The 2022 college football bowl season is starting to heat up with four exciting games taking place on Wednesday, including the Holiday Bowl on FOX.
Duke started the day by decisively beating UCF, 30-13, in the Military Bowl. Arkansas beat Kansas in three overtimes, 55-53, in the Liberty Bowl.
Now, No. 15 Oregon (9-3) faces North Carolina (9-4) in the Holiday Bowl at Petco Park in San Diego, California on FOX. Simultaneously, Texas Tech (7-5) and Ole Miss (8-4) square off in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium.
Here are the best plays from Wednesday’s bowl board.
Texas Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
Go ahead and score, fourth
The Raiders took an early 7-0 lead, pushing it across the goal line on fourth down in the first quarter.
Liberty Bowl: Arkansas 55, Kansas 53
Arkansas kicked a field goal to take a quick 3-0 lead, but Kansas answered with a touchdown on a misdirection.
Come on, pigs!
But Arkansas came right back, going up 17-7, with a pair of touchdown passes from KJ Jefferson, first to Matt Landers and then to Ty Washington.
Quincey McAdoo jumped in front of Jalon Daniels’ pass to help the Razorbacks keep the Jayhawks off the board.
Arkansas’ Jefferson decided to run and run for the short score when he saw no one open in the end zone. The touchdown run put Arkansas ahead 24–7 at the end of the first quarter and set a record for most points scored in a quarter in Liberty Bowl history.
Arkansas continued its dominance on both sides of the ball as Dwight McGlothern finished with an interception early in the second quarter.
AJ Green (not that one) caught the end and left the Jayhawks in the dust to make it 31-7.
I can’t tackle KJ
Jefferson looked like the first Cam Newton late in the first half when he somehow ran out of a sack and broke multiple tackles for a 32-yard gain.
Jayhawks coming into the half
Jefferson might have made a highlight play on the previous drive, but Kansas made sure to prevent Arkansas from extending its 31-13 lead heading into halftime. OJ Burroughs did his best Malcolm Butler impression to jump the route at the goal line and get the Jayhawks interception to keep the Razorbacks off the board.
Pick up where they left off
Arkansas found the end zone on its first possession of the second half. A 10-play drive ended with running back Rashod Dubinion running for a 2-yard score, giving the Razorbacks a 38-13 lead.
The Jayhawks answer
Kansas showed some life midway through the third quarter.
Daniels connected with wide receiver Luke Grimm and tight end Mason Fairchild on a pair of completions that combined for 65 yards. Two plays later, running back Ky Thomas scored on a 2-yard strike.
After forcing a three-and-out, Kansas drove down the field and got a field goal. It was 38-23.
Trying to run out the clock, Arkansas wide receiver Matt Landers fumbled, and Kansas cornerback Jacobee Bryant returned the ball to the Arkansas 48-yard line.
Seven plays later, Daniels hit wide receiver Douglas Emilien for a 10-yard touchdown and Kansas cut Arkansas’ lead to eight.
Kansas RECOVERS the onside kick
Needing another possession, Kansas recovered an onside kick.
Four plays after recovering the kickoff, Daniels hit Grimm for a 21-yard touchdown. The Kansas quarterback then connected with wide receiver Lawrence Arnold on the two-point conversion. Kansas scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game at 38 and eventually send the game into overtime.
Kansas got the ball first in overtime and found the end zone. The possession was capped by Daniels hitting tight end Jared Casey for the goal line. Arkansas tied the score after Dubinion ran in a 6-yard touchdown.
On the second play of the second overtime, Jefferson ran in a 20-yard score for Arkansas. Jefferson then hit wide receiver Jaedon Wilson for the two-point conversion.
Kansas answered as Daniels then ran in a 2-yard score. Then chaos ensued.
Daniels was stopped for the two-point conversion, but Arkansas was called for punting. The Jayhawks took advantage of the second opportunity as Daniels hit Casey for a double.
Jefferson hit Dubinion for a double in the third overtime, and Kansas had a failed play call, giving the Razorbacks the win.
Military Bowl: Duke 30, UCF 13
Mo(o)re touchdowns this season
Jaquez Moore opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run to give Duke a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Direct snap, direct score
UCF RB Isaiah Bowser took the snap straight from the shotgun and headed straight into the end zone for a 1-yard score that tied the game.
Duke doing what he does best
Brandon Johnson knocked the ball out of the hands of UCF QB John Rhys Plumlee to force a fumble that was recovered by Darius Joiner. It’s Duke’s 16th fumble recovery this season, the most in the nation.
After Duke forced a turnover, Moore made a 32-yard reception that set up the Blue Devils at the 1-yard line. Riley Leonard held the ball for a QB sneak for a touchdown on the next play to put Duke up 17-7.
Needing at least a pair of scores to get back into the game, UCF went on an 11-play, 91-yard drive in five minutes to open the fourth quarter. Bowser scored his second touchdown of the day, setting up another score in an instant before dashing two yards into the end zone.
However, UCF was unable to convert the 2-point conversion, keeping it a two-goal game with nine minutes remaining as it trailed 23-13.
Duke put a final stamp on its Military Bowl victory when Leonard kept the ball on a running option for his second touchdown of the game.
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