2015 Miami Beach Bowl

The 2015 Miami Beach Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game played on December 21, 2015 at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. The second edition of the Miami Beach Bowl featured the champions from Conference USA, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers against the South Florida Bulls of the American Athletic Conference. It began at 2:30 p.m. EST and air on ESPN. It was one of the 2015–16 bowl games that concluded the 2015 FBS football season.[5]

2015 Miami Beach Bowl
2nd Miami Beach Bowl
1234 Total
Western Kentucky 010287 45
South Florida 77714 35
DateDecember 21, 2015
Season2015
StadiumMarlins Park
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPWestern Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty[1]
FavoriteW. Kentucky by 3½[2]
RefereeGreg Blum (MAC)[3]
Attendance21,712[3]
PayoutUS$1,000,000[4]
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN/Touchdown Radio
AnnouncersDave Lamont, Desmond Howard, & Quint Kessenich (ESPN)
Taylor Zarzour & Gino Torretta (Touchdown)
Miami Beach Bowl
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TeamsEdit

The game featured the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers against the South Florida Bulls. It was the seventh overall meeting between these two teams, with South Florida leading the series 4–2 before this game.[6] The last meeting between these two teams was in 2010, when the Bulls beat the Hilltoppers 24–12 in Tampa.

South Florida BullsEdit

Sources told ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy that the Bulls had officially been invited to the game and accepted.[7]

This was the Bulls' seventh bowl game (they were previously 4–2 all-time in bowl games) and their first since winning the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl over Clemson by a score of 31–26. It was also the Bulls' first bowl game in Florida since winning the 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl (said game's inaugural edition) over Memphis by a score of 41–14.

Western Kentucky HilltoppersEdit

Game summaryEdit

Scoring SummaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP WKU USF
1 5:21 5 62 1:54 USF Quinton Flowers 12-yard touchdown run, Emilio Nadelman kick good 0 7
2 12:18 5 47 2:03 USF Rodney Adams 34-yard touchdown run, Emilio Nadelman kick good 0 14
2 6:17 2 66 0:38 WKU Anthony Wales 13-yard touchdown run, Garrett Schwettman kick good 7 14
2 0:00 7 34 1:06 WKU 39-yard field goal by Garrett Schwettman 10 14
3 9:43 3 75 0:40 WKU Nicholas Norris 69-yard touchdown reception from Brandon Doughty, Garrett Schwettman kick good 17 14
3 7:46 3 67 1:01 WKU Nicholas Norris 55-yard touchdown reception from Brandon Doughty, Garrett Schwettman kick good 24 14
3 4:55 8 92 2:51 USF Tyre McCants 34-yard touchdown reception from D'Ernest Johnson, Emilio Nadelman kick good 24 21
3 1:56 7 69 2:59 WKU Nacarius Fant 9-yard touchdown run, Garrett Schwettman kick good 31 21
3 0:05 1 26 0:06 WKU Jared Dangerfield 26-yard touchdown reception from Brandon Doughty, Garrett Schwettman kick good 38 21
4 14:53 2 82 0:12 USF Rodney Adams 53-yard touchdown reception from Quinton Flowers, Emilio Nadelman kick good 38 28
4 11:00 6 75 2:09 USF Quinton Flowers 8-yard touchdown run, Emilio Nadelman kick good 38 35
4 5:09 2 64 0:49 WKU Anthony Wales 42-yard touchdown run, Garrett Schwettman kick good 45 35
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 45 35

Source: [3]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics[3] WKU USF
First downs 27 28
Plays–yards 79–612 79–597
Rushes–yards 33–151 45–290
Passing yards 461 307
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 32–46–2 15–34–0
Time of possession 31:28 28:32
Team Category Player Statistics
WKU Passing Brandon Doughty 32/44, 461 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Anthony Wales 14 car, 105 yds, 2 TD
Receiving Nicholas Norris 5 rec, 120 yds, 2 TD
USF Passing Quinton Flowers 14/32, 273 yds, 1 TD
Rushing Quinton Flowers 16 car, 108 yds, 2 TD
Receiving Rodney Adams 6 rec, 130 yds, 1 TD

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MQA QB Brandon Doughty Wins MVP of the Miami Beach Bowl vs USF". mastrolequarterback.com. Retrieved December 24, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Odds, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2015
  3. ^ a b c d "2015 Miami Beach Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. USF Stats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2015-12-21.
  4. ^ Bowl Game payout
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2015-12-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/south-florida/vs/western-kentucky
  7. ^ McMurphy, Brett (December 3, 2015). "South Florida staying in-state for bowl game". ESPN.Go.com. ESPN. Retrieved December 4, 2015.