Hey, BCS - No. 8 Boise State wants your attention.
The Broncos see their 56-24 victory over Arizona State on Thursday night in Las Vegas' MAACO Bowl as more than just a win over a middle-tier Pac-12 team.
"I think we made a statement," said Doug Martin, who returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and was voted the game's MVP. "It comes down to players who have a chip on their shoulders. It shows we're here and we're winners."
Boise State (12-1) finished seventh in the BCS standings, but wasn't invited to one of its big-money bowl games - the fourth time that has happened after the school finished within the BCS's top 10.
Coach Chris Petersen said the Broncos looked at the game as another chance to showcase the program to a national audience.
The Sun Devils (6-7) never seriously threatened the Broncos even though Boise State allowed Rashad Ross' 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half.
Akron hires Terry Bowden
Akron has named Terry Bowden head football coach. Bowden resigned as head coach at Division II North Alabama to take his first job at the FBS level since coaching Auburn from 1993 to '98.
Bowden, 54, the son of legendary coach Bobby Bowden, will try to bring the Zips back from two disastrous seasons under Rob Ianello, who was just 1-11 in each of his seasons as Akron's head coach. Ianello was fired Nov. 27.
Bowden, who spent time as a TV analyst, returned to college coaching at North Alabama in 2009 after a 10-year absence. He lead the Lions to a combined 29-9 record and three consecutive NCAA playoff appearances. At Auburn, Bowden went 47-17-1.
Texas A&M mourns player
The Texas A&M community on Friday was mourning the death of senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who was killed in a car accident in Normangee, Texas.
Witnesses said Villavisencio, of Jacksonville, Texas, was driving home when he swerved to avoid a buzzard and veered head-on into the path of an 18-wheeler about 40 miles from College Station.
The 22-year-old three-year letterman - who saw limited action in his career with the Aggies - spent part of Thursday with the team delivering gifts to families at a local shelter after the Aggies finished their last workout on campus in preparation for the Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Funeral services will be Monday in Jacksonville.
Crist joins Weis in Kansas
Former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist said on Twitter that he would play his final college season for Charlie Weis at Kansas.
It will be a reunion of sorts. Weis recruited Crist to Notre Dame but was fired before Crist could develop as a quarterback. Crist, once considered a better prospect than Stanford's Andrew Luck, had his career derailed by injuries, turnover problems, and a system under new coach Brian Kelly that didn't fit him.