With 28 bowl games played over a 16-day period, there were many memorable moments.
The Rose Bowl gave us the best game of the season, while the Orange Bowl had one of the strangest endings with four missed field goals.
In the Alamo Bowl, Michigan did its best Cal/Stanford impression and in the Hawaii Bowl, Nevada edged Central Florida 49-48 on a missed extra point after Santa had already delivered his gifts on the East Coast.
There were some outstanding individual achievements, too.
Here are the best of the best in the CBS SportsLine.com's 2006 All-Bowl Team.
QB: Vince Young, Texas. His game in the Rose Bowl will go down as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, individual performances in a national title game. He compiled 467 total yards -- 200 rushing and 267 passing -- and scored three touchdowns to guide the Longhorns past USC.
|Steve Slaton earned Sugar Bowl MVP honors after rushing for 204 yards vs. Georgia. (AP)|
RB: DeAngelo Williams, Memphis. The senior capped off his career with a 238-yard, three-touchdown game against Akron in the Motor City Bowl.
RB/WR: Reggie Campbell, Navy. He deserves his own spot on the team as a slot receiver/running back because he can do it all. He rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns and had two receptions for 89 yards, both going for touchdowns in the 51-30 victory over Colorado State.
WR: Brandon Marshall, UCF. The wide receiver kept Central Florida in the Hawaii Bowl against Nevada, catching 11 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
WR: Travis LaTendresse, Utah. He had a career night against Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl, catching 16 passes for 214 yards and scoring four touchdowns. He scored the first three scores of the game on catches of 14, 24 and 25 yards and then capped it off with a 16-yarder in the fourth quarter.
TE: Tom Santi, Virginia. The sophomore came into the bowl game with just 14 receptions, but had five catches for 128 yards against Minnesota in the Music City Bowl.
OL: Travis Garrett, Ryan Stanchek, Dan Mozes, Jeremy Sheffey, Garin Justice, West Virginia. The OL manhandled the Bulldogs defensive line, helping West Virginia gain 382 yards against a defense that came into the Sugar Bowl ranked fourth in the nation. Slaton and quarterback Pat White were able to run all over the Bulldogs thanks to those five starters.
DL: Mario Williams, N.C. State. The junior finished with seven tackles, four for a loss and also had 1.5 sacks in the victory over South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
DL: Jason Berryman, Iowa State. Despite being on the losing end in the Houston Bowl, Berryman finished with a career-high five sacks and was named the defensive MVP.
DL: Charlton Keith, Kansas. The senior led the team with seven tackles, had a forced fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown in the victory over Houston in the Fort Worth Bowl.
DL: Wallace Gilberry, Jeremy Clark and Mark Anderson, Alabama. The box score doesn't do these guys justice. The Alabama defensive line pressured Texas Tech's Cody Hodges all game, never allowing him to get comfortable in the pocket.
LB: A.J. Hawk, Ohio State. Another fantastic performance by a fantastic linebacker. Hawk recorded 12 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss and had two sacks in the victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
LB: Stephen Tulloch, N.C. State. The linebacker had a fantastic game against South Florida, recording 15 tackles, including 10 solo. He also have five tackles for a loss and three sacks winning the MVP of the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
LB: Abdul Hodge, Iowa. The linebacker was all over the field against Florida, recording 19 tackles in the Outback Bowl loss.
CB: Ryan Glasper, Boston College. Two interceptions, including one on the final play of the game to preserve the victory over Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl.
CB: Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech. He got more playing time after Jimmy Williams was ejected and didn't disappoint. He knocked down a key pass as Louisville was driving and then intercepted one on their final possession.
CB: Dwayne Slay, Texas Tech. The leader of the Red Raiders defense in the Cotton Bowl, recording a team-leading 13 tackles, including seven solo.
CB: Anthony Trucks, Oregon. The senior strong safety had a very good game, recording 14 tackles, including 11 solo. He also forced and recovered a fumble in the Holiday Bowl loss.
KR: Brandon Breazell, UCLA. Northwestern attempted two onside kicks, and Breazell took them 42 and 45 yards for scores. They were his only two kickoff returns.
PR: Willie Reid, Florida State.The MVP of the Orange Bowl set a record for most punt return yards in a bowl game, compiling 180 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown.
K: Jeremy Ito, Rutgers. He led all kickers in points during the bowl season with 16, kicking four field goals (25, 23, 52 and 48 yards).
P: Chris Hall, Florida State. The punter was busy in the Orange Bowl but kept Penn State pinned deep in their own territory. He had nine punts, knocking down five inside the 20.