Group of Five 2018-19 Bowl Week 3 Recap & Highlights

The Cincinnati Bearcats raise the Military Bowl trophy after the fourth quarter of the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Bearcats took home the trophy following its win over Virginia Tech. The Cincinnati win completed the school’s third ever 11-win season. (Courtesy of Sam Greene, Cincinnati Enquirer)

Five bowl games involving Group of Five teams occurred after Christmas from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 to finish the football season within the Group of Five.

Well, actually only four occurred with the cancellation of the First Responder Bowl in Dallas due incriminate weather.

The four games that were played included undefeated UCF but the Knights playing as this year’s New Year’s Six participant.  The Knights played valiantly without All-American quarterback McKenzie Milton but fell to LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.   The loss ended the FBS nation’s current longest winning streak at 25.

The biggest win was Cincinnati defeating Virginia Tech in the Military Bowl of the four games.

But the best game was the only one that involved two Group of Five schools with an overtime win for Nevada over Arkansas State in the Arizona Bowl.

Of all the bowls involving Group of Five schools versus Power Five schools, the G5 teams finished with a 2-3 record against the P5.

Below are recaps and video highlights of each game over this past week.  Also, see links below these to the first two weeks of Group of Five bowl action recaps.

First Responder Bowl (Dallas, Tex.) Wed., Dec. 26
Boise State vs. Boston College

Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.) Thurs., Dec. 27
Duke 56 Temple 27

Arizona Bowl (Tucson, Ariz.) Sat., Dec. 29
Nevada 16 Arkansas State 13 (OT)

Military Bowl (Annapolis, Md.) Mon., Dec. 31
Cincinnati 35 Virginia Tech 31

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.) Tues., Jan. 1
LSU 40 UCF 32

 

Weeks 1 & 2 Highlight & Recap Links:

Group of Five 2018-19 Bowl Week 2 Recap & Highlights

Group of Five 2018-19 Bowl Day 1 Recap & Highlights

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