2008 Motor City Bowl

The 2008 Motor City Bowl was a National Collegiate Athletic Association bowl game in which the Florida Atlantic Owls defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas 24–21. It was played on December 26, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan and aired on ESPN. The underdog FAU team from the Sun Belt Conference was led by game Most Valuable Player Rusty Smith. CMU had finished in third place in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.

2008 Motor City Bowl
1234 Total
Florida Atlantic 7377 24
Central Michigan 01038 21
DateDecember 26, 2008
StadiumFord Field
LocationDetroit, Michigan
MVPQB Rusty Smith, FAU
FavoriteCMU by 7
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersTodd Harris, Ray Bentley
Nielsen ratings2.1
Motor City Bowl
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The game was the 12th installment of the Motor City Bowl and was attended by 41,399 people, the fourth-lowest all time for the Motor City Bowl.[citation needed]

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring play Score
1st Quarter
FAU – DiIvory Edgecomb 1-yard TD run (Ross Gornall kick), 7:37 FAU 7–0
2nd Quarter
CMU – Kito Poblah 5-yard TD pass from Dan LeFevour (Andrew Aguila kick), 13:30 Tie 7–7
CMU – Aguila 35-yard FG, 9:30 CMU 10–7
FAU – Gornall 36-yard FG, :47 Tie 10–10
3rd Quarter
FAU – Chris Bonner 52-yard TD pass from Rusty Smith (Gornall kick), 7:57 FAU 17–10
CMU – Aguila 33-yard FG, 4:59 FAU 17–13
4th Quarter
FAU – Cortez Gent 18-yard TD pass from Smith (Gornall kick), 10:17 FAU 24–13
CMU – Antonio Brown 15-yard TD pass from LeFevour (Poblah pass from LeFevour), 3:09 FAU 24–21


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