2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (January)
|2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl|
|Date||January 9, 2011|
|Location||San Francisco, California|
|MVP||Rishard Matthews (WR Nevada)
Luke Kuechly (LB Boston College)
|Favorite||Nevada by 9|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Mark Jones, Bob Davie, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich|
The 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl game was the 9th edition of the annual college football bowl game known previously as the Emerald Bowl. It was played after the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on January 9, 2011 (6 p.m. PT) between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Boston College Eagles. ESPN television broadcast the game with Kraft as the title sponsor.
This marked the first time in the bowl's history that the game was not played in December; the game was played the night before the BCS National Championship Game.
Scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter by Rishard Matthews, the Nevada Wolf Pack defeated Boston College 20–13 for the bowl title.
Team selections were made on "Selection Sunday" in early December. The game was supposed to feature a team from the WAC against a team from the Pac-10 Conference. The bowl would have had the sixth choice of Pac-10 teams, but a Pac-10 team was not available, as only four teams from the conference were bowl-eligible, so organizers of the game went to a contingency plan with the ACC to supply a team.
Representing the WAC were the Nevada Wolf Pack and representing the ACC were the Boston College Eagles.
Nevada Wolf Pack
During the regular season, Nevada scored 75 school record touchdowns for 554 total points, another record. Wolf Pack senior RB Vai Taua, rushing at 127.8 yards per game, was sixth in the nation. Senior QB Colin Kaepernick was the only player in college football history to pass for over 9,000 yards [9,906] and rush for over 4,000 yards [4,090]. Defensively, senior DE Dontay Moch was fifth in the nation in tackles for loss with 1.69 per game and the nation's active leader in career TFL with 63.0.
Boston College Eagles
The Eagles led the nation in rushing defense allowing just 80.2 yards per game and held seven opponents under 100 yards rushing, including a low of four yards twice this season. Sophomore LB Luke Kuechly led the nation in tackles with 14.3 per game. Offensively, the team was led by junior RB Montel Harris, who is 11th in the nation in rushing with 103.6 yards per game.
|BC – Andre Williams 30-yard run (Nate Freese kick), 8:30||BC 7–0|
|NEV – Rishard Matthews 27-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick (Anthony Martinez kick), 3:40||TIE 7–7|
|NEV – Matthews 72-yard punt return (Martinez kick), 2:27||NEV 14–7|
|NEV – Martinez 32-yard field goal, 5:48||NEV 17–7|
|BC – Freese 22-yard field goal, 11:08||NEV 17–10|
|NEV – Martinez 27-yard field goal, 1:17||NEV 20–10|
|BC – Freese 32-yard field goal, 3:52||NEV 20–13|
|Total offense, plays - yards||73-304||59-183|
|Passing yards (net)||192||119|
|Time of Possession||34:50||25:10|
- An Oreo cookie, with chocolate on one side and vanilla on the other, was used for the opening toss, instead of a coin.
- The longest road trip: Boston College in the San Francisco bowl and Stanford in the Orange Bowl in Miami, both close to 3,100 miles. That's about 46 hours in the car for anyone who's up for it.
- The Odds, Los Angeles Times, December 20, 2010
- 2010 Football Media Guide, Pacific-10 Conference, August 2010