had 4 turnovers in the game.
The MVP of the game was the Falcon QB Knapke who completed 25 of his 39 passes for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. Their Receiver Lewis became the 1st Bowling Green freshman to pass 1,000 yards in receptions, and in this game had 4 receptions for 137 yards and accounting for the 2 touchdowns passes thrown by QB Knapke.
For South Alabama the highlights were QB Bridge who started slow, but finished with some 1 TD on 279 yards passing, however he was intercepted twice in the game. On defense their LB Harris set a school record of 18 tackles, of which 3 went for losses. This was South Alabama’s first Bowl game in school history, and it was anybody’s game, that went down to the wire, and was won by Bowling Green with 1:04 minutes left in the game.