2010 GMAC Bowl

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2010 GMAC Bowl
1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
Central Michigan 3 6 10 15 7 3 44
Troy 7 3 14 10 7 0 41
Date January 6, 2010
Season 2009
Stadium Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Location Mobile, Alabama
MVP QB Dan LeFevour (CMU)
Referee David Epperley (CUSA)
Attendance 34,486
Payout US$750,000
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Joe Tessitore
Rod Gilmore
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The 2010 GMAC Bowl, the eleventh edition of the college football bowl game, was played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on January 6, 2010. The game was telecast on ESPN and matched the Central Michigan Chippewas, champions of the Mid-American Conference, against the Troy Trojans, champions of the Sun Belt Conference. Central Michigan won in double overtime, 44-41, on a 37-yard field goal by Andrew Aguila, his fifth of the game.

The opponent for the MAC team was scheduled to be the ninth selection of a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, the ACC only produced seven bowl-eligible teams in 2009. Therefore, the GMAC Bowl was able to select an at-large team that was bowl eligible and did not have a prior conference tie-in. Many had felt that the invitation would go to Notre Dame, who finished the season at 6-6. After lengthy meetings the Notre Dame administration made the decision that they will not go to a bowl game following the 2009 season. Also, Notre Dame would only have been eligible to fill the slot after all available teams with 7 or more wins had been accommodated. Several sportswriters pointed to the comparatively low payout of the bowl and the potential humiliation if Central Michigan (then the likely opponent) defeated the Irish.[1][2]

Troy ultimately filled the slot after Southern Miss claimed Conference USA's slot in the 2009 New Orleans Bowl. Although that game has a guaranteed berth for the Sun Belt champion, the organizers used their prerogative to invite the conference's second-place team, Middle Tennessee, not wishing to repeat its Troy–Southern Miss matchup from 2008. As a 9-win team, Troy had priority over any 6–6 teams not already tied to specific bowl games.

Game facts[edit]

  • This was the first-ever football game between the two teams.
  • Neither team had appeared in the GMAC Bowl prior to this matchup.
  • The game was the only non-BCS game to match two conference champions.
  • MAC representatives are 6-3 in the game. CMU's victory broke a 14-game bowl losing streak for the conference.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
Troy — DuJuan Harris 9-yard pass from Levi Brown (Michael Taylor kick), 3:52 Troy 7–0
CMU — Andrew Aguila 28-yard field goal, 0:10 Troy 7–3
2nd Quarter
CMU — Andrew Aguila 35-yard field goal, 8:45 Troy 7–6
Troy — Michael Taylor 22-yard field goal, 3:59 Troy 10–6
CMU — Andrew Aguila 44-yard field goal, 1:28 Troy 10–9
3rd Quarter
Troy — Shawn Southward 1-yard run (Michael Taylor kick), 13:10 Troy 17–9
CMU — Andrew Aguila 42-yard field goal, 9:47 Troy 17–12
CMU — Antonio Brown 7-yard run (Andrew Aguila kick), 2:46 CMU 19–17
Troy — DuJuan Harris 6-yard run (Michael Taylor kick), 0:23 Troy 24–19
4th Quarter
Troy — DuJuan Harris 1-yard run (Michael Taylor kick), 8:01 Troy 31–19
CMU — Antonio Brown 95-yard kickoff return (Andrew Aguila kick), 7:47 Troy 31–26
CMU — Bryan Anderson 4-yard pass from Dan LeFevour (Kito Poblah pass from Dan LeFevour 2 point attempt good), 1:17 CMU 34–31
Troy — Michael Taylor 46-yard field goal, 0:31 TIE 34–34
CMU — Dan LeFevour 13-yard run (Andrew Aguila kick) CMU 41–34
Troy — Shawn Southward 1-yard run (Michael Taylor kick) TIE 41–41
2nd Overtime
CMU — Andrew Aguila 37-yard field goal CMU 44–41