2014 Camellia Bowl Recap
Wild finish sees Bowling Green top South Alabama 33-28
Bowling Green turned the inaugural Camellia Bowl into a near instant classic due to its fast scoring offense.
The Falcons were down 28-27 with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter when quarterback James Knapke threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Roger Lewis, which gave Bowling Green the lead and the win.
It was Bowling Green’s ninth touchdown drive of a minute or less on the season, which helped in Bowling Green’s calm demeanor when South Alabama took its first lead.
"I really didn't have much jitters, because this is what we practice every day -- 1-minute offense, 2-minute offense,'' Lewis said.
Bowling Green led nearly the entire game against upstart South Alabama. It all started with a 44-yard touchdown pass that was the first long connection between Lewis and Knapke to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead. The Falcons followed that up with another touchdown on a one-yard run from running back Travis Greene.
South Alabama was able to cut the Bowling Green lead to six points twice in the second half, but poor special teams hurt the Jaguars.
This was the first bowl game for South Alabama since starting football in 2009 and it almost produced an impressive come from behind win, but ultimately the more established school came out on top.
"We are a brand-new program and they've probably got a few more players than we do," South Alabama coach Joey Jones said. "There we go, a minute and 10 seconds left and we're up against a program that's had football for probably 100 years. There are some positives to this but I don't like losing."
The Jaguars nearly had an opportunity to try and win the game when they forced Bowling Green to punt with 31 seconds left, but were called for roughing the kicker and the Falcons ran out the clock.
Bowling Green moved to 8-6 on the season and James Knapke was named MVP for the game finishing with 368 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day.
By Nikolai Gionti
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