Trying to make sense of 35 bowl games in 24 days is a task too big for mere mortals, so we asked Mike Hlas, the award-winning Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist and force behind The Hlog, to review each of the games. Here is his fifth and final installment of Bowl Game Confidential.
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma 48, Connecticut 20. Announced attendance: 67,232. ... It was the fourth-lowest crowd ever for a BCS game. ... Oklahoma got its first Fiesta Bowl win since defeating Wyoming in 1976. ... Sooners quarterback Landry Jones threw for an OU bowl-record 429 yards. ..."The tempo — we just couldn't make some plays," UConn Coach Randy Edsall said. ...
Fun stat: UConn tied the record held by Florida State (2002 and 2005) of most losses by a BCS bowl team, with five.
Tweet: @stanfinger: So UConn is an automatic qualifier and TCU is not? Ma$$ive non$en$e, I tell ya.
Orange Bowl: Stanford 40, Virginia Tech 12. Announced attendance: 65,153. ... Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck had almost as many touchdown passes (4) as incompletions (5). ... All four TD throws went to tight ends. ... "We haven't seen a quarterback like that," Hokies linebacker Shayne Skov said. ... Virginia Tech wore orange helmets for the first time. Orange helmets didn't help the NFL's Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals this season, either.
Fun stats: Stanford will finish in the AP's top 5 for the first time since 1940. Virginia Tech fell to 1-27 against top-5 teams.