Bowl season has given us some great games to remember. Those great games were created by some of the best individual performances we saw this football year. Individual greatness can provide a lasting impression, and we often remember the games by those individuals. During this year’s Rose Bowl, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 155 yards and this incredible third quarter touchdown:
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This bowl season allowed us to see Samaje Perine surpass Billy Sims and the all-time Oklahoma rushing record. San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey set the all-time NCAA rushing record at 6,405 yards with his performance against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl. Individual bowl records are what makes certain bowl games, like the Rose Bowl, as big of a stage as they are. We wanted to rank some of the top all-time individual bowl performances.
5. Tim Tebow 2010 Sugar Bowl
Tebow threw for 482 yards and 3 first-half touchdowns in a great performance against Cincinnati. The Florida star was efficient and completed 31 of 35 passes. Tim Tebow also ran in for another score in the third quarter. Florida demolished Cincinnati 51-24 thanks to the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and his motivational performance.
4. Ron Dayne 1999 Rose Bowl
Ron Dayne would not win the Heisman Trophy until 2000, however, he helped set the stage for his trophy with his performance in this Rose Bowl. Dayne rushed for 246 yards against UCLA, including a 54-yard touchdown to start the game off. Dayne set the stage for a golden era of running backs at Wisconsin.
3. Tony Dorsett 1977 Sugar Bowl
Pittsburgh defeated Georgia 27-3 in this matchup that gave Pittsburgh a national championship. Dorsett ran for 202 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries to help control the clock and dominate the Bulldogs. This game would only help cement the status of the Heisman Trophy winner and the once all-time leading rusher.
2. Tommie Frazier 1996 Fiesta Bowl
Frazier rushed for 199 yards to help the undefeated Cornhuskers win their second consecutive national championship. Tommie had touchdown runs of 35 and 75 yards in this game against the Florida Gators. The Cornhuskers scored 62 points in a blowout victory.
1. Vince Young 2006 Rose Bowl
Vince Young finished with 467 total yards of offense and three touchdowns to help the Longhorns win their 4th national championship. He excelled against a team that was considered one of the greatest dynasties to ever rule college football, the USC Trojans.