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The 2007 Champs Sports Bowl was the 18th edition of the college football bowl game. It was part of the 2007-08 NCAA football bowl games season, and was played on December 28, 2007 at the Citrus Bowl stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game pitted the Boston College Eagles of the Atlantic Coast Conference against the Michigan State Spartans of the Big Ten Conference.

2007 Champs Sports Bowl
1234 Total
Boston College 7737 24
Michigan State 7338 21
DateDecember 28, 2007
Season2007
StadiumFlorida Citrus Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPFS Jamie Silva (Boston College)
FavoriteBoston College by 3½[1]
Attendance46,554
International TV coverage
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersMike Patrick, Todd Blackledge
Champs Sports Bowl
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BackgroundEdit

Boston College won their first eight games of the season while rising from unranked to #2 in the polls before a match-up with Florida State. A 27-17 loss dropped them to #8 and a loss to Maryland the following week dropped them to #17, though the won their last two games (against #20 Clemson and Miami) to win the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In the ACC Championship Game, they faced off against #5 Virginia Tech, who beat them 30-16. This was the eighth bowl game of the decade for the Eagles. In Mark Dantonio's first season with Michigan State, he led them to their first winning season since 2003. They won their first four games of the season, but went 1-5 to begin conference play, before wins over Purdue and #22 Penn State righted the ship, though they finished tied for 5th with Purdue and Indiana in the Big Ten Conference. This was the fourth bowl game of the decade for the Spartans.

Game summaryEdit

  • Michigan State - Kellen Davis 18 yard pass from Brian Hoyer (Brett Swenson kick)
  • Boston College - Jon Loyte 1 yard pass from Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius kick)
  • Boston College - Rich Gunnell 29 yard pass from Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius kick)
  • Michigan State - Brett Swenson 39 yard field goal
  • Michigan State - Brett Swenson 23 yard field goal
  • Boston College - Steve Aponavicius 28 yard field goal
  • Boston College - Rich Gunnell 68 yard pass from Matt Ryan (Steve Aponavicius kick)
  • Michigan State - Deon Curry 14 yard pass from Brian Hoyer (Kellen Davis 2-point pass)

Jamie Silva had 10 tackles, 7 solo while also having 2 interceptions and 4 punt returns for 37 yards en route to being named MVP. [2]

AftermathEdit

The Eagles went to two more bowl game in the decade while Michigan State began a streak of 9 straight bowl appearances under Mark Dantonio (the longest streak in school history).

Both quarterbacks went on to lengthy NFL careers.

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