The first guest contribution for the STAT BOX STORIES BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL is here as Eric Veneziano plays the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl between the Ohio Bobcats and Utah State Aggies. This is Eric’s second contibution to STAT BOX STORIES; if you would like to join in on this project as we try to get entries for every Bowl Game from this college football season, visit the forum game list at The Gaming Tailgate to see which games are still available to sign up for.
This upcoming weekend starts off a great time of year for College Football…..Bowl Season. There are 3 games this weekend as teams try to end their season on a high note. STAT BOX STORIES is trying to recreate all of the bowls this season and Brian has already kicked off the bowl season with the New Mexico Bowl and led Wyoming to a bowl win. With some pressure to keep up the user winning streak I’m headed to Boise, Idaho for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl usually matches up the WAC champion against a MAC school. This year we see Utah State hosting the Ohio Bobcats. With the Bobcats having the slight ratings edge in NCAA Football 12 I put on my headset for the Aggies to see if I could bring home a victory for the WAC.
Ohio won the toss and elected to receive the football. My defense stepped onto the field and got a quick 3 and out. My offense came out and didn’t fair any better than the Bobcats as I struggled with Utah State’s wishbone and Pistol sets. Much of the 1st Quarter the teams were basically punting back and forth to each other. Ohio finally managed to put a drive together with 1:41 left in the quarter and capped it off with an 11 yard TD run by their quarterback.
Most of the 2nd quarter played much like the 1st with very little fireworks. Ohio got on the board again with 2:38 to go on a 7 yard TD run by their halfback. My defense seemed to be fading fast as the Bobcats started moving the ball with ease and their quarterback was chewing up yards threw the air and on the ground. I started to move the ball but my drive stalled and had to punt away hoping my defense could come up with a big stop and they did just that. My cornerback stepped in front of a curl route and went 60 yards on the return for a touchdown to cut the deficit in half 14-7.
With getting the ball bak after the half I felt pretty confident I was back in the game, however that feeling didn’t last long as the Bobcats drove right down the field in under a minute and took a 21-7 lead into the half after a TD pass with :18 seconds to go.
I came out in the 3rd quarter and put together a nice long drive that took a little over 2 minutes and ended with a rushing TD by my halfback to once again trim the lead to 7 points.
I was able to hold strong for most of the 3rd quarter as my defense seemed to tighten up and I started to spy the QB. As the quarter was coming to a close and the Bobcats facing a 3rd and long they went with a simple curl route, 2 of my defenders missed the wideout and quick catch, spin and run resulted in a 67 yard TD pass to take the score to 28-14.
I was able to move the ball in the 4th and had a couple of chances to cut into the deficit. One drive ended with a pick in the endzone and another ended on a 4th down pass that was dropped in the endzone.
Overall it was a good game but I just couldn’t seem to put anything together consistently on offense or defense. Statistically Ohio’s QB had a good day completing 60% of his passes for 219 yards and 2 Tds. Other than that both teams seemed to struggle offensively which was either a result of bad offense or good defense, not sure which one in this case. Hopefully I can bounce back with a W in the New Orleans Bowl.
Eric will be back at STAT BOX STORIES tomorrow to play the 2011 New Orleans Bowl between San Diego State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Be sure to come back and check it out as he tries to get a win as part of the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL.
Guest Author Bio:
Eric Veneziano (PS3 ID: psuexv) is a long time gamer dating back to Double Dribble, NES Playaction Football and Baseball Stars and can actually go back to the Atari 2600 and Homerun and Super Challenge Football (love the unique names). He currently spends his time playing NCAA Football, Tiger Woods and NHL, having stepped away from Madden for awhile. He claims not to say many interesting things, but he is on Twitter at @psuexv.